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.
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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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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 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.
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