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Ernie Fuentes
(askernie) - F
COOL PILLOW... on 04/28/2012 09:12:00 MDT Print View

Is there such a thing as a cool temperature pillow? I usually use a stuff sack with some of my clothes...but that ain't cutting it anymore.

I want to make a pillow that stays cool and does not absorb alot of heat. I am here in Florida and it doesnt get to cold here anytime.

It seems that I spend most of my time tailoring my gear around the temperature down here...

What materials could I use? What kind of stuffing?



Backpack Jack
(jumpbackjack) - F

Locale: Armpit of California
RE Pillow on 04/28/2012 09:28:01 MDT Print View

I'm with you, but I do hike in cold temps also. My latest pillow I made, it is silk on the outside and polyfill on the inside. I haven't got to use it in high temps yet, but it seems to help regulate the temp around my head a little more than a standard blow up pillow or other backpacking pillows. I made a bigger version of it to try, but it's to big for my taste, if you want, just pay shipping and I'll send it your way, and you can try it out. It is similar to this one but it is blue and white. The pillow in this thread is silk on one side and ripstop on the other, the one I'll send you is silk on both sides. Let me know if you want to give it a try.


Edited by jumpbackjack on 04/28/2012 09:30:43 MDT.

Mark Dijkstra
(Markacd) - F
My pillow on 04/28/2012 12:33:13 MDT Print View

My pillow is a 4L Ortlieb waterbag. You can fill it with either water or air and have a very comfortable pillow. When it's filled with water, the pillow is very cool, usually a little too cold for me, but you can regulate the warmth by using either slightly warmer water or by laying a T-shirt or some other piece of clothing over it.

Clayton Mauritzen
(GlacierRambler) - F

Locale: NW Montana
Re: My pillow on 04/28/2012 19:12:23 MDT Print View

+1 on the water pillow. Water has a very high specific heat, so it won't absorb as much from your body. On my last trip, I used a 3L Platypus partially filled as a pillow, and it worked quite well. It ended up being too cool for me since it got down to 20 or so. But that wouldn't be a problem you'd have much in Florida.