The Cocoon Air-Core Pillow Ultralight is a convenient travel pillow for camping and backpacking, thanks to its 4-ounce weight and compact size when deflated. Reviewers say it's easy to deflate and compress for storage and it offers a good comfort-to-weight ratio. There are some complaints that it loses air overnight, however. Overall, most reviews indicate that it's a good value for the price, especially for those who are carrying significant amounts of gear.
Good combination of comfort and weight. The Cocoon Air-Core Pillow Ultralight has an excellent "comfort-to-weight ratio" according to Will Rochfort, who recommends this pillow at Backpacker.com. It's also a favorite of editors at MyBackpackerGuides.com, who say the soft flannel front adds softness and the pillow is a good value for the price.
Users say the pillows seem to leak air out of the inflation valve -- sometimes within the first few weeks of use. Some say it deflates over the course of a single night, while others say it takes a few days to lose significant air. Users posting feedback to Amazon.com say that the Cocoon Air-Core Ultralight is more comfortable when it's not fully inflated.
Difficult to keep still. There's no interior lining to keep the air from shifting, so your head may not remain stationary when using this pillow overnight. One owner at Amazon.com explains, "The one con the product has is its lack of baffles. The balloon inside is completely hollow and can roll, so you will feel like you need a bit of balance while laying your head on it." It comes with a convenient carrying sack and folds up easily to about the size of a can of vegetables, users say.
It doesn't have a pillow case, and the pillow isn't machine-washable; one side of the pillow's exterior is nylon and the other a soft material. If the nylon side is resting on a smooth surface, it tends to slide around a bit. The nylon side can be easily wiped clean with a moist cloth, however.
This article recommends three travel pillows best for camping and backpacking, including the Cocoon Air-Core Pillow. The author says it "packs into a conveniently small unit, despite requiring some effort." It's also the softest of the three recommended pillows, although the flannel is a dirt magnet.
Review: Travel Pillow Fight: The 3 Best Travel Pillows in the Spotlight, Alex, Feb. 14, 2013
This review describes a travel pillow the author has owned for several years. While she's not sure of the brand, she does recommend a few similar travel pillows. The Cocoon Air-Core Pillow is slightly "wimpier" than the one she owns, but it packs into a smaller size.
Review: This Is the Best Travel Pillow… Ever!, Lynnette Walczak, August 2011
This individual review focuses solely on the Cocoon Air-Core Pillow Ultralight. Author Will Rochfort says the Cocoon Air-Core Ultralight collapses down to about the size of a tennis ball for easy travel, and you can fill it with less air for customized firmness.
Review: Gear Review: Cocoon Travel Pillow - Air-Core Ultralight, Will Rochfort, Not dated
More than 85 owners weigh in with comments on the Cocoon Air-Core Pillow Ultralight, which earns an average rating of 4 stars out of 5. More than half give it a perfect 5-star rating, noting its comfort and ease of use. A few complain of leaks, however.
Review: Cocoon Air-Core Pillow Ultralight, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of September 2013