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Kelty Luxury Pillow

rated 2.0 of 5 stars
photo: Kelty Luxury Pillow pillow

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: $20

* Trailspace Pick for Basecamp Comfort *


Weight: 10 oz
Fill: 600-fill power duck down on top, Thermolite Quallo on bottom
Dimensions: 18" x 14" (46 x 36 cm)
5" x 9" (13 x 23 cm) (packed)
MSRP: $25


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.

Review originally published as part of Backpacking and Camping Pillow Comparison review.

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 (Sample provided by Kelty for testing and review)

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. 

Price Paid: $25

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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.


Price MSRP: $25.95
Historic Range: $9.95-$34.95
Reviewers Paid: $20.00-$25.00
Total Weight 10 oz / 0.3 kg
Fill Weight 8 oz / 0.2 kg
Width 14 in / 36 cm
Length 18 in / 46 cm
Shape Rectangular
Stuffed Diameter 5 in / 13 cm
Stuffed Length 9 in / 23 cm
Insulation 600-Fill-Power Down and Kelty CloudLoftTM Pro
Shell Material Polyester Diamond Cross-Dye Ripstop
Liner Material Sueded Nylon-Polyester-Cotton
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