Today we’re taking a look at the new TRTL pillow plus which is the latest version of the pillow I reviewed a few years ago (which you can see the previous review by clicking in the top right corner). There’s quite a lot that has changed from the first pillow so let’s take a look at the new design compared with the old one. I’ll also be including a review of the Trtl Flight Socks.
The first thing I noticed was that the new pillow is a little larger and heavier but it does include a nice water resistant carry bag with a built-in carabiner which makes it easy to clip onto and carry on your main backpack while travelling. The old TRTL pillow was not height adjustable in anyway but the new one has a built in height adjustment on both sides. The new pillow also has more padding and breathable mesh to allow more breathability while wearing for longer periods of time. The new pillow plus also has a softer more plush feeling fabric on the inside that feels more premium than the original pillow.
The process for wearing the pillow is the same as the original. Hold the main padded part of the pillow against the back or side of your neck and then loop the velcro end around your neck and secure it until it fits snugly enough to support your head. The new pillow plus has two velcro contact points on the top and bottom whereas the old version only has a single point of velcro contact. This gives the new plus version a more secure fit and a bit more support.
In terms of comfort for sleeping on the plane I can definitely feel that the new plus pillow is more comfortable over the old one. The ability to adjust the height makes it perfect for finding the right head position to get comfortable. I did find that the adjustment knob was a bit firm and difficult to turn in some situations. If, for example, you try to adjust it while leaning on it the pressure from your head makes it more difficult to turn. So it’s best you turn the adjustment knobs without leaning on them. They also do make a fairly audible clicking sound which could be a bit annoying. But overall the adjustment is a very nice feature to have.
The TRTL plus pillow can be worn comfortably with headphones but I did encounter the same slight annoyance that I did with the original pillow. That is at some angles the inner support structure of the pillows can press against the headphones and pop them out of your ear. Or in some cases pressed against your ear in such a way as that the seal of the headphones will not be as firm allowing outside noise to leak in. But this is just a slight niggle. It can be easily fixed by adjusting the angle of the pillow so that it doesn’t press against your ear.
The TRTL Flight socks are a pair compression knee high socks that TRTL offer in a variety of colours and sizes. I have the Large size in the ‘Seattle’ colour. I don’t often wear compression socks when I fly but I did find these to be very comfortable and provided a little extra warmth on the cooler air conditioned flight. The socks themselves are firm and not too tight that they feel restrictive. It takes a little bit rolling to get them on firmly all the way up your legs. But once they’re on they provide a good level of compression. If you’re in the market for some compression socks or if you’re buying a TRTL pillow these socks are a great companion to the pillow.
Overall I was able to get a good and restful sleep while wearing this TRTL pillow plus and the TRTL compression socks and I can highly recommend them over the original TRTL pillow and a definite improvement in comfort. Even just for the included carry bag alone it’s worth the upgrade.