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.
Historic Range: $10.93-$19.95
16" x 12"
|Packed size in stuff sack||
7.5" x 9" x 3"
|Rolled compressed size||
7.5" x 3"
Weight: 7 oz (not including Air Core or other pillow)
Dimensions: 16" x 12"
7.5" x 9" x 3" (packed in stuff sack)
7.5" x 3" (rolled compressed)
MSRP: $15 (upgrade kit); $29 (deluxe)
The Sleeping Giant Pillow lets you add a layer of comfortable memory foam on top of a Big Agnes Air Core or other pillow inserted inside its cover. The foam layer adds a soft, uniform, pillow-top feel to your air pillow, while still being able to change the air pillow’s firmness and height by inflating and deflating. Adding the Upgrade Kit to the Air Core pillow made it much more comfortable than the Air Core alone. The Deluxe version ($29) comes with an air pillow.
At 11.5 ounces for total set-up it's heavy. While the foam layer and cover significantly diminished the noisiness of the Air Core’s nylon covering, it was still a little noticeable to obsessive types. However, using a different pillow in the upgrade kit might fix that.
Review originally published as part of Backpacking and Camping Pillow Comparison review.