Kohbi, Inc. is back with another pillow product!
I’m super excited to take a look at this one, because Kohbi’s last pillow was honestly one of my all time favorites in terms of overall value.
So, let’s take a look at their new “Compressible Camping Pillow!”
Size and weight
Like they say in the product title, this camping pillow measures in at 16 inches long, 12 inches wide, and 5 inches thick.
As far as conventionally shaped (rectangular) travel pillows go, this is pretty standard.
It hits the sweet spot of being just small enough that it’s easy to travel with, and just big enough that it feels like you’re using an actual pillow.
You can compress the pillow by rolling it up, and it will shrink to roughly 10 inches long, 5 inches wide, and 4 inches thick.
Again, this compressed size is standard for this type of travel pillow. It would be awesome to see it shrink just a bit more, but again, that would probably come at the cost of comfort.
As for weight, the the product ships with a weight of 0.75 lbs (including packaging), and the pillow itself weighs a mere 10.6 ounces, or 0.63 pounds.
This weight is actually a bit lighter than I was expecting, which is great! If you’re into camping, you know that the weight of your gear adds up very quickly.
Half a pound might not sound like much, but it sure feels like a lot when you’re hiking to your camping spot!
So, no complaints here: the weight and sizing is right on track with just about every other travel/camping pillow you can find.
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We’re working with two materials here.
On the outside, Kohbi used a “soft brushed microfiber cover.” You can see a closeup of the material below:
I’ve been seeing this microfiber cover on more travel comfort products lately, and I’m assuming that’s because it’s cheaper to manufacture than the more expensive plush, velour material you’ll also come across.
I’ve actually changed my mind a bit, and I’m pretty happy with this material choice.
It’s not quite as comfortable as the plush/velour option, but it’s definitely comfortable enough in the first place, and I think it holds up far better than the velour does.
You don’t really have to take as much care of it as you do with softer materials. For example, if you get velour dirty and matted while camping or traveling, you’re going to have to throw it in the washing machine.
Certain types of velour will come back out just as soft as ever, but a lot of the time you’ll end up with a more ragged, less comfortable material than you put in to the washer.
Microfiber, in my experience, washes much better than velour does, and like I said, there’s not a big jump in comfort to begin with.
Especially with a pillow mean for camping, this brushed microfiber is definitely the better choice. So kudos to Kohbi for making the right call here!
On the inside of the pillow, we have your typical polyurethane memory foam.
Kohbi calls it “Loftness Elite” foam fill, and I Googled around but I’m still unsure if that’s a specific brand, or if they just like how it sounds. It is a pretty catchy name, even though I’m sure it doesn’t actually mean anything :P.
The interesting part here is that Kohbi also chose to go with the shredded, foam chunk fill method, instead of having a molded, one-piece insert.
This is another quality I’ve gone back and forth on. Honestly, I think that one, solid piece of memory foam is more comfortable than a bunch of shredded chunks.
But, there has to be a reason for this. I’m willing to bet it’s cheaper to manufacture, or maybe they’ve done some testing and it actually results in a more durable pillow for camping.
Either way, I won’t dock them too many points for this. Plenty of other manufacturers are going with the same type of filling, and again, it doesn’t result in a big drop in comfort overall.
I do know some people absolutely hate this type of shredded fill though, so keep that in mind when considering this pillow!
Here’s an up close look at some of the pillow’s stitching:
As I’ve come to expect from Kohbi, the compressible camping pillow is very well constructed.
The stitching is perfect, and everything just feels sturdy. That’s honestly the most important quality for a camping pillow to have.
What’s the point of a camping pillow if it rips and falls apart as soon as it touches a rock or something rough on the ground? As far as I’m concerned, you won’t have that problem with this pillow.
One of the cool things about this pillow is that the “travel pouch” it rolls up into is actually built into the pillow.
It’s basically a flap on one site that’s stitched into the pillow. It has one “open” end to it, sort of like a kangaroo pouch.
When you want to compress the pillow for travel, you simply roll it up into itself. There’s a drawstring you can then pull to tighten the “roll” and make sure it stays compressed.
And don’t worry – you won’t even notice the drawstring is there when using the pillow. You can see the pouch below, inside the red rectangle, with an arrow pointing to the drawstring:
I’ve seen a few different pillows use this approach to storage, and I really think it’s ingenious. It’s another great way of conserving space – you don’t need an extra storage bag to lug around with you!
Disclaimer: There are some reviews out there of people warning that their pillow ripped open during a wash/dry cycle.
Personally, I have not experienced this. I’ve washed the pillow twice since I’ve gotten it, and it’s come exactly the same as when it went in both times.
But, it pays to be careful when washing the pillow. Don’t use a boiling hot wash cycle, and don’t use a high speed, rough dry cycle.
Pro tip!: Dry the pillow with a few tennis balls in the dryer. This will ensure the pillow comes out extra fluffy! You can also get wool dryer balls specifically meant for stuff like this. But, tennis balls work fine if you don’t have anything else!
As I’ve mentioned earlier, this is a standard, rectangular pillow. It looks like a mini-version of the pillow you probably have on your actual bed at home.
This is really personal preference, but I think the rectangular shape is the best possible shape for camping pillows.
When you’re actually going to be using it while lying down and sleeping for the night, the familiar rectangular shape will serve you much better than any other type of travel/camping pillow.
Since I’ve had this pillow, I’ve tested it out on two camping trips (gotta get them in before the warm weather ends!), on a four hour train ride, and in a two hour car ride.
I’ll be testing it out on a plane from the US to London in the coming months, and will update my review as soon as I do!
This pillow is definitely meant specifically as a camping pillow, and Kohbi’s done a fantastic job of checking all of the boxes as far as camping goes.
That being said, I was actually quite surprised at how much I enjoyed using this pillow on the train and in the car.
I thought I’d be a little disappointed just because there’s not way to keep it in place when sitting, and I just generally prefer neck or body pillows when resting in a sitting position on cars, planes, trains, etc.
Maybe both trips were just flukes, but it really worked very well for me both times. It was comfortable the whole ride, and definitely kept me from getting as sore as I usually do on trains and in cars.
Extra points for being so versatile, Kohbi!
You definitely do have some more comfortable, luxurious options available to you, though, if you’re looking for a pillow mainly for something like plane travel.
Again, I highly recommend this pillow for camping trips. There’s really not much room for improvement, other than some subjective areas like the shredded filling and the microfiber cover.
Another great use for this pillow is as a gift for your kid! Little kids love getting new stuff like this, and it’s the perfect size for toddlers.
I actually gave my first pillow to my nephew because he loved it so much, and I grabbed a second one for myself. He might just be weird, though – who knows with kids :).
I’ve come to expect a very high quality product from the nice people over at Kohbi, Inc, and they haven’t disappointed with their compressible camping pillow!
I won’t rehash what I’ve already written, but here are a few tips off the of my head if you decide to buy a Kohbi for yourself:
- The pillow does, unfortunately, come with that “brand new” memory foam smell. It’s never bothered me that much, but I know some people hate it. If it bugs you, make sure you get the pillow in advance so that you can air it out before you have to use it on a trip.
- Like many memory foam pillows, it’s going to look crumpled up and sad when you take it out of the box. This is normal. Give it a few hours to expand by itself, or you can throw it in the washer/dryer to speed up the process!
- Kohbi actually offers a 6-month, money back guarantee with this pillow! If you have any issues or flaws with your pillow, all you have to do is email Kohbi, Inc. through Amazon, and they’ll “be happy to provide you with a 100% money-back refund.” It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve used or washed the pillow in that six month time period!
Overall, this is a top-tier camping pillow that can be used in cars, planes, trains, etc. to boot. With that six-month money back guarantee, there’s literally no reason you wouldn’t give this pillow a shot!