It has been a long time since a micro-bead pillow has caught my attention. The PACK4TRACK Travel Neck Pillow might actually bring me back to the darkside!
|Warranty||1 year money back guarantee|
|Material||Microbead filling, Polyester outer|
|Size (regular)||23.6 x 3.9 x 5.5 inches|
|Size (packed down)||11 x 8.7 x 5.5 inches|
|Machine washable||Removable cover is machine washable|
The most glaringly obvious design choice for the PACK4TRACK Travel Neck Pillow is its use of micro-bead instead of something like memory foam or just, you know, air! Micro-bead pillows are often associated with your bargain bin airport travel store pillows. These pillows are usually thin, cheaply made and provide very little support.
The big difference between this travel pillow and those other ones is the shape. The PACK4TRACK Travel Neck Pillow looks like a flexible worm at first glance. The closest pillow I could think of would be something like the Dot and Dot but with less rigidity. On either end, you’ll find a clasp. This is to secure your neck in place once it is wrapped around.
It’s designed almost like an elongated cube. This is to give a bit more structure and rigidity to the pillow which is often lost with the cheaper U shape micro-bead styles.
The outer material is soft but has a slight cooling property. It’s also machine washable and easy to remove. With this pillow you’ll also receive a pair of earbuds, an eye mask and a carry bag. The bag, although cheaply made, is quite useful. There’s enough room in there to store other things like earphones. The earplugs themselves are a strange design and don’t really do too much. The eye mask is comfortable and works great.
So by looking at the pictures, the PACK4TRACK Travel Neck Pillow appears to not have much give. It looks like all that material is full of beads making the pillow look a little stiff. This is actually not true, although the pillow does have some structure to it, you can effectively choose which part of your neck to support.
This is great, it means if you want the support to go at the front to prevent head tilt, move the beads from the back to the front. When used properly, the PACK4TRACK Travel Neck Pillow is actually a very comfortable pillow. I never thought I would say that about a micro-bead pillow but here we are!
The buckle helps tighten up that neck area but it can feel a little constrictive. Those who don’t like that feeling may feel a little uncomfortable at first. It does also get a little warm due to being in close proximity. These are often small prices to pay for good support however.
It’s worth noting that even on my neck, it was very tight. I would imagine that people with smaller necks than me might find this a little too big vertically.
Another unfortunate consequence of micro-beads is that it doesn’t shrink down to nothing! On the upside, the PACK4TRACK Travel Neck Pillow does come with an awesome little carry bag (but it’s not so little). In fact, it’s quite big. Although not the heaviest pillow out there, it certainly is far away from the lightest.
The bag is easy to attach to luggage or bags and you can store additional bits and pieces inside.
Pretty great value here. You get the eyemask and earplugs and it comes with a carry bag. Everything you need in one package for a very reasonable price.
On top of this, the design here is simple. There is nothing revolutionary about this design, so it’s easy to manufacture. As far as I can tell, the materials used and worksmanship is more than adequate. Yep, this is great value.
There is also a 1 year money back guarantee that is easy to use.
- Excellent returns policy
- Microbeads allow you to choose where the majority of support rests
- Comfortable and easy to use
- Not for smaller necks
- Feels a little claustrophobic
- A little bulky to carry around
Although it's not my go-to for comfort, micro-bead neck pillows do have a place in the industry and the PACK4TRACK Travel Neck Pillow is a perfect example of the best. Apart from the oppressive size, this neck pillow is a fantastic package that is great for those with slightly bigger or longer necks.