Thursday, November 20, 2014

Review: Travel Pillows

     You know the problem here. You just woke up at camp, and you're packing everything on your bike. There's one last item you need to stuff into your saddlebag, and it seems stubborn about fitting. No matter how hard you try, it seems like you just can't close and lock the luggage. That item is your pillow.
     Pillows in general are the epitome of wasted space. They have to be light, fluffy, and comfortable. For riding purposes, pillows also have to be very small. The following are alternatives to full size pillows rated by overall value:

1. Stuff Sack Pillows




     Probably the most nontechnical of the travel pillows, the stuff sack pillow is simply a waterproof bag that you throw your laundry into and close. It's absolutely genius. I say that because it is reliable but also small. It may not be the most comfortable alternative, but I've had a few decent nights of sleep using it.

Pros:

  • Reliable
  • Cheap
  • Extremely small

Cons:

  • Not very comfortable

2. Compressible Pillow




     Compressible pillows are essentially small pillows that roll up inside themselves to be even smaller. Even in their rolled up state, they take up way more space than seems necessary. They are still considerably smaller than a full size pillow, but I don't find them to be particularly comfortable. They feel like the courtesy pillows you get on an airplane, but worse.

Pros:

  • Reliable

Cons:

  • Not very comfortable
  • Bulky

3. Inflatable Pillows     




     I've found the inflatable pillow to be the most comfortable of all the pillows, and its small size is marvelous. Even the valves on the new models have very little resistance, assuring that you can blow one up with three or four full breaths late at night after an exhaustive day of riding. It has only one issue, and a major one at that. The plastic lining inside the pillow is way too thin, and mine popped on the third day of use. It wasn't defective. It just wasn't durable. For that reason, it is the lowest on the list.

Pros:

  • Moderately comfortable
  • Small

Cons:

  • Not durable

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