TETON Sports XL Review
Cons: Heavy, large packed volume, becomes lumpy after extended use
Manufacturer: TETON Sports
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|Pros||Inexpensive, comfortable, easy to use||Very comfortable, great support, easy to adjust thickness, washable exterior||Great value, very comfortable, easy to use||Inexpensive, very comfortable and supportive, easy setup||Creative design features, packs up small, lightweight, inexpensive, ergonomic shape|
|Cons||Heavy, large packed volume, becomes lumpy after extended use||Heavy and bulky, not for extended backcountry trips||Heavy, large packed size||Large packed size, not adjustable||Noisy to sleep on, lacking in comfort|
|Bottom Line||If you need a simple and comfy pillow strictly for car camping, this is a solid and affordable choice||This pillow will please the vast majority of campers due to its superb comfort, adjustable support, and washable external layer||For those who don't travel far from their vehicles to the campsite, this model is inexpensive and comfy||Supremely comfortable and very affordable, this model is a great option for enjoyable nights at the campground||We love this pillow because it offers innovative features most backpacking inflatables don't have, all at a great price|
|Rating Categories||TETON Sports XL||NEMO Fillo||Therm-a-Rest Compre...||REI Co-op Trailbrea...||Trekology Aluft 2.0|
|Packed Size (20%)|
|Ease of Use (15%)|
|Specs||TETON Sports XL||NEMO Fillo||Therm-a-Rest Compre...||REI Co-op Trailbrea...||Trekology Aluft 2.0|
|Type||Compressible||Hybrid: compressible and inflatable||Compressible||Stuffable||Inflatable|
|Measured Weight||10.0 oz||9.0 oz||8.6 oz||10.1 oz||3.8 oz|
|Packed Volume||4.5 L||1.4 L||2.6 L||6.3 L||0.5 L|
|Length||16 in||16 in||15.5 in||18 in||17 in|
|Width||9 in||9.5 in||9.5 in||14 in||12 in|
|Thickness||4 in||4.5 in||6.75 in||7 in||4 in|
|Stuff Sack included?||Yes, with drawstring||Integrated Stuff Sack. Velcro strap as well.||Yes, built in with drawstring||Built in stuff pouch||yes, with drawstring|
|Materials||Fill: SuperLoft Elite 4-Channel Hollow Fiber; Inner Shell: P5 Poly Hi–Count; Outer Shell: 100% Brushed Flannel||Polyester, microfiber / microsuede outer layer, inflatable bladder||Outer: Polyester; Inner fill: Upcycled foam||Polyester, foam||Shell Material: Polyester; Bladder: TPU/thermoplastic Polyurethane|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The TETON Sports XL is a low-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.
This is a comfy pillow. 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 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.
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 over-nighting at most park campgrounds.
The TETON pillow provides moderate support. It compresses under the weight of one's head, yet doesn't completely flatten out. In this metric, it falls in the middle of the pack.
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.
For the price, 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.
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.
— Ross Robinson
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