Hyperlite Stuff Sack Pillow Review | Average Hiker
Overview of My New Stuff/Sack Pillow
Recently, I purchased the Hyperlite Stuff Sack Pillow. I don’t normally carry luxury items when I hike, but I needed a new stuff sack. This stuff sack/pillow seemed like 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 aka my jacket. The Hyperlite pillow seemed to be a good solution for a better night's sleep. Like all of my other gear it was also multi-function which always gets a check mark from me.
Hyperlite Stuff Sack Pillow Review – Requirements
Since it is only a pillow, that will also be a stuff sack, my 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
Other Pillow Types
I am no stranger to backpacking pillows, and have tried several pillow types over the years. In most cases, they were all just “another thing to carry,” and I always ended up going back to my jackets. I had tried stuff sacks, but the ones I used were either too small or too large for my jackets.
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 fit the bill.
My model was not used in the creation of this review, as she found the Hyperlite pillow far too much of a temptation (chewing). In total transparency, I got tired of chasing her around the house to retrieve it.
Hyperlite Stuff Sack Pillow Review – Quick Specs
- 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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Hyperlite Stuff Sack Pillow Review – Quick Specs – Hyperlite Materials
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 (and they are always the wrong size). I thrash around a lot when I sleep, and this is 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 I purchased was a 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 the pillow from sliding around too much. Since my sleeping bags are always long I can slide down and leave plenty of room for the pillow.
The pillow size was also perfect for my Feathered Friends EOS Down Jacket. I don't like to sleep in a lot of clothes 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 true to their temperature ranges.
One note on sleeping bag ratings. If a bag is rated to 22 degrees, you will most likely survive at that temperature in the sleeping bag as long as you have a properly rated sleeping pad. You will not be comfortable. You will probably be comfortable down to about 30-32 degrees.
Hyperlite Stuff Sack Pillow Review – Post Hike Summary
This stuff-sack pillow is one of my favorite pieces of gear. I've taken it on several hikes now, and it holds all of my toiletries and is the perfect fit for my backpack. My lightweight Down jackets fit in it perfectly, and it is quite comfortable.
The Hyperlite Stuff Sack Pillow is also durable. As I mentioned earlier, I'm a thrasher and the pillow get's tossed around quite a bit. Over the past year it has not even gotten a scratch and is going strong. This is definitely a piece of gear I would recommend.
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