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Rated5out of5byRagingBuddhistfromJust buy it!I'm pretty sure people looking at this know it, but I'll start by stating the obvious in that this is definitely not for backpacking. It's heavy - and I like that. But, for what it is, I wouldn't call it bulky. It's a portable bed, not a hammock or an air mattress. It packs up not much larger than the folding chairs that have become so popular.
I did a couple of months, running the Internet and local stores looking for something to sleep on that's durable, easy to set up and would get me off the ground. I've had several air mattresses but got tired of babying them to avoid punctures but still waking up on the ground. I also had a vintage military cot years ago that I recall be a real pain to set up because of the muscle needed to put the end bars on. So, with those two out, I figured I would wind up getting one of the smaller fold up beds. Unfortunately, they were all either out of my price range or weren't long enough for me. (6 feet tall) Then I came across the reviews for the Byer cot. What I read, on here and on other sites, convinced me to take the plunge. Ordering from REI, I figured I could return it if it turned out to be another dud.
Ummm... not a dud! For one thing, it almost sets itself up. For the people wondering about the best way to do it, you can Google for an online video that shows how easy it is. It's hard to explain in words but I'll put it this way - While it's laying down, unfold it from the center, then grab a side rail with a hand towards each end and lift. The legs move into place when you spread the side rails. You might have to nudge the end legs out a bit but it still easily takes less than a minute to put it up. As soon as I set it up, I flopped down on it to give it a little stress test. Nice and firm because of the thick fabric and extra webbing support at the legs. Even with back problems, I slept better on this than any air mattress I've ever had, including high-end mattresses. The flaps over the center hinges is a real nice touch, something I didn't see on similar cots. The blue and tan with the embroidered logo give it a nice finished look - not just something that's made to drag out into the woods. With only one four-day trip behind me, I can't speak to the long-term durability yet, but I don't see any problems coming anytime soon.
Date published: 2014-01-07
Rated5out of5bySAR MedicfromComfortable, simple, sturdy & awesomeThe summary hits all the high points. I have been very happy with this cot, by far the most comfortable and easiest cot I've used. The lack of spreader bars on the ends means neither your feet nor your head have to deal with a hard frame piece.
Set up and take down are super fast. Love this thing and highly recommend!
Date published: 2013-08-22
Rated4out of5byMarkekaifromEasy, comfortable and heavyI normally prefer to sleep on the ground with an air mattress, but we were going camping at a place which had lots of thorny branches on the ground. I didn't want to damage the tent or the mattresses so I bought two of these. The first reason was ease of setup. After watching my friends with standard issue army cots using a pry bar to attach the end pieces, I decided I wanted something easier. I was concerned about the weight, but since these would only be used for car camping, I decided it shouldn't be an issue, but these are the heaviest cots I have seen yet. They unfold using similar technology to the standard modern folding chair, plastic feet with rivets holding in metal legs. I have found it easier to have a partner help to unfold it upside down, extend the outer legs, then rotate it right side up. Opening it right side up by yourself is a bit tricky, I haven't figured out a good way to do this yet.
Once open and setup, you'll find the fabric is nice and thick, it sags enough to give a little and is taught enough to provide support. I now keep them in the spare bedroom of our house because we don't have a bed in there yet and everyone except my mom says they are comfortable to sleep on. I have used them about a half dozen times and they don't have much wear and tear considering most of the time we open them is on lava rocks. If weight is a factor, consider other models of cots, but these setup quick and seem well made for my level of usage, which is about 5 or 6 times a year.
Date published: 2013-08-12
Rated4out of5byGeoProfromConvenient bed for travel/sleepoversThis has been a nice thing to have for getting an extra person in a hotel room and for my son to use on some camping trips and sleepovers.
Easy to setup and pack away for travel/storage. We also use a self-inflating camping mattress with the cot...which makes is very comfortable for a teen and most adults.
The only shortcoming I've found is that it sags a bit with heavier users. The camp mattress we use helps even it back out somewhat, but I still get the feeling of sinking a bit into the cot.
I would certainly recommend it to others. It has held up well so far and seems to be pretty sturdy.
Date published: 2013-07-28
Rated5out of5bylmlilyrosefromI adore this cotI have arthritis, particularly in my hands, but can set up and take down this cot easily. It makes my nights sleeping out much more comfortable and warm. I plan to buy another for other family members when camping.
Date published: 2013-06-20
Rated5out of5byLindromefromGreat CotThe Cot is durable, easy to setup and doesn't squeak at all, which is great as I'm a very active sleeper. Will be getting another for the Wife soon.
Date published: 2013-05-29
Rated4out of5bybikeaholicfromgood buyused for family camping
good quality, a bit heavy to carry
good to keep you off ground and sturdy
Date published: 2013-05-22
Rated5out of5bydebracleaverfromi LOVE this coti bought this cot for overnight guests and i couldn't say enough good things about it. it takes about 30 seconds to set up and it comfortably holds an adult male. it's far superior to an air mattress in terms of comfort, convenience, ease of set up and durability, and - given that i have two cats - i imagine it will last far longer as well. i've skipped the mattress pad in favor of a blanket that i double over on the cot before putting the sheet on. viola! perfectly comfortable.
given that this thing weighs about 25 lbs, i wouldn't recommend it for any camping other than car camping. as an extra bed, however, it's great.
Date published: 2013-03-02
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