Pillow suggestions.

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

  1. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    Massdrop recently had Goosefeet cases sized to fit the Klymit Pillow X. If you're interested it could be worth putting in a request.
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  2. ADz

    ADz Thru Hiker

    Thanks for heads up. May have do that.

    Have put a request in. Here is the massdrop for anybody interested. Should fit various air pillows or you can just stuff jacket in etc :)

    If anybody is interested in a smaller size I have one smaller than this which I'm selling.

    Last edited: May 1, 2017
  3. tom

    tom Thru Hiker

    Backpack is already under my legs... I also used to stuff gear like rain jacket into a stuffbag with some extra clothes but all this kit has shrunk and shrunk over the years - my storm jacket is now the size of a tennis ball, wind jacket even smaller, and top quality down (when not wearing it already as part of a "sleep system") compresses extremely well. Fleece makes a good cushion too but again, my fleece is mainly for camp and night use. All this is not a big deal for an overnighter but on longer trips, my first priority is carrying (nice!!!) food for 6 or 7 days. My valveless inflatable pillow is mainly for those nights when other pillow substitute options are exhausted.
  4. JKM

    JKM Thru Hiker

    Personally I like the naturehike one, nice soft material and a good size.

    Prior to that I was using a poundland camping pillow. 40g and you guessed it, £1
    Perfectly comfy Andi would still be using it if the naturehike was not such a bargain.

    Oh, and the naturehike comes in orange....
  5. Rog Tallbloke

    Rog Tallbloke Thru Hiker

    You're right and I have run into the same issue on some recent trips. Boots and food don't make the most comfy pillow. The 11g re-inflatable silvery balloon in a stuffsack idea seems good for the weight, I'll give that a go.
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  6. Steve Budge

    Steve Budge Backpacker

    Agreed :biggrin:
  7. Shoarthing

    Shoarthing Summit Camper

    For a restless sidesleeoer:

    Thermarest ultralight pillow case (27g) - on really lightweight jaunts usually stuffed with a Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer, so about 250g total.

    Exped pillow pump (150g) - really comfortable, and with adaptors pumps up a JD Gear insulated pad fine; for me, the shape and resilience of this pillow is just right.
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  8. Scotty Von Porkchop

    Scotty Von Porkchop Ultralighter

    I tried the nature hike on a recent trip but I found it too big/small depending on whether it was on or off an inflatable pad (exped synmat). Very well made for £4 delivered and is probably perfect for a thinner mat like a Ridgerest.

    I've tried down filled pillows and pillow stuff sacks (I ripped off Goosefeet for the stuff sack and had their original pillow) but found them awful. The whole point of the down is its compression characteristics so just went flat and damp. A similar synthetic stuff sack worked better.
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  9. Nevis

    Nevis Section Hiker

    I have a Nemo Filo and last trip I took a large pillow case with me and pulled it over the top of the sleep mat then pushed the pillow up in side the pillow case....pillow never moved all night and was very comfy. Down side is that the Nemo doesn't pack all that small but for me it's a fair price to pay for a comfy sleep :)
  10. Nigellionheart

    Nigellionheart Backpacker

    I tried various pillows but fav current choice is my STS Aeros Ultralight in medium weighs 60g. Stuff this inside a thermal fleece lined buff. Stuff this in the sleeping bag hood and I find it stays in place all night..
  11. FOX160

    FOX160 Thru Hiker

    Have to say Poundland do a very nice blow up pillow. Great for 3 Season use
  12. Toot

    Toot Summit Camper

    +1 for the bag in a buff as a pillow - that fleecy covering makes quite a comfort difference.
  13. Padstowe

    Padstowe Thru Hiker

    Am I the only person who takes what am wearing put them in a plastic bag if wet, then into the stuff sac that the spare base layer (sleeping layer) was kept in to use as a pillow?
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  14. fluffkitten

    fluffkitten Moderator Staff Member

    Doing that is why I bought a pillow, I like my comfort too much. :)
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  15. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    I just dont carry enough spare clothes to make a comfortable pillow, i need to keep my insulated jacket nearby in case i get the chills through the night (occasionally do).
  16. Padstowe

    Padstowe Thru Hiker

    Not spare clothes, what I take off I use, the base layer in the stuff sac I sleep in. I find this comfy enough for my liking.
  17. lentenrose

    lentenrose Trail Blazer

    no padstowe your not alone---i am a pillow bodger---i don t worry about the extra wieght of a pillow but its an extra "thing" and i am trying to be more of a "thing" minimalist----you know the tent photos ----rucksac looks like it has exploded and whole floor of tent is littered with "things"
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  18. Taz38

    Taz38 Thru Hiker

    Nature Hike pillow (ebay) for £5.99, good copy of Sea to Summit one.
  19. JimH

    JimH Ultralighter

  20. JimH

    JimH Ultralighter

    I know exactly what you mean, minimalism is great, I've almost got the hang of it for backpacking, wish I had for day-to-day life...
  21. shetland_breeder

    shetland_breeder Ultralighter

    I got my wife to get one for me whan she went into Stockport today. Weight is 78g so about the same as the S2S Aeros Premium pillow.

    Much better for me though as I sleep in the 'recovery' position and the Aeros is much too thick if it's blown up and much to squidgy if it's only part inflated.
  22. HillBelly

    HillBelly Ultralighter

  23. hillwalker66

    hillwalker66 Trail Blazer

    Did that for quite a few yrs , now using an exped air pillow ( medium) I think .
    I use my rab generator smock to keep it in place on matt ... slide it over top of matt - zipped up , then slide inflated air pillow in ... works a treat
  24. captain paranoia

    captain paranoia Summit Camper

    I quite like the cheap, inflatable, U-shaped things you get in Poundland. For lightweight, relative comfort, that is.

    Only trouble is they seem to start leaking after not many uses...
  25. buntonn

    buntonn Summit Camper

    I was using the Term-o-Rest staff sack pillow with clothes inside recently which is nice, but I have to admit I slept better after I got the Exped Air Pillow, it sits really nice into the hood part of my Rab sleeping bag.
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