Big Agnes Sleeping Giant Memory Foam Pillow (Upgrade Kit)

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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.


Deluxe Weight 8.5 oz
Kit Weight 6.5 oz
Flat size 16" x 12"
Packed size in stuff sack 7.5" x 9" x 3"
Rolled compressed size 7.5" x 3"



Weight: 7 oz (not including Air Core or other pillow)Dimensions:…

Rating: rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Source: received for testing via the Trailspace Review Corps

Weight: 7 oz (not including Air Core or other pillow)
Dimensions: 16" x 12"
7.5" x 9" x 3" (packed in stuff sack)
7.5" x 3" (rolled compressed)
MSRP: $15 (upgrade kit); $29 (deluxe)


The Sleeping Giant Pillow lets you add a layer of comfortable memory foam on top of a Big Agnes Air Core or other pillow inserted inside its cover. The foam layer adds a soft, uniform, pillow-top feel to your air pillow, while still being able to change the air pillow’s firmness and height by inflating and deflating. Adding the Upgrade Kit to the Air Core pillow made it much more comfortable than the Air Core alone. The Deluxe version ($29) comes with an air pillow.


At 11.5 ounces for total set-up it's heavy. While the foam layer and cover significantly diminished the noisiness of the Air Core’s nylon covering, it was still a little noticeable to obsessive types. However, using a different pillow in the upgrade kit might fix that.

Review originally published as part of Backpacking and Camping Pillow Comparison review.

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Manufacturer's Description

A layer of memory foam on top of your pillow makes sleeping in the backcountry even better! Get the complete Deluxe version that includes an air pillow and the memory foam or use a pillow you already have and add to the Pillow Upgrade Kit.
Pillows will fit inside Big Agnes sleeping bag pillow pocket.

The two pillow options: Deluxe or Upgrade Kit.
Deluxe: includes memory foam, air pillow, cover and stuff sack.
Upgrade Kit: includes memory foam, cover and stuff sack.

Visit Big Agnes's Sleeping Giant Memory Foam Pillow (Upgrade Kit) page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

Enhance the comfort of your backcountry pillow with the Sleeping Giant Memory Foam Pillow Upgrade Kit from Big Agnes. Just slide your air pillow into the nylon cover lined with memory foam at the top that provides an instant, cushy cradle for your head.

- Mountain Gear

Big Agnes Sleeping Giant Memory Foam Pillow Kit The SPECS Dimension: 12 x 16 x 3.5in. / 30 x 41 x 9 cm Weight Deluxe Pillow: 8.5 oz / 241 g Weight Pillow Upgrade Kit: 6.5 oz / 184 g

- Moosejaw

Upgrade your existing camp pillow with the Big Agnes Sleeping Giant Memory Foam Pillow Kit. A sheet of memory foam adds extra loft and comfort to your sleeping system. Enjoy a good night's rest on the trail with the Big Agnes Sleeping Giant Memory Foam Pillow Kit.

- Altrec Outdoors

Slip into blissful slumber with your head cradled in the soft memory foam of this dreamily comfortable pillow kit from Big Agnes. Supportive polyurethane memory foam conforms to the shape of your head and helps maintain even, consistent warmth. 16 x 12 in. size is perfect for the pillow pocket on Big Agnes sleeping bags. Nylon cover protects foam from dirt, moisture and wear. Packs down to 9 x 7.5 x 3 in.