User Review: Cocoon Air-Core Ultralight
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $20
Absolutely essential for comfort and a superior night's rest. Highly adjustable for precise comfort. It is perfectly sized for any sleeping pad. Super lightweight, you will not know you are carrying it.
- Super lightweight
- Adjust to any comfort level
- Keeps you warm on cold Sierra nights
- Packs tiny. Flattened, rolls right into your sleeping bag
- Fills fast, empties fast
- Can get a little too warm
I tried using my clothes, down jacket, boots, day pack, and just about everything in my pack as a pillow. Sure, many people make that stuff work. But I really wanted to sleep as comfortably as possible to be ready for the next days big hike. many of the above items were OK for a little while but I spend half the night trying to readjust and fluff the flats sports and remove lumps. There had to be a better way...
And so I searched for a camp pillow on the popular outdoor sites. Wow! So many! Yay! I read the reviews here on trailspace.com as well as the forums posts about pillows. Folks are kind of weird and pretty opinionated with some suggesting you are not supposed to be comfortable, you are camping. To that I say PHOOEY!
The Cocoon came in around 20 bucks on Amazon Prime. I had it in two days which was that day before my trip. I am sure stores had it for a similar price but I needed it NOW.
The first night, I simply removed it from the tiny stuff sack and a few puffs of air and it was done. I adjusted it a bit and found about 2/3 rds full was perfect for me. I would start there and add or remove a bit of air until you are comfortable. Too full and I think you will have neck pain the next day.
The soft synthetic fill can be felt when it is deflated but with air in it, it just adds a nice layer of warmth to retain from of the face heat. Completely inside my mummy bag, the cheek on the pillow did get a bit warm a couple times. having to get up and pee a time or two a night took care of any chance of being too warm. You can flip it over if needed.
I have used it 5 nights in the cold Sierras nights. I found zero issues or defects. I assume I will get many more nights from the pillow. It is made in China. Not sure if that means inexpensive or prone to failure.
If you are camping or backpacking, I encourage you to get this one another backpacking pillow. It is just a couple ounces. There is no need to be uncomfortable backpacking especially at this price and weight!