Stop Losing Your Pillow

Does your pillow creep away from you during the night – or do you sometimes lose it altogether in the dark? I know I do. Here is a method of preventing that for a weight penalty of 1-2 grams. Well worth it. i think it is self-explanatory. I have just tied a piece of 1 mm dyneema to the tabs on either side of their excellent Exped pillow (which I strongly recommend), and included a micro cord lock to cinch it up and secure it. The same method will work with other inflatable pillow such as Klymit’s. They are all made with a heat-sealable material so that a hot iron will create a tab on each side (if there isn’t one) to which you can affix a (very small) grommet – available from Spotlight or haberdashery shops generally. You could do the same sort of thing with the Graham Air for an even more ultralight alternative.

PS: I used the wrong sort of cord lock. The ones above tend to creep. I needed to use a micro clam cleat as shown below. This worked brilliantly and added no weight:

They have many other uses, such as this: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2016/09/10/linelok-pack-tie-down/

Detail of grommet and line lock.

See Also: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2019/06/12/thermoplastics-101/

PPS: Some people use a spare garment (eg a t-shirt) to do this, placing both the end of their mat and the pillow in it.

PPPS: The above arrangement will work still better with a length of 1/2″ gross grain ribbon and a plastic buckle (which will not come loose like a cord lock)

See Also:

https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2019/05/04/stop-losing-your-pillow/

https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2017/08/25/diy-super-ultralight-pillow/

https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2016/04/14/ul-pillows/

https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2016/08/23/klymit-ultralight-pillow/

https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2016/04/14/ul-pillows/

https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2016/06/10/a-soft-pillow-and-a-warm-bed-under-the-stars/

https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2017/04/04/breathing-trick-that-puts-you-to-sleep-in-seconds/

4 thoughts on “Stop Losing Your Pillow”

  1. This is a (another) great idea but could you include a close-up photo of the tab (with the grommit) I think I understand what you mean but being worried of burning my sleeping pad it’d be great to see visual proof.. cheers

    1. Thanks Rigby, I have added a photo and a link. Hope that makes things clearer. Good luck. cheers, Steve. PS: Start out with a cheap pillow before you hack into your pad. PS; I am going to have a go at a DIY pack raft next!

  2. You champ!!! Have been stuffing my sea to summit pillow in any left over clothing at night and sliding over klymit mat!!!!
    Just iron a tab??? Will give it a go 😳

    1. Yep. Just use the iron you iron your clothes with. Just make sure that it seals and that you don’t burn through the material – so not too little and not too much ironing. Then a grommet, string and cord lock. You can mend a split seam with the iron in just the same way.

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