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Cocoon AirCore Backpacking Pillow review
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Cocoon AirCore Pillow
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Space is the final frontier? For a backpacker, the struggle for space within a backpack is a frontier that will never be fully conquered. Gear and apparel is getting lighter and more compact, but you still seem to have an overstuffed pack. 

Cocoon by Design Salt AirCore Pillow squeezes down to a small size. Squished into its tiny stuff sack, it weighs a puny 3.7 inches and measures 4 by 3 inches. It inflates with several puffs of air from your mouth into the plastic valve.

The plastic valve twists to locks tightly to keep the pillow inflated. Cocoon has designed the exterior of the AirCore Pillow with a silky gossamer fabric on one side. The opposite side is a soft fleece-like material.

In the race for space, you may forego a pillow and settle for stuffing some clothing into a stuff sack to serve as a backcountry pillow. Ouch, that's uncomfortable and may cause a neck strain. The AirCore Pillow provides the firmness that is needed for a sound sleep on the trails.

Cocoon LogoCocoon by Design Salt AirCore Pillowis available in an assortment of different colors and, it retails for $25.

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Jason Elliot

JElliotJason Elliot is the Editor and Publisher of Elliot has established a respected following with the top industry professionals and gearheads for his nonbiased reviews of outdoor gear and apparel. Elliot is a regular contributor to, and other publications on top of his editorial and writing role with

Elliot left a successful fifteen-plus year management career that he worked at Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies to pursue his passion for writing about the outdoors. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from La Roche College.

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