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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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How much does the large weigh?


Where have you been all my life?

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

I'm someone that doesn't sleep well without a decent pillow.

I always lug my gigantic 'normal' pillow around for car camping.

Which is dumb, because this is JUST as comfy and 1/4th the size.

It's reasonably light for backpacking and while it doesn't compress SUPER small, it is still acceptable. As John mentioned below, I've never been able to pack the pillow as small as it came in the OG package.

I purchased the MEDIUM size. I need something ample to provide support but I also wanted to be able to take it backpacking. I'm a slave to comfort so while it is a little large and bulky for backpacking - for me it's worth a good night's sleep.

I even took it to Mexico and it worked like a CHARM on the plane.

Where have you been all my life?

Not bad not great

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

Got two of these, one for me and one for my girlfriend. Love the luxury of having a pillow in the tent. I got both in the small since we wanted them to not take up too much room in the pack.

They came packed decently small, but bigger than I expected. I unrolled and watched while it fully fluffed up. I was very impressed by the comfort it provided. Seriously feels almost like a normal pillow.

Now packing it back into itself wasn't easy, and I was never able to get it to pack as small as it was when I originally received it. The size I was able to pack it to is a quite a bit bigger than I would want for something I am stuffing in my pack. Maybe I just need more practice..

I definitely don't hate the pillow, but I do not love it. It will work great at a car camping pillow and travel pillow, as others have already pointed out. One of ours has also made a habit of hanging out on our couch for added comfort when lounging out.


Lumpy and returned

  • Familiarity:I returned this product before using it

Ordered two of these for backpacking. Way too big, and never fluffed up, but remained hard and lumpy. Both were returned, never used.


Very Fluffy Pillow

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

Like many of the reviewers, I took my pillow out of the box and was skeptical. But then I let it chill out for a couple of minutes and it turned into a fluffy, cloud-like item.

This pillow is very comfortable and great for car camping. I have a medium one, which is plenty big. I probably would be comfortable on a small as well. It packs down to about half of its size, but it's a little difficult to do and still is on the bulky side.

My only complaint about this pillow is that it's a little too firm and tall. I sleep mostly on my side with my arm under my pillow and sometimes this position makes my neck hurt with this pillow.


Great car camp pillow

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

We now have several of these pillows and they are awesome. Comfortable, easy to pack and easy to wash. Best for car camping, take up too much space to backpack with.


Great Camp Pillow

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

This is a great camp pillow! I agree, it doesn't pack down super small so it's not ideal for backpacking, but definitely useable for backpacking if you have the space. Probably better for car camping or long road trips/traveling. But it is relatively light weight, soft, and comfortable for sleeping. After you unroll it, it takes a while to fluff up, so don't be concerned that it's not going to be plush enough.

I'd recommend keeping it unrolled when not in use so the foam isn't constantly compressed. But it is quite easy to roll back up, just do it like a sleeping pad.


Great pillow

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

I ordered this last week and tried it out last night while I slept in my bed. Once you get the pillow fluffed up properly, it is very comfortable. It is a little difficult to stuff back into its little bag after it is really fluffed up though. I suggest rolling it like a sleeping bag.


Works great

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I bought this in a M and also have one in S. The M isn't all that much bigger than the small when compressed, but noticeably cushier when open. I use it for car camping and backpacking. Definitely gets smooshed down a bit after a couple of nights, but if you just machine wash and dry it it fluffs right back up (even after storing rolled up).


Makes me happy

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

I am not a camper. I wasn't too thrilled the first time I camped, sliding around all night on a pad, waking up and feeling like I couldn't move in the sleeping bag, and not being able to get comfortable on a fake pillow stuffed with clothes. Then I ordered this pillow (X Large) and slept great. It was firm and comfortable. My daughter slept on different pillow, hated it, and asked for the Therm a Rest for her birthday. The pillow rolls down much smaller but fluffs back up once opened up. I usually unroll it when we put up the tent. I also am planning on taking it on a long airplane trip and think it will work great.

does it come with a stuff sack ? is it shipped compact inside the stuff sack ?

John, it will come with a stuff sack. There are a few community pictures where you can see what it actually looks like.

Bill Porreca



Great for camping and travel

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I've owned this pillow for a couple years now and use it for all my travel naps. I originally purchased it for plane rides because it rolls up small and I'm not a fan of the neck pillow style most travelers rock.

Places you can nap with this pillow:
-Road Trips
-Work (kidding)

-It's easy to roll up and condense.
-It is easy to fluff-up
-So comfy!
-Washer friendly- After taking on a trip, throw it in the wash and all the padding gets a re-boost!

I ordered a size Medium which is great for travel, however, it is a little large for camping and backpacking. If you are looking to purchase this mainly for backpacking, the small will be perfect.


nice pillow

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

makes a great pillow tucks right inside your mummy bag head spot leave it open for a few minutes to fluff up ,the only down size is ,it dosent compress down very small for backpacking ,but well worth it if you have the room


Didn't work for us

  • Familiarity:I returned this product before using it

Saw this lovely pillow fluffed up at REI store, based on reviews and in-person impression decided to order - pillow did not fluff up as expected despite leaving it out for a couple of days. Pillow also did not compress as small as necessary for our back country MTB trip.



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

I was skeptical when my two pillows showed up, but wow are they amazing. The foam really puffs up one you open them up and let them relax. This is my go-to traveling/camping/flying pillow. Only wish they came with a cover...I tend to drool a little :)


Don't judge it after the first uses.

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

After the first 4 night trip I was ready to return it. Even leaving it out a couple days before it still wasn't all that good. I then forgot another pillow and only had this option on a 7 night trip. It was fantastic, it puffed up big and held up amazingly. The XL might be a bit to large for back country use but it's perfect for car camping.

What are the dimensions of the large pillow?

Hey Matthew,

The large dimensions are 23 x 16 x 4 inches.


Good Addition

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

This is a pretty good addition to my sleep set. Sleep is a sore subject for me when camping but this little guy gave me just enough support and comfort to not even cross my mind. I guess if I slept well and didn't even think about the pillow then it did its job? Compresses decently down and is super light.


Great pillow; a little too much loft

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

I've been using my fleece rolled up as a pillow for as long as I have been camping. I decided to try something a bit different just to see if I was missing anything other than sleep. I was happy to see the size of the pillow. I washed and ran the pillow through the dryer to get the full loft effect of the pillow. It certainly filled out. It was a tad too much. I did sleep better but wished it would depress a bit more.


Almost great

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

I like thin pillows so this worked nicely for me. Compressed size not an issue because I have only been "cabin camping" with my 6 year old.

I might have missed it, but I don't recall seeing any cleaning instructions. In any case, I am deducting one star for not even offering a pillow case...luckily my wife loves to sew.