IR- Big Sky DreamSleeper Deluxe Pillow - Ralph Ditton
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Big Sky DreamSleeper Deluxe Pillow
Test Series by Ralph Ditton
Initial Report: 25th February, 2011
Long Term Report:
Name Ralph Ditton
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 74 kg (163 lb)
Location Perth, Western Australia. Australia
My playgrounds are the Bibbulmun Track, the Coastal Plain Trail, Darling
Scarp and Cape to Cape Track. I lead walks for my bushwalking club and
they consist of day walks and overnighters. My pack weight for multi day
trips including food and water, tends to hover around 18 kg (40 lb) but
I am trying to get lighter. My trips range from overnighters to six days
Big Sky International
Year of Manufacturer
Bladder - Transparent plastic
Pillow cover - Riverstone/beige
Pillow cover - cotton soft synthetic fabric
Interior of pillow - PrimaLoft ECO
117 g (4.1 oz) incl. bladder and stuff sack
Bladder 54 g (1.9 oz)
Pillow/stuff sack 68 g (2.4 oz)
Total 122 g (4.3 g)
The pillow arrived inside its stuff sack which measures 190 mm x 190 mm
square (7.5 in x 7.5 in). The stuff sack is stitched to the pillow cover
so that it cannot be mislaid.
The stuff sack is closed by a zipper that runs the length of one side.
See photo below.
zipper on stuff sack
zipper on stuff sack
On the opposite end of the pillow from the stuff sack is another similar
zipper that allows access to the bladder. It only runs for 160 mm (6.3 in).
The dimensions of the pillow (flat) are 480 mm x 290 mm (19 in x 11.4 in).
Inflated, the height is 120 mm (4.7 in).
In one corner, at the stuff sack end, there is a sewn hole to allow the
twist valve to poke through. It can just be seen in the top photo at the
top right hand corner.
The interior of the pillow cover has a lining of Primaloft ECO. It is
stitched along all of the internal seams of the pillow case.
The pillow bladder is made out of a plastic type material which goes
cloudy when inflated by mouth. I guess that is the condensation from my
In one corner is the twist valve mounted in a solid plastic housing. The
valve has five openings on the top.
Inflation is very easy. Just blow.
It takes me just on ten puffs to fully inflate the pillow.
Deflation is also easy. Just push on the pillow to release the air after
opening up the twist valve.
Internally, there are two partial walls that join the top and bottom
surfaces of the pillow together.
When inflated, these walls give the shape to the pillow that is the
ergonomic design that is supposed to stop my head from rolling off the
pillow. It should cradle my head.
The walls are 70 mm (2.7 in) high. They are lower than the fully
inflated pillow of 120 mm (4.7 in). By being vertically challenged,
these two walls pull the top and bottom panels of the pillow inwards,
creating a hollow as seen in the photo below.
What I received matched what was listed on the website, so no surprise
I was struck by how nice the pillow felt in my fingers. As I am a manual
worker, the skin on my fingers take on a sandpaper effect. That means
that fine fabrics catch on my scaly skin. This did not happen with this
Plus it feels nice and soft when inflated and deflated.
As the proud owner of a number of inflatable pillows I had to give this
pillow an initial test for noise.
Some pillows make an irritating noise every time I move my head on the
pillow which makes going to sleep all that more difficult.
How did this one go?
It made a soft crinkly sound right into my ear every time I moved my
head. The sensation was a bit like being on a water bed.
My side of my face was cradled nicely in the middle of the pillow. I am
a side sleeper.
To examine the bladder, I have pulled it in and out of the pillow case a
number of times.
I found it a bit tricky to make sure that the bladder did not get
twisted or skew whiff. It certainly became obvious that I got it wrong
when I inflated the bladder. It went all lumpy at one end.
One area of concern that I have already is the collection of moisture
from my breath inside the bladder.
I left the twist valve open overnight and there was still evidence of my
moisture on the inside of the bladder.
Having said that, I must also take into account our current weather. The
temperature has ranged from 38 C (100 F) during the afternoon to a low
of 26 C (79 F) during the night with the Relative Humidity ranging from
60% to 96%. (Source: Bureau of Meteorology).
I'll certainly be keeping an eye on how well the bladder dries out.
Things I Like
* Small and compact
* Lovely soft feel
Things I dislike
* Moisture retention inside bladder
* Crinkly noise in my ear when laying on it
This concludes my Initial Report. The Field Report will be amended to
this report in approximately two months from the date of this report.
Please check back then for further information.