User Review: Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $25
I have mixed feelings about this pillow. The other couple of backpacking pillows I've used in the past were inadequate for me, just too small. This one is big enough and has enough loft, I just haven't gotten used to the foam feel of it yet.
- Adequate loft to get your head at least to parallel when on a sleeping pad
- Packs to about half its fluffed out size
- Shell material is comfortable (two different materials on each side)
- Firm foam feeling takes time to get used to
- A bit large for backpacking (but I do it anyway)
In the past I've used smaller fiber filled pillows but ended up carrying two of them to try and get the height I need. But they always slid off of each other and I was constantly waking up trying to fix them. I decided to try this pillow because it fluffs up to be pretty thick and it is firm enough to maintain some level of height.
I've only used it a couple of times so far and since I use firm feather pillows at home, I've had a difficult time adjusting to the feel of the firm foam nuggets. I still think it's better than what I was doing before and I'll likely get used to it the more I use it.
At 52, there are a few things I want to bring for comfort and a pillow is one of them so I don't mind carrying this in my backpack. Compressed, it actually fits in the top lid. The one I have is about 18" x 12" so it is the smaller version.
Maybe in the future, I'll sleep with it at home for the week prior to backpacking so I'm more used to it.