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TETON Sports 12 x 18 Review

Price:  $20 List | $14.39 at Amazon
Pros:  Inexpensive, comfortable, easy to use
Cons:  Heavy, large packed volume, becomes lumpy after extended use
Bottom line:  If you need a simple and comfy pillow strictly for car camping, this is a solid and affordable choice.
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Type:  Compressible
Measured Weight (oz):  10.0 oz
Packed Volume (L):  4.5 L
Manufacturer:   TETON Sports

Our Verdict

The TETON Sports model most closely resembles a pillow made for four-walled bedrooms. Its traditional design of pillow and pillowcase proved comfortable and supportive for most sleepers. It's also easy to use; pull it out of its stuff sack, and it's ready for your melon. Ideal for car camping rather than backpacking, it has its drawbacks in packed size and weight; however, if these are not significant factors for you, this contender makes for a dependable and affordable choice.

Be sure also to check out the Therm-a-Rest Compressible, which beat out the TETON to win our Best Buy Award for its added comfort, lower weight, and smaller packed size. Or, for a pillow that combines the comfort of the TETON with the benefits of an inflatable pillow, consider our Editors' Choice Award winner, the NEMO Fillo.



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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Ross Robinson

Last Updated:
Tuesday
May 23, 2017

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The TETON Sports 12 x 18, costing $20, is a moderately priced compressible pillow. It features a fill of synthetic fiber contained in a polyester inner shell and a pillowcase made of brushed flannel. Despite having the largest packed size and highest weight of all pillows in this review, we like this pillow for car camping, as well as for daytime naps. When used in these applications, this pillow performs very well.

Performance Comparison


Campers young and old will enjoy the comfort the TETON Sports model brings to the campsite.
Campers young and old will enjoy the comfort the TETON Sports model brings to the campsite.

Comfort


This pillow is one of the most comfortable pillows in this review. Its large size gives your head plenty of surface area to move around at night. We also like the flannel pillow case, which was soft against our cheeks without getting too hot. The fill of this pillow is designed to maintain its loft, even after being compressed in its stuff sack, which worked well in our testing. The only drawback we found in this pillow's comfort was that the fill material bunches up in some areas over time, making the pillow slightly lumpy. The only model that is more comfortable is the Therm-a-Rest Compressible.

Justin Williams takes a relaxing break from guiding a group on the rocks of Blue Mounds State Park in Minnesota.
Justin Williams takes a relaxing break from guiding a group on the rocks of Blue Mounds State Park in Minnesota.

Weight


The opposite of our Top Pick for Backpacking (the Sea to Summit Aeros), the TETON is the heaviest pillow in this review; it weighs in at ten ounces. If used for car camping, though, where you don't need to transport your gear more than several yards from your vehicle, this shouldn't factor into your purchase decision.

Ease of Use


This is the easiest pillow to use in our tests. Just unpack it from its sack, and it's ready to go. The stuff sack is large enough to make packing it back inside a breeze, too. It doesn't slide around on a sleeping pad and fills the hood space of most sleeping bags to prevent it from moving around in your sleep. Lastly, the flannel pillowcase is easily removed for machine or hand-washing.

This pillow was the most similar to a bed pillow. Having a removable pillow case  it was easy to remove  clean  and slide back over the inner pillow.
This pillow was the most similar to a bed pillow. Having a removable pillow case, it was easy to remove, clean, and slide back over the inner pillow.

Packed Size


The TETON Sports pillow scored the poorest of all pillows we tested in this category, having a volume of 4.5 L when packed in its stuff sack. Again, this is a key aspect for backpackers, but not so much for folks overnighting at most park campgrounds.

Car camping in Wyoming goes well with this model from Teton. It's large packed size and heavy weight aren't an issue at drive-up campsites.
Car camping in Wyoming goes well with this model from Teton. It's large packed size and heavy weight aren't an issue at drive-up campsites.

Support


The TETON pillow provides moderate support. It compresses under the weight of one's head, yet doesn't flatten out like the Sierra Designs DriDown Pillow. In this metric, it falls in the middle of the pack. The Exped REM took home top honors in this test metric with exceptional and adjustable support.

This pillow provides decent support  compressing but not flattening out.
This pillow provides decent support, compressing but not flattening out.

Best Applications


The TETON Sports pillow is ideal for car camping, which is where its substantial size, comfort, and sufficient support will be most appreciated. It's too heavy for multi-day backpacking trips.

Value


For the price of $20, the TETON Sports model is a good value, especially if you primarily car camp. It fell shy of our Best Buy Award, yet we were still impressed with the comfort, ease of use, and support it provides for its modest price.

Conclusion


The TETON pillow is a solid option. Sure, we wouldn't take it along on multi-day excursions. Yet, it serves its purpose very well at car-accessible campsites and even campsites with a short hike away from the parking lot.

Katie Heimer testing out the TETON on a weekend camping trip. This comfortable and affordable pillow is perfect for car camping.
Katie Heimer testing out the TETON on a weekend camping trip. This comfortable and affordable pillow is perfect for car camping.

Ross Robinson

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