Reviewed by Colin Hewitt
Not too many of us have managed to travel very far over the last couple of years. But, hopefully, there’s a little light at the end of the tunnel. Fingers crossed, very shortly, we’ll soon be boarding planes, trains, and coaches once again, without giving it too much thought.
During long haul flights, when I’ve fallen asleep due to snoozing at an awkward angle, I’ve suffered from a few stiff neck problems when I’ve awoken. In addition, I’ve recently managed to wake up with painful neck cramps after a good night’s sleep at home (the perils of ageing). Therefore, being asked to test a premium neck support pillow was much appreciated.
In the past, I’ve tried a few neck support cushions. Inflatable ones, foam ones, I’ve even constructed my own with a wrapped up hand towel. However, the Go Travel Ultimate 2.0 neck support is in a league of its own.
It’s designed to help you sleep in an upright position. It has a substantial solid frame structure. When I removed it from the packaging, I wasn’t convinced it would be an enjoyable experience to wear. However, within the gun-metal grey velvet-like covering, the memory foam makes it extremely comfortable. When wrapped around your neck, it’s like being given a firm but gentle hug. It has a tension strap that can be fixed under your chin if you require even further support. This pulls the item quite tightly all-around your neck, giving you support at the front as well as the back, an ideal technique to avoid those jolts when your head falls forward when dropping off to sleep.
According to Go Travel’s excellent website, the pillow’s rear grip/carrying handle “helps secure the pillow to any headrest”. Unfortunately, I couldn’t quite see how that worked. However, if the user requires that level of support, I’m sure Go travel could provide some further information.
The website is also worth browsing to see many other travel product ideas.
I haven’t been able to test this pillow on a flight yet, but I have used it while sitting upright on the sofa watching a dull film on television. I can happily report that much to the annoyance of my partner, I managed to sleep without any problems whatsoever. We have a couple of long coach trips planned for next year. So I can already appreciate that this pillow will be a handy addition to our luggage.
The item weighs a lightweight 446g, which is quite essential if you’re going to use this on an aircraft. A very useful matching drawstring carry-pouch is provided. Unlike some inferior products, the cover can be removed, allowing the pillow to be hand-washed at 30 degrees C.
This product would make an ideal Christmas gift, not only for those relatives and friends who travel regularly but for anyone who occasionally needs some neck support at home.
There are many cheaper neck pillows available. Go Travel even sells some of them on their website; however, I doubt any would perform like the Ultimate 2.0.
Rating: 5 out of 5
This product can be purchased from Go Travel here.