Exped Air Pillow UL

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If you are looking for good sleep outdoors (and who…

Rating: rated 2.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $55

Summary

If you are looking for good sleep outdoors (and who isn't?), the Exped Air Pillow UL is very light and comfortable. But be very gentle with it, and hope that it lasts.

Pros

  • Really light
  • Comfortable

Cons

  • Baffle broke leaving pillow uncomfortable
  • leak

I am on the fence over this product, because it is very light and works well, but mine "deformed" in roughly 20 nights use. Not a very long life for the product. 

This pillow has a really good design to it. Instead of one big chamber like some other air pillows (which leave a big mound for your head to roll off), this one is contoured to cradle your noggin. All of the perimeter is raised and the middle is slightly lower. One of the longer sides is raised higher than the other. So if you sleep on your side that would go under your neck, or if you sleep on your back you may want towards the top of your head to have it slightly raised.

It is the most comfortable pillow I have used. It supported my head well. It was tall enough and large enough to function well. And weighing less than 2 ounces. I should state that I used the size Medium, and they also make a size Large. 

Exped has other versions of this pillow. I actually tried out the original Air Pillow (red color) before trying this one. It worked really well, but they came out with this Air Pillow UL (yellow), and being a bit of a lightweight fanatic I wanted to try the lighter one out. On their site, it says the Air Pillow is 3 ounces, and the Air Pillow UL is 2 ounces. I think mine came out to under 2 oz, maybe closer to 1.5 without the stuff sack, which I didn't use when backpacking anyways.

Now I see they have an Air Pillow Lite, which is in between the two. It uses a thicker fabric than the UL, and online it says it is the same weight and same dimensions, so not sure how that is possible. And they have the Comfort Pillow, which has some foam in it and weighs 7 ounces according to the Exped site.

The design is similar to a camping air mattress. There are baffles that give the pillow shape. This was the thing that broke on mine. One of the baffles must have torn, and left the pillow with a huge lump in the middle. It was no longer comfortable after that. And I don't know how one would repair that. Not long before the baffle tore, the pillow developed a slow leak to it.

I used the pillow approximately 20 nights. I was always careful with it and it always was on top of a sleeping pad, either foam or air. It was used in warmer weather, above 40 degrees. I really expect a product like this to last well over 100 nights with good care. 

I returned mine, and decided for now not to try another. I hope that I received a dud and others do not have this problem. I am tempted to try out the Air Pillow Lite with the thicker fabric. I wonder if the baffle material or connection is different?


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Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

The Exped Air Pillow UL is the lightest and most compact pillow in Exped's arsenal. Get a lightweight and compact pillow without losing comfort and durability.

- CampSaver.com

Weighing in at less than 2 oz., the Exped Air Pillow UL can come along on your lightweight adventures into the mountains to help you get a good night's sleep.

- REI

The Air Pillow UL is one of the lightest and most comfortable camping pillows around. Weighing roughly 2 ounces, it uses a single valve for inflation and deflation while offering you a soft and cozy place to rest your head at the end of a long day on the trail.

- Mountain Gear

The Air Pillow UL from Exped Llc weighs in at under 2 ounces, making it a must-have for your next wilderness adventure. The easy to inflate/deflate system of the Air Pillow UL means you'll be getting a good night's rest in no time. PRODUCT FEATURES: Skin-friendly, ultra-lightweight polyester fabric. One FlatValve for inflation and deflation. To vent, the built-in drain pin is inserted into the valve. Asymmetrical shape: side sleepers (high position) and back/stomach sleepers (lower position) The anatomic shape prevents slipping. 2 eyelets for attaching to the mat. Also fits perfectly into the hood of the sleeping bag. Includes repair kit and stuff sack. Dimensions: 38 x 27 x 11 cm / 15 x 10.6 x 4.3" Weight: 45 g / 1.6 oz Packed: 5 x 9 cm / 2 x 3.5"

- Appalachian Outdoors

Back in the day you shaved ounces ff your pack weight by using clothes or shoes as a pillow, but you've realized now that packing an extra ounce is definitely worth it when you lay your head down on the heavenly softness of the Exped Air Pillow UL. This ultralight blow up camping pillow has an asymmetrical shape for comfort on your side or back and fits perfectly into the hood of your sleeping bag. If you want it under your bag, attach the 2 side eyelets to your air mattress to keep it from slipping around. Sweet dreams!

- Altrec Outdoors