Helinox Cot - This looks interesting...

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  1. dhawker

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  2. Montague

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    It does look like a nice bit of kit. I have a Go Kot which has given great service over the past 7 years but I was not been able to buy a second when my wife wanted one last year due to no answer from the web site on shipping to Canada, so this new design gives me an alternative.

    We tried the MSR Luxury Lite Cot but returned it when the plastic legs cracked on first use. She is only 130 lbs so that did not give us much confidence to try a replacement, took a refund and continue to search for a good, small and portable cot.

    Maybe this one is it.
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  3. dhawker

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    Yes, I find as I'm getting older, the ground is getting harder and my air mattress is getting thinner. Truth is, I'm getting fatter. I've been considering a cot for some time and the Luxury Lite was on my short list, so thanks for you input on the plastic legs. I was a little worried about the design change from the aluminum legs on the originals to the plastic ones on the newer models.
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  4. DYNOBOB

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    I'm a fan on Helinox stuff (2 chairs&table) but I'm not sure about this one. 21x6x6" packed and 5lbs makes it the size and weight of my tent (or bigger). I've also found that if it gets chilly the insulated Exped/BA mats are the way to go (also have a LuxuryLite). I bet it sleeps like a dream in warm weather though...and is a lot less fussy to put together than a LuxuryLite. Looks durable too.



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  6. Litemup

    Litemup Been here awhile

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    5 lbs is more than my tent and sleeping bag. The Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm Sleeping Pad in the large size is just over 1 lb.
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  7. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    Its more than my hammock, bag, mattress and tarp. But helinox make awesome stuff and this looks like a nice piece of kit.

    As far as weight for many who would carry this, 4.4 lbs is probably not a big deal. I'm 5'9 175 with an FJR. I doubt the bike would care about those extra few lbs.
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  8. TuonoBiker

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    Wife and I just bought two Helinox chairs - they are freakin' awesome! The cot looks cool, too, but as someone else mentioned, the Neoair Xtherm is 2.5" thick and super lightweight...and good R value for cooler weather.

    Wife and I are re-outfitting all our backpacking gear which is 10+ years old in prep for a backcountry hiking trip in Glacier National Park this summer. I'm spec'ing out all the gear to do double duty on the motorcycle.

    Xtherm's are next!

    Buy the cot and let us know how you like it!
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  9. JohnnyWaffles

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    Before I even opened this thread I expected an atmospheric pricetag...my guess was $199 but I got blown out by $100 even.

    At 5lbs I don't see the relevance for moto camping but I'm in the light-minimalist crowd. Seen plenty on ADV with Kermit Chairs folded up on the back of their bike...also a 5lb piece of kit. I suppose the weight wouldn't matter as much if you're doing more adventure touring :beer
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    Yep, a lot of money, but this battered old body is a temple and I like to give it the best maintenance I can..........

    For now, I will continue to use my Go Kot but SWMBO will have a look at the Helinox. When you are already at $229 for a Luxury Lite, this isn't a big leap, if it is built to last.

    The GK has more than paid for itself over the years as a camping comfort, and spare bed for the cabin. Much heavier but packs down to bike size.

    PS. have a pair of Kermit chairs for over 10 years, they are good kit. Had to replace the pins a few times but everything else is holding up well.
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    i guess i'm a fan of a sleeping pad. coldest i've ever been in my life was sleeping on a cot in the army. i later said "screw orders" and laid on the ground with my roll mat.... i warmed up shortly after.
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  12. HaChayalBoded

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    I don't see a 21" long by 5"x5", 5lb cot being worth $300.

    I have a cot, packs to the same size as a Kermit chair, 22"x5"x3". Weighs about 5lbs, the supports are steel, but the price is right at $20. Takes a few minutes to put it together, I would not bring it on an overnight trip, but if I was camped at the same spot for say a long weekend or a week then I would.

    I'll see if I can find the brand, I picked it up at Campmor, I think they were $18 or so each, or possibly from sportsmans guide.

    I think I put up a review a few years back, I'll try to find the link.
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    I'm sort of interested. I use a LuxuryLite, have only had it for one season. It's the first cot that I've taken in my touring gear and I am very pleased with it. The ONLY benefit I can see with the Helinox is really the ONLY downside with the LuxuryLite and that's the setup/takedown time and tedium involved.

    The down side is the huge pack size. It's at least as big as my tent. I pack a lot of gear. I don't know what i'd be willing to leave behind and I can't think of anywhere else I can hang more luggage on my bike. The LuxuryLite has already caused some upheaval in my packing ritual, given that it's about 20 times larger than the Big Agnes Air Core mattress it replaced. Even though I could also leave behind the 4-D cell pump, it still caused a few problems that I admittedly have not fully solved yet.

    So I'll keep my eye on this little bit of gear. I don't see the (steep) price as a deal killer but if it should come down over the summer and the reviews from users are positive, I might have to try it.
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  15. Ripshod

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    Sure but I need a roomier tent. It's not just me, but also lots of gear that I keep dry in there.
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    I dunno three bills is a little steep? I suppose I might try one if they made them for grown ups:lol3

    At 74" I'd only have my feet and ankles hanging over the end.

    That's an unfortunate problem with all of the light weight cots they're just a little to short for me. If someone made one 78" or so, like my BA Insulated Air Core, I'd jump on it.
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  17. Woodcock

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    I use the BA insulated and a park series BA bag, I just don't see how anything else would be more comfortable. My BA is nicer than most hotel beds.
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  18. HaChayalBoded

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    My cheap cost is 72", but I strap my 78" long pad to it, the ends don't fold down with my weight.

    Did you say you're 74" or 7'4"?
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    If you have access to Promotive, the price goes down to $180.
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