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Weighing in as our lightest nasal pillows mask (1.83 ounces/52 grams), the F&P Pilairo is light on the patient and big on performance. The clever design integrates a new self-inflating AirPillow™ Seal and minimalist headgear. As a result, the patient experiences freedom of movement coupled with stability they can trust. The revolutionary AirPillow Seal and lightweight comfort of the F&P Pilairo truly puts it in a league of its own.
The design of the F&P Pilairo was inspired by the aerodynamic flight of the world’s lightest little bird– the hummingbird
One convenient size.
Feel the new AirPillow Seal :The micro-fine contoured silicone used in the F&P Pilairo’s AirPillow Seal is (0.04 inches/0.12 mm) at its thinnest point and only (0.12 inches/3.0 mm) at its thickest.
The clever design integrates a new self-inflating AirPillow™ Seal and minimalist headgear. As a result, the patient experiences freedom of movement coupled with stability they can trust The revolutionary AirPillow Seal and lightweight comfort of the F&P Pilairo truly puts it in a league of its own. The AirPillow Seal is 3D contoured with fine Variable Thickness Silicone (VTS™). It uses CPAP pressure to self-inflate to create an effective yet gentle seal into and around the nose. The AirPillow Seal can move and flex in any direction without compromising the seal.
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I’ve been on CPAP for 16 years, last 6 with Swift FX.
The way the nose connectors push up and back is accelerating the unfortunate ‘‘growing nose’’ syndrome that we will all face with age.
So the pilairo concept is perfect to counteract this phenomenon.
• Feather lightweight although the few grams difference makes it a non-issue.
> Part of this weight loss comes from a very short front tube:
half the length (17,5 cm vs 34,5 cm) of the Swift FX
> this means that your main connecting tube, which is heavier,
has more leverage and tends to pull the pilairo down.
• Pillow is soft and prevents leaks
• Very quiet ++ I am asleep but my girlfriend is appreciative
• Stylish and sturdy frame
• One size fits all head strap is a fallacy. it was so tight It irritated my nose and upper lip.
I created an ‘‘in-house’’ solution by cutting the strap and sewing in an elastic extension
and a velcro tensor.
• One size fits all nose connectors is another atrocity. By the fourth incomfortable night,
my nose bled and I was left with bleeding then scabs on each side of my central septum
To think that I paid good money for this !
If it works for you... excellent, but my personal discussion with ORL and sleep specialists has clearly shown that most people who require a CPAP, are on the upper third in weight and height. Somebody in market research dropped the ball with this absence of adaptable hardware.
• I contacted F&P and even offered to beta test their next upgrade... not even an ackowledgment
F&P is sitting on a gold mine with the ‘‘pillow concept’’. I am having a thought or two about creating a new well adapted product based on that ‘‘yet unpatented’’ concept...
If you are a real user (i.e. not a writer paid to spruce up blogs and reviews)
here is the person you need to send your grievances to:
Mr. Lewis Gradon, Director - Product development
Lewis.Gradon (at) fphcare.co.nz
Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
15 Maurice Paykel Place East Tamaki, Auckland 2013
PO Box 14 348 Panmure, Auckland 1741 New Zealand
TEL +64 9 574 0100
Customer service !
Miss on the second.. and you’ll lose the first
I’m back on Swift FX.
Francois, in Montreal
187 cm 109 kg (for the market research people...)
(Posted on 1/30/14)
When I was able to upgrade from the S8 elite to the s9 elite cpap machine, I was told of the Pilairo nasal pillow mask. I'd been using the Swift LT and have loved it! So decided to get the Pilairo try it. After the first 1....about the first few hours and falling asleep, it started to leak and it became very annoying. I reset it and the same happened again. So I switched back to the Swift LT for the remainder of the night. The next few nights I started with the Pilairo but found myself having to switch back because of the air leaks. I've come to realization that this mask is lacking an adjustable strap. One Size does not fit ALL, maybe Most and definitely not me. I was really looking forward to it working out too. From time to time I'll pull it out and see if it magically performs better, but it does not. Glad I still have my Swift LT!
(Posted on 12/8/13)
I have been using CPAP for 2 months now. For the past month, I was lucky to have been using the Swift FX mask. After 30 days with the swift fx, I wanted to try the F&P Pilaro to see if it would be better than the Swift FX. M conclusion is the Swift FX is a superior design and the Pilaro is very good but with some issues I may not be able to overlook.
First, the Pilaro one strap design and simplicity is great and the one size fits most, seems to fit me well. The mask is unobtrusive without too many straps going around your head and face. The Swift FX has more straps but they are minor and also a good design.
The Pilaro pillow effect is different than the Swift FX. While the Swift is very minimalist if and only really touches the nasal opening and maybe the upper lip, the Pilaro pillow is super soft but covers more of the nose and upper lip area. This is my biggest problem with the Pilaro: the Pilaros nose design silicone pillow covers the nose whereby the Swift FX does not. This makes the Pilaro a bit more claustrophobic to me and causes my nose/lip area to sweat and get hot. The Swift FX does not have this issue as it covers less and allows air to get to your nose area. This nose covering effect of the Pilaro also made me aware of the harder plastics frame pressing against the end of my nose through the pillow.
Leakage was not an issue with the Pilaro and it was superior to the Swift FX is this regard. The Pilaro stayed sealed very well sleeping on my side and moving around. It seems the Pilaro silicone inflates full around the move area and forms a super soft seal (in addition to the nostril silicone tubes themselves). It is a superior seal desig. To the swift but has the issues of covering the nose and the problems with that I mentioned before. The Swift FX is generally fine and does not leak but is a bit more finicky to keep from slightly leaking as I shift. Both do not leak much at all though.
I find myself having to switch back to my Swift FX in the middle of the night after the Pilaro bugs me and my nose area is sweaty and wet for the full Pilaro pillow not letting the area breath. This is not a deal killer for the Pilaro yet and I intend to continue to start the night with it due to the positives of the product.
I hope I can get used to the Pilaro but right now, I find it hard to see how it could replace my Swift FX which has been almost perfect. Time will tell but I do like the softness and seal of the Pilaro so far. The biggest design flaw is the pillow silicone covering too much of my nose and not allowing the skin to breathe underneath.
Some may not be bothered by this at all though and the Pilaro may be perfect.
(Posted on 7/14/13)
Pleased with this mask. What a change - finally sleep 4 or 5 hours instead of 1 or 2. I have had app. 8 different masks over 2 years and this is the best one of the group. It finally stays sealed - no air leakage - and I can move with it and not have it shift all over the head and leak. There are still some improvements that could be made but this is by far the best one I have used yet. I have ordered many thru the local medical equipment store and several on line and glad I finally located this one. I think everyone should at least give this one a try. I have only been using it for two weeks so hopefully it keeps performing like it is now - keeping sealed and staying put when moving around.
(Posted on 7/8/13)
I have tried two full face masks, then the Pilairo with a chin strap. After a week, I no longer need the chin strap. It conditioned me to, when I'm using it, not breath through my mouth. I use Ayr Saline Nasal Gel to lubricate and always use distilled water in my humidifier. The combination of gel and humid air keeps me from getting nasal irritation. The strap is better than my previous two full masks. I was getting severe bruising on the bridge of my nose. The pillow did take a little time getting the proper strap location and pillow angle, but I love it now. My only negative, is for this little bit of plastic, should it really cost $115.00, but I will pay that much to sleep through the night.
Thanks for reading...
(Posted on 6/25/13)
I've tried nasal pillow masks before, but this is one of the better ones. The frame is very lightweight and the nasal cushion stays in place throughout the night.
(Posted on 4/17/13)
This is the first time I ordered a Fisher & Paykel product. The pilairo nasal pillow mask is great for me. Good seal, no deep marks on my face, and very quiet. The pillows have come off the headgear while I was sleeping but not very often. I worry about the pillows getting a hole in them and do not see where I can order replacement pillows except ordering a new headgear but it has been over 6 months and still good. This is about the 8th headgear I have gotten. The only thing I don't like is I still can't hold my husband without putting a small pillow up to keep the air from blowing on him. The ones I have tried that do not blow on him also do not stay on. I will definitely be getting another one when this one does die.
(Posted on 3/15/13)
This is the simplest and lightest nasal pillow I've used (I'm buying another one for travel). Although it might fit every head and nostril, having only one strap and one size pillow does not require adjustments. I've lost detachable pillows (especially on the Opus 360). You may have to let the pillows inflate first to get a good seal. Because you get a good seal, I recommend the Cann-Ease they sell on this site to prevent your nostrils from getting too dry.
(Posted on 2/6/13)
My Doctor and his nurse were all high on this mask so I ordered it from this site while still in his office. The mask is lightweight and I loved the single strap. Using was okay the first night, after the 2nd I woke up as if I had been punched in the nose. I alternated between my Quattro FX full face mask and this mask as suggested by my Doctor. After about 4 weeks, I still could not get used to the mask. I found myself waking up frequently as the seal would break or the discomfort of having the 1 size fits all pillows was too much to bear. A few times, I just gave up in the middle of the night and took it off. I made sure the strap was loose and not pulling the mask onto my face, the pillows are suppose to seal around your nose without needing the straps. I tried positioning the straps in different spots around my head to keep them from pulling the mask into my nose, but really what it came down to was the pillows hurting the inside of my nose. I really wanted this to work for me, perhaps the one size fits all just didn't. I think I will try the ResMed version as the pillows come in different sizes.
(Posted on 12/28/12)
I like the design of this mask and it's simplicity of use. I was really hoping it would work out for me. My last mask was the swift mirage II. It was great but put pressure on the bridge of my nose which resulted in some redness that would stay there. This mask did not have that problem and I did like the single strap around the head. My only problem was that it was too tight, causing irritation to my nose. I wish F & P would make a larger size strap because when I held it slightly away from my face, the seal remained intact and the pressure was off. Perhaps one size fits all isn't the best approach here. Also noticed some moisture around my nose by morning which had little to do with humidity settings but due to the fact it is in contact with the lower portion of the nose all night. I would think this could lead to acne or other skin conditions in some people. I think many people would be happy with this product, just didn't quite fit me right.
(Posted on 10/27/12)
C'mon all you naysayers.....The Fisher & Paykel Pilairo is by FAR the BEST CPAP appliance I have ever used! Yes, there is an adjustment period....WITH ANYTHING NEW. I had a little nasal irritation, but with continual usage, it dissipated. Near to nothing leakage, which was MY #1 complaint with previous products.
(Posted on 9/4/12)
love the idea and how soft it is. I don't think the "one size fit's all" concept works too well. nose became uncomfortable and sealing could be better
Hard to fit. Will not stay sealed if you move around in the night. Leaks.
Pretty sore around my nose the next morning.
Another mask to the scrap heap. Another $100 down the tube.
(Posted on 8/30/12)
Longtime cpap user. My 4th mask (traditional) finally gave up & thought id give the Pilairo a whirl. Way better seal, no leaks at all. My old one alway leaked at some point. Pilairo extremely light and much less intrusive than old mask. Id always have to re-adjust my old mask when i rolled due to it shifting. Not the Pilairo. Stays put. The strap is much thinner and has much less tension as it is not required to create the seal. I only have one issue, the inside of my nostrils is slightly painful when i wake up. It goes away after an hour or so. Maybe i have "sensitive" nostrils or something. However, this minor drawback is far outweighed by its benefits.
(Posted on 8/13/12)
I was lucky to have a friend demo this mask during a trial period. He couldn't say enough good things about it. I purchased this mask as soon as it became in stock. I have been using it for 10 nights and still no issues. The pillows seal well, and the material is incredibly soft. The pillows and mask seems to inflate when connected to the cpap machine, which helps correct any leaking and allows me to sleep on my side. All 5 stars for me.
(Posted on 8/3/12)
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