by ShamiefromDesign issueLikely to return this unless anyone has advice on how to stop some of the lower cross poles popping out of the holes. Doesn't happen until the cot bears weight.
Date published: 2013-04-12
Rated 3out of5
by CampDadfromComfort but...The cot is very comfortable and a life saver for my 45+ year old back on the trail. The size is ok not too heavy and packs ok for a long hike, but plan for a few minutes and some effort to set up and take down the cot. It takes a minute to understand how to position everything and you have a lot of parts to keep up with and assemble. Each support/let has four peices to assemble and then you need to bend things into position with some effort. My 14 year old son is a scout and athlete so we thought he could use this on campouts if he wanted to but he physically could not break the cot down - it takes some strength. Only one bag to pack things in so all of the parts - including the 26 inch rods get placed in the bag and only a draw string holds them in. I had one find its way out on the trail and had to place the entire cot in my pack to make sure I did not lose any parts. I am looking for an additional bag for the support rods to make sure. I would recommend it for comfort, but be ready for some work to put together and added expense to an already expensive cot for another bag.
Date published: 2013-11-07
Rated 4out of5
by ColoRickfromComfortableThis cot is comfortable, and easy to pack. I am glad that I have it because it gives you a better night's sleep. It is hard to bend the cross poles when setting it up, but this is easier when using your feet to hold the outside poles down while you use your hands to bend the cross poles into the slots on the footers. The only negative is that when you lay down in it, the cross poles flex more, and the bottom pole of the pair pulls out of the footer with a popping sound. At first, this is concerning, but I slept several nights like this with no problems. I bought several velcro strips and wrapped them around the pair of cross poles while inserted into footer. It didn't stop the bottom pole from popping out, but it gave the system more support.
Date published: 2013-08-28
Rated 4out of5
by Durango GuyfromGreat, but some problemsLove the comfort, light weight, solid construction, low profile. But, side support tubes should have plastic (preferably cone-shaped) end caps to ease threading them into the fabric without damaging it. Feet leave impressions in tent floor -- possible damage? Maybe a design with more surface area on the foot bottoms. Wife isn't strong enough to get the cross-pieces into place. But we LOVE the comfort (we use Thermarest-type mattresses on the cots). Nice storage underneath. Good to be off the ground, away from pebbles, lumps, etc.
Date published: 2013-10-06
Rated 4out of5
by SteveRCSfromGreat Portable Cot!Great portability! For the price, Therm-a-Rest should have included separate bags for all the poles. I have also made my own feet stands out of large Legos for leveling out the cot for camping on a slope. I hope there will be low-cost mesh and pole replacement parts available.
Date published: 2012-07-21
Rated 5out of5
by SlivkafromI have not found anything betterWhat is my "Gear Style?" A mixture of minimalist and comfort driven. I like my comfort so I buy light weight items. Thus, when I go camping I am very well setup.
Within the last year, Therm-a-Rest purchased the patent for this cot. Prior to Therm-a-Rest's purchase, I had used two (2) other versions of the cot (maybe not so much versions but alternative concepts put out by the original patent holder). One version involved lower quality and less lightweight materials (the original owner explained he was trying to figure out a way to lower the sale price-the Boy Scouts I work with still use them on all their campouts), and another cot that is similar in concept but substantially different in construction. I had no problem with either version. About six (6) months ago, I purchased the newly branded Therm-a-Rest version.
All the cots are good. I am not going to belabor talking about them in any great detail.
I am going to point out one (1) negative, and it is not so much a negative as it is something you should already realize and if you do not, I want to point it out. This cot sits only 3 inches off the ground. If you are a side sleeper, you will bottom out because you will be putting a large amount of weight on your shoulder or hip. Sleep on your back, and you will have no problems. The bottoming out is not a defect, it is a matter of construction. If the maker was not going for so light weight and compact, the legs could be another 1 inch in diameter and then you would not bottom out while laying no your side. If you buy this cot, it is because you are a serious camper and do not want to sleep on the ground anymore (or you spend time in airports and want a comfortable place to sleep—yes I have done this).
Date published: 2013-04-02
Rated 5out of5
by Kuhl Guyfromcool cotIf you want to be comfortable out in the back country this thing is great!
Date published: 2013-04-20
Rated 5out of5
by Grub Snatcherfromcompact, lightweight and it Works - AHHHI have marked the rings with dots to matchup insertion locations to instal the poles - glow in the dark so I can see them at night for quick assembly.
Don't forget a pad to prevent excessive cooling and wrap a fitted sheet around the pad and bed - nothing falls off when car camping.
SOOOO lightweight and compact when traveling (air, car, suv, raft, kayak) and yes if hiking long distances - I WANT MY COMFORT!!! have a trade-off - something may be left behind! ha!!
Date published: 2013-06-28
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