A pillow that is worth the price and not much else.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $10 USD
A pillow that is worth the price and not much else. Its best feature is its quietness. This is a prime example of getting what you pay for.
- Quiet, no noise as I toss and turn trying to get comfortable
- Stuff sack is provided
- Looses loft quickly
- Stitching is weak
- Hot, although not always a con, it certainly is in hot, humid weather
I originally purchased this as a last minute addition to my pack prior to a mid-summer three-day trip when the weather was forecasted to be very hot and very humid (>90F with 80-90% humidity). Before that trip I typically just bundled up a fleece layer I had to use as a pillow. Because of the forecast on this trip, I knew a fleece layer wasn't needed and so I thought this inexpensive camp pillow was a good idea.
For the first few times I used the pillow it was a good addition to my pack. It weighs close to half a pound with the stuff sack. Although the cotton flannel fabric is hot against the face especially during the warmer months, the pillow remained comfortable and allowed me to get a good night's rest. By the 4th or 5th time I used the pillow though, I could begin noticing serious signs of wear. The stitching was already coming undone and it was beginning to lose its loft.
It's now been a few years since I purchased the pillow and I still use it on rare occasions. Because of the loss of loft, I now have to fold the pillow in half to create more height, then wrap it with a fleece layer or camp towel to get it to the loft I need.
Instead of taking it back to the store, I knew I could do some fixing to this inexpensive pillow and get it to where I want it. The poor stitching issue was easy enough to fix with some reinforcements via the sewing machine.
In the end, it's not a great pillow. But I never expected it to be for the price I paid for it. It is an upgrade from the bundled up fleece jacket I once used, but that's about it. After some alterations, I'll have the pillow I need for a good night's rest while camping. If you aren't into doing alterations on your gear (ie: refilling the pillow and/or reinforcing the stitching), then I wouldn't recommend this pillow. Otherwise, it's good price to pay for a serviceable pillow.