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Sleeping on the Go: A look at the Thermarest Compressible Pillow

The thing is, wherever you go, you eventually have to buckle down and sleep. And what’s worse than sleeping on a hard surface like the cold, damp forest floor, the chairs at the airport or a desk at the University of British Columbia? Waking up with a stiff neck! Well, I’m here to show you the best camping/travel pillow out there. The Therm-a-rest Compressible Pillow.

This pillow is awesome. It weighs only 198 grams (small size) and when unpacked it measures 30 x 41 x 14 cm (Length x Width x Height). It’s filled with leftover foam scraps (small chunks) from the fabrication of the Thermarest mattress pads and the covering is made of a really soft microfiber type material. It also easily rolls into a pocket at one end, compressing to about 1/4 of its uncompressed size. It’s not very expensive either at $14.50 @ MEC.

The really great thing about this pillow is that the foam actually comfortably supports your head and doesn’t just let your head sink to the ground like other compressible pillows. The microfiber cloth is also a nice touch and doesn’t rub or burn your tired face. After using this pillow on multiple, multi-day treks, I can honestly say that it made for a comfortable night’s sleep. It’s small size and weight make it a no-brainer for any situation. No more make shift, rolling up clothes pillows for me! Be the envy of your tent-mates (or classmates) and get this thing today!

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