≪ Go to our review of Camping Pillows

Hands-on Gear Review

TETON Sports 12 x 18 Review

Price:   $20 List | $11.47 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.
Editors' Rating:   
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
 
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; just 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 important factors for you, this contender makes for a solid and affordable choice.

Be sure to also check out the Therm-a-Rest Compressible pillow, which beat out the TETON to win our Best Buy Award for its added comfort, lighter 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 winner, the NEMO Fillo.


RELATED REVIEW: The Best Camping Pillows of 2017


Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results

Review by:
Ross Robinson
Senior Review Editor
OutdoorGearLab

Last Updated:
Tuesday
May 23, 2017

Share:
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 greatest weight of all pillows in this review, we liked 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 was 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 liked 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 was the heaviest pillow in this review; it weighs in at ten ounces.

Ease of Use


This was the easiest pillow to use. 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. The
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 fell 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 provided for its modest price.

Conclusion


The 12 x 18 pillow is a solid option. Sure, we wouldn't take it along on multi-day excursions. Yet, it served 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

  • Share this article:
You Might Also Like

Where to Buy?

Seller Price sort asc Shipping Cost Visit
Amazonon sale
$11.47  -  43% off! Check Site see it

Thinking about buying some gear we've reviewed? Help OutdoorGearLab out if you do. Just click on any of the above seller links and if you make any purchase, the seller will contribute a portion of the sale to help support this site. It won't cost you anything extra, and it's a simple way to help us fund our gear reviews. Thanks!

*Most retailers free shipping offers apply only to lower 48 US states using ground/economy shipping. See retailer's website for details.


OutdoorGearLab Member Reviews


Most recent review: May 23, 2017
Summary of All Ratings

OutdoorGearLab Editors' Rating:   
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
 (3.0)
Average Customer Rating:     (0.0)
Rating Distribution
1 Total Ratings
5 star: 0%  (0)
4 star: 0%  (0)
3 star: 100%  (1)
2 star: 0%  (0)
1 star: 0%  (0)


Have you used this product?
Don't hold back. Share your viewpoint by posting a review with your thoughts...

Write a Review on this Gear
 
Where's the Best Price?
Seller Price
Amazon $11.47  -  43% off!
Compare prices at 1 sellers >

*You help support OutdoorGearLab's product testing and reviews by purchasing from our retail partners.


Follow Us

Other Gear by TETON Sports

Unbiased.