Specs

Weight 2.5 oz / 70 g
Length 17.3 in
Width 12.6 in
Height/Depth 5.5 in
Stuffed Size 2.1 x 3.1 in / 5.3 x 7.8 cm

Reviews

Excellent support and comfort for your head, for a…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new

Summary

Excellent support and comfort for your head, for a good night's sleep.

Pros

  • Ultralight
  • Packs down small
  • Inflates quickly
  • Deflates quickly (see below)

Cons

  • Pillow slides off of sleeping pad
  • A little tricky to get all of the air out for stuffing

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I have tried many a backpacking pillow over the years, but have found most of them just not quite right. See my review of the Feathered Friends Geoduck pillow as an example.

Having purchased one of Sea to Summit's ultralight pads last season, and finding it to fit my needs perfectly, I thought this might be the one.

The pad packs down small, and is so light (2.5 oz), you won't even notice that you've put it in your pack.

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The Aero has the same dual-valve that the sleeping pad has, so inflating is a breeze (8-9 puffs for me). With the inner valve open it deflates quickly. One small quibble here... because the valve is in the center of the pillow (underneath), it is difficult to get all of the air out when rolling it up for the stuff sack. I sort of had to roll it from both sides, then unroll one side, and finish rolling it to stuff. It took a couple of tries the first time, but I think I got it figured out.

The pillow is very comfortable and supportive under the head. And the double-valve permits one to fine tune the inflation. So if you like it really firm, you can do that; or if you like it a little squishier, you can let a little air out.

My biggest complaint is, that the pillow wouldn't stay on top of the sleeping pad. That was a sleeping pad made by the same manufacturer! I found that by putting it inside my sleeping bag, the hood kept it in place, and it worked out great. But if there was some way to get it to stay put better, it would be perfect.

I used this on a three-day backpacking trip in the Hetch Hetchy region of Yosemite, in early spring (wet and chilly) conditions, and it worked great. I slept well, and appreciated not having a sore neck when I got up in the morning. All in all, the closest to perfect I've found (so far)!

Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for the helpful review, David!


4 years ago
KiwiKlimber

I can't bring myself to use an air pillow for any extended period of time, but I'm glad you find restful. The whole sliding off the pad thing would drive me nuts. Thanks for the helpful review!


4 years ago
David Link

I wasn't completely sure about an inflatable pillow either. But once I solved the sliding around problem, it really was comfortable.


4 years ago

I used to have a lot of problems with camping pillows:…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $30

Summary

I used to have a lot of problems with camping pillows: not anymore.

Pros

  • Comfort
  • Top is so comfortable to sleep on
  • Pressure can be adjusted to suit you

Cons

  • Could have a more "sticky" base; it is the same as top.

I used to use clothes as a pillow. Problem: my head would always slide off to one side or the other and the "pillow" was inevitably lumpy. Result: bad sleep.

Then I bought my first inflatable. This was a dramatic improvement but... the material was cold and hard to the skin. But still it was a big improvement.

Then I bought this pillow! Wow! I've had it for a year now on ~6 trips. No complaints about comfort, feel, warmth, nothing except the base material could be changed to something more sticky especially since I was using it with a Sea to Summit mattress which has a very smooth surface.

The top and bottom of the pillow are made of the same Coolmax fabric. But that criticism is very minor. Perhaps I should buy the Coolmax fitted sheet for the mattress that would solve the problem and weigh next to nothing!

Both the pillow and the mattress (a Comfort Light Insulated S to S mattress) work with the same Jet Stream Pump Sack. They all use the same valve system - which works very well to seal and to evacuate air. Brilliant!

G00SE

Thanks for the review, Denevans. Do you have any pictures? What is the weight on this?


4 years ago

Inflatable camping pillow. Small, light, compact.

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: £24

Summary

Inflatable camping pillow.

Pros

  • Size
  • Weight
  • Clever air valve

Cons

  • None found

Small, light, compact. Didn't realize how much I needed this thing until after I'd bought it. 

Waste of money. This pillow is quite comfortable,…

Rating: rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $45

Summary

Waste of money.

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Easy to inflate

Cons

  • Fails

This pillow is quite comfortable, too bad it doesn't last. I've gone through three of them in a couple of months. I've spoken with the company on several occasions and, like many gear companies, they feed me bull.

That's OK though, I just won't do business with them. Don't get me wrong, they will "make it right," but when they tell me that they have less than 1% failure rate I call "bull." When I did finally do that, the PR guy finally shut up and let me talk. I explained to him that my experience was 100% failure rate.

He then proceeded to tell me that the pillow didn't fail, there were pinholes in it. Why do these companies lie?

Either way, don't buy this pillow; it will most likely fail. I told them I don't care for a replacement. I'd rather use my dry sack with some extra clothes. I don't do business with liars if I can help it and they lied to me on at least one other occasion.

Oh well, glad to know now than later I suppose. I would not take this pillow for free, as it has been offered AND they have lost a customer although they actually make some decent stuff. I hope this review is helpful.

trouthunter

Hi Rooster, I understand how you must feel. Can you describe how the pillow failed? Did a seam burst, or did the air valve fail to work, etc? A description of the problem you had would be very helpful.


5 years ago
Denis Evans

I have used mine for nearly 10 years without a problem. Doesn’t leak and all the valves still work. So I am puzzled that 3 have failed on you.


1 year ago

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