|Rating:||8.8 / 10|
|Value for Money||2.1 / 2.5|
|Durability||2.2 / 2.5|
|Comfort||2.4 / 2.5|
|Weight||2.1 / 2.5|
Without a doubt the most common ‘luxury item’ that I see on the trail are inflatable pillows but I have never been an inflatable pillow type of guy. I just couldn’t see the benefit of carrying these small fluffy little bladders that you see everywhere these days and on the odd occasion that I had tried them I preferred to go without as I didn’t really find them that comfortable. In addition I’m also trying to go ultralight, or lightweight at least, so for the past couple of years I have been using my clothing pack as my pillow which allows me to save some weight.
Recently I had the opportunity to test out the Sea to Summit Etherlight XT sleeping mat and the supplier also included a Sea to Summit Aeros Premium Pillow-Large in the box so I thought that I would give it a spin; I’m glad that I did.
For me the thing that I really like about this pillow, and ultimately the thing that won me over was the low profile construction. When they introduced inflatable pillows years ago their main use was for travel and they were designed for airline seats rather than camping. In this case the Sea to Summit Aeros Premium Pillow is a rounded rectangular shape that also contains a slight curve (scalloping) on the pillow front that gently cradles the head. On the first night that I used this I didn’t use the Pillow Lock System instead just sitting it on the top of my sleeping mat. Surprisingly it stayed put and didn’t go wondering during the night. I have since used this pillow with the pillow lock on the Sea to Summit Etherlight XT Insulated Sleeping Mat and this just adds to the experience.
Rather than being a fat bladder this pillow had an rounded rectangular shape that also contains a slight curve on the pillow front that means that your head doesn’t feel like its about to roll off.
This pillow blows up with just a few breaths and the Sea to Summit multi function makes this job so easy as it allows you to take a break between breaths without having to quickly close of the valve.
Weight wise this pillow comes in at 114grams and while it doesn’t sound a lot you can certainly get lighter weight pillows. In fact Sea to Summit also produce smaller lighter weigh versions of this pillow with the ultralight version weighing in at 60grams.
Price wise this pillow is not cheap at just under AUD $80 RRP so many people may balk at this price. But after using this pillow all I can say is that Sea to Summit have done an exceptional job on this product as I really enjoyed sleeping on it feeling like I was using a normal pillow.
So if you are looking for a pillow for your camping activities it is definitely worth spending a tiny bit more, because after all what price do you place on a good night sleep?
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AUD $76.99 RRP
Sea to Summit Aeros Premium Pillow. The pillow has a nice soft touch material to give that extra cosy feel
Aeros Pillow side view
Pillow lock and valve. the soft material will grip onto the micro hook system on a sleeping mat
Pillow lock with micro hook patches on a Sea to Summit Etherlight XT Insulated mat
Sea to Summit Pillow Lock in action. The pillow lock hold on just firmly enough to stop any movement during the night but comes away easily when its time to pack down
Multi function valve. this double tabbed valve means that you can stop blowing at anytime and not have to worry about the air escaping
Large Aeros Pillow Packed size compared to an iPhone 8 in a protective battery case for size comparison
Sea to Summit make a number of different pillows including:
Sea to Summit also produce a pillow case if you can’t live without one
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