We were excited to try out the Sierra Designs DriDown Pillow. We love down jackets, down sleeping bags, and even down pants (seriously, try some), so this down-filled noggin' tuffet sounded like a real treat. It is super soft, and as far as compressible pillows go, it packs up small and maintains a low weight. This pillow has two parts: an inner shell stuffed with polyester, and an outer shell made of ripstop material and filled with 650-fill power PFC-Free Dridown. It gets points for versatility with the option to make it lighter and smaller by leaving the inner pillow at home and filling the outer shell with extra clothes. In this scenario, you still get the softness of the down topper, but save on weight and packed size. That said, unfortunately, it quickly heated up, flattened out, and sometimes slid out from under our heads in our sleep. We liked the DriDown pillow but were left wanting more. There were lots of positives to this model, but a few critical drawbacks kept it from competing with the best models tested.
For a higher performing and less expensive compressible model, consider our Best Buy Award winner, the Therm-a-Rest Compressible. Our favorite model, the Nemo Fillo, felt better against our testers' cheeks throughout the night without flattening out.
Sierra Designs made a few changes to the fill power, water-resistance treatment of the down material, and dropped the price of this model. Details are below!