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Ultralite Hiker
(Ultralite) - F
Down Pillow on 11/21/2010 19:21:13 MST Print View

The lightest down pillow I am finding online is around 5 ounces from WM. I do not like the feel of inflatable pillows and am thinking of making my own.

For materials would it be best to use Momentum 0.9 oz Ultralite Ripstop or Teffeta and 900FP down from Thru Hiker?

Brian Camprini
(bcamprini) - MLife

Locale: Southern Appalachians
Re: Down Pillow on 11/21/2010 19:24:54 MST Print View

Go with the Momentum if you are a drooler.

Ben Smith
(goosefeet) - MLife

Locale: Georgia
Re: Down Pillow on 11/21/2010 19:45:25 MST Print View

Rob,

There is basically no difference in the feel of the Momentum taffeta and ripstop. Go with whatever color you want...

I can do one for $25 shipped in Black, Red, Olive, Gray, Denim Blue, or Royal Blue with 1 oz of 800 fill down.

- Ben Smith

Ultralite Hiker
(Ultralite) - F
Pillow on 11/21/2010 20:00:12 MST Print View

Ben, that sounds interesting. What size would that pillow be?

Edited by Ultralite on 11/21/2010 20:25:17 MST.

Ben Smith
(goosefeet) - MLife

Locale: Georgia
Re: Pillow on 11/21/2010 20:25:16 MST Print View

Rob,

I just threw together a pillow using a standard piece of copy paper as a pattern (8.5 x 11"), and 1.5 oz of 800 fill down. Here is the results:



pillow_1


This is a 750mL Nalgene - about the same height as a regular quart size.


pillow_2


(I really need to get a better camera...)


I think a back sleeper could use it fine, but as a side sleeper, I'd want more height. It would be fine if you had something about 4" high to put it on, but otherwise, more down would be needed.

- Ben Smith

Ultralite Hiker
(Ultralite) - F
Stomach Sleeper on 11/21/2010 20:27:58 MST Print View

How much does that prototype weigh? I am a stomach sleeper, so thickness for me is not really a big deal. I sleep on a really thin pillow at home.

Ben Smith
(goosefeet) - MLife

Locale: Georgia
Re: Stomach Sleeper on 11/21/2010 20:30:04 MST Print View

47.1 grams or 1.66 ounces.

Ultralite Hiker
(Ultralite) - F
Nice on 11/21/2010 20:35:07 MST Print View

I will take a pillow from you. Do you think if you made it a little bigger it would still be at or under 2 ounces? Maybe 10x14? If it would not be at or under 2 oz, I will give the 8.5x11 one a go.

What do I need to do to work out the details? Just paypal you or what?

Thanks for the super quick turn around, just saw your site and you might have a down bootie order from me down the road as well...

Weiyi Wang
(wwyjedi)

Locale: mid
Re: Re: Pillow on 11/21/2010 20:35:53 MST Print View

I am a side sleeper. How much and what is the weight for side sleeper version?

Ben Smith
(goosefeet) - MLife

Locale: Georgia
Re: Nice on 11/21/2010 20:41:48 MST Print View

Rob,

Yes, I would imagine that a 10x14 would be around 1.8 oz.

What color would you want? For any color with 1.5 oz of down, it is $28. You can Paypal me at goosefeet AT hotmail DOT com.

Willy,

I haven't gotten the details worked out on a side sleeper version yet. It may work out really good to put one of these down pillows on top of something like a Kooka-Bay pillow for height. Half air, half down.

Edited by goosefeet on 11/21/2010 20:43:01 MST.

Ultralite Hiker
(Ultralite) - F
Black on 11/21/2010 20:45:03 MST Print View

I am going to paypal you right now. Black with 1.5 ounces of down, 10x14 which you stated would be around 1.8 ounces is perfect. I will put all that in the comments in the paypal. My shipping address on my paypal is correct.

Thanks Ben!

Ben Smith
(goosefeet) - MLife

Locale: Georgia
Re: Black on 11/21/2010 20:47:57 MST Print View

OK, I'll get it out in the mail tomorrow. It should be there Wednesday at the latest, possible Tuesday since you live in the SE.

If anyone else wants to put in an order, it will be shipped tomorrow also.

- Ben

Edited by goosefeet on 11/21/2010 20:48:39 MST.

Ultralite Hiker
(Ultralite) - F
Sent on 11/21/2010 20:48:16 MST Print View

Paypal Sent! Thanks Ben!

Ben Smith
(goosefeet) - MLife

Locale: Georgia
Re: Re: Black on 11/22/2010 09:52:23 MST Print View

Pillows now for sale on my website.

Ultralite Hiker
(Ultralite) - F
Youdaman! on 11/22/2010 10:06:40 MST Print View

You da man Ben!

Rob Hubbard
(robwa10) - F

Locale: England
Side Sleeper Pillow on 11/22/2010 13:16:44 MST Print View

Ben

Another possible option for a side sleeper version could be to make the pillow so clothing could be added. You could add two very loose fitting pieces of material on the back that over lap a little around half way. Then a folded shirt, jumper, etc could be added to bulk it up. The fabric pocket would need to be loose enough to stop it squeezing the down when something was inserted. Then you could have a thicker pillow that still had the softness and moldability of down on the top.

I may have to knock one up next time I get some down in to see if it helps solve my pillow woes.

Brad Groves
(4quietwoods) - MLife

Locale: Michigan
Re: Down Pillow on 11/22/2010 15:54:33 MST Print View

Just for thought, the WM pillow uses 3.5 ounces of down. My poofy down vest uses that much down... & weighs a little less than the pillow. So I just carry the vest; gives me insulation if I need it, & a pillow at night (it's nothing to put it in a tiny sil sack).