Updated Stuffable Fleece
Rumpl updated some of the materials for this camping pillow, now employing 100% recycled 30D ripstop polyester and polar fleece (instead of the previous pillow's nylon ripstop and 250g polyester fleece). The stitching has been switched up and the price increased $4 over the version we tested. See the latest model below in turquoise followed up by the purple we tested.
We're linking to the latest version, but keep in mind that the review to follow only pertains to the model we tested.
Hands-On Review of the Stuffable Fleece
The Rumpl is basically an enclosed pouch with a zipper entry on one side. To create loft, users stuff the Rumpl with clothes, a down jacket, a fleece vest or whatever else may be handy. Additionally, the pillow comes with its own small amount of synthetic padding, designed to take the edge off unavoidable lumps associated with the unevenness of the various items inside, but not really intended to be used on its own.
The main drawback we found also happens to be what makes this pillow unique: The stuffing is determined by whatever users have on hand, meaning the pillow's comfort and support is dependent on each individual's choice of stuffing. This can also vary from trip to trip. This made it a little harder to truly measure its comfort and support. In the end, we feel the pillow overall performs effectively, and most of our testers appreciate the design.
Unzip, stuff with extra clothes, and that's it for the Rumpl. You're ready for dreamland.
What makes the Rumpl a little problematic also happens to be what makes this pillow unique — the quality and level of stuffing are completely determined by whatever the user has on hand. In most cases, we didn't think this was a big deal. However, it could be an issue for warm weather backpackers who may not have a lot of extra clothing or layers in their packs.
The Rumpl's wide range of stuffing options makes this pillow a great option for side, belly or back sleepers. We loved the different textures of its dual-sided design. One side is a silky rip-stop nylon, and the other side is a shaggy moleskin fleece. We also like its generous 10" X 16" footprint and feel the pillow's overall design, fabric, and texture give it an "it" factor that just says comfort.
Its two-sided design gives sleepers a choice of cool nylon or soft fleece. We found the pillow stayed in place the best when placed fleece side down.
Another comfort variable we considered is the pillow could literally provide a different level of comfort to everyone and every use. We found that socks and clothes create a different feel than jackets, hats, and hoodies. This made it a little harder to truly measure comfort. Through several tests, we found our favorite padding to be a combination of loose socks and clothes cocooned inside of a jacket or down puffy. We then slid the bundle, as a whole, into the Rumpl. Regardless of the variables, we still gave the Rumpl above-average scores for comfort. We really liked how it performed when we stuffed it properly — but realize not everyone will be willing or able to do this every time. Choose your own comfort adventure here.
The Rumpl's lack of built-in padding allows it to be one of the lighter pillows we tested. The result is exceptionally thick, comfortable fabrics without the added weight. For example, one side of the Rumpl boasts a thick, shaggy moleskin fleece that many of our testers found to be very appealing. Weighing 4.9 oz., it isn't the lightest pillow on the market. However, we feel it is light enough to appeal to most backpackers, while at the same time serving as a perfect car camping pillow or travel pillow.
Ease of Use
We gave the Rumpl a moderate score here, going back and forth with our testers on it. Some found it easy peasy and didn't mind stuffing it with clothes, saying that filling it is as easy as unzipping one side and cramming in a fleece jacket, down puffy, extra socks, or all three. Others were not such big fans and struggled to get their extra shirts, socks, and sarongs to fill the space evenly and comfortably.
Its amply sized stuff sack makes it a breeze to roll up and store, though. The Rumpl is a titch larger than what is needed for tight-hooded mummy bags but overall was perfect for nearly every bag we paired it with. It stays in place, could double as a seat cushion (without the potential for puncturing), and it can easily be cleaned in a washer and dryer.
The Rumpl is easy to stuff and unstuff. It packs up quickly into a small stuff sack with a packed volume that rivals most of the pillows we studied.
Minimal built-in padding allows the Rumpl to compress quickly and pack up tightly. In fact, we found it so easy to stow it, that we feel the manufacturer could have made the stuff sack just a little smaller and shaved off some total packed volume. That said, the Rumpl, has one of the smaller packed volumes of all the pillows we've examined, making it very portable and a perfect tag-a-long in carry-on luggage, car trunk, RV or backpack.
As a stuffable pillow, the Rumpl packs up quite small. It has the one of the smallest packed volumes of all the pillows we tested.
Pillows with the smallest packed volume tend to be inflatable pillows. Those with larger volumes tend to have built-in fill. The Rumpl, as well as the Therm-a-rest Down Pillow, are in the middle due to their DIY stuffing, giving them the ability to offer top quality construction and comfort, with minimal packed volume and weight. The only pillows that packed up smaller are the Exped Air UL, Sea to Summit Aeros, and the Klymit Luxe, all of which are inflatable pillows.
Support was a little difficult to determine because potentially no two Rumpls are stuffed the same. However, we found that when filled full, the Rumpl provided decent support in nearly every situation. Most testers like that users have complete control. This pillow is small enough to fill completely with soft clothes you likely have with you. Its fabrics are beefy, which allow the pillow to hold its form throughout the night.
This pillow's support is at the mercy of whatever material is used to stuff it. We were pleased to find that most of our concoctions of clothing and jackets worked really well. For this photo, we stuffed it with a pair of pants wrapped in a lightweight down puffy jacket.
Somewhat of a jack-of-all-trades, the Rumpl is a great addition to any RV adventure, long plane ride, road trip or backpacking gear list. It's light enough, durable enough, and comfortable enough to send just about any adventurer to dreamland. The only caveat to this claim is the user needs also to have enough of the right extras to fill his/her pillow to the desired loft.
The Rumpl works well as a make-shift seat cushion, without the worries that come with inflatable pillows.
By not including stuffing, the manufacturer was able to focus on the quality of materials, resulting in a very plush, comfortable, and lightweight product that can meet a wide variety of sleeping needs. Primarily known for its down and synthetic quilts, the manufacturer has continued in its previous footsteps by producing a high-quality product at a very reasonable price. That, combined with the varying configurations for comfort and support, make it a great choice for most sleepers who are willing to stuff it to their needs.
We enjoyed testing the Rumpl Stuffable Fleece. It is an excellent option for campers or travelers looking for an easy-to-use pillow that doesn't require inflation. By using the right combination of clothing (preferably a down puffy or a fleece jacket), the Rumpl provides a comfortable and supportive place to lay our head for a few ZZZs or a full night's sleep. It's perfect for nearly every adventure except, perhaps, backpacking in very warm or humid climates where little extra clothing is on hand.