Luxurylite Backpacking Cot observations and Review..

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  1. klm4755

    klm4755 Been here awhile

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    Enclosed is a review of the "whizbang"lightweight backpacking cot from http://www.luxurylite.com/ The cot costs $189. I used the cot for my 4x day trip from San Diego to Seattle. I’ll mix in a few key shots of that trip. The intent of the cot is:
    1. Provide a comfort level not obtained with air matrices (especially for side sleepers). This is the vendor who suppies Aerostitch with their "hi-tec cot". Best to get from the source.
    2. Lift yourself off the wet, rocky, dirty, bug ridden ground.
    3. No more sliding around within a tent
    4. Keeps your tent side defined thru the night
    The main drawbacks are:
    1. Cost
    2. Transport storage
    3. Need insulation as your sleeping bags insulation will compress and will make for a cold night.
    4. May need additional support for the heavy individual and/or some folks wives. Hehehe
    5. May desire more ground contact during sleep.
    Product as delivered
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    removed the storage sleeve and chucked it
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    cot weight = 2 lbs 9 oz
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    Instructions enclosed
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    more instructions
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    and more instructions
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    Items to assemble- foot pads, short poles, long side poles, and fabric (waterproof by the way)
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    Assemble the short poles (6x total) as shown in view below
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    attach bungie style long poles (carbon fiber material)
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    Thread the long poles thru the slots in the fabric, snap attach the short poles to the long pole. It pulls it’s self taunt. About a 5 min job.
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    Lie on ground
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    True width = 24 inch total, Ok to use 20 inch mat pad on top. No issues as we will see
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    Un-stress height = 4.5 inches. Even while fully laden I never touched the ground.
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    see short poles flexing
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    foot support in action
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    Now for a product review...You’ll need to suffer thru some trip pictures to get to camp site:
    KLR at Santa Monica Pier...full up camping gear, tools and such
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    At Pismo Beach
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    me at rest stop
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    quick stop at alma marter
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    entering redwoods
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    along northern cal coast
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    oregon coast
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    miles of coastline
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    getting to home state
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    in seattle now
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    me on bike...handle bars are too high for long distance riding
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    nice seat though
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    OK...now for some camping shots of that cot! Camps site in cal $20 per night
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    Henry shires custom built tarptent. Top of the line in lightweight backpacking silnet tents. 45 sq ft size at 24 oz total. At www.tarptent.com
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    Cot, mat, and bag
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    exped 7 downmat 2.75 inches of 700 fill down $140. Nothing is warmer or more comfortable
    see here: http://www.rei.com/product/720778
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    sleeping bag Feathered friends Kestrel with epic farbic see here:
    http://www.featheredfriends.com/ProductDetails.aspx?productId=94&CatId=1&ProductName=Kestrel at $344 29 oz
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    in tent, notice full mesh on floor, only use ground cloth if needed
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    all packed up ready to go
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    glasses shown for size reference Cot, tent, sleeping pad, and sleeping bag...all compact
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    ready to scoot!
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    Review and observations......
    1. I desired a light weight, compact sleeping system which is comfortable!
    2. I found myself (as a side sleeper) so comfortable, I only rolled over once during the night!
    3. The pad/ bag combination kept me warm. I did let some air out of the mat as I first had it to taut.
    4. I slept very well
    5. Easy setup takedown
    6. Lightweight and compact
    In summary a keeper!
    Keithm
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  2. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Nice review of some expensive gear that apparently works well.

    Jim :brow

    PS You ride a KLR and pay that much for your camping gear?:eek1



    :lol3
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  3. Xeraux

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    Any chance of getting a shot of someone on the cot?

    Thanks for the pics! :D
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    pilot Slacker Moderator Super Moderator

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    GB, that link isn't what you say it is.
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  6. bynder

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    right article just the end of it. go to the first page. very good review thanks
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  8. klm4755

    klm4755 Been here awhile

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    Most of the gear is used while backpacking. I've been in the involved in the "lightweight" backpacking forums and generally get the best gear. This is why I ride the KLR. hehehe. The true "crown jewel" of my camping gear setup shown is not the cot, but the tarptent.
    Keithm
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  9. Bruincounselor

    Bruincounselor North Plains Drifter

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    KLM,

    How much do you weigh? Will this work for those over 200lb? How long is it (I'm 6'4")

    Thanks for the review
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  10. XPatriot

    XPatriot Charges have been dropped

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    Do you have to use a mat with it? If I traded my mat space for the cot, it's really not much more room.
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  11. klm4755

    klm4755 Been here awhile

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    Unless your environment is very warm at night, some type of insulation is required between you and the cot. The Exped downmat 7 was the ticket for me in terms of comfort, packed space, and insulation.

    I weigh 170 lbs. Web site indicates booster kits available for weight support up to 300 lbs.
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  12. BrokenWing

    BrokenWing Live, Love, Ride!

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    Nice review.......Thanks. I want one of these things!:D
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  13. BrokenWing

    BrokenWing Live, Love, Ride!

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    His website now shows the price at $219 plus $10 for shipping:eek1

    What happened to the $189????
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  14. Xeraux

    Xeraux Archvillain

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    It's them pesky apocalyptic horsemen again... :patch

    Aerostich is cheaper?? :huh
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  15. BrokenWing

    BrokenWing Live, Love, Ride!

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    Story of my life! Always a day late and a dollar short!

    Should of ordered when I first thought of it............I guess this guy is having too much success. I wonder when aerostitch will show a price increase.:huh


    Good thing I won that room auction for WestFest!!!:D
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  16. Xeraux

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    May be sooner than you think. They're on backorder at Aerostich.

    :bluduh
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  17. BrokenWing

    BrokenWing Live, Love, Ride!

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    Interesting........price increase will be right arount the corner with the next batch!

    I just ordered one from the "factory" and it will be shipped tomorrow........go figure:huh

    Figured I better get one before the price goes up again:eek1
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  18. DriveShaft

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    So, apparently, the price increase matches with a move to add two additional support trusses to the original package.

    The idea is that since your body isn't uniformly distributed, neither should the cot's support. Where you want/need more support, you add trusses. There're a few combinations that make sense. But typically, this means adding support between your shoulder and butt, or between your lowerback and thigh.
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  19. klm4755

    klm4755 Been here awhile

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    With a air mattrice, you could hardly tell the difference.
    Keithm
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  20. HOT DAMN!

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    Ebay has the 300 lbs. version for $210 including shipping.
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