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Casey Cardwell
(Niles) - MLife

Locale: On the Dirt in Oregon
Swiss Pillow on 12/05/2007 01:52:40 MST Print View

Has anyone ever made one of these? I've been looking for a comfortable pillow to start taking with me and thought I'd give a swiss pillow a try. Here's what I came up with.

I was going for maximum comfort so it's about 14"x9"x6". I made a real simple wrap for it with a stow pocket. Here are the pictures:

Raw Pillow

With Wrap

Wrapped

Wrapped

The total weight ended up being about 9oz. Pretty heavy for a pillow, but it's super comfortable.

Unfortunately, I had to glue two pieces of foam together to get the final product, so I think I could drop a couple ounces if I could find foam thick enough to begin with.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
re Swiss Pillows on 12/05/2007 02:23:13 MST Print View

See
http://www.bushwalking.org.au/FAQ/DIY_RNCDesigns.htm#Pillows

You are not alone. We have used these for years, and they are very good.

Cheers

Donna C
(leadfoot) - M

Locale: Middle Virginia
Re: Swiss Pillow on 12/05/2007 04:50:42 MST Print View

Tinny at Minibull Designs has a video on making one.

Kyle Purcell
(dufus934) - F

Locale: North Texas
Re: Re: Swiss Pillow on 12/06/2007 21:35:08 MST Print View

I too saw this video, but I don't see how these could give enough support to be worth taking. Seems a stuff sack full of clothes would be just as good. Am I missing something?

Casey Cardwell
(Niles) - MLife

Locale: On the Dirt in Oregon
Re: Re: Re: Swiss Pillow on 12/06/2007 22:39:37 MST Print View

I don't think you're missing anything. It doesn't support amazingly well, but it is very comfortable. But, if you've got enough clothing to stuff, you might as well do that.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Re: Re: Swiss Pillow on 12/07/2007 02:12:56 MST Print View

> but I don't see how these could give enough support to be worth taking.
With 2 or 3 directions of coring, I think it would be too soft myself.
With just 1 direction (vertical) in standard PU foam it works fine.

Donna C
(leadfoot) - M

Locale: Middle Virginia
Re: Swiss Pillow on 12/07/2007 04:55:28 MST Print View

Sorry to go off-topic but has anyone noticed that the Swiss like holes??? Swiss cheese and Swiss pillow seem to have something in common!

OK...continue. I had to laugh.