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MEC Deluxe Pillow

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
photo: MEC Deluxe Pillow pillow
Version reviewed: Large

This is my dream pillow for camping. Compacts small, and inflates large and firm.


  • Lightweight
  • Compact
  • Inflatable
  • Supportive
  • Good for side-sleepers
  • Firm


  • Moves around
  • Can be noisy

MEC-Deluxe-Pillow-grey.jpgColours: "Cardinal Red Foliage Print" or "Asphalt"


  • Medium is 27.5 x 39 x 12 cm (10-3/4" x 15-1/4" x 4-3/4")
  • Large is 30 x 49 x 12 cm (11-3/4" x 19-1/4" x 4-3/4").

Fit & Comfort (8/10): The fit is appropriate for side-sleepers who need a thicker, firmer pillow. Other sleepers (back/front) can also deflate it to your liking, if you prefer a thinner pillow. The shredded memory-foam makes the top surface really soft and conforming.

Packability (10/10): Compacts down to about the size of a softball... enough said.

Loft (8/10): This pillow has lots of volume, but not much "fluff"... so if you like a fluffy pillow, I suggest you look elsewhere... but I love a nice thick firm pillow, and this one fits the bill!

Ease of Use (10/10): There's literally ONE moving part: the air valve. It's pretty hard to screw up. 

Features (8/10): This is essentially a pillow-sized air mattress with a velvety outer permanent "pillowcase", and the top of the pillow has a thin compartment of shredded memory foam for additional comfort. I really like the foam-top for comfort, and the velvetty texture is quite soft.

Construction & Durability (10/10): I think you'd have to be intentionally malicious to break this pillow. the inner bladder is protected by the soft outer fabric. There's not much to say beyond that, it's solid construction.

Conditions: I'm a side sleeper, and I prefer a firm pillow with enough volume to hold my head up. I love this pillow for being thick, firm, and comfortable when in use, but also packing incredibly small. I've had the large version of this pillow for about three years now, and I've never seen a better camp pillow for me.

My only real complaint is the propensity for this pillow to slide away in the night. My recommendation to stop this pillow from drifting: slip your mattress pad inside a spare T-shirt, then stuff the pillow inside the same t-shirt and position it at the top of the pad... the T-shirt will hold the pillow and the sleeping pad together so the pillow cannot escape!


Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $34 CAD

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