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The best pillows, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on August 14, 2022. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Therm-a-Rest Stuff Sack Pillow
$19
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Sea to Summit Aeros Premium Pillow
$43 - $49
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
NEMO Fillo
$40
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Klymit Pillow X
$12 - $26
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Equinox Armadillo Pillow
$45
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Western Mountaineering Cloudrest
$106
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Vitals Ultralight Stretch Pillow
$25
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Therm-a-Rest Air Head Pillow
$43 - $54
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Exped Down Pillow
$65
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sea to Summit Aeros Premium Deluxe Pillow
$40 - $64
user rating: 4 of 5 (17)
Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow
$25 - $44
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Cocoon Air-Core Ultralight
$15 - $16
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs DriDown Pillow
$40
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Sea to Summit Aeros Down Pillow
$60 - $69
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (4)
Sea to Summit Aeros Ultralight Pillow
$40 - $59
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
NEMO Fillo Elite Ultralite
$45 - $49
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Klymit Pillow X Large
$15 - $32
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Slumberjack Slumberloft Camp Pillow
$13
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (3)
Exped Air Pillow UL
$39
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Teton Sports ComfortLite Self Inflating Pillow
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Klymit Cush Seat Camp Chair / Pillow
$15 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Exped Air Pillow
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Coghlan's Inflatable Air Cushion
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Exped Pillow Pump
$19 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
HikeBikeDale Monkey Pillow Case
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
TravelRest Pillow
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Therm-a-Rest Down Pillow
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MEC Deluxe Pillow
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Forclaz Inflatable Hiking Pillow
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Sea to Summit Travel Pillow
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Zpacks Pillow Dry Bag
$35 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Feathered Friends Geoduck Down Pillow
$45 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Sea to Summit Luxury Pillow
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Eagles Nest Outfitters ParaPillow
$20 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Therm-a-Rest Wrap-It Pillow
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Cocoon Sleeping Bag Hood Pillow
$27 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Sleeping Giant Memory Foam Pillow
$40 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Exped ComfortFoam Pillow
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Cocoon Down Travel Pillow
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Marmot Strato Pillow
$35 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Sleeping Giant Memory Foam Pillow (Upgrade Kit)
$20 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Hummingbird Hammocks Starling Inflatable Pillow
$17 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Quixote Goose Down Pillow
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Air Core Pillow
$30 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Pillow
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Cocoon Synthetic Travel Pillow
user rating: 2 of 5 (2)
Kelty Go Pillow
user rating: 2 of 5 (3)
Kelty Luxury Pillow
$26 MSRP

Recent Pillow Reviews

rated 5 of 5 stars
Therm-a-Rest Air Head Pillow

Therm-a-Rest Air Head Pillow—just the ticket to reduce that aching neck.   After countless nights on the trail trying to repeatedly position my head on makeshift bundles of clothing or puffy jackets and still waking up with a neck ache, I was just about to break down and get a pillow. As I am counting ounces I didn’t want to add any “unecessary” items. And along came the Air Head! I tried it in conjunction with the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Topo Luxe (separate review) air mattress and for the… Full review

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Hummingbird Hammocks Starling Inflatable Pillow

A good pillow, while not critical, can make for a good night’s sleep, which in turn is crucial for restoration when camping or backpacking. The Starling is an inflatable camping/backpacking pillow made by Hummingbird, a brand more famous for their ultralight parachute fabric hammocks. The Starling is soft, silent, lightweight, and compact, all qualities I look for when searching for a decent camping pillow. If they can improve it in some areas, it’ll come even closer to a top choice. For decades… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Sea to Summit Aeros Premium Pillow

Completely changed my sleep quality outdoors. It's super comfortable, highly compact, lightweight, and durable. The only downside is the price. Who thought sleeping outside could be that comfortable? From an item I thought I would never need, this had become an item I never go camping without. Ultralight, super compact, and amazingly comfortable, maybe the price is its only downside. Like much everybody else, my first and only pillow up to this one, was a rolled fleece jacket, or if I was super… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Exped Down Pillow

Exped Down Pillow—a little comfort goes a long way when on the trail at night. My body has been through Hell and Back and I've suffered a couple of different head and neck injuries. As I started to try long distance hiking and being a beginner I started trying and experimenting with new gear. I found when sleeping on the cold ground I wasn't getting a good night's sleep and since I had already discovered the Exped Down sleeping pad when I saw the Exped Down Pillow at my local outfitter I had to… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Forclaz Inflatable Hiking Pillow

The closest to home bed pillow I could ever find: silent, soft, adjustable. Not the lightest or most compact trekking/camping pillow out there, but well worth carrying around for a good and restoring night. A few words on sleeping comfort and camping pillows Different people have different needs, but everyone can benefit from a good night of sleep to restore energy when we’re backpacking, camping or trekking. Sleeping comfort is relative too, and depends on so many factors. When I’m really tired,… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Marmot Strato Pillow

The Marmot Strato Pillow strikes a good balance between minimalism, comfort, and versatility. Background: I've used a variety of inflatable pillows over the years, as well as pillows fashioned out of excess gear (the stuff-sack pillow method). While such an ultralight solution can suffice for a few nights, a long-distance trail of hundreds to thousands of miles requires days and months of restorative sleep.  My backpacking style focuses on lightweight, minimal gear with a priority given to some… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Sea to Summit Aeros Down Pillow

Nice light luxury item. After 50+ years of backcountry tripping I've never used a pillow per se. The closest I've come is a light microfleece sack to stuff some clothes in as a pillow. The suitability of that approach however, depended on what clothes I had available to use as "stuffing" and often was pretty lumpy in the end. So, after reading some reviews and talking with folks that have tried it, I splurged and tried this one. It weighs almost nothing and takes up negligible pack space. Rectangular… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Feathered Friends Geoduck Down Pillow

Works great if enclosed in a rolled up dry sack or compression bag, otherwise it flattens out and is too slippery to stay in place. I was unhappy with this pillow as the inner part protrudes almost immediately like toothpaste coming out of the tube, which flattens the pillow. Moreover, the fabric was so slippery the pillow kept sliding out from under my head on my sleeping pad. Then it occurred to me to encase the pillow in my sleeping bag’s compression sack. I rolled it up to make the bag tight… Full review

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Klymit Cush Seat

A super lightweight pad, that packs down tiny, when you want a little something between your tush and the ground. On most day hikes, I like to have a little something to sit on when I am having lunch or chilling creek-side. For years, I have used a Therm-a-Rest Z-seat, a compact closed cell mat for that. But sometimes, when going fast and light with a small pack, I don't really have space for it. I kept getting emails from Klymit offering the Cush Seat pad "for free. You just pay the shipping."… Full review