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Old 09-17-2012, 04:18 PM   #16
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In my quest for still being able to sleep in a tent, I had moved up to a 3" luxury map thermarest - but my hip would still bottom out sleeping on my side (so I wouldn't be one of those reeeeeeally loud snoring type dudes).

So I went for a cot - got the Byer Trilite ($75 http://www.amazon.com/Byer-Maine-Lit.../dp/B00099YKXK ). Excellent. When I first unpacked it, I set it up and lay down on it - and got an unplanned nap it was so comfy! The only problem is the length packed - 27". Won't fit in a saddlebag, has to be strapped on. I also picked up a used Go-Kot, ($125 http://www.campingcot.com/?section=original )which differs only in having 6 smaller steel "legs" instead of 4. Only other difference is the Byer has a hanging side pocket for glasses/etc.

Then I saw the Anywhere Bed, which is a cheaper version of the Luxurylite/ultralite ($70). The rods of the leg assemblies are glued into the round ends and the cover is tarp material, but very similar. The only problem I've seen so far is that it has too much spring if you use all the legs (you get 2 spare sets to double up with). I weigh 210lbs, and it worked ok for me - but my 135lb daughter would drift right off of it! So after experimentation, I find that it is most comfortable with no leg in the shoulder area (leave one out, don't use the "spares"). I'm using it with a thermarest, but have downgraded that to a 1" version w/o problem (I was letting most of the air out of the 3" anyways).

Get any one of these cots. Greatly improves your camping sleep comfort! Now if I could get a pillow that worked so well.....
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Old 09-17-2012, 04:54 PM   #17
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Now if I could get a pillow that worked so well.....

http://www.seatosummit.com/products/display/2



Try this.

I have one and use it with my Luxury Lite and a partially inflated Therm-a-Rest for a I-sleep-as-good-on-this-as-I-do-at-home night.
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Old 09-18-2012, 06:06 AM   #18
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http://www.seatosummit.com/products/display/2



Try this.

I have one and use it with my Luxury Lite and a partially inflated Therm-a-Rest for a I-sleep-as-good-on-this-as-I-do-at-home night.

We use this same set up (Luxury Lite cot, Thermarest and Sea to Summit pillow). We prefer this to almost any motel/hotel bed.
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Old 01-31-2013, 06:27 PM   #19
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+1 for that pillow.

Edit: sorry, mine is a nemo inflatable pillow. Same principle, works great.

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Old 08-31-2013, 08:47 PM   #20
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I just returned from a 10 day 2500 mile trip, and I used the Thermarest mesh cot with the Trekker pad. Very comfortable.
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Old 08-31-2013, 09:06 PM   #21
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i was considering one of these cots, but on www.mec.ca they have lots of terrible reviews with them breaking before even leaving the house.. so $200+ is a lot to pay for a questionable product. anyone had similar issues?

http://www.mec.ca/product/5030-995/t...ot/?f=10&q=cot

however, the mec pillow, http://www.mec.ca/product/5023-543/m...?f=10&q=pillow is great.. i made a little pillow case for it. its full of little pieces of foam, so you blow it up, let the foam expand and then squash it to the desired thickness. the foam acts as a nice supporting pillow, and the air pressure stops it getting thin overnight.. i did have the thermarest pillows, which initally were great but by morning had squashed way too thin..

we have camped nearly every weekend this summer and the mec pillow with our thermarest mattress has been a great combo.. rolls up super small too..

the one luxury that makes it much better is taking a sheet to cover the thermarest with. most of the time then i just use my sleeping bag unzipped like a blanket, but have a comfy sheet to lie on..
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Old 08-31-2013, 10:05 PM   #22
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I purchased an ultralight cot from aerostich about 5 years ago. Ive used it a bunch and it works great. When I bought mine aerostich offered a heavy duty upgrade which consisted of enough extra pole pieces to double up every cross member under the cot.

Its my understanding Cascade designs the thermarest folks bought the patent and took over production. I dont know what changes have been made since I bought mine but my cot has been bullet proof.
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Old 09-01-2013, 09:49 AM   #23
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There is a RR thread with a kid that rode a Honda 150 all over Canada sleeping at National Parks and he carried one of these http://www.rei.com/product/378067/camp-time-roll-a-cot

Swears by em.No experience myself though.
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Old 09-01-2013, 12:03 PM   #24
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There is a RR thread with a kid that rode a Honda 150 all over Canada sleeping at National Parks and he carried one of these http://www.rei.com/product/378067/camp-time-roll-a-cot

Swears by em.No experience myself though.
I bought that one. Used it in the house when the ex took all the furniture when she moved out :)

Quite nice, gets you up high off the ground. Comfortable but a bit firm. Air mattress helped with that.

Note that it rolls up to 5" diamerter BUT, it is 37 inches long when folded and that is pretty long. Sideways on the seat would work, but is wide.
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