See All Travel Pillows

Exped Air Pillow

Est. $25 to $35, depending on size
Reviewed
September 2013
by ConsumerSearch
Exped Air Pillow

Pros
  • Contoured headrest for side- or back-sleepers
  • Custom inflation/deflation valves
  • Weighs just 3 to 3.5 ounces
  • Deflates to the size of a pill bottle
Cons
  • Small size not ideal for those who turn during sleep

Bottom line

Hikers, campers and backpackers who have used the Exped Air Pillow say they now consider it an essential part of their gear, yet because it weighs next to nothing they don't have to consider it a "luxury" item. Easy to inflate and deflate, the Exped offers a contoured and baffled design to keep the air from shifting and keep sleepers comfortable. We didn't find much feedback from owners who have used it on flights, however.

Performance

Surprisingly comfortable, no neck pain. The Exped Air Pillow comes in two sizes: medium and large. With a contoured shape to accommodate the user's head, this pillow is comfortable for both back- and side-sleepers. Because of its baffled construction, the air stays in one place and doesn't shift while you move at night, so the support is more consistent for better sleep. The soft, polyester tricot fabric is comfortable next to the skin, according to editors at MyBackpackerGuides.com.

Owners posting reviews of the Exped Air Pillow to Amazon.com rave about the comfort level this pillow offers, with several saying they no longer have stiff necks or pain during camping trips. The pillow is backed by a lifetime warranty.

Ease of use

Great for backpacking. Editors at MyBackpackerGuides.com say, "The Exped Air Pillow is my favourite because it is superlight, robust and really convenient to inflate (two breaths suffice) as well as compress and pack." One user at Amazon.com notes the pillow is easy to use; "This pillow inflates in seconds, deflates in seconds, rolls up into very tiny pocket size package (just roll it up in your sleeping bag if you like) and is comfortable!"

It weighs just 3 to 3.5 ounces, depending on the size, so it doesn't add much weight to an already-jammed backpack. It's not machine-washable, but the fabric is easy to wipe clean with a moist cloth.

Our Sources

1. MyBackpackerGuides.com

The Exped Air Pillow is among three travel pillows recommended in this roundup. The author describes the Exped as "superlight, robust and really convenient to inflate (two breaths suffice) as well as compress and pack." There's also a fabric lining that keeps the air in place for added comfort.

Review: Travel Pillow Fight: The 3 Best Travel Pillows in the Spotlight, Alex, Feb. 14, 2013

2. Amazon.com

About 50 owners contribute to an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars for the Exped Air Pillow, with the majority of reviewers giving it a perfect 5-star rating. Owners say it's very compact when deflated for easy packing, lightweight and comfortable.

Review: Exped Air Pillow, Medium, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of September 2013

3. REI.com

The Exped Air Pillow earns an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars in about 30 owner-written reviews. Users say this travel pillow is compact, lightweight, durable, easy to pack and comfortable. Overall, 86 percent of reviewers say they'd recommend it to a friend.

Review: Exped Air Pillow, Contributors to REI.com, As of September 2013

Travel Pillows Runners Up:

Cocoon Air-Core Pillow Ultralight Est. $20

3 picks including: Amazon.com, Backpacker.com…

SkyRest Travel Pillow Est. $30

2 picks including: Amazon.com, InfiniteLegroom.com…

Exped Air Pillow Est. $25 to $35, depending on size

2 picks including: Amazon.com, REI.com…

Ezysleep Inflatable Travel Pillow Est. $30

2 picks including: Inc. magazine, AllAboutYou.com…

image
Cocoon Air-Core Pillow Ultralight
Buy from Amazon.com
from Amazon.com
New: $24.95   
Average Customer Review:  
image
Skyrest Travel Pillow
Buy from Amazon.com
from Amazon.com
New: $42.26 $29.95   
In Stock.
Average Customer Review:  

Back to top