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This gear guide presents an introduction to the market of "ultralight inflatable pillows" for backpacking.

The criteria for a pillow's inclusion into this gear guide is purely arbitrary: the weight of the pillow must be less than 4 ounces. This reveals a manufacturer's intention to make a pillow that is light enough where its weight is a design feature, and not an afterthought.

Not included in this gear guide is a comprehensive assortment of the so-called disposable hospital-style inflatable pillows, like the FlexAir Pillow manufactured by Graham Medical. However, the latter has been included in the specifications table as a frame of reference.


  • Introduction
  • Design Features
    • Mechanism of Support
    • Shape
    • Size
    • Elevation Contouring / Cradling
    • Weight
    • Fill
    • Fabrics
  • The Pillows
    • Durability
  • Gear Guide: Specification Table
  • Pillow Ratings
    • Exped Air Pillow UL - Highly Recommended
    • Sea to Summit Aeros Premium - Highly Recommended
    • Sea to Summit Aeros Ultralight - Recommended
    • Exped Air Pillow - Recommended
    • Cascade Designs NeoAir Pillow - Recommended
    • Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Pillow - Above Average
    • REI Flash Air Pillow - Average
    • Big Agnes Clearview - Average
    • Big Agnes Q-Core SL - Average
    • Big Agnes Camp Pillow - Average
    • Quechua Inflatable Pillow - Average
    • Cocoon Hyperlite - Below Average
  • Author's Choice

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