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
I can think of two reasons for using a cot: (1) They make it easier to get up off the ground and (2) They avoid uneven terrain, stones, etc.
If you're young and agile I would say the extra weight and bulk of a cot isn't worth the trouble, and the REI Campbed 3.5 with no cot should suit most people. I'm not young and agile, but I sure wouldn't haul the Camptime Roll-a-Cot around on my kayak---or the Campbed 3.5 either. A canoe is a different matter, though.