REI Discontinued the Backpacker Pillow as of August 2017The Backpacker is a small and straightforward pillow from REI that offers solid performance at a low price. It's easy to use and has a few tricks up its pillowcase, like providing protection for fragile items and the ability to increase its loft with extra clothing. It stuffs into itself too, eliminating the need for a stuff sack. It's the second-most lightweight compressible pillow reviewed and more comfortable than a wad of socks and underwear at an affordable price. This pillow wins the quadruple B, the Best Buy for Budget Backpackers Award.
While the Backpacker provides a lot for its small price tag, spending more cash achieves better performance. For extended backpacking trips, the Top Pick Sea to Summit Aeros is more lightweight, supportive, and packs up tiny, although not as comfortable. If you are trying to save cash and don't plan on taking it backpacking, our other Best Buy Award winner, the Therm-a-Rest Compressible, is inexpensive and our champion in comfort.