Kelty Luxury Pillow
Price Paid: $20
Same as previous reviewer, Bought it online. I bought it as a small nap pillow for the office because I figured it be too big/heavy/luxurious for backpacking. Received and was highly disappointed, rather misleading description "luxury pillow", but I suppose any pillow in the wilderness could be considered a luxury.
It's rather flat indeed to even be considered a pillow. It has about the same support and loft as laying on 5 T-shirts, a small cat bed would be way more effective in comparison. It has a "pocket/sleeve" where you can stuff in your fleece sweater/jacket etc, which helps a lot... but for that save the $20 and just roll up your fleece and or stuff it in a ditty bag.
The quality overall seems well made, aside from the fact that it's pretty lame as a pillow. The most comfortable way for me to use it is to either leave it in its stuff sack as a neck roll, or to fold it in half and bunch it up for depth.
If a down item I own is about to get trashed I'll consider unstitching and donating the down to the Kelty Luxury pillow.
Price Paid: $25
I bought this pillow sight unseen and got a good deal on it. BUT, this pillow to me is the opposite of luxurious. Absolutely flat as a pancake. Adding a jacket or shirt in the sleeve is the only way to get any kind of loft.
It could be just the model I received. I have since switched to a Thermarest pillow. Slightly larger pack size but worth every inch of space for my neck and back.
Design: 18" x 14" (46 x 36 cm); 5" x 9" (13 x 23 cm) (packed)
Fill: 600-fill power duck down on top, Thermolite Quallo on bottom
Weight: 10 oz
Source: received for testing via the Trailspace Review Corps
Price Paid: Sample provided by Kelty
The following information originally appeared in Trailspace’s “Backpacking and Camping Pillow Comparison”.
- Aptly named, the Kelty Luxury pillow is the most comfortable of all the pillows we tested, striking the right balance between softness and support. It feels like a “real” pillow, just a bit smaller.
- It cradles your head in its center without becoming squashed down or your head rolling off to the side. Its soft cover offers the choice between cool nylon and soft polyester-cotton.
- Its large size makes it an excellent choice for basecamp.
- Designed for basecamp, it’s too heavy for backpacking and too big to fit inside a cinched down mummy bag hood.
- It takes a little effort to stuff it back into its stuff sack.
- Kelty should consider making a half-size version for backpackers, which could be perfect.
The Kelty Luxury Pillow was named Trailspace's Pick for Basecamp Comfort in our “Backpacking and Camping Pillow Comparison.”
10 oz / 0.3 kg
8 oz / 0.2 kg
14 in / 36 cm
18 in / 46 cm
5 in / 13 cm
9 in / 23 cm
600-Fill-Power Down and Kelty CloudLoftTM Pro
Polyester Diamond Cross-Dye Ripstop
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.