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Rumpl Stuffable Fleece Review

Shed weight and packed volume without sacrificing comfort and support
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Price:  $29 List | $21.75 at Amazon
Pros:  Two-sided design offers two distinct fabric options, lightweight and packable, easy to use
Cons:  Comfort is limited to user's items and ability to stuff evenly, a little wide for tighter mummy bag hoods
Manufacturer:   Rumpl
By Jason Wanlass ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 21, 2019
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RANKED
#7 of 13
  • Comfort - 25% 7
  • Weight - 20% 7
  • Ease of Use - 15% 5
  • Packed Size - 20% 7
  • Support - 20% 6

Our Verdict

The Rumpl Stuffable Fleece is a fresh take on conquering the three demons that plague every camp pillow design: Acceptable balance between size, weight, and comfort. The Rumpl is basically a complete pillow, minus the stuffing. Simply unzip the side, fill with soft goods (shirts or other clothing), and then enjoy a good night's rest on a comfortable cushion for your cranium. Relatively lightweight, the Rumpl is a legitimate option for backpacking but also great for car camping and even general travel. It's perfect for the adventurist who wants something that's less than 5 oz but is turned off by the idea of sleeping on air-filled pillows. The main drawback we found also happens to be what makes this pillow unique — The stuffing is determined by whatever the user has on hand, meaning the pillow's comfort and support is dependent on each individual's choice of stuffing.

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Our Analysis and Test Results

Primarily known for its high-end blankets and quilts, Rumpl is certainly turning some heads (and softly cradling them) with its latest foray into the world of backpacking, the Rumpl Stuffable Pillowcase. After releasing a few initial designs of the pillow last year, the manufacturer has really hit the mark with its latest version of the Rumpl. Namely, it's lighter, has a smaller packed volume, is more self-contained and is easier to use. However, the feature we're most stoked about? The pillow's fabrics (30D ripstop polyester, polar fleece, and synthetic insulation) are 100% post-consumer recycled materials.

Performance Comparison


We put this pillow to the test in a variety of climates and situations.   Is it fair to say that sleeping or relaxing on the Rumpl was hard work?
We put this pillow to the test in a variety of climates and situations. Is it fair to say that sleeping or relaxing on the Rumpl was hard work?

Comfort


As mentioned, 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, as well as backpackers who sleep in all the clothes they packed for warmth.

We preferred the fleece side of this pillow. It's soft and inviting  and isn't noisy!
We preferred the fleece side of this pillow. It's soft and inviting, and isn't noisy!

The Rumpl's wide range of stuffing options makes this pillow a great option for side, belly, and back sleepers. We loved the different textures of its dual-sided design. One side is silky, rip-stop nylon, and the other side is a quilted fleece top. We also like its generous footprint and feel the pillow's overall design, fabric, and texture give it an "it" factor that just says comfort.

The Rumpl is just as handy for long-layovers as it is for lengthy backpacking trips.
The Rumpl is just as handy for long-layovers as it is for lengthy backpacking trips.

We found that socks and clothes create a different feel than jackets, hats, and hoodies. This made it a little harder to 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 this pillow above-average scores for comfort. We liked how it performed when we stuffed it properly.

Weight


The Rumpl's absence of built-in padding allows it to be one of the lighter pillows we tested. Ounce for ounce, it smashed most of the other pillows we studied. When comparing its packed weight against its potential for support and comfort (if stuffed effectively), we were simply impressed.

We were impressed that the newest models of the Rumpl are much lighter. Light enough that anyone can carry one. Side note -- we love dogs.
We were impressed that the newest models of the Rumpl are much lighter. Light enough that anyone can carry one. Side note -- we love dogs.

It certainly 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 car camping pillow or travel pillow.

Ease of Use


The manufacturer changed the position of the zipper on this latest version of the Rumpl, making it easier to fill. On previous models, the zipper was positioned at the end of the pillow. Now, the zipper opens lengthwise along the pillow's side. This creates a larger opening for items being placed inside, improving its ease of use. A simple yet effective upgrade.

Acquiring the necessary stuffables to place in the pillow proved to be somewhat of a snag for some testers. Some didn't like the hassle of digging through a backpack or suitcase, trying to find the right mixture of (hopefully clean) clothing. Other testers didn't mind so much, resulting in polarized scoring. In the end, we made an executive decision and bumped the Rumpl's scores down a little in this metric.

A full-length side zipper makes it easy to stuff clothes or a an extra fleece into the pillow.
A full-length side zipper makes it easy to stuff clothes or a an extra fleece into the pillow.

The Rumpl is armed with a built-in, stuff sack. It's amply sized and stays hidden inside the pillow. We found it a breeze to fold in both sides of the pillow and roll it virtually right into the stuff sack. The Rumpl is a titch larger than what is needed for tight-hooded mummy bags. 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.

We love that this pillow is machine washable. We wish the pup cleaned up that easily.
We love that this pillow is machine washable. We wish the pup cleaned up that easily.

Packed Size


Effective, comfortable materials and no stuffing allow the Rumpl to compress quickly and pack up tightly. The latest model employs thinner fabrics, which have reduced its weight and packed volume — a plus in our opinion. The Rumpl sports 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, or RV. By shaving off ounces and decreasing its packed volume, the manufacturer has created a pillow that can be a legitimate contender in the backpacking arena.

It's not very necessary  but we sometimes found use for the Rumpl's mini carabiner clip. Additionally  the drawstring on the stuff sack is too long. We feel the manufacturer could have shaved a little weight by using thinner and shorter cordage.
It's not very necessary, but we sometimes found use for the Rumpl's mini carabiner clip. Additionally, the drawstring on the stuff sack is too long. We feel the manufacturer could have shaved a little weight by using thinner and shorter cordage.

Pillows with the smallest packed volume tend to be inflatable pillows. Those with larger volumes tend to have built-in fill. The Rumpl is somewhere in the middle due to its DIY stuffing. This gives it the ability to offer top-quality construction and comfort with minimal packed volume and weight. This pillow performs like a pre-stuffed pillow, but packs up and weighs more like an inflatable pillow.

The Rumpl was one of our favorite pillows to use on a plane. It accommodates our head  gives great support  and doesn't slide around.
The Rumpl was one of our favorite pillows to use on a plane. It accommodates our head, gives great support, and doesn't slide around.

Support


Support was a little difficult to determine because potentially no two Rumpls are stuffed the same. However, we found that when filled full, this pillow provided decent support in nearly every situation. Most testers like that users have complete control. This pillow is small enough to fill with soft clothes you likely have with you. Its fabrics are beefy, which allows the pillow to hold its form throughout the night.

Value


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 reasonable price. That, combined with the varying configurations for comfort and support, makes it a great choice for most sleepers who are willing to stuff it to their needs.

This pillow is a perfect for just about any adventure  provided that you're okay with stuffing it yourself.
This pillow is a perfect for just about any adventure, provided that you're okay with stuffing it yourself.

Conclusion


We enjoyed testing the Rumpl Stuffable Fleece. It is an excellent option for campers or travelers looking for a light and packable pillow that doesn't require inflation. By using the right combination of clothing, 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 when little extra clothing is on hand.

The Rumpl is good for more than just cradling our heads...
The Rumpl is good for more than just cradling our heads...

Jason Wanlass