Posted in Gear Review
November 14, 2016

iYAYA Inflatable Camp Pillow Review

iYAYA Inflatable Camp Pillow


Product Description

The iYAYA inflatable camp pillow is a low-cost, self-inflating, insulated camp pillow with a twist safety valve, contoured impressions, and a water-resistent outer shell.


Overall Impressions and Updates

I don’t often recommend pillows in hammocks, at least not using them in the traditional way to support the back of your head. In a hammock, I most often look for support on the sides of my head, much more like a U-shaped travel pillow. However, one thing I like about inflatable camp pillows is the ability to deflate and shape them to your liking.

The contoured impression the middle of the pillow forms a nice “pocket” for the back of my head.

The iYAYA camp pillow is a great entry-level camp pillow with a low cost but with all the features you might expect from a major brand. The twisting safety valve locks into place to ensure air doesn’t leak out. For me, as few as two breaths was all I needed to inflate the pillow to where I wanted it. Or, you can simply leave the valve open and wait for the pillow to slowly self-inflate.

iyaya camp pillow
This is about how inflated I kept the pillow when I used it.

I didn’t really care for the feel of the outer shell, so when I used the pillow I used a make-shift pillow case using either a shemaugh or a head buff.

The iyaya camp pillow covered with a shemaugh pillow case.
The iyaya camp pillow covered with a shemaugh pillow case.

This particular pillow doesn’t deflate very small, due in part to the insulation, so it isn’t something I would typically carry backpacking, but for a car camp, it works just fine. My kids really prefer using pillows like this when we camp.

Recommendations and Review

Criteria Rating Notes
Construction and Craftsmanship ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ The outer shell material wasn’t very comfortable for me, but it is typical of other self-inflating pads I’ve used.
Modularity ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Aesthetics ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Price and Value ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
  • Manufacturer: iYAYA, made in China
  • MSRP: US$14.99

Available Features/Specifications


  • Twist open, safety-lock air valve
  • Self-inflating, contoured, insulated pillow
  • Water resistant fabric


  • 20 × 12 in (50 × 30 cm)


  • 10.5 oz (298 g)

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Disclosure of material connection: The author (Derek Hansen) was provided with a free sample from the manufacturer for testing and evaluation purposes. The comments in this post (written & spoken) are of my own opinion, which I formed after personally handling the gear. I was under no obligation to publish a review of this item.


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