Finding the right pillow for a good nights rest is a challenge by itself. Finding the right pillow for backpacking is an even greater one. Every ounce and every inch count, while you’re struggling to find something comfortable enough. Not only do you not want to feel like you’re sleeping on a rock, you don’t want to wake up on one. My search led me to the Sea to Summit Aeros Pillow Ultralight. I’m sure everyone has their own preference in this area, but if you’re completely lost, this is a great place to start.
I have a big head, so I got the large, and I’m glad I did. I hear the large size is 2-3 times larger than the regular. So if you’re worried about the size at all, I’d go for the large over and over. In fact, listed dimensions indicate quite a difference. While the height of both pillows is about 5 inches, the length and depth of the large exceeds the small by about 2 inches. The large Aeros pillow I got (I got red if anyone cares), measured out to 16.5″ wide and 11.5″ deep.
If it’s weight you’re after and you’re out to scrub every ounce possible, go small. I’m sure you’ll be equally satisfied and you’ll save almost an ounce on weight. If that’s irrelevant, go large. In its packed state, the large pillow all but fits in the palm of your hand, which is really impressive for something of this size and quality. I’d presume the small does a tad better.
There’s a one way valve on the bottom of the pillow, that’s big enough for you to inflate the entire thing with three deep breaths. With a simple tug of the deflate tab the air rushes out quickly and quietly. Note: DEFINITELY leave the deflate tab open to get it back in the stuff sack. If you don’t, you’ll find yourself struggling a bit.
Now the important part. How comfortable is the Sea to Summit Aeros pillow? The answer is very. Whether you sleep on your side like me or back/stomach, you’ll feel plenty comfortable to close your eyes and head off to dreamland. The firm/soft balance is perfect to suit almost every outdoor lover out there. The fabric itself is soft, but keeps your head dry, even on the warmer days. The curved shape comforms to your head, and helps keep you comfortably positioned even if you toss and turn a bit.
If you’re a creature of comfort, then a pillow is one thing you shouldn’t short yourself on, regardless if you’re camping or backpacking. The Sea to Summit Aeros pillow was impressive to say the least, and I’m plenty happy with this find.Buy the Aeros Pillow on Amazon