Well, it was obvious that after mentioning the Ajungilak pillow in my review of the Luxury Lite pillow, I would eventually get round to doing a piece on it.
I bought the Ajungilak Pillow some 3 years ago when I got fed up of lying on a makeshift pillow made of a fleece rammed into a stuff sack. At the time, this little beauty was a massive stride forward for me in terms of weight, comfort and size. At 145grams, it certainly isnt heavy but as I have found out since its not the lightest either.
The pillow itself consists of an inflatable pvc inner that is then covered with a microfleecey-type outer. The outer is machine washable which is certainly useful. The pillow is what I can only describe as a peanut shape (which led my kids to nicknaming it the big yellow peanut) and is a respectable 48cm x 26cm in dimension when inflated. When deflated the pillow will roll down very small and has its own stuff sack and can fit in the palm of your hand.
What I like about the Ajungilak pillow is its simplicity and also its comfort. On the downside, weight aside, there are a couple of minor niggles. One is that the pvc inner inflatable part can cause some slight squeaking noises if you are a restless sleeper who turns their head frequently. The second is that the pvc inner is inflated by means of a “blow-up” tube and cap arrangement, much like you find on lilo’s etc. This is fine but perhaps with age the fit has deteriorated and now occasionally the cap pops out if I put too much pressure in the pillow.
Overall, I like the Ajungilak pillow and Mammot do several other versions in the same range if this particular one doesnt float your boat. It does still get an outing now and again and feels reassuringly solid. The back up is that you can still use the fleecy cover as a stuff sack to put clothing in if the inner does pop.
Reasonable price (approx £15)
nice shape and size when inflated
soft feel to outer material
own stuff sack
packs very small
Reasonable weight but certainly not the lightest
my 3 year old pillow has developed a disliking for full inflation and can lead to the air stopper popping out
squeaks a little if you are a restless sleeper