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Pack Therm-a-Rest's Compressible Pillow for all sorts of travels.

Using your jacket as a pillow isn't too comfortable, and a zipper to the eye never feels good either. Sleep comfortably, even when you're on the move, with the Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow. Whip the portable Compressible Pillow out on road trips, during airplane travel, or on car-camping adventures.

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5 5

Works great

For a camping pillow it does the job. Got one for my oldest son and myself and have enjoy enjoyed them. Easy to use, pack, and wash up. Beats using a sweater or jacket. Highly recommend.

5 5

Great pillow

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought mine about a month ago and I love it! I prefer it over my tempurpedic pillow!!

5 5

Great pillow

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Had this on some camp outs, wow what a great feeling for my head and neck.

5 5

Nice little luxury for the field...

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I think this is a great balance of compressibility and enough density to still function as a proper pillow. Much better than balling up a jacket/fleece for a pillow. For me the small is just the right size to fill out the hood of most mummy bags.

1 5

I hate this pillow.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I got one as a gift, free for nothing and I still hate it. Do you ever try gear in the store and like it but then find yourself less impressed out in the field? The Therm-a-rest pillow is unique in that I didn't like it from minute one.
This thing is seriously lumpy and uncomfortable. I left a negative review about it on a different site and someone told me to run it through the dryer - FYI, that doesn't work. I put clothes in a dry sack on my last trip and that was more comfy than this pillow.

I thought about giving mine to the dog but I like the dog so I just threw it in the garbage.

5 5

Love this pillow

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm overseas in relatively sparse conditions right now, and I brought a full-sized thermarest pillow out here. It's been good to me, but then I ordered this pillow (the medium). I like the small size when packed down, especially since I can jam it into a bag under other stuff to compress it further (needs a bit more time to expand when I take it out though).

This is now the only pillow I use out here- and I'll be super glad to have it along for all future trips. There's no way to argue with light, packable, and comfortable.

5 5

Great pillow!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great pillow - definitely better than some jackets in a stuff sack, and compresses down. I've used it on many of camps, and just ordered a replacement - returning one of those that self inflates with foam (that quite frankly, could've best been used as a serving tray).

I love this pillow!

5 5

Revelation

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I usually would throw a couple of shirts into a stuff sack and use that as a pillow or even nothing at all when in the backcountry. A friend let me borrow his when I went to Point Reyes for a 2 night trip and the difference was huge. I slept so much more comfortably because of this thing. Its soft, comfortable, light, small, and cheap!

5 5

Space saving pillow

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I haven't yet joined the ranks of backpackers, but I'm an avid car camper and need all the space possible in the car for dogs, gear and toys for the outdoors. The large is almost as big as a normal pillow and squeezes to about half it's size so you can tuck it away easily. Really comfy, but better the longer you let it expand before you hit the hay.

5 5

Nice comfort

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

It doesn't compress a bunch in my pack but the comfort it brings at night or while lounging around camp is worth the size. No longer am I wadding up clothes to make a pillow at night, only to wake up being attacked by a random shirt or some underwear. I got the Bramble pattern on sale and while it looks a little "girly", you never have to worry about your buddies stealing your pillow or getting it confused with theirs. I plan on ordering a couple more for my wife and kids.

5 5

Nice pillow

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Although it will increase the volume in your backpack, it is worth to have this pillow with you. Bought the small one and it really made the difference while sleeping in the backcountry.

5 5

Great pillow!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Not being able to sleep well in the back country almost killed my desire to explore. Hiking up in the catskills for my first back country trip, I almost quit. Using a military surplus foam pad, with some clothing in a stuff sack for a pillow, on top of things crawling around in camp made for a miserable night. Then I bought this. What a difference! I also just got an inflatable sleeping pad, but here's what I've learned. A good night's sleep means a more enjoyable hike the next day. So for me, adding the extra 9oz of weight is well worth the trade off. Now, I try to camp by running water, as the sound of that can drown out the other wilderness sounds you hear constantly, combined with a good sleeping pad, and this pillow, I sleep awesome now.

Alright Pillow, Better Ones Out There.

The Therm-a-Rest (thermarest) compressible pillow is an ok quick travel pillow. For long term trips, etc I would recommend something other than the Ther-a-Rest compressible pillow due to your head sinking into the middle too much and not being comfortable. But, for car and plane, etc adventures this would be great. The Therm-a-Rest pillow does pack super well and is small when compressed, which is it's highest selling point. I would like to see therarest either fill it more or use a different foam on the inside that would not move to the sides as much. Made in the USA though, which is awesome! Berz Rating: 82/100

3 5

better than bunching up some clothes

maybe i need to wash it to increase the loft like the tags says. but it's been out of its package for over a week and it feels thick and lumpy. The stuffing feels like one inch cubes of marshmallow like foam. It's not evenly distributed (yet?). still, it's better than a rolled up hoodie.

**reviewer's note - a few weeks later, the chunkiness has dissipated quite a bit.

4 5

As comfy as a regular pillow

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought the medium a few years ago and love it. I use it for car camping, paddling trips and cycle touring where space is not a huge concern. I typically stick this in a compression sack on top of my sleeping bag to get it super compressed. It always comes out nice and fluffy. I rarely used the built-in pocket unless I'm car camping. For UL camping I would just use a down jacket for a pillow.

5 5

Let it fluff out!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Pretty amazing compression abilities for a pillow. Got the medium for camping and it looks like it fits perfectly in the hood of my bag. Once you unroll it, let it sit for a while so it puffs back up to a comfortable level. Otherwise it'll be a flat pillow kind of night. Can't wait to try this out this summer. Probably gonna test it out at home one night for the fun of it. Very soft outer lining as well. Pretty cozy.

4 5

Bike Camping Pillow

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I use this when bike camping and find the compression nice for packing away in panniers. Got the Med. and it works well for this set up.

5 5

I used to be a pillow snob...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For years and years I would look down on people who brought pillows on multi-day hikes. I was a dedicated fleece-in-stuff-sack girl who had many cricked necks and sore ears to show for it. This pillow isn't bad-ass, but it IS REALLY COMFY. I have used it trekking in Tibet and Nepal as well as car and camper van camping and on airplanes. I have the medium and I feel like this is the perfect size - rolls down small enough to fit in a big purse but puffs up big enough to make a difference.
Two tips: It rolls up easier after you've washed it once, and let it puff up for at least 40 mins before sleeping to get the best loft.
Best thing about it? My boyfriend was very disdainful of it until he tried it, now he has one too :)

2 5

Disappointing

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

The foam is lumpy and relatively uncomfortable; I resorted to sleeping on my jacket. I ended up cutting it open, removing the scrap memory foam and re-purposed an old down jacket to refill the pillow. It compresses much more now and is much more comfortable.

I know what you're think, "its a camp pillow, it's going to be a little uncomfortable." I would buy into that school of thought if it packed smaller or weighed less.

Is this good for back packing or mainly...

Is this good for back packing or mainly car camping?

Responded on

Hey Ross,
This will work great for backpacking as well as car camping. It compresses down to a good, small size. It does weight a little bit, so you have to decide for yourself how big of an issue that is. The weights are:

Small - 7oz
Medium - 9oz
Large - 12oz

Responded on

I use mine (small) for backpacking. It's a great luxury but not terribly light or small. Worth it for me and very comfortable...

Responded on

... btw the ultimate answer to your question is "yes." Good for both. I actually own two copies of the pillow and I use them in the car (for my kids) on long rides.

If you want to see this thing fluff: put it in the dryer. WOW.

Responded on

I used to take a small version backpacking, but there are better options if you are concerned about size and weight. The inflatables take up much less space and you don't have to worry about them losing their "fluff" while in the field.