All through my life, I’ve tried a bunch of U-shaped journey pillows—those that go round your neck—and albeit, they’ve all sucked. However not too long ago I slept seven hours (seven!) within the center seat of a long-haul flight with Travelrest’s Nest. Usually I’d really feel like a defeated Rock ’Em Sock ’Em Robotic if I blinked too slowly, however I awoke feeling refreshed. It wasn’t the primary time, both.
Greater than something, it was the form I seen first. Most journey pillows appear like puffy donuts with a chew taken out within the entrance. The edges are sometimes too low and the froth too squishy to maintain the neck firmly upright in any route. The bulging pillow pushes the again of the neck away from the seat, so the pillow finally ends up forcing you right into a slouch, and the shortage of cushion below the chin lets your head droop ahead whenever you nod off. All of your trip photos have you ever stooped over like Quasimodo due to your sore neck.
The Travelrest solves the primary downside by making the rear of the pillow flat so it helps you to relaxation upright in opposition to the seat again with out slouching you ahead. Rubber strips on the flat floor hold the pillow from slipping. It additionally covers your complete 360 levels of the wearer’s neck. You simply slip your head in by means of the hole on the entrance after which use the hook-and-loop fastener to shut the hole. No extra ahead neck droop.
The Travelrest is rather more sculpted to carry the neck upright than a typical neck pillow. The excessive sides attain up and cup the chin all the way in which round. With out feeling claustrophobic, the Nest holds the pinnacle with out leaving a lot wiggle room, so whilst you fall asleep, your head is held pretty upright. Having the ability to chill out my neck muscle groups totally is a big boon.
These excessive sides can get in the way in which if you happen to put on over-the-ear headphones on the identical time to drown out the engines. It is not a dealbreaker, simply awkward, and one thing to bear in mind. In the event you want silence to sleep then I recommend using earplugs as an alternative of noise-canceling headphones.
The form alone would not be sufficient to maintain the neck effectively supported. The microfiber cowl is velvety smooth and nice in opposition to the pores and skin, and the reminiscence foam is agency with simply sufficient give for consolation. For such a dense foam, it compresses all the way down to an impressively small package deal. The Nest comes with a stuff sack, and it squishes all the way down to a few quarter of its measurement when you wrestle it into the sack and tighten up the drawcord. Then you definately fold it in half and use one other hook-and-loop fastener to compress the pillow additional.
The one factor I might wish to see on the stuff sack is an attachment level to clip it to the skin of a backpack or baggage—a hook, a buckle, even only a cloth loop the place I might hook a carabiner. I have been getting across the limitation by threading a strap of my backpack below the hook-and-loop fastener and buckling it closed, however it’s not supreme, because it flops round whereas on my again. Travelrest features a free pair of useful however unremarkable earplugs, however I might moderately have a hook.
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The Travelrest Nest prices $40, which is not obscenely costly. It is available in blue and grey, and you may take away the duvet and wash it after a visit—one other good contact that a number of pillows do not supply.
The one actual argument in opposition to Travelrest’s Nest is that it goes out and in of inventory with regularity. This has been a difficulty for a while. In the event you’re keen to fork over the 4 Alexander Hamiltons, do it as quickly as you are occurring a visit, as a result of if you happen to do not and the Nest is bought out, you may be tossing and turning on a kind of foam donuts, and who desires that?