Following on from our glowing review of the Sea to Summit Ultrasil Daypack, we decided to check out another piece of their outdoor gear – the Sea to Summit Aeros Travel Pillow. This pillow is designed mostly for frequent flyers, but we saw some great crossover potential for using it as your main camping pillow as well. Since we had a few flights coming up, we decided to give it a whirl – but first, let’s take a look at the specs:
Overview / Specs
Size and Materials
Unpacked, the Aeros measures out at 36 x 30 x 12.5 cm. When packed it measures just 5 x 7 cm, and you can see just how tiny that is compared with a watch in the picture above. You’re certainly not going to notice this thing in your pack, which makes it a great option if you’re flying to your next camping adventure. The pillow is made from 20D Polyester.
The stated weight of the Aeros Traveller is 50g. During our weigh in, we found it came in a shade over at 55g. But hey, margin for error. Even at 55g, if you were to use this as your main camping pillow – and we have more thoughts on that later – you’ll be shaving quite a few grams off your pack weight.
The design of the Aeros is pretty standard as far as pillows like this go, but it does have two features worth quickly calling out. Firstly, the neck narrows in the centre, which gives you more comfort where it meets the headrest. And second, it has a ‘2-in-1’ valve – one part that only lets air in, and another that only lets it out.
Sea to Summit Aeros Travel Pillow Review
So, having had the chance to try this pillow out on a recent flight to the US, here are my initial thoughts:
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Inflation and Deflation
Inflating this thing is an absolute breeze – two full breaths (maximum) and it’s up and away. Using the 2-in-1 valve, you can make adjustments to the pillow tension by gently prodding the intake valve. Deflating the Aeros was even easier – the second you open that deflate valve, the pillow pretty much disappears!
Firstly, definite plus points for the narrow neck – it seems like Sea to Summit have put some real thought into that bit. On my flight, it seemed as though it was perfectly designed to fit snugly into my headrest.
The ‘push’ against the side of the pillow gave really great support if you were leaning to the left or right while trying to nod off, but I found that if you wanted to lean straight back it was a bit less comfortable. There was a bit of the inevitable ‘scratching’ noise if you moved around a lot on the pillow, but that tends to be fairly standard for inflatables like this.
In terms of the material, I found it pretty comfy considering it was just standard Polyester. It’s certainly doesn’t beat a goose down pillow with a high thread Egyptian cotton case, but hey – this is a 50g travel pillow we’re talking about.
Camping pillow potential?
So what about using the Aeros as your actual main camping pillow, not just for when you’re on a train to your next adventure spot? Well, it definitely has a few things going for it:
Weight – there isn’t any to speak of.
Size – you may genuinely lose this.
Easy inflation and deflation – no huffing and puffing after a long day on the trail.
If you’re the type who is serious about shaving every gram off your pack weight, then this option could definitely work for you. The only serious downside we can see would be for back sleepers – the thin neck of the pillow probably wouldn’t offer enough support for you to get a comfy night’s sleep. But if you’re generally a side sleeper and / or willing to compromise on comfort a bit, we think the Aeros would do just fine in a pinch.
So far, it’s very difficult to see myself ever regretting purchasing the Sea to Summit Aeros Travel Pillow. In fact, I’m already wondering why I didn’t get the premium version for a few pennies more [facepalm].
If you’re travelling to your next adventure on a plane, bus or train, then this pillow really is a no-brainer – a standard design, but done really well. But add in the fact that it can also make a decent enough camping pillow, and it goes next level. All in all, an excellent buy.
Well, that’s it for this week folks! Hope you enjoyed this review. Don’t forget to check out the rest of our blog for more tips, tricks and gear reviews from the trail!
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