Jul 19, 2011 at 1:28 pm #1276929
So I've been trying out different inflatable pillows and find both the Kooka bay one and the flexair single chamber uncomfortable. Mostly I think this is due to my head wanting to roll off of the thing and never quite coming to a comfy spot, even when underinflated. I was thinking of trying to find a way to maybe bond the very middle of the fabric of the kooka bay to the other side, giving it a middle dimple. I was thinking that if small enough it shouldn't make my head hit the group (the surrounding area would hopefully prevent that.
A) Is this a dumb idea?
B) Do you have any other ideas?
C) What would be a decent way to go about this? I'm thinking just a small puncture in the middle and some seam sealer inside and out.
I have tried the Mike C. ziplocks and a stuff sack method to no availJul 19, 2011 at 1:41 pm #1760925
@keith_bassettLocale: Pacific NW
Is it heat bondable polyurethane coated nylon? Maybe you could heat seal a dot into the middle?Jul 19, 2011 at 1:45 pm #1760926
I wish I knew more about fabrics to help address that question, but all I know is that it looks like http://kookabay.com/pillows.html and the manufacturer doesn't say.Jul 19, 2011 at 1:49 pm #1760929
I assume you've tried under-inflating the pillow and that doesn't work for you?Jul 19, 2011 at 2:15 pm #1760938
had the same issue, underinflating the pillow a bit and a hair tie tight around the center makes an ok quick fixJul 19, 2011 at 2:28 pm #1760940
Jerry AdamsBPL Member
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
What about Mike's tip of using several gallon zip top bags partially inflated?
I've had the same problem, head rolls around, I just use a foam pillow but it's kind of heavy – about 5 ouncesJul 19, 2011 at 2:40 pm #1760943
Sorry I should have said that yes, I under inflate and it's still pretty bad to me. I've also tried Mike C's advice with the zip locks but it wasn't something I did well with.
I'll have to try the hair tie thing! I think that might actually be pretty perfect to sort of sandwich me in the middleJul 19, 2011 at 3:22 pm #1760961
Joe ClementBPL Member
Hair tie is pretty stinkin' ingenious. I've been putting the flexair pillow inside my $5 Walmart fleece pillow with memory foam (tossed the plastic air pillow that came in it). Trying a WM pillow next.Jul 21, 2011 at 6:22 am #1761550
@curiouslaymanLocale: Western NC Mountains
Yep, I second the hair tie. That's lighter than my idea: I had planned to try a light cable tie for the same thing. If the hair tie works it would be more comfortable and probably lighter.Jul 21, 2011 at 8:02 am #1761578
Well, I can tell you my experiences so far. Tuesday I tried out the Kooka Bay pillow, woke up a bit unhappy due to tons of sweat. Last night I tried the hair tie idea with a buff wrapped around the pillow, which was a LOT better. I eventually got another hair tie (yes, I bought a pack for backpacking) and made a sort of tiny middle, big sides, type pillow, that was pretty killer! WAY better than a single pocket inflatable and I didn't wake up all sweaty grossJul 21, 2011 at 9:47 am #1761615
Erik DietzBPL Member
@erikdtzLocale: Los Angeles
Have you tried these?
I used one last weekend in Mammoth for four days and it worked great. I just under inflate it some and my head stays on no problem. Well worth the extra .5 oz
oops, sorry I didn't see that you mentioned this type of pillow in your original post. Disregard my post.
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