Pillow suggestions.

Discussion in 'Sleeping Bags & Quilts' started by rorymax, Mar 4, 2016.

  1. rorymax

    rorymax Section Hiker

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  2. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    StS Aeros Ultralight - I think fluffkitten has the Large 70g
    StS Aeros Premium - munro277 has this one - seen one in a shop very nice. Regular is 79g
    Klymit XPillow on offer - 64g - some mixed reports.
    AGG Flex Air Pillow - 27g got one, nothing more than a booster, not really comfortable
    Klymit Cush Seat pillow - 85g
    Montbell UL Pillow - 70g - don't think you can get in UK anymore
    Exped Air Pillow UL - 44g - a few other options also there.
    Poundland do a camping Pillow - got one - more comfortable than some - around 55-80g
    Mammut UL Pillow - 39g - got one - this is the one I use, just a booster.

    For me, its one of the first two StS ones....
  3. fluffkitten

    fluffkitten Moderator Staff Member

    Love my StS Aeros Ultralight to the point that if/when I break it I'll get another. THe large is about the right size for side sleeper.
  4. Wild Boy

    Wild Boy Trail Blazer

    Have been using the Expedia sleep for a year now. Very nice. But you've got me thinking for luxury winter use when I'm not banging out any form of long(ish) distance that St's large deluxe one looks real cool. Now where's best price.......
  5. ADz

    ADz Thru Hiker

    Goosefeet Down Pillow + Down or Prism jacket stuffed in bottom sack.
  6. bumbly

    bumbly Section Hiker

    I wouldn't buy the FlexAirs on principle given that they are something that is repackaged that are about 60-70p each when bought in their original packaging :) .

    They aren't that durable but I find them comfortable enough in the summer.

    I used to get them via a friend's mum who does the ordering for a clinic in the US.
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2016
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  7. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Useful summary :rolleyes:

    I've got the MB (well, two) - great pillow.
    Flexairs are OK - I joined two together (got a fair stock of these but don't think about using them much these days).
    Got an REI pillow too - OK as something to build up with clothes.

    As stated earlier, I just use my PHD in a Zpacks dry bag now - best pillow.

    Might have to consider a luxe one for Dr Deliciosa....
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2016
  8. Baldy

    Baldy Thru Hiker

    Down jacket in a dry-bag.
  9. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    Drybag with a buff over it. Whatever spare clothing available inside. If none(e.g. cold and waterproofs sopping), then tough.

    Started using a Mammut ultralite last year, but more as an extra booster when awake reading as it's tiny. Though it can go inside the drybag too...
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  10. murpharoo

    murpharoo Section Hiker

    Mammut UL pillow wrapped in a buff. Does me fine :)
  11. bumbly

    bumbly Section Hiker

    I used to always have spare kit to use like this. Since I went back to often using a half bag with a jacket, or not taking any camp clothes that I don't walk in other than my sleeping bag and a dry base layer I have nothing to use. I'll sleep on anything to raise my head when camping including climbing hardware or a water bottle but I have found recently I have nothing spare that will conveniently make the right height when backpacking. If my walking clothes are sopping I find I do better letting them dry some during the night than using them as a pillow and a dry bag just for that weighs more than a pillow. I used to consider taking a pillow as a bit of a luxury with a weight penalty while accepting that I probably didn't sleep quite as well without something.

    I can measure how well I sleep as my watch records movement and what I thought of before as being a little less comfortable without a pillow turns out for me to really be a totally different quality of sleep. It was hard to judge before as I would always put different levels of "get up and go" down to how hard the previous day had been over how much I might have been only half asleep.

    I forgot to take a pillow one recent trip but had exactly the same other kit and had a similar days exertion in the example with. It was interesting to see the difference. When thinking of an item that weighs about the same as a single snack and then considering how much in relation to that it might enable me to recover and get up and move I no longer see it as a comfort item.


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  12. Wild Boy

    Wild Boy Trail Blazer

    Some VERY interesting stuff/idea's that I'm definitely going to play around with. I've got enough different ZPack drybags......
    And I've definitely been ripped off importing those Flexairs!
  13. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    I'm in the "a decent pillow is a pre-requisite to good night sleep" camp, and often find I don't have enough clothing to make one. So an inflatable to boost/make one is more than just a luxury.
    So thanks for the list El :).
    The poundland offerings soon fail.
    The Flexair are so:so as a booster.
    I've ordered the Klymit X on Massdrop…….we'll see.
    I find a buff as pillow cover is a 'no-brainer' :rolleyes:.
  14. Martin Rye

    Martin Rye Backpacker

    Agree a pillow is not just a comfort item. I have been taking a BPL.co.uk Down pillow for over a year now, and just got myself a Goose Feet XL large pillow (it is overstuffed with more down). I slept very well using it on last weekends trip. Sleeping well matters and being able to rest and recover will make those big hill days more enjoyable. Great info and point made.
  15. ADz

    ADz Thru Hiker

    I too use a goose feet pillow, very nice :)
  16. bumbly

    bumbly Section Hiker

    I've found my x-pillow to work fine,uncovered, outside the bag but then I am using it with a short self inflatable on top of ccf. I sit the pillow off the thermarest but on the ccf. It works just as well inside a sleeping bag but I found outside to be more comfortable when shifting and I can get the hood of a bag snug around the face opening. It's the only option with a jacket with a hood instead of a bag. The x-pillow on mass drop might not work as well inside a bag hood as the valve is in a slightly different site to that on the normal production items if the photos and discussions are to go by.
  17. EM - Tacblades

    EM - Tacblades Ultralighter

    In the end i was fed up with clothes stuffed into a dry bag so made my own

    it has cotton voile top and ripstop sides and packs very tiny. Stuff it with a jumper or a down jacket.


  18. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    Tempted by something like this.

    Anyone else tried something similar? Any significant advantage over a plain stuffsac/drybag?
  19. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    you've no doubt seen these mole? Thermarest stuff sack pillow

    No problems so far with my Naturehike but as i've slept so much better with it, if it fails i'll get an equivalent replacement (StS?). Incidentally my Mammut UL Pillow sprung a leak, fairly sure it was failure as opposed to accident. Fixed it with bike repair kit, probably added 10g to the weight...
  20. ADz

    ADz Thru Hiker

    I'd be tempted by large version of this, The Zpacks pillow sack or going back to a larger version of Goosefeet down pillow case if moving away from air pillows again.
  21. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    I had seen those. Ta.
    I'm supplementing with the Mammut UL, but it's more of a filling within the drybag, too small as a standalone.
  22. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    i don't carry enough clothes to make a big enough pillow so i need a booster. i dont find that method very comfortable anyway.

    also this one might work Alpkit Padded Cell 3, 4 or 5
  23. ADz

    ADz Thru Hiker

    Chad (Sticks blog/youtube) uses a combo of an air pillow (large exped UL) and a large Goosefeet down pillow case. This is what I am tempted to give a go next if I get round to it. I have a Goosefeet case but it's too small.

    Those Alpkit would do job if they had larger options. The largest is still too small for me though personally at 320 x 250.
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  24. Rog Tallbloke

    Rog Tallbloke Thru Hiker

    I just rollup the rucksack with whatever is inside it and put my towel on top.
  25. jj1

    jj1 Summit Camper

    My velvet-feel pillow weighs 71 grams and is a cheapo purchase, ie £1.99, from some mainstream outdoor shop. But well worth it.
    In the past, two boots with the leather uppers overlapping each other and positioned at a suitable angle so that the soles of the footwear nestle either side of the head has proved very effective. But the smell is not always be appreciated.

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