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Catch a few Zs anywhere.

Don't let location limit your beauty sleep. The Exped Air Pillow inflates with just one or two breaths and offers the comfort of home, thanks to a design that's higher on one side than the other and contoured to accommodate both side and back sleepers' head positions.
  • Soft tricot polyester fabric is comfortable next to the skin
  • Two FlatValves, one for inflation and another for deflation, are low profile and highly durable
  • Two loops allow pillows to be attached to Exped mats with corresponding loops so you don't wake up with a stiff neck and your pillow halfway across the tent

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5 5

Awesome Pillow!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

You can only sleep on crumpled up clothes for so long. I couldn't stand it, so I got this and its awesome! Its sooo tiny when its deflated and is very light and easy to inflate.

4 5

Light and dreamy

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This pillow is really light and sleeping on it is great! I still have to say that there are other pillows that are more comfortable, but who wants to lug in a pillow that weighs 2 pounds? This is a great pillow for how small and light it is. I guess that's what you pay for.

5 5

Great design

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Ever catch your self trying to get as much air in a pillow and it all comes out when your trying to close it.? Say goodbye to that. This pillow has a schnozzole on it and stops the air from escaping leaving you with a nice not half deflated pillow! Awesome

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My large Exped Air Pillow inside my GooseFeet Gear stuff sack down pillow

4 5

A new favorite piece of equipment.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

It's rare that I'll buy a piece of equipment and have it make enough of an impression on me for me to recommend it to friends or family, but the Exped Air Pillow is one of those items. I was amazed at the pack size and weight of this luxurious pillow! Fits right inside the hood of my bag to keep it in place and the dual valve inflate/deflate system is idiot proof.
The only change I might make were I to buy this again would be to get the Large rather than the slightly too small Medium size.

5 5

Perfect!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This pillow was just the thing. My husband and I have different sizes of this same pillow. I got mine first and loved it so much that I recommended he get himself one for our backpacking trip on the Colorado Trail this summer. It inflates and deflates easily, packs quickly in a tiny package, and doesn't seem to leak any air. The shape is cool - you can use the slightly fatter edge toward your neck or the top of your head, as you like. I won't go camping without this pillow now that I've been spoiled.

4 5

Best of a Bad Lot

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Light, packable, easy to inflate, easy to deflate. These are its good qualities. Unfortunately, it is uncomfortable like any air pillow, with your head always wanting to roll around or bounce like a trampoline. From now on I think I'll just take a real pillow in a plastic bag and tie it onto the outside of my pack. You can't understate the importance of a good night's sleep.

3 5

Great backup pillow.

Among lighter pillow options, Exped is the one to beat. The dual valves are awesome, and the packability is amazing. I may just have an unusually slippery head, but the material of this pillow is such that unless properly positioned it tends to scoot out from under my head. Body oils will naturally stain and degrade the top surface of this (and most Exped products, I find) over time). Went with a washable Nemo Fillo (11oz, blarg) after a year, kept the Exped as a backup.

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Kaj describes the use of the super small and lightweight Exped Air Pillow.

5 5

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!
4 5

It's a Pillow

I picked this up a couple of years ago and it has been fine. It uses the same material as the SynMats, which is actually pretty comfortable next to skin. It has 2 valves on the back, and inflate and a deflate (however, you can also deflate through the inflate valve too...) It comes in a tiny stuff sack, which is not impossible to get back into, but you do have to work at it a bit. At 3 oz, it is not bad considering many other pillows on the market, however, that is almost 1/4 of a pound... so it is not the greatest either...

More recently, Exped released the "UL" version of this pillow, which was music to my ears. It uses the lighter weight material such as found on the Synmat UL pads. So, it is not as soft as the original version, and is a bit more crinkly sounding (although I hope this goes away with use). It too comes in a medium and a large, and are both lighter. Actually, my large "UL" pillow weighs in at 2 oz... a full 1 oz lighter than the MEDIUM originla version...

I am also more a fan of the traditional style pillow, so the contoured pillows aren't quite so natural for me. However, the larger pillow doesn't feel as noticeable as the smaller medium size...

Overall though it is a pretty nice pillow...

Original vs "UL

Original vs "UL

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This is the medium size original pillow and the large "UL" pillow

5 5

Best inflatable pillow for backpacking

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

This is by far the best inflatable pillow for backpacking. I am not as much of a fan of the compressible pillows because they take up more space than this little thing. Most of the other inflatable pillows on the market are made of really thin material, but this one is made sturdy. It is also one of the thicker pillows you will find, so if you like sleeping on your side this is the pillow for you. This is the pillow for people who want comfort but don't want to take up too much space in their packs.

4 5

A "good" pillow

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love how light weight and easier to pack this pillow is, however, the downside is that it takes getting used to sleeping on an inflatable pillow. If you are going for minimalist then I highly recommend it. If comfort is more of your thing, then you might want to look into a compressible pillow.

4 5

Very Nice

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was skeptical at first on the comfort front but you can adjust the firmness by deflating air. It packs pretty small and it's a nice piece of comfort to take along any trip. Sure you can use a bag of clothes but it's so small and light why not just take it with you incase you're clothes are wet.

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