3 thoughts on “Samsonite Luggage Inflatable Neck Pillow with Cover, Pagoda Blue, One Dimensions

  1. North Woods Wanderer
    397 of 401 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    It’s OK, But For About the Same Price You Can Do Better, June 2, 2012
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    Finally decided a travel pillow would be a good purchase with a long trip looming. I bought four different pillows to compare. One I ordered from China for $2 (with ear plugs and eye cover on eBay), one was the Lewis N. Clark travel pillow available here on Amazon (~$14), one was the cheaper $7 Samsonite travel pillow available here, and the last was this Samsonite pillow with cover for $12. I’ll preface this review to say that I’ve only tested these at home in airplane-like chairs; I have not flown with them yet.

    The $2 pillow actually wasn’t terrible. If you were careful with it chances are it would work fine. It’s a little small, and no washable cover. It is some kind of vinyl or PVC that they coat or spray with something like velour to give it a somewhat fabric-like texture. For $2, not bad in a pinch – and it uses a pinch valve for air insertion (you pinch, squeeze, or bite the valve together partially and then blow in it to inflate it). The $7 Samsonite pillow is essentially identical to the cheap pillow I got from China, except Samsonite put their name on the side of the pillow. Otherwise no different. Really. $5 more for their name. Needless to say, no reason to get this one. My last choice of the four.

    The Samsonite pillow from this page that includes the removable cover for $12 isn’t bad. It is definitely of better quality than the two cheapies. The air bladder is better built, and a removable cover is always nice. It also has a little pocket on it that you can stick an iPod and earphones into, or keep earplugs in. It is also a little bigger than the other two. I’m not a fan of the material they used on the cover (I would also suggest avoiding the Pagoda Blue color as well, which is what I have here). It’s kind of a velvet material. It reminds me of a material that a young child would think was great. It is very soft, but it doesn’t remind me of sheets or a regular pillow at all, and I wonder how that material will look after it is used and washed a few times. But this is really just my personal preference; perhaps you would like it better. To put air in this pillow you have to unzip the cover and get to the pinch valve, same type as the ones above. This is kind of a pain, and you will have to do this again to deflate. But otherwise this pillow is perfectly functional, and again, of somewhat better quality than the first two.

    The Lewis N. Clark adjustable pillow is a little more money (I paid $14), but I quickly decided that if one isn’t going ultra-cheap, it is the pillow of choice. It has several advantages. It is a little bigger. It has an agreeable and removable (and therefore washable) fabric cover. It also includes a little case to stuff it into. But best of all, it inflates in like two seconds – literally. No little pinch valve to pull out. Instead you pull off a cover over about a 1″ diameter valve and blow into it. One or two blows, depending on your lung capacity, and it’s full. And once you fill it up you can adjust the firmness quickly just by pushing the little button at the back of the valve opening. I’m not sure how well I’m describing this, but just know that this system really works well. Near instant inflation and adjustment of firmness to your liking. It is much better than the pillows that have the little pinch valve. It is enough better that even a cheapskate like me is going to pay the extra money for it.

    All of these pillows are of essentially the same type shapewise, although their size varies a little. I can’t help with comparisons to the long, thin pillows that you wear across your body. I don’t fly enough to justify the expense of those type of pillows.

    What I cannot comment on yet is the durability of any of these products. However, my impression looking at the pillows initially is that all of them should be handled with care. I would expect the two cheapest to be least durable, and the Lewis N. Clark to be the best. I will be keeping the Lewis N. Clark and the cheapy $2 pillow. If I have any issues I will update this review. I will also post this review at the other product pages for the items from Amazon.

    Wishing you all a little rest on your travels…

    3/14/16 – Update:
    Since Amazon has reminded me that folks are still occasionally looking at this review, let me just follow up by saying that I am still using the Lewis N. Clark pillow are remain pleased with it. Definitely a good purchase for me.

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  2. Lauren Harrison
    71 of 72 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Nice and comfy…, November 17, 2011
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    Lauren Harrison (Eagle, CO USA) –

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    I recently used this pillow on a 2-week trip on 8 plane flights and it performed wonderfully. The bite valve is a common one; if you haven’t used it before it could be frustrating. Just pinch the valve at the base to blow in or to release the air. You can see a flap inside the valve so you may have to rotate your pinch a 1/4 turn to fully open it. Press down with the other hand while pinching the valve and it deflates easily. I roll it up and put a rubber band around it to travel with. Also, do not inflate it fully at first. As the plane ascends, the pillow will puff up even more. The bladder itself seems a little thin compared to other inflatable pillows that I’ve had and I’m afraid it would pop if inflated too fully at first. Also, I find that a slightly deflated pillow is often more comfortable if the airplane seat is too tall, so your head isn’t tilted too far forward. The fabric on the outside it very soft and well-sewn. I would buy it again.
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  3. Bookworm
    32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    So soft and comfy, November 17, 2011
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    Bookworm (MN) –

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    I should start by saying that I have only tried this at home so I haven’t really used it for travel yet. I will update this review after I come back from the holidays.

    I have to admit that it took me a few minutes to figure out what to do to inflate it quickly. I kept thinking I was doing something wrong. Well, apparently, you have to press the bottom of the valve to open the anti-leak thingy. There are no instructions so I’ll blame it on that :) Once I managed to inflate it, I tested it out on my couch and it seemed very soft and comfortable and it even has a little pocket for your mp3 player. Be aware though that some people might not be able to get it on them if they inflate it too much since the neck opening is sort of small.

    Update:
    So after using this pillow on a long flight and its wonderful! I really like it and would highly recommend it! Easy to inflate and deflate!

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