Here’s a piece of gear that combines two things that make life in camp better: a pump to inflate EXPED sleeping mats and a pillow to enhance the sleep experience. Pillow Pump is an ergonomically-shaped, foam-filled pillow by night and a no-nonsense mat pump when setting up camp. The tricot polyester top surface is soft against the skin and the shape accommodates back, side and belly sleepers very well. And at just under 5 ounces, it’s hard to argue that it isn’t worth the weight.
For use as a mat pump, simply attach the end of the schnozzel tube to the valve on an EXPED mat, place a hand or foot over the intake valve on the main body of the pump and press down. Air moves from the pump/pillow, through the schnozzle tube and into the sleeping mat. As the hand or foot is raised up for the next stroke, foam inside the pump chamber expands, draws air in and another shot of air is ready to be pumped. Every EXPED mat inflate valve is equipped with a one-way flapper, which keeps air from escaping the mat once it’s been pumped in.
In pillow mode, the schnozzle tube valve and intake valve on the pump are both closed, keeping supportive air in what is now a comfortable pillow for the night. Red side (with soft surface) faces up and it’s all set!