Big Agnes Air Core Pillow
Source: received for testing via the Trailspace Review Corps (Sample provided by Big Agnes for testing and review)
The Air Core packs down very small, but can be inflated to a large size. Unlike compressible pillows, you can easily adjust its firmness to your own liking and comfort. The I-beam interior construction panels keep it from becoming too rounded on top for an even surface. It's easy to inflate and you get a lot of surface area for not much weight or pack size.
Despite the many advantages of this inflatable, there was one con that trumped all—the nylon is quite noisy and drove one tester nuts. Putting clothes on top of it or placing it inside a very large pillow pocket (like in Big Agnes’s rectangular sleeping bags) can muffle the sound some. If the nylon was covered in something softer and less noisy this pillow would be vastly improved.
Review originally published as part of Backpacking and Camping Pillow Comparison review.
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For the pros and cons of this and 15 other backpacking and camping pillows, read Trailspace’s “Backpacking and Camping Pillow Comparison” in the Gear Guide.
This 12"x 16" x 2.5" thick blow up pillow is made of 70D nylon and uses the same I-beam interior construction as our Air Core sleep pads. Can be used in the pillow pocket of the semi-rectangular Big Agnes bags or used alone in place of your rolled up fleece jacket. Comes with mesh stuff sack.
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This 12"x 16" x 2.5" thick blow up pillow is made of 70 denier nylon and uses the same I-beam interior construction as our Air Core sleep pads. Can be used in the pillow pocket of the Big Agnes Classic and Park Series sleeping bags or use alone in place of you rolled up fleece jacket. Comes with a mesh stuff sack.
The ultimate lightweight pillow! At 3.5 ounces, the Big Agnes Air Core Pillow is comfortable, compact, and perfect for sweet dreams outdoors.
At just 2" x 7.5" (packed) and weighing in at just 4.5 oz. this pillow is hardly the size of a soda can. This pillow doesn't take up much space, but you will be happy you brought it along when you rest your head on this 12" x 16", air-filled dream. The 2.5" think inflatable pillow is made up of a durable 70D nylon and uses the same I-beam technology used in the Air Core pads. Either stuff this in the pillow pocket (standard in all Big Agnes sleeping bags), or use it alone in place of the rolled up wad of clothes.Includes mesh stuff sackWeight: 4.5 oz.Packed Size: 2" x 7.5"
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Big Agnes Air Core Pillow FEATURES of the Big Agnes Sleeping Giant Memory Foam Pillow Kit Two pillow options one with an air pad and one without 12 x 16 x 3.5in. / 30 x 41 x 9 cm pillows fit inside Big Agnes pillow pocket SPECIFICATIONS for Deluxe Pillow Weight: 8.5 oz / 241 g SPECIFICATIONS for Pillow Upgrade Kit Weight: 6.5 oz / 184 g