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Different Qualities From the Same Brand
Reviewed in the United States on March 5, 2018
My wife and I each ordered one of these neck braces at different times in the last three months. We got the same brand of Trtl Pillow neck brace. But the two braces are of different structure and therefore different characteristics. In the photos, see that they look nearly identical on the surface, with slightly different fabrics evident. Yet on the inside, the plastic spines are different. The spine is the most important part of the brace, as it is what holds your head up while you sleep. The brace on the right, that has the more full bodied side structure (the 3 fingers) is more stiff, and is a better support to your head. This is a very clear difference when you wear them. The version on the left is not stiff enough to support my head, and I feel discomfort is allowing my head to lean sideways. With the stiffer spine on the right, my head is much better held up, and my neck is not strained. My wife also can clearly feel the difference. Perhaps the two different spines were designed at different times. Hopefully, the stiffer one is the more recent design, so that future users will be supported well. If the weaker spine is the more recent, then someone may have decided to save a bit of money, using less plastic. This would be a mistake, as sleeping with your head leaning into a brace is a matter of health and safety. I've not attempted to sleep with this while on a plane yet. We'll do that within a month, and I'll come back and add to this review. But I will say for now, that the stiffer version is very comfortable for me, and provides more support than my usual inflatable neck pillow. This brace will take up much more room in my carry-on, than the inflatable pillow, so I do hope it also works better.