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Medium Exped Air Pillow Rocks!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used inflatable pillows in the backcountry for years. I started with the uber-light (0.60 oz) Flexair inflatable pillow. The Flexair, popular with ultralight backpackers, is a disposable hospital-type pillow that inflates with an included straw. I had trouble with mine in the field and decided it was time to upgrade. The medium version of the Air Pillow is 15"L x 10.6"W x 4.3"H and weighs 2.8 oz. On backcountry trips I don't use the included stuff stuff sack (weight for stuff sack is not included above). If you plan on using pillow inside of a mummy sleeping bag, I wouldn't use the size large. To help get a feel for size, pic below shows a medium Air Pillow on my Therm-A-Rest Prolite sleeping pad (see my separate review of that excellent pad).

In use, I inflate my Air Pillow to about 1/3 full, add a folded puff jacket on top and stuff both in a small pillow case - perhaps the best pillow setup above 12,000 ft! Recommended.

Medium Exped Air Pillow Rocks!