Hyperlite Stuff Sack Pillow Review | Average Hiker
Recently, I purchased the Hyperlite Stuff Sack Pillow. I don’t normally carry luxury items when I hike, but needed a new stuff sack, and the little pillow seemed a perfect solution for my stuff sack and pillow needs/wants.
Pillows have always been a challenge for me, waking up throughout the night to restuff the sacks, or fluff up the flattened out ball that also serves as my jacket. This pillow seems to be a good solution for a better night’s sleep.
Since it is only a pillow, that will also be a stuff sack, the selection requirements were pretty simple.
- Size to fit in sleeping bag hood and on Neoair pad
- Light weight
- Water proof/resistant
- Roomy enough for all toiletries and electronic components
- Reasonably soft on my skin since I’m delicate
I am no stranger to backpacking pillows, and have tried several pillow types over the years. Compressible pillows take up too much room in my pack, and are generally a little heavy. (As with all gear, I try to use items that have multiple uses). Inflatable pillows are never comfortable for me, and I always seem to spend a half hour trying to adjust the air to find that ever elusive comfort level. Finally, there are Down pillows. These are usually comfortable, but they are also expensive, and are not really multi-use pillows. The Hyperlite Stuff Sack Pillow seemed to check off all the boxes.
My model was not used in the creation of this review, as she found the Hyperlite pillow perfect for chewing. In total transparency, I got tired of chasing her around the house to retrieve it.
- Size – Small (10×14)
- Weight – 1.16 oz
- Fabric – 100% waterproof Dyneema Composite Fabric (cuben fiber)
- Polartec fleece lining
- Taped seams
- Water resistant #5 zipper
- Built by hand in Maine
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The Hyperlite pillow caught my attention because of the zipper. I’ve used many stuff sacks for pillows, and always seems to break the draw string connector. I thrash around a lot when I sleep, and have a very heavy brain, and these two things combined are often too much for the connector on the strings. The zipper looked perfect. It was on the opposite side of the fleece, and also water resistant.
The Dyneema fabric was also a plus. The waterproof fabric combined with the water resistant zipper should keep my toiletries and electronics dry. One note – my electronics still go in ziplock bags no matter how “waterproof” the manufacturer claims any sack or pouch is supposed to be.
Finally, the fleece side was soft and warm. It is micro-fleece, so it does not provide much cushioning, but that is what the down jacket stuffing is for, so warm and soft is fine with me.
The pillow was size small @ 10 x 14. I did not want a larger pillow because then I could not tuck it into the hood of my sleeping bag. Tucking it into the hood would help prevent it from sliding around too much, and since the sleeping bag was a long I could slide down and leave plenty of room for the pillow.
The pillow size was perfect for my medium weight Feathered Friends Down jacket. I don’t like to sleep in a lot of clothes, much less a jacket, so I always carry a warm sleeping bag. On the Arizona Trail I’ll be taking my Feathered Friends Lark, which is good down to about 10 degrees. Since I sleep cold, I always use a bag that is about 10-15 degrees less than the expected temperatures, and I like Feathered Friends and Western Mountaineering because they are pretty true to their temperature ranges.
Hyperlite Stuff Sack Pillow Summary
I’ve stuffed the pillow a few times and napped on it. I have to watch it closely though, as my model is enamored with it. It is comfortable, and I’m looking forward to taking it on the trail for 5-6 weeks. It may be a little tight with the Feathered Friends jacket, but I’ll see if it loosens up a bit after a couple of weeks. As with all of my gear, I’ll review it in my trail journal, and update this post when I get home.