Possibly the most futuristic looking travel pillow we’ve reviewed yet, the Cabeau Evolution Cool Travel Pillow has unique cooling vents to prevent overheating.
|Warranty||2 year satisfaction warranty|
|Material||Dual density memory foam|
|Size (regular)||11.7 x 7.7 x 4.9 inches|
|Colours||Cosmos, Glacier, Sublime, Titanium|
|Machine washable||Removable cover is machine washable|
The Cabeau Evolution Cool Travel Pillow makes use of two different kinds of density in this travel pillow. Whether this has an effect on the comfort level is to be decided. The memory foam is quite firm and the actual thickness of the pillow is quite thin.
Honestly, it doesn’t look comfortable, with it’s thin foam and racey edges and design. But it certainly is! The pillow wraps around your neck with a drawstring which you can pull really tight. When it’s tight like this it creates support for your neck, thus helping to prevent forward head tilt.
The Cabeau Evolution Cool Travel Pillow also has these vents that look like something in a high performance sports car. They work really well to prevent heat build up compared to other memory foam pillows. Unfortunately, they don’t really eliminate the problem that a lot of memory foam pillows have with heat. Nice to see some effort towards this goal though! It’s definitely an improvement on an old design.
Now I don’t think the Cabeau Evo (yes we’re calling it that now!) is for everyone. It is quite thin and to some extent I feel as if Cabeau have suffered the old addage “Fashion over Function”. Testing it on smaller necks has revealed that it doesn’t offer as much support. You have to remember that this is essentially one long piece of memory foam. It wraps around your neck and will only provide support if it has the support of your shoulders and neck to keep it rigid.
In other words: Thick neck, broad shoulders = firm support. Thin neck, slim frame = more challenging. For me, it was very comfortable and natural feeling.
The Cabeau Evolution Cool Travel Pillow looks like it was created in an aerodynamics lab. It’s curvy and streamlined design looks pretty cool. It has a drawstring with a magnetic latch system to tighten around your neck. This is a cool idea but I think the use of magnets here was a bit unnecessary. More moving parts means more chance of something going wrong. Reading some of the reviews it seems like this is the case with some units.
The vents I mentioned before are interesting and do appear to let some heat out. The Cabeau Evolution Cool Travel Pillow also comes with a machine washable cover which is an excellent idea. Especially as the cover is designed to absorb moisture.
The overall shape of the pillow is really smart. They have bulges in the memory foam in all the right places. The back of the pillow is recessed to allow backwards tilt and prevent pushing forward. The sides also bulge out to help prevent left and right movement. I found that these work great when your neck is snug and positioned properly. For someone with a smaller neck they are less effective. This may be due to the thinness of the memory foam. I have a feeling Cabeau made the Cabeau Evolution Cool Travel Pillow thin to try to allow more heat transfer. It ended however with a product that offers a little less support.
Memory foam has the brilliant property of being able to compress down. Cabeau have done a great job here by combining this property with a thin neck pillow. The Cabeau Evolution Cool Travel Pillow rolls down into a super nice carry bag complete with a loop to attach to your bag. It is easy to roll out and to roll in, top points here.
So this is the big question, is the Cabeau Evolution Cool Travel Pillow worth it? It comes with a hefty price tag, more than twice as much as some of my favourite pillows. On the up side, it looks pretty cool, is more heat efficient and comes with a 2 year satisfaction warranty. On the down side, it has a bit of a learning curve to use, the magnetic latch is questionable and a lot of it’s design features aren’t suited to smaller necks.
- Machine washable cover
- Great support and comfort for thicker necks/frames
- Less bulky and handles heat better than other memory foam neck pillows
- Magnetic latch could cause issues
- Thin profile unsuitable for thin necks
- Almost twice the price of most travel pillows
I feel like people might be drawn in by the racey looks of the Cabeau Evolution Cool Travel Pillow. For some it might be the perfect purchase, particularly for those who get too hot. If you know you have a thin necks then maybe look elsewhere. For the rest of us, it's a pretty safe bet.