Nov 21, 2010 at 6:21 pm #1265746
The lightest down pillow I am finding online is around 5 ounces from WM. I do not like the feel of inflatable pillows and am thinking of making my own.
For materials would it be best to use Momentum 0.9 oz Ultralite Ripstop or Teffeta and 900FP down from Thru Hiker?Nov 21, 2010 at 6:24 pm #1666734
Brian CampriniBPL Member
@bcampriniLocale: Southern Appalachians
Go with the Momentum if you are a drooler.Nov 21, 2010 at 6:45 pm #1666747
There is basically no difference in the feel of the Momentum taffeta and ripstop. Go with whatever color you want…
I can do one for $25 shipped in Black, Red, Olive, Gray, Denim Blue, or Royal Blue with 1 oz of 800 fill down.
– Ben SmithNov 21, 2010 at 7:00 pm #1666750
Ben, that sounds interesting. What size would that pillow be?Nov 21, 2010 at 7:25 pm #1666760
I just threw together a pillow using a standard piece of copy paper as a pattern (8.5 x 11"), and 1.5 oz of 800 fill down. Here is the results:
This is a 750mL Nalgene – about the same height as a regular quart size.
(I really need to get a better camera…)
I think a back sleeper could use it fine, but as a side sleeper, I'd want more height. It would be fine if you had something about 4" high to put it on, but otherwise, more down would be needed.
– Ben SmithNov 21, 2010 at 7:27 pm #1666761
How much does that prototype weigh? I am a stomach sleeper, so thickness for me is not really a big deal. I sleep on a really thin pillow at home.Nov 21, 2010 at 7:30 pm #1666764
47.1 grams or 1.66 ounces.Nov 21, 2010 at 7:35 pm #1666765
I will take a pillow from you. Do you think if you made it a little bigger it would still be at or under 2 ounces? Maybe 10×14? If it would not be at or under 2 oz, I will give the 8.5×11 one a go.
What do I need to do to work out the details? Just paypal you or what?
Thanks for the super quick turn around, just saw your site and you might have a down bootie order from me down the road as well…Nov 21, 2010 at 7:35 pm #1666766
I am a side sleeper. How much and what is the weight for side sleeper version?Nov 21, 2010 at 7:41 pm #1666771
Yes, I would imagine that a 10×14 would be around 1.8 oz.
What color would you want? For any color with 1.5 oz of down, it is $28. You can Paypal me at goosefeet AT hotmail DOT com.
I haven't gotten the details worked out on a side sleeper version yet. It may work out really good to put one of these down pillows on top of something like a Kooka-Bay pillow for height. Half air, half down.Nov 21, 2010 at 7:45 pm #1666774
I am going to paypal you right now. Black with 1.5 ounces of down, 10×14 which you stated would be around 1.8 ounces is perfect. I will put all that in the comments in the paypal. My shipping address on my paypal is correct.
Thanks Ben!Nov 21, 2010 at 7:47 pm #1666775
OK, I'll get it out in the mail tomorrow. It should be there Wednesday at the latest, possible Tuesday since you live in the SE.
If anyone else wants to put in an order, it will be shipped tomorrow also.
– BenNov 21, 2010 at 7:48 pm #1666776
Paypal Sent! Thanks Ben!Nov 22, 2010 at 8:52 am #1666905
Pillows now for sale on my website.Nov 22, 2010 at 9:06 am #1666912
You da man Ben!Nov 22, 2010 at 12:16 pm #1666959
Another possible option for a side sleeper version could be to make the pillow so clothing could be added. You could add two very loose fitting pieces of material on the back that over lap a little around half way. Then a folded shirt, jumper, etc could be added to bulk it up. The fabric pocket would need to be loose enough to stop it squeezing the down when something was inserted. Then you could have a thicker pillow that still had the softness and moldability of down on the top.
I may have to knock one up next time I get some down in to see if it helps solve my pillow woes.Nov 22, 2010 at 2:54 pm #1667019
Just for thought, the WM pillow uses 3.5 ounces of down. My poofy down vest uses that much down… & weighs a little less than the pillow. So I just carry the vest; gives me insulation if I need it, & a pillow at night (it's nothing to put it in a tiny sil sack).
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