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Best Camping Cot

A good camping cot can add many favorable bonuses to your camping experience: elevation from rough or uneven ground, increased comfort more akin to your sleeping experience at home, and durability without the hassles that may result from using an air mattress such as deflation in cold weather or holes that require patching. When deciding on the best camping cot for your individual needs, be sure to consider size (to ensure it fits inside your tent) as well as capacity, packability, ease of setup, and overall quality. This list took all of these factors into consideration and also gave special attention to consumer reviews.

Teton Sports Outfitter XXL Cot

The XXL in the name isn't there simply for kicks and giggles - this robust cot trumps a twin size mattress and can support up to 600 pounds! It also rises 19 inches off the ground, a noteworthy spec for taller campers and those who appreciate an easier time getting in and out of the cot. Steel legs and an aluminum frame offer insanely sturdy support while you sleep, and are durable enough to withstand all sorts of campsite abuse. The whole apparatus is pretty heavy at 26 pounds, but the drawstring bag makes carrying the cot easier and keeps it compact during storage. Assembly may be difficult your first time around, but a video on the manufacturer's website helps explain the process.

Texsport Deluxe Folding Camp Cot

This cot is an excellent option if you are looking for a high quality camping cot that won't break the bank. Consumers frequently mention how supportive and comfortable the Texsport Deluxe Folding Camp Cot is, and are often pleasantly surprised at how affordable it is compared to other cots of similar quality. It is easy to assemble and stows away nicely in the included storage bag, which also doubles as a carrying case. The 16-inch height of this cot makes getting in and out of bed much easier than getting up from a sleeping bag on the ground.

Camp Time Roll-A-Cot Folding Camp Cot

Camp Time has a reputation for making effortlessly portable camp furniture, and the Roll-A-Cot is no exception. The breathable mesh fabric and two-leg frame pack up nice and compact for travel and storage. Numerous customizable options such as adjustable fabric tension and three different cot sizes (standard, wide, and long & wide) help meet the varying needs of unique campers and preferences. The included storage bag can also double as a side pocket (bonus!).

Therm-A-Rest LuxuryLite UltraLite Cot

If you are looking for a cot that is insanely lightweight and packs down to an insanely small size, the UltraLite cot is more than worthy of consideration. This little beast weighs a mere 2 pounds 12 ounces and packs down to 6-by-15 inches. That weight may still be a tad on the heavy side for some hard core backpackers, but it definitely increases the possibilities of where you can take this cot. The fabric is durable and resists stretching over time, while the BowFrame offers a uniquely comfortable and supportive sleeping experience. Considering such an intense amount of strength in such a tiny package, this cot understandably comes in at a high price point.

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REI Comfort Cot

This camping cot offers an ideal blend of comfort, strength, and convenience. It is 81.5 inches long, so unless you are over 6-foot, 9-inches tall, your tootsies won't be hanging over the edge. The sturdy frame and tough polyester fabric have earned this cot the reputation of being very strong and dependable. Adjustable feet and legs are an exceptionally handy bonus and allow you to customize your cot to fit uneven ground or sloping terrain. The full coverage padding on this cot is ridiculously comfortable and the bungee cording that attaches the mat to the frame allows a comfortable degree of give. You can even adjust the head portion of this cot, a feature which really sets it apart from most camping cots.

Cindy J.
Eat. Sleep. Backpack. This creed may as well hang over every window and doorway in our home. The coffee table is laden with the latest editions of Backpacker magazine. My email is overflowing with daily updates on the latest and greatest gear. Having a room or space large enough to fit all of our backpacking equipment is a requirement when deciding on a place to live. If you're ready to talk backpacking, let's talk backpacking.

My husband and I have backpacked through diverse terrains ranging from the rugged wilderness areas of Yosemite and King's Canyon to the more beginner friendly paths of Lake Tahoe. Next year we are even planning to undertake the glorious 200+ miles of the John Muir Trail. We have hiked 12,000 foot passes, traversed rushing rivers, set up impromptu camps on everything from solid snow to granite outcroppings, and seen the wonders of hidden pristine lakes and patches of snow that remain year-round. Our experiences with wildlife including bears, deer, rattlesnakes, and bugs that we didn't even know existed have helped us refine our gear list to be as prepared as possible in the most light-weight, compact way. We have near perfected the art of campsite setup and teardown and can literally create a home away from home in mere minutes and pack it back up in the same amount of time. My husband's insatiable need to be in possession of the latest technological backpacking advancements has allowed us to experiment with many different types of equipment and even varying editions of the same piece of equipment. Even our honeymoon was a 55-mile backpacking adventure. Let's just say it's an obsession.

I look forward to helping you sift through the many options in the backpacking world to find the gear that will help make your trip (and many more to come!) unforgettable. Happy trails!
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