Open main menu

Sea to Summit Aeros Ultralight Pillow

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
photo: Sea to Summit Aeros Ultralight Pillow pillow

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


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


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


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.


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)!

Source: bought it new

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


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


  • 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!

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $30

Waste of money.


  • Comfortable
  • Easy to inflate


  • 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.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $45

Inflatable camping pillow.


  • Size
  • Weight
  • Clever air valve


  • None found

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

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: £24

Your Review

Where to Buy

Help support this site by making your next gear purchase through one of the links above. Click a link, buy what you need, and the seller will contribute a portion of the purchase price to support Trailspace's independent gear reviews.

You May Like


Price Current Retail: $44.95-$64.99
Historic Range: $19.99-$64.99
Reviewers Paid: $30.00-$45.00
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
Product Details from Sea to Summit »

Recently on Trailspace

Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 Review

Fire Maple Petrel Ultralight Pot Review