Here we go again. First there was the world’s best travel jacket. Then came the most functional travel bag ever. Now we have the world’s best travel pillow.
There’s a hot new travel product on crowdfunding sites that’s, once again, the best thing ever. This time it’s a travel pillow, and the people behind it are calling it “the ultimate travel pillow” and “the world’s best travel pillow.” Like the products before it, it’s packed with features (and hyperbole).
The DUO travel pillow, its official name, is an inflatable pillow that can be used in four positions to support your head and neck in different ways. You can rest your chin on it, bear hug it, or flip it around like a traditional travel pillow to support your neck.
These crowdfunding campaigns like to use bulleted images to tout their features, and the world’s best travel pillow is no different. It’s lightweight, machine-washable, made of comfy microfiber, and contains a pocket for your cellphone. The pillow also comes with a removable blackout hood that makes you look like a medieval torturer, and it packs into a compact bag.
The DUO travel pillow is expected to start shipping in May. It will retail for $40, though early backers on Kickstarter can order it for $29. There’s no danger of it not getting funded. It passed its goal of $12,000 in under 48 hours, and when fundraising ended on March 25, more than 8,000 backers had pledged $24 or more. It raised a total of nearly $400,000.
Crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter are a great place to discover innovative travel gear and emerging trends in the travel market, but backers should beware of the inherent risks in funding an unproven product. The world’s best travel jacket missed multiple deadlines, and many backers reported problems with the quality and fit. The most functional travel bag ever, however, appears to be delivering on time, and backers are reporting that it appears to be a high quality product.
We won’t know until this summer if the world’s best travel pillow lives up to its billing. In the meantime, I’m thinking of starting my own crowdfunding campaign. World’s best travel mug! The most comfortable travel blanket ever! The ultimate travel wallet!