backpacking sleep and back issue inflatable wedges or best pillow advice

6:19 p.m. on April 8, 2013 (EDT)
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After doing several day trails, tested out some sleeping issues for my back and would like some gear advice. No back issues from 10 miles or more carrying gear..(the right pack made a huge difference) however I sleep angled at night to avoid some back issues and have been looking for an inflatabable wedge or very good lightweight pillow that will help.not sure i trust the inflatable wedges on Amazon as i usually like the rei store online.thank you in advance :)

6:24 p.m. on April 8, 2013 (EDT)
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Also i cannot seem to get my profile to update and have a photo if you would like to share that as well :)

6:29 p.m. on April 8, 2013 (EDT)
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Got one of em.not my favorite pic, it was getting dark but at least theres one for now.Going to try and get a few of my trail pics from lately on here now


6:31 p.m. on April 8, 2013 (EDT)
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I use my sleeping bag stuff sack with clothing as a pillow.

7:20 p.m. on April 8, 2013 (EDT)
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I have tried the clothing thing but cant seem to get a good angle or firmness.maybe that with a good air pillow or try the inflatable wedge

8:00 p.m. on April 8, 2013 (EDT)
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I like the Thermarest pillows...there are lighter options but I haven't found anything that seems as much like a real pillow. Packs down pretty small, not really that heavy. Never could manage the inflatables, myself. And usually not enough extra clothes with me to make a sensible pillow out of (side-sleeper, I like thick pillows).

When you say you 'sleep angled' do you mean semi-sitting, in a reclining position? A chair kit like the Thermarest has straps to let you set the angle of the chairback, so that might work. You just slip a sleeping pad into the pockets:

Best of luck, a decent sleep makes a good hike great!

8:03 p.m. on April 8, 2013 (EDT)
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I'd say go with the air pillow there are a lot of good air mattresses out there but I don't think they are what you are looking for.

10:04 a.m. on April 9, 2013 (EDT)
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I took an old regular Down pillow and removed some of the down, trimmed the casing to match and made my "camping pillow". When I do canoe trips, I stuff my normal pillow into a small stuff sack & have all the comfort I could want.

Having suffered immense back & neck problems most of my life, I can tell you, forget all the gadgets & accessories, learn to stretch effectively and do it every day.

10:14 a.m. on April 9, 2013 (EDT)
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Good advice.  I have back and neck problems from horse and mule wrecks.

I like a down jacket in a stuff sack for a low pillow.  A lifejacket with the down jacket is even more comfortable.

12:04 p.m. on April 9, 2013 (EDT)
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I have also used my Camelbak bladder blown up with air, even with water inside, it still blows up comfortably. (They also make a good fire extinguisher,holding the bladder under an arm and pointing the mouth piece at the fire, I use it to douse the hot coals in the morning when breaking camp)

10:26 p.m. on April 10, 2013 (EDT)
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thank you for all the things to try. going to test some of them out the next few nights before my little local trip end of april :)

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