Looking to see what others are using when it comes to camping with cots. I use an allagash al cot and is actually comfortable. But its legs are slender and when camping in rocky areas it is cutting into the bottom of my tent. So im lookin gfor suggestions on other cot types. hopefully ones that will not tear other things up. they also need to pack small like the allagash.
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Posted by: deuce on Feb-20-13 9:51 AM (EST)
There is no other worth considering IMO. Packs slighty larger than the Alagash and is heavy, but it does break down to a fairly small size and is durable and comfy.
Posted by: Waterbird on Feb-20-13 11:02 AM (EST)
I did a ton of research before buying the Camptime Roll-a-Cot and concluded that it has the best reviews of any cot on the market.
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Posted by: Kayak_Ken on Feb-20-13 10:21 AM (EST)
half and slide them over the legs of your cot. That should provide enough padding to protect your tent floor from the cot legs. As a bonus it will add some floatation to your cot in case your flip your boat.
Posted by: radiomix on Feb-20-13 10:29 AM (EST)
Posted by: guideboatguy on Feb-20-13 11:24 AM (EST)
If you are sleeping off the ground, you don't need the same type of protection from below as when sleeping ON the ground. Just bring a couple small tarps to set your gear on, and wrap the tarp edges up onto the packs if any water runs across the ground. If I were to use a cot (and I won't ever), I'd use the old style Baker tent. Canvas versions are nice, but pricey. Cooke's Custom Sewing makes a nylon version that's more in line with the cost of typical modern tents, and it's also very light. I think they might be more well known as "campfire tents" (but don't put your fire nearby if the tent is nylon).
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Posted by: deuce on Feb-20-13 11:57 AM (EST)
my small tent's fly, poles and an anklet a gentleman custom made for me. Allows me the option of using what I already have and still going floorless. My Roll-A-Cot has rubber feet on the legs, but I still don't like the idea of them on one side of the tent floor and a gravel bar on the other. I don't worry so much on dirt, grass, etc.
Posted by: radiomix on Feb-22-13 1:00 PM (EST)
You don't have to take off your shoes.
Posted by: gstamer on Feb-20-13 10:46 AM (EST)
You could use the plastic round furniture moving pads (available at Home Despot for putting under furniture legs to allow them to slide on carpet or hard floors), or any small round of wood, closed-cell foam, etc, to protect the floor.
Posted by: jeffers on Feb-21-13 9:33 PM (EST)
I would try clear PVC tubing first|
Posted by: kayamedic on Feb-21-13 10:27 PM (EST)
its far more resistant to crushing than pool noodles.
Posted by: Waterbird on Feb-21-13 11:32 PM (EST)
Which exact tent do you have?
Roll-a-cot and/or REI campbed 3.5|
Posted by: paddlingpika on Feb-22-13 12:13 AM (EST)
Like others, after reading reviews I chose a roll-a-cot. With a thermarest on top it makes a wonderfully comfortable car camping set-up. So far I've been placing pieces of cut up minicell floor mat under the cot feet to try to spread out pressure on the tent floor a bit.
Those who camp with me|
Posted by: deuce on Feb-22-13 9:21 AM (EST)
will tell you I'm not known for traveling light. My bed outfit is a Roll-A-Cot, Aire Landing Pad (google if you're not familiar), weather appropriate bag and Exped Comfortfoam pillow. I highly recommend this setup provided: you can get it all (x2) in your boat (which might be a stretch depending on what else you take), you don't have to portage, and you don't tell your wife how much it all cost.
What does it cost?|
Posted by: Pirateoverforty on Feb-22-13 1:23 PM (EST)
My greatest fear is after I die my wife sells all my toys for what I told her I paid.
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Posted by: deuce on Feb-22-13 2:16 PM (EST)
think I found the Roll-A-Cot on sale at REI for $85 including shipping. The Landing Pad is $150 or so. When my buddy's not using it on his raft I roll it up and stand it on end behind my seat. Makes a good back rest when I'm not paddling. If one weren't comfortable doing that it could be placed on the floor (open, not rolled) and the gear piled on top of it. It could also be rolled and laid in the floor in front of the gear pile. The pillow was $40 I think and goes in with the sleeping bag.
Posted by: Pirateoverforty on Feb-24-13 9:17 AM (EST)
I see the aire pads are 78" long but the cots come in 74 and 84. Weight and size are not an issue as I am thinking about a setup for inside a toy hauler trailer. Are the pads firm enough that 2" at each end doesn't matter or do you use the long cot?
Posted by: deuce on Feb-27-13 9:16 AM (EST)
I just now saw your question. I use the standard length cot with no issues, and I know others who do as well.
Posted by: Pirateoverforty on Feb-27-13 10:21 AM (EST)
I knew you'd be by eventually
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Posted by: Waterbird on Feb-22-13 8:11 PM (EST)
Comparing the two thicknesses, I found the 3.5" mattress considerably more comfortable and worth the additional weight. Of course, it's not "really" 3.5" thick. But I could feel my hip bones on the ground with the 2.5" but not with the 3.5".
Good discussion. I ordered the REI|
Posted by: string on Feb-23-13 12:11 PM (EST)
3.5 pad from the outlet and am going to get some pool noodles to pad the rails of my cot.
Posted by: Waterbird on Feb-23-13 1:56 PM (EST)
I have to agree with Kayamedic: pool noodle foam is very compressible. I like her idea of the clear tubing.
Posted by: Jeffers on Feb-24-13 3:16 AM (EST)
Thanks everyone for the advice. I'm thinking the 3.5 on top of the cot with the tubing as the rails are the handle folded up I think that will keep it easier to handle rather than pool noodle on each.
To cot or not to cot?|
Posted by: Waterbird on Feb-25-13 9:21 PM (EST)
There is such a thing as a backpacking cot. See for example the Luxury Lite for a mere $229: http://www.luxurylite.com/cotindex.html
Posted by: old_user on Feb-25-13 10:19 PM (EST)
Black Diamond Mega Mid is a light weight, extremely durable packable floorles design that can be set up almost anywhere in any conditions.I have used it on river trips and snow canmping to emergency shelter in a bolder field. Have used in a wash with water running through the tent while soundly sleeping on a cot in the rain. Lucky it did not flash. A floor can be ordered separately.Packs down to less than a football.
Posted by: deuce on Feb-26-13 9:20 AM (EST)
The Roll-A-Cot is not well suited to yaks or packs. As I recall it's a 25 pounder. Sho be nice though.
Roll a Cot weighs 10 lbs, not 25|
Posted by: Waterbird on Feb-26-13 8:13 PM (EST)
Rolls up to 5" x 37". If that fits in your canoe, then be my guest.
Posted by: deuce on Feb-27-13 9:13 AM (EST)
Yeah, 25 was a bit hyperbolic.