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Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow

Save yourself the zipper imprint.

Using your jacket as a pillow isn't too comfortable, and a zipper to the eye never feels all that great. Sleep comfortably, even when you're on the move, with Therm-a-Rest's Compressible Pillow. Whip the portable Compressible Pillow out on road trips, during airplane travel, or on car-camping adventures to give your melon the comfort it deserves when you're far away from home.

  • A packable pillow for camping and travel
  • Brushed material is soft and comfortable
  • Soft foam filling packs down small and expands big
  • Reviews
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Great for camping

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Pros: Big and soft when opened. Really comfortable. Simple cinch design. Great for camping. Really lightweight.

Cons: Not very compressible, maybe around 7"x7"x16" when compressed. Kind of an awkward shape when compressed.

Some people say it is "lumpy". It feels like there are hundreds of little spherical 1/2" beads in it. For me, I don't mind the texture of it.

Great for short trips!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Super comfortable pillow . It's slightly compressible and very soft. If you're looking for something to use on more than an overnight backpacking trip, I'd recommend going with a down pillow for the reduced weight and extra pack room.


    I feel like I have tried every pillow in the market, in search of the perfect pillow. Trying to find the balance between comfort and pack ability. The Therm-a-Rest Compressible pillow is it! By far the most comfortable pillow I’ve ever taken backpacking. I love it so much I even take it to the park with me wen lounging in my hammock or on a blanked reading a book. It packs down super small and the memory foam resizes really quickly after unpacking. One of my favorite things, I will use it as a packing barrier around my DLSR camera while camping, I rest easy knowing my camera has some cushioning packed around it while on the trail.

    So awesome, I bought two!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Comfortable to lay on even though you feel the bits of foam. You get used to it when it's decompressed. When you unroll it, I'd say fluff it up to separate the foam bits from each other and let it decompress for 2-3 minutes before using it (thought it says 1 minute) It has proper support, and sleeps fine. Perfect for camping!

    Perfect for me

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I originally bought this pillow for my daughter in small. I bought myself a larger pillow in another brand. Mine was too soft and mushy for me while this pillow was too firm for my daughter. We made a trade and are both quite pleased now. So if you like a firm pillow this might be one of your better options. Small is definitely too small for my big head though.

    This reminds me of the night we made our pillow trade. I did not notice the fire ants that I set my tent up 6 inches from on the second night hiking Eagle Rock Loop in Arkansas (the first night we set camp in a copperhead den). They engulfed my tent, but somehow only about a dozen made it inside. Fire ants bad. This has nothing to do with pillows, but is a better tid-bit than you might find in a fortune cookie.

    I let my friend borrow it for a trek.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    My friend borrowed this when he backpacked in the Canyonlands NP. Here is what he had to say after a 3 day, two-night trip: For most of my camping career, I used an extra sweater as a pillow. It was easy and if the night turned out colder than expected, I could just wear it instead. Backpacking pillows seemed unnecessary luxuries that I didn't have room in my pack for. And although this pillow is a bit more voluminous than I had hoped, it's light and - given a while to fluff up rolled out - it rivals most conventional bedroom pillow I've encountered. this will give you the night's sleep you're hoping for, even if you've switched a bed for a sleeping bag and your bedroom for a tent.

    Good Camp Pillow

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Good pillow for the price. It's light and decently comfortable.

    Could be a lot better

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Tried this pillow because it was on super good price. But, I don't even come close to digging it. I think the filling is lumpy and the pillow won't offer good support (even though back country hiking pillows aren't great in the first place). Even packed, this pillow takes up a lot of volume. Doesn't compress well. Might work well enough on an airplane trip or car trip. Not for backpacking.

    Sizing Info


    S - 16x12

    M - 18x14

    L - 23x16

    XL - 27x16.5

    Weight: 7 / 9 / 12 / 15 ounces

    Sizing Info

    Love it

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Lightweight, compact, and comfortable. Great for camping or travel.


    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    These pillows are amazing! The large is about average size a pillow should be. I used it backpacking with a 8L lightweight compression sack and it made it very small! So awesome I bought 2 more of them! I personally can't stand an air pillow. This is as close to a normal pillow I have found.

    Best pillow ever

      Just bought a second one. I've had my first one for eight years, still fluffs like a champ. Pro tip: when you are camping, put this baby in the sun to fluff it when you first get to camp.

      Did it's job

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Pro Tip: Before first use unroll it and stick it in the dryer to fluff it up before bringing it on a trip, it's super compressed from the factory. Otherwise great pillow!

      So comfy, packs so small

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      It's a damn fine pillow.

      Med pillow is nice for travelling

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      This medium size pillow is pretty comfy. It can be bunched up to hold a firm rest. Skinny football sized when compressed. Takes a bit to un- compress. Soft material. We bought 2 for travelling/airline camping. Car camping yes. Backpacking? Depends on your tolerance and comfort level, but required space and weight is not ideal imo. Keep your gf happy while backpacking type of comfort. I dont like the compression cinch much. Its hard to use one handed while holding an exploding burrito!

      Solid pillow

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      I bought seven of these for my family - primarily car camping - and they were great. When you initially decompress them, it's at first a little disappointing to see, but give them a minute and they fill out and firm up. Like a down sleeping bag, they need to be shaken, and fluffed a bit, and then in a few minutes they take shape. Enjoyed very good sleep on this pillow, as did my family. I generally prefer firmer pillows and this one fit the bill.

      "Awesome, compact, easy.."

      • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

      I bought this as a gift, and hers what she had to say ,"Awesome, compact, easy to roll, quick to puff out. Super comfy to sleep on. Added extra- fit into my carry on for flight home and helped me sleep on the plane!"

      Dream Easy

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      Nothing like a good pillow after a long day on the trail. I wanted a pillow that was compressible but had loft to it when i needed it. Granted the first time i used this it took a while for the filling to uncompress, but i has been great since.

      Unanswered Question

      Again, what are the compressed pillow dimensions?

      Most comfortable pillow ever!

        This is great pillow, and if I have room for it, it is my go-to pillow for trips. However, for backpacking, it simply is too large (takes up the room of a football, albeit feather light). I need more room in my pack, so went with a similar size Cocoon inflatable pillow. That worked great and was the size of a feather light potato. But oh man, if I had my thermarest, I would have slept even better! Two great pillows. Pick the one you have room for.