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Sea to Summit Aeros Pillow Review

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In my final post of my gear review mini-series, I’m reviewing the Sea to Summit Aeros Pillow. As a bit of a luxury item in my kit, I was pretty excited to find a pillow that gives a little comfort in the backcountry. This may come as a shock, but I’m not getting any younger. Not to mention I carry all of my stress in my neck and shoulders. After a long day on the trail, settling down to a wadded up jacket to rest my head on just wasn’t cutting it anymore. So I thought I’d treat myself to an inflatable backpacking pillow.

See my previous posts in this series:

Sea to Summit Ultra Sil Compression Dry Sack Review

REI Flash 18L Review

None of these reviews are sponsored, however I do use affiliate linking. That means if you click on the product and purchase it through the link on my website, I get a percentage of the sale at no added cost to you. This helps me continue to deliver rad gear reviews to you for free. You get the best deal I could find. It’s a win-win. All opinions are my own.

About the Sea to Summit Aeros Pillow

The Aeros is an inflatable pillow with a contoured neckline that is meant to cradle your head. The pillow comes in two sizes: large at 16.5 x 11.5 x 5.5 inches and 3.7 ounces and regular at 14 x 10 x 5 inches and a mere 2.8 ounces. I’ve tested both sizes. I bought the regular while Squirrel treated himself to the large. The pillow inflates easily, with just a few huffs and puffs into the nozzle.

Sea to Summit Aeros Pillow Review

Excited for the sunrise? Or energetic because I had an amazing night’s sleep? You decide.

How it was tested

I have used this pillow on long road trips, airplanes, multi-day car camping and backpacking epics. With many hours of Z’s under its belt, it’s one well-tested piece of gear.

How it Performed

I’ve used both numerous times and I’m pleasantly surprised with how they have performed. I still wake up a little sore, but nothing compared to using a stuff sack full of clothing. It’s easy to store and extremely compact. The addition to my pack weight is un-noticeable.

Sea to summit Aeros pillow review

As far as car rides and travel, I believe this pillow falls a little short. The air means you’ll bounce around in a car or a bumpy plane ride. However, if lightweight, compact and comfort is what you are after, then look no further. However, overall I still prefer my memory foam neck pillow to the Sea to Summit Aeros.

Best Uses

  • Backcountry pillow
  • Travel pillow
  • Leg pillow (ya guys, I’m that spoiled)


The fabric on the top feels a bit strange and bugs my face a little, but I simply put a shirt or fleece over the pillow and the problem is solved.

Comfort is king on long, demanding trips. Views like this are best enjoyed with quality rest.


At $42.95 for the regular size the price, like a lot of Sea to Summit gear, is rather steep. Although I can’t say I miss that money in the name of comfort.

The Verdict

The Sea to Summit Aeros pillow definitely files under “luxury item.” I can’t say I need it, which makes its price tough to justify. Similar, cheaper products out there will probably get the job done just as well. However, overall this is a great piece of gear that lives up to the Sea to Summit brand for those looking to add a little comfort in their backpacking kit.

The Sea to Summit Aeros pillow combines comfort, durability and weight for the ultimate backcountry pillow. However, does it live up to the hype of other uses? Read this unsponsored review to find out. Camping pillow | Backpacking Pillow | Sea to Summit gear review | Travel Pillow

I’d love to hear your feedback on this series. Love it? Hate it? Let me know and drop a line below.

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  • Ioanna

    I have it – and I love it! I think it’s my favorite luxury hiking piece… Well worth the decent night rest! 🙂

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