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dropkick
2007-04-15, 02:00
I have a chance to buy a couple of lightly used Slumberjack camping pillows w/stuffsacks for 8 bucks.
Problem is I haven't physically seen them.
I've been using a kids waterwing cut in half for a pillow, ever since I lost my beanbag pillow to old age.
The waterwing works fine but I miss having something a little more substantial.
Do you think I should get these?

SGT Rock
2007-04-15, 09:11
I've never needed a seperate pillow, so I wouldn't know. I just use stuff sacks and extra clothing/gear.

Take-a-knee
2007-04-15, 10:33
I like that little fleece pillowcase that Thermarest sells, just stuff a down vest into it, I think it weighs about an ounce. I haven't needed a pillow, however, since I got the hammock.

Frolicking Dino
2007-04-15, 11:11
I find a pillow in a hammock to be uncomfortable. Slowhike uses a thermorest neck pillow (http://www.thermarest.com/product_detail.aspx?pID=98&cID=4) and I sampled that at SEHHA yesterday. It was pretty comfy, but heavy at 5.8 ozs.

BEAMarshall
2007-04-15, 13:34
how much does just the cover weigh? Then fill it full of socks or something on the trail?
Curious Betsy

Frolicking Dino
2007-04-15, 13:45
No idea what the cover weighs, but it couldn't be more than an oz. I considered making a neck pillow shaped stuff sack for my clothes, but it might be kind of hard to pack in the bag - maybe a long, skinny stuff sack that had a a tie on the underside to make the curl?

TeeDee
2007-04-15, 21:12
I use these:

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/flexair_dual_ultralight_pillow.html

and these:

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/flexair_plus_ultralight_pillow.html

You can get them much, much cheaper if you Google the brand. Of course then you would have to buy a case of 50 for about $35.00, found one site where they are about $27.00 for a case of 50.

They are the lightest I have seen anywhere. You have to experiment with the volume of air you use. I have found that blowing them up fully doesn't work for me. Just one, 2 or 3 puffs is enough. They are somewhat crinkly to start, but that goes fast. I like the dual chamber under my head, each chamber filled slightly differently. The single chamber I can fill very slightly and put under my neck or fill slightly more and put under my knees.

There is press release here:

http://www.grahammedical.com/NewsReleaseFlexAir022403.htm

and here:

http://www.merginet.com/tools_technology/products/flexairpillow.cfm

One supplier:

http://www.schoolkidshealthcare.com/product/547.html

Hollowdweller
2007-04-17, 17:22
Both my wife and I both have them. IMO they are kinda small. I much prefer an inflatable pillow but I usually bring the Slumberjack along too to cover my eyes.

In fact I could probably do without a trail pad and just use the inflatable pillow and my pack to elevate my legs!:bandit:

sailingsoul
2007-04-23, 18:54
Hummmm! They come with a straw to inflate,,,,,and made from ploypropylene. Given Ploypropylene is used in food packaging. Looks like they might make ultralight water bags. Dual use.

MalTheElder
2007-04-23, 20:40
Like many, I just use a small stuff sack with my unworn clothes in it for a pillow. In my HH it naturally fits right under my neck and bottom of my head. It works for me just like a neck-pillow does on a flat bed (Dino take note). With my trashed spine and neck (progressive degenerative cervical arthritis), I need good support, and this works just right for me. No need to carry anything extra, and the gear serves multiple purposes---always a good thing. Of course, YMMV.

BTW, I usually have my HH and tarp set up in the back (5 acres of Florida oak woods) so I can sleep out a couple of times a week to get my back unkinked. No kidding! If my wife would only let me install wall anchors in the bedroom. . . .

Hang 'em high!
Half Step (Mal)

Frolicking Dino
2007-04-23, 20:47
Thanks Mal -- and my iguana told me to tell you she likes your avatar.