Backpack sleeping pillows
Sleep pillows lift your body up and off the ground and protect it from the elements and rocky ground cover. After a hard day on the trails, the extra pillow of a sleeping pillow supports your joints so you can get a restful night’s sleep. Not all pads are created equal. I put them to the test, and these are my top picks this year.
The ECOTEK Hybern8 takes the work out of inflating your sleeping pillow, something no long-distance walker wants to do after a long day. In less than ten breaths, the Hybern8 inflates, giving you 2.5 inches of cage. You get 3 seasons of warmth and softness from this pad, and its versatile design also fits in a hammock. This sleeping cloth folds down to the size of a one-liter bottle and weighs only 18 ounces, so it fits right in your pack. The Hybern8 is waterproof and tough enough to go on all your adventures.
A lightweight foam pillow:
ALPS Bergklim 375
The lightest sleeping pillows are foam. They roll up tightly and slip under the floating lid or into the lower straps of your backpack. Foam pillows usually do not offer as much pillow as inflatable varieties. Yet this model of ALPS Mountaineering may be the exception. If you only add nine ounces of weight, this affordable option is thick enough to put a little warmth between you and the hard ground and is the best value for your money.
Klymit Static V
I tackle the Klymit Static V road for rough terrain as it stands against sticks, rocks, and sleeps right on the ground. With a 75D polyester exterior, it never pierces or tears, and is abrasion resistant. The comfort level is also off the hook. Whether you are a tummy, back or side sleeper, the Static V supports your body in a V-shaped design that sways you and prevents the pendulum and twist that may accompany sleeping abroad.
Reflective warm and pillow:
Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest SOLite
The cross-linked polyethylene in the Therm-a-Rest SOLite keeps this sleeping pillow lightweight but durable so you can tie it under your suit without worry. The ThermaCapture surface reflects and encloses radiant heat from your body, so you stay warm and dry all night long. This 3-season sleeping cloth comes in small, regular and large sizes, adding just 13 ounces to your pack weight. When you need a lightweight foam pillow that will keep you warm on cold nights, do not let the SOLite pass.
Best insulated road:
Paria Outdoor Products Recharge Ultralight
When temperatures drop, you want something that will provide a buffer between you and the cold outside. The Recharge pad from Paria Outdoor Products includes body heat with high-loft synthetic microfiber insulation to keep you warm even when temperatures drop below freezing. Comfort is also not sacrificed in favor of warmth with the Recharge. You will find a few inches thick, soft padding that competes with the comfort of your own bed. When you’re ready to get on the trail again, pack this sleeping pillow small in an included cinch bag and fit right into your pack.
From one backpacker to another
If you are looking for a sleeping pillow that is compact, comfortable and easy to inflate, you will want the ECOTEK Hybern8. This sleeping pillow weighs just 8 ounces and folds down to the size of a one-liter bottle, making it a wonderful space-saving addition to your backpack. Its comfortable design is durable, waterproof and inflates with less than ten breaths.
Aimed at door-walkers and minimalist backpackers, the sleeping place of Alpe Bergklim add a thin layer of pillow and warmth between you and the ground. This is a dense closed cell foam pillow that weighs only 9 ounces and works well as part of your 3-season kit.
If you are a cold weather camper, you want the Reload of Paria Outdoor Products. This spacious road is a true 3-season model that includes heat when temperatures drop below freezing.
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