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Trekology Aluft 2.0 Review

We love this pillow because it offers innovative features most backpacking inflatables don't have, all at a great price
trekology aluft 2.0 camping pillow review
Credit: Trekology
Price:  $18 List
Manufacturer:   Trekology
By Jason Wanlass ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 16, 2022
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RANKED
#11 of 17
  • Comfort - 25% 4.0
  • Weight - 20% 6.0
  • Packed Size - 20% 9.0
  • Support - 20% 6.0
  • Ease of Use - 15% 6.0

Our Verdict

The Trekology Aluft 2.0 is a larger than average, ergonomically shaped, inflatable pillow that is an excellent choice for backpackers or other backcountry enthusiasts. Its arched top is designed to fit into the hoods of most mummy bags, though its larger footprint may make it unsuitable for very streamlined ones. The all-in-one fabric design essentially fuses a rubber-like bladder directly to the stretch-nylon outer, creating a pillow that is a tad quieter and a little easier to wash and maintain. The Aluft 2.0 boasts an entirely new air valve and built-in features designed to keep the pillow in place. We really admire the manufacturer's efforts to think outside the box on this one.
REASONS TO BUY
Creative design features
Packs up small
Lightweight
Inexpensive
Ergonomic shape
REASONS TO AVOID
Noisy to sleep on
Lacking in comfort

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Pros Creative design features, packs up small, lightweight, inexpensive, ergonomic shapeGreat value, very comfortable, easy to useInexpensive, very comfortable and supportive, easy setupComfortable and supportive, removable pillow case, packs up well, soft fabrics, easy to use, affordableInexpensive, comfortable, easy to use
Cons Noisy to sleep on, lacking in comfortHeavy, large packed sizeLarge packed size, not adjustableNeeds to be thicker, too heavy for backpacking, difficult to separate pillow from pillow caseHeavy, large packed volume, becomes lumpy after extended use
Bottom Line We love this pillow because it offers innovative features most backpacking inflatables don't have, all at a great priceFor those who don't travel far from their vehicles to the campsite, this model is inexpensive and comfySupremely comfortable and very affordable, this model is a great option for enjoyable nights at the campgroundThis memory foam core pillow is perfect for hammocking, tent camping, road trips, travel, or catching some winks on a van tripIf you need a simple and comfy pillow strictly for car camping, this is a solid and affordable choice
Rating Categories Trekology Aluft 2.0 Therm-a-Rest Compre... REI Co-op Trailbrea... Wise Owl Outfitters... TETON Sports XL
Comfort (25%)
4.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
Weight (20%)
6.0
3.0
2.0
2.0
2.0
Packed Size (20%)
9.0
6.0
3.0
3.0
4.0
Support (20%)
6.0
7.0
8.0
8.0
6.0
Ease of Use (15%)
6.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
9.0
Specs Trekology Aluft 2.0 Therm-a-Rest Compre... REI Co-op Trailbrea... Wise Owl Outfitters... TETON Sports XL
Type Inflatable Compressible Stuffable Compressible Compressible
Measured Weight 3.8 oz 8.6 oz 10.1 oz 16.2 oz 10.0 oz
Packed Volume 0.5 L 2.6 L 6.3 L 6.8 L 4.5 L
Length 17 in 15.5 in 18 in 16 in 16 in
Width 12 in 9.5 in 14 in 12.5 in 9 in
Thickness 4 in 6.75 in 7 in 4.5 in 4 in
Stuff Sack included? yes, with drawstring Yes, built in with drawstring Built in stuff pouch yes, with drawstring Yes, with drawstring
Materials Shell Material: Polyester; Bladder: TPU/thermoplastic Polyurethane Outer: Polyester; Inner fill: Upcycled foam Polyester, foam Shell Material: Polyester micro suede; Padding: Polyurethane memory foam Fill: SuperLoft Elite 4-Channel Hollow Fiber; Inner Shell: P5 Poly Hiā€“Count; Outer Shell: 100% Brushed Flannel

Our Analysis and Test Results

Kudos to Trekology for offering new and improved pillow features to an already saturated inflatable camping pillow market. One of those new features is a one-of-a-kind, proprietary air valve, which makes inflation and deflation as simple as pushing a button. This pillow inflates into a large 17 X 12" ergonomically designed cushion, perfectly shaped to fit in most mummy hoods. Its stretch nylon material is relatively comfortable and supportive, making it a decent choice for backpacking. It also comes with some added features that most inflatables don't even offer — and it does it all at nearly a third of the price.

Performance Comparison


trekology aluft 2.0 camping pillow review - the aluft's larger size and ergonomic shape allow it to cradle the...
The Aluft's larger size and ergonomic shape allow it to cradle the head and comfortably fit around the neck and shoulders.
Credit: Jason Wanlass

Comfort


The Aluft is a typical inflatable pillow, ideal for backpacking, where weight and size often overrule extreme comfort. Overall, this pillow performs adequately in this metric. It has a depression which does a good job of cradling the head. It also has a bean-shaped, ergonomic bend in its lower half, allowing the pillow to fit comfortably between the neck and shoulders. This is particularly helpful to back and side sleepers. We wouldn't recommend this pillow to stomach sleepers, although it could work in a pinch if enough air was removed.


We do prefer the single-layer design of this pillow over its peer inflatables which employ a separate air bladder covered by a fabric pillowcase. Basically, the bladder (a thermoplastic polyurethane membrane) and outer fabric (stretch nylon) are fused together to make one single layer. In the end, we feel this all-in-one design has more stretch, resulting in more dynamic comfort.

trekology aluft 2.0 camping pillow review - the aluft inflates a little larger than other backpacking pillows...
The Aluft inflates a little larger than other backpacking pillows, but we found that it still fits easily into most mummy hoods.
Credit: Jason Wanlass

Weight


A simple design gives this pillow higher scores for weight. It certainly isn't the lightest pillow in the group, but keep in mind that the difference between its score and the scores of our top performers is determined by less than a half-ounce.


The Aluft is still heavier than our very top-tier performers. However, at 3.8 ounces, it's still a legitimate option for backcountry enthusiasts searching for a very affordable, adequate backpacking pillow. We were most impressed with the manufacturer's ability to maintain a reasonable weight while still including many ground-breaking features.

trekology aluft 2.0 camping pillow review - it isn't the lightest pillow on our list, but it is certainly light...
It isn't the lightest pillow on our list, but it is certainly light enough to tag along in any backpack for a multi-day or multi-week backcountry adventure.
Credit: Jason Wanlass

Packed Size


We were impressed when comparing the inflated size to the packed size of the Aluft. It packs down quite small for how big it becomes when it's time to rest.


We were also wowed by new features on the Aluft — things we hadn't seen before — while still maintaining one of the smallest packed sizes in our lineup. This, all at a price that crushes most of its competition. Quite often, small packed size equals a very tight fit in a stuff sack that's a little too small. This was not the case with the Aluft 2.0. It rolled up and slid into its pouch with ease.

trekology aluft 2.0 camping pillow review - the aluft's small packed size make it an easy fit in any backpack.
The Aluft's small packed size make it an easy fit in any backpack.
Credit: Jason Wanlass

Support


Determining a support score can be tricky. If we just look at the basics, then the Aluft — like most all inflatable pillows — offers a tremendous amount of support. However, this support is static rather than dynamic. In other words, static support doesn't adjust with the sleeper, accommodate their individual body shape, or adapt to pressure and movement.


The Aluft is similar to most other basic inflatables. Its air-filled design is supportive yet stiff and less forgiving, earning it just a slightly above average score in this metric. Still, we recommend this pillow for anyone on a budget and who loves cool, innovative features.

trekology aluft 2.0 camping pillow review - the aluft gave us firm support throughout the night, however, like...
The Aluft gave us firm support throughout the night, however, like most inflatables, it doesn't offer dynamic support that moves and adjusts with the sleeper throughout the evening.
Credit: Jason Wanlass

Ease of Use


Our score for this metric is determined by averaging several individual tests given to each product. We look at a variety of aspects, including unique features. We were extremely impressed with Trekology's ability to develop new thoughtful features on the Aluft 2.0 that actually add to the value of the pillow.


Our favorite feature is its brand-new take on the air valve. The proprietary double-decked air valve on the Aluft allows the user to click to inflate and click again to deflate. We feel the design is easier to use than current flat valves used on many inflatable pillows.

trekology aluft 2.0 camping pillow review - we absolutely love the aluft's new approach to the air valve. simply...
We absolutely love the Aluft's new approach to the air valve. Simply click the center button once to blow air into the pillow and click again to deflate.
Credit: Jason Wanlass

Additionally, the underside of the pillow is textured with raised rubber dots, designed to keep the pillow in place during the night. It also comes with a detachable elastic strap which loops around nearly any single-sized air mattress and locks the pillow firmly in place. This is the first pillow we've seen to offer these two designs as standard features at about one-third the price of other inflatables.

This pillow was built to stay in place. It comes standard with a...
This pillow was built to stay in place. It comes standard with a detachable, elastic sleeping pad strap as well as raised rubber dots that do a fairly good job of keeping the pillow from sliding around during the night.
The sleeping pad strap will attach the pillow to any single-sized...
The sleeping pad strap will attach the pillow to any single-sized pad, keeping centered all night.

Value


A new and improved air valve combined with a lightweight design, tiny packed size, and built-in creative features results in a camping pillow that offers value to any backpackers or other backcountry enthusiasts. Additionally, when we consider the Trekology Aluft 2.0 costs half or less of the price of more popular brands that perform about the same, we unanimously feel this pillow is a great value.

trekology aluft 2.0 camping pillow review - the center baffles help keep the head centered on the aluft. we also...
The center baffles help keep the head centered on the Aluft. We also like the pillow's stretch-nylon fabric, allowing for a little more give.
Credit: Jason Wanlass

Conclusion


We love the innovation of the Trekology Aluft 2.0. We feel the manufacturer improved upon or added features that other inflatable pillows lack, all at a fraction of the price. We wouldn't recommend it for basic car camping, because there are more comfortable options. However, it performs well against other similar inflatable pillows and is a viable option for backcountry use thanks to the light weight.

trekology aluft 2.0 camping pillow review - when we weigh this pillow's added features and decent performance...
When we weigh this pillow's added features and decent performance against its amazing price tag, it makes us very happy.
Credit: Jason Wanlass

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