I am very particular about what I use for a pillow and have long ago switched to using only down. That said, there are different levels of quality between down pillows. I require a pillow that has enough loft to keep it's shape and not flatten. I require a pillow that is not overstuffed which causes my head and neck to be in a strained position. This pillow has proven to be exactly what I want providing sufficient support without overstuffing, so this is the second time I have purchased this item. Now, with two comfortable pillows I have one to take with me to motels when I travel and one at home. With one at home and one for travel there is no risk of being without a top quality pillow if I happen to accidentally leave the travel pillow behind. Since previous reviews mention an odd odor, I anticipated my sensitive nose to notice an odd smell. I didn't find this the case and immediately used my new pillow with complete comfort. I highly recommend this item for anyone who is particular about their bedding.