The NEMO Fillo is a rectangular hybrid pillow that's a breeze to use. For $40, a lot of thought and design process went into making this product. It consists of a baffled inflating sack on the bottom, with a layer of memory foam on top, held snugly in place by a mesh net. Encasing all this is an outer shell made of polyester and microsuede, which also has a built-in stuff sack. These innovations lead to many great nights of sleep.
After a full morning of paddling, Jacob Busiahn enjoys the comfort of this hybrid pillow under the sun in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Minnesota.
Our team of reviewers unanimously agree that this pillow is a comfy one, scoring evenly with the fluffy TETON Sports pillow. Considering the Fillo's small packed size, it has a large surface area for your head to roam around on. During our tests, we found that if our head moved away from the center, we didn't have to worry about it sliding off as we did with most of the inflatable pillows. But like inflatable pillows, we could use the air valve to adjust the thickness, which made it versatile for side, back, and stomach sleepers.
The microsuede top of the outer shell felt great against our skin. That, combined with the memory foam, makes for a pillow that your head and face gently sink into. The only real downside is that it produces noise as your head moves across the pillow. For unparalleled comfort, check out the plush and affordable Therm-a-Rest Compressible.
Jenna Ammerman maximizes the comfort of a hammock by adding the Editors' Choice winning NEMO Fillo to the mix.
The biggest drawback of this product is its weight. It weighed 9.0 ounces on our scale, placing it second to last among the other pillows in this category. It still earned high scores, however, in packed size, although it isn't intended to be used primarily for long distance backpacking. One of our testers took this pillow on a five-night trek through the Peruvian Andes, though, without complaining, so it can be done. It's just not the space- and weight saver that the Sea to Summit Aeros is.
The REM offers hybrid technology and competes with the Fillo at a lower weight, while the other Exped model, the Air UL weighed the least of any contender reviewed. None of these products, though, were as comfortable as the Fillo.
Ease of Use
Our Editors' Choice winner also scores well in this category. It has an inflatable element, which makes it more work than a compressible pillow. It inflates in just three breaths, and the air valve is designed to make adjusting the air level very easy, without the risk of deflating the whole pillow. We like that it has a stuff sack built into the design, like the Therm-a-Rest Compressible, so we never had to worry about losing it. The sack is rather small, though, which made it more difficult to get the pillow inside. That said, we were happy never to have to search through our pack for its stuff sack. A bit more material to extend the stuff sack's volume would be an improvement here, but it's not a deal-breaker.
The Fillo's length made it fit snugly inside the hoods of the mummy sacks we used for our tests, and it did not slide around much under our heads at night. Lastly, to clean it, remove the outer shell and send it through the washing machine and dryer. It's easier to remove the air chamber for washing than the hybrid REM.
The air valve twists open and close, making it easy to inflate the pillow fully and close it without air escaping.
The Fillo packs a lot of comfort into a reasonable size.
For such a large pillow, its packed size is impressive. Inside the attached stuff sack, its volume is just 1.4 liters. This is smaller than the fully compressible models reviewed, as well as the hybrid Exped REM pillow. As expected, the inflatable pillows without any foam padding packed away smallest.
This pillow provided great support and comfort simultaneously.
This pillow provides your head, neck, and back with sufficient support. Our heads sank gently into the foam of the pillow, while the inflated portion underneath sustained the weight easily and kept our spines aligned. This pillow combines comfort with support the best of all the products in this review. If you're willing to sacrifice comfort for more support, consider the inflatable Aeros or hybrid REM.
The NEMO Fillo is an all-around pillow, well suited for a variety of situations. It's great for car and weekend camping, as well as short backpacking trips. We loved having it along on a five-day canoe trip in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota. Additionally, this pillow is great for hammock napping and even lumbar support when sitting for long periods of time.
Our Editors' Choice winner served one reviewer very well on a backpacking trip in the Alaskan wilderness.
You can expect this model to last. The bladder is well protected, and the craftsmanship is fantastic. One of our reviewers has owned this pillow for nearly three years, taken it on countless camping trips, sent it through the washing machine, and it still performs as it did on day one.
At $40, this pillow is above the budget pillow range (for a true budget option, consider our Best Buy winner - the $25 Therm-a-rest Compressible). However, the Fillo's convincing performance across the board makes it a great value and a clear pick for our Editors' Choice Award.
Kiddos are also fans of the Fillo, shown left in green next to the Klymit Luxe on the right.
Our Editors' Choice winner combines some of the most desirable qualities of inflatable and compressible pillows into a top-notch hybrid pillow. We enjoyed having it along in our pack whether we were camping right beside the car or four days deep in the backcountry. It packs down small, yet provides plenty of comfort and support. It's also simple to use and feels like it will last a long time. If you are looking for a camping pillow to keep you comfortable on almost any trip you take it on, we are confident that you will enjoy this one as much as we did.
Fully inflated, this pillow is a snug fit in a standard hood on a mummy sack, helping to keep it in place through the night.