This follows on from my last post (24th may 2011) on the POE Peak Elite AC regular sleeping mat.
I have found that for me a pillow is an important piece of kit to ensure a good night’s sleep. When I returned to backpacking after a long time away, I used a simple fabric stuff bag and put clothing or a fleece inside. However I generally found this uncomfortable to lay my head on. So about a year ago I purchased a Prima silk pillow which is a silk covered, Primaloft filled backpacking pillow.
Although this was generally comfortable, I had two issues with it a) I would lose it from my sleeping bag in the night and b) It was a bit bulky.
I had read a series of good reports on the Exped Air pillow and as long as it was comfortable for me, it certainly was small and lightweight, so it ticked those boxes.
Weight: 85g (3oz)
Pack size: can fit into the palm of your hand – 12 x 5.5cm (4.7 x 2.1 inches)
Inflated Dimensions: 38 x 27 x 11cm (15 x 10.6 x 4.3 inches)
Purchased from Ultralightoutdoorgear
The mat is made from a soft polyester fabric and can be inflated in a few puffs using the inflation valve with a second valve for deflation. There is a cut out for your neck allowing for side and back sleeping head positions.
Two loops allow the pillow to be attached to Exped mats with corresponding loops. This stops the pillow from moving during the night, so it will be useful with my winter Exped Down Mat.
Over the two nights I used it, I found the pillow quite comfortable . It may be very comfortable for other sleepers, but I think I am quite fussy when it comes to pillows. I found it more comfortable when using it for a side sleeping position.
The product looks well made and is light with a small pack size. I hope I get on with in the long-term :0)