The ThermaRest Compressible Travel Pillow is the perfect companion for camping and hiking. Packing down to about 1/4 of its expanded size, it will slip into your sleeping bag or backpack, yet still provide great comfort and support when sleeping in the great outdoors. Without a doubt its one of the very best camping pillows that money can buy.
|Material||Brushed polyester outer, with memory foam inner|
|Weight||Small: 7 ounces, Medium: 9 ounces, Large: 12 ounces, Extra large: 15 ounces|
|Size (regular)||Small: 16 x 4 x 12 inches, Medium: 18 x 4 x 14 inches, Large: 23 x 4 x 16 inches, Extra large: 27 x 4 x 16.5 inches|
|Size (packed down)||It compresses down to about 1/4 its original size|
|Colours||Denim, Indigo Dot, Mosaic, Poppy, Indigo Dot, Cardinal, Clover, Night Sky, Gray||Machine washable||Yes|
I’m impressed by the level of comfort and support that the ThermaRest Compressible Travel Pillow provides. The stuffing of the pillow is made up of many small chips of memory foam – the magic material that allows this camping pillow to compress down to such a small size. The brushed polyester cover is also nice and soft to the touch, but seems to be quite hardy and looks like it will hold up well to regular use.
Unlike U-shaped neck pillows, the ThermaRest comes in a more traditional, rectangular shape – which makes it the perfect camping pillow when lying down to sleep. This travel pillow was made for the great outdoors! Although it would still work well in situations where you’re sitting, such as an aeroplane – providing lumbar support or something soft to lean against.
One thing to keep in mind is that the ThermaRest Compressible Travel Pillow does take a little time to completely expand to its full size. I found around about 20 minutes and it was ready to rock. ThermaRest also recommend washing and drying the pillow once before use. This actually results in the pillow becoming fluffier and also visibly larger! (When expanded.)
The ThermaRest Compressible Travel Pillow wins top marks in the design department. For a start it comes in nine different colours, with some really striking patterns. Its also great to be able to have a regular, rectangle-shaped travel pillow to sleep on, which still packs down to a very portable size. Unlike other u-shaped pillows, this travel pillow is perfect for lying down to sleep. This would be a great pillow for backpackers, as well as campers and hikers.
The materials also all appear to be top quality, as does the fit, finish and stitching. And in these modern times when so much is made in China, its reassuring to see that this travel pillow is made in the USA.
The ThermaRest Compressible Travel Pillow does a fine job of offering a rectangle-shaped design, which packs down to a really portable size. To compress the pillow, you simply roll it lengthwise in on itself (see the photos at the top of this review, or this video). At one end of the travel pillow is a stuff-sack of sorts, which the rolled up pillow fits into neatly.
A draw string allows you to secure the pillow tightly when compressed down. It can also be used to hook the travel pillow onto you backpack or luggage. So top marks here once again as the ThermaRest packs down to about a 1/4 of its full size, and is also very light weight.
The ThermaRest Compressible Travel Pillow also comes in 4 sizes, so depending on how much you value comfort versus portability there are a range of options for you to choose from.
I certainly rate the ThermaRest Compressible Travel Pillow as representing good value to customers. It offers a blend of portability, great design, comfort, and high-quality American manufacturing at a competitive price point.
The smallest size is certainly very, very affordable. However if you looking at the larger sizes then the cost does rise significantly. But you are getting a high-quality product, so you have to expect to pay a little more.
- Compresses down to about 1/4 of its size
- The memory foam is soft and comfortable
- Choice of 9 different colour/pattern combinations
- Perfect camping pillow for the great outdoors
- Very light weight
- It can take a while to expand to its fullest size
- Larger models are relatively expensive
I think the ThermaRest Compressible Travel Pillow is the best camping pillow currently on the market. With a winning combination of comfort and support, good looks, clever design, portability and USA manufacturing. Its shape makes it ideal for any situation where you're lying down to sleep - such as camping trips. But its also versatile enough to work for aeroplanes, cars or other situations.