Cocoon UltraLight AirCore Pillow Review

Since the time that I was 8 years old and went on my first backpacking trip, I never took a pillow camping. I typically just stuffed an empty sack with extra clothes or a jacket and used that as a pillow. However, after testing the Cocoon UltraLight AirCore Pillow , I will never go back to a stuff sack pillow. Here is why:


  • The Cocoon is very comfortable to sleep on. The fleece feels incredibly soft and it is the perfect height, putting no strain on my neck.
  • The pillow is easy to inflate – just three deep breaths and it is the perfect firmness.
  • It is small and compact when stuffed, but when inflated never felt like I was going to roll off of it in my sleep. When stuffed the pillow is about as big as my fist. Just toss it in your sleeping bag stuff sack before compressing and you will not even notice it is there.
  • The pillow never deflated during the night. It stayed as firm and comfy as it was when I first went to sleep.

Cocoon 2 copy


  • The bottom of the pillow is a slippery nylon material. This can causes the pillow to slip out from under your head, especially when bivouacking in areas that are not perfectly flat.

Manufacturer: Cocoon

Manufacturer’s Website:

Date available: Currently Available

MSRP: $25.00

Listed Weight: 3.5oz

Materials: Nylon with synthetic fill


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About the author

Isaac Tait is the Gear Manager for Seattle Backpackers Magazine. He has been a rock climber and backpacker for over two decades and a skier for three years. He also spent nearly ten years in the Marine Corps Infantry with two tours overseas. He is a member of the American Alpine Club (AAC), Mountain Rescue Association (MRA), American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA), Access Fund, and is nationally certified as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). In the course of his adventures he has discovered a love for outdoor leadership and education and is pursuing his certification as a mountain guide. In his spare time he can be found exploring the wild-lands surrounding his new home in the greater Washington DC area.

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