What is the best backpacking pillow?

What is the best backpacking pillow

When going for a backpacking trip, we always want to count the grams on the luggage. Therefore, adding a pillow in the mix can be a challenge. So what is the best backpacking pillow? Size, weight, durability and ease of use is vital. Below are some of the best backpacking pillows that fit this criterion?

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 Ultralight Inflatable Camping Pillow by Trekology 

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Are you looking for comfort packaged in the palm of your hands? The Trekology Ultralight Inflatable Pillow gives you just that. This pillow is functional head and neck support for the backpacker.  Blow 3 to 5 breaths into the pillow and watch it inflate in seconds. It measures 16 by 12 by 4 inches in size when fully inflated. Equally, it deflates and weighs the size and weight of a small soda can, perfectly fitting in a backpacker’s pouch. 

The pillow’s design supports all sleeping positions. Its water resistant TPU fabric keeps it dry all night. Besides, the anti-slipping rubber dots will keep it from sliding off the mat in the first place. The pillow is easy to use. It retails in five different attractive colors. It also comes with a free carry case.

Therm-a-Rest Compressible Travel Pillow

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Are you taking a flight or going camping soon? Carry the Therm-a-Rest Compressible Travel Pillow for a touch of comfort when you need it. The pillow’s 4 inches thick filling is in a soft-brushed polyester cover. A squishy combination to support your head and neck as you relax. Whether you want to combine it with a wedge or use it directly against a chair, this pillow is ideal for all sleeping and sitting positions. 

The pillow is portative. Its12 ounces weight compresses to fit your backpack pouch. Choose between small, medium, large, and extra-large sizes in nine different color variations. It is machine washable and dries in direct sunlight. Fluff your pillow after it dries it to get it back in its original shape.

Sea to Summit Aeros Pillow Ultra Light​​​​

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Are you sleeping on a rough or uneven camping area? Then, you need a pillow able to endure the abrasion. The Sea to Summit Aeros Pillow Ultra-Light gives you just that. This pillow is a durable inflatable cushion weighing slightly below 2.5 ounces. Likewise, it features a tear resistant 20D laminated polyester fabric. Its borders have scallops that stabilize it against the shoulders. Use the pillow’s versatile adjustment valve to achieve the thickness you desire. 

Are you worried about luggage space? This cushion fits the palm of your hands when deflated, making it convenient for traveling. For this purpose, it comes with a zippered carry case to protect it from any sharp objects you may have in your bag. The pillow is available in either red or teal colors with regular or large size variations.

Sierra Designs DriDown 650fill Pillow Red​​​​

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The Sierra Designs DriDown 650fill Pillow Red is a light, comfortable yet sturdy cushion. It measures 13 inches long, 9 inches wide and weighs 7 ounces. It combines three components that make it robust yet soft to touch. 

First, it has thick 30D polyester taffeta insert protecting your pressure points. You may opt to remove the insert to save on space and weight. Instead, use your usual clothing as filling to achieve the comfortable thickness you want.  

Similarly, a 600-fill DriDown insulation layer retains your body heat as you rest. Both the insert and the insulation are in a fluffy tear resistant 30D polyester ripstop cover. Indeed, the pillow retails with a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty. 

The pillow compresses easily to pack up small. It comes with a convenient storage case.

Klymit Luxe Pillow

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The Klymit Luxe Pillow is an inflatable pillow measuring 12.5 x 22 x 5.5 inches and 6.2 ounces when fully inflated. This pillow provides extensive lumbar support regardless of your sleeping position. It uses hybrid polyester filling for comfort. Likewise, it works by trapping air into this filling to provide you a soft cushion to your head and neck.  

When it comes to convenience, the pillow is easy to use and maintain. Get it out of its stuff sack and inflate with 3 to 5 breaths. It fills up in seconds. Moreover, despite the great coverage, this cushion flattens to 3 inches by 7 inches size when not in use. This size is excellent when you want to carry it in your next flight or camping trip.  

The pillow is machine washable.  Should you have any problem with the cushion, you can count on the manufacturers excellent after sales service. The pillow comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

Conclusion

So, what is the best backpacking pillow? Choose a pillow with an ergonomic design with adequate lumbar support. This pillow should be of superior quality for softness and comfort. Also, ensure you can carry and operate it with ease. Finally confirm that it is machine washable and comes with an extended warranty period

4 thoughts on “What is the best backpacking pillow?”

  1. Wow! These pillows look interesting! All of them look very comfy. Anyway, thank you for sharing this article! I really like the Sierra Designs DriDown 650fill Pillow Red. The fact that it’s very compact and you only need to use your clothes as filling, how ingenious! It’s been a challenge for me always as I always tend to pack too much stuff whenever I go out camping. Will definitely check this out! Thank you for these reviews.

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    • Hello, AJ, and thank you.

      Thank you for your kind words.

      The Sierra Designs DriDown 650fill Pillow is a great choice.

      I think that for most people it is always a headache to pack as little as possible.

      Don´t hesitate to contact me if I can help you with anything else, or if you have any questions.

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  2. This review is with a piece of really good information, and the Trekology pillows seem to be an ethical camping necessity for anyone to have. Very cool idea to just blow 3 – 5 breaths into a pillow and watch it inflates. It is something I would really want to have handy.

    Pillows can get real smelly and dirty but with this being water-resistant and has TPU fabric protection; is a great buy. I appreciate the information given on these pillows, and I will be sure to check them out.

    Thanks again for sharing.

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    • Hello, MazieD, and thank you.

      Thank you for your kind words.

      It is great to have the possibility to wash it in a machine. As you know, we can hike in all weathers and circumstances, so it is not strange sometimes it can be dirty. So it is good, or I would rather say important, to have this possibility.

      Don´t hesitate to contact me if I can help you with anything else, or if you have any questions.

      Reply

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