This is a great alternative to sleeping on the ground with a pad only. You get approx. 4 inches of height and is adjustable on how many leg supports used. Overall this is right around 3lbs for the whole package which is pounds lighter than standard size cots.
"Worth it to stay above rocks, but not much better than a thin air mattress when on soft terrain"
I spent four consecutive nights on the large version of this cot. Worth it depending on your camping terrain.For sleeping on rocky terrain, this is way better than one of the many small air mattresses that backpackers tend to use. It weighs a little more than most of those, but the extra comfort is worth the extra weight and it won't take up that much more room in your backpack. There is an even lighter packing option for this cot, which only requires four single poles instead of four single poles and two double poles. In order to take advantage of this you must weigh less than 175 lbs, so I can't tell you how that works (6'3" and 230 lbs).I do feel the poles in my back or on a rib occasionally, but it's not anything that would keep me up. 4" or 5" extra width would be nice. Sometimes I sleep on my stomach with my arms out and bent back in at the elbows with my hands under the pillow. That is not possible for me on this cot, but might be possible for a smaller person.
Iam a 5'7" 160lb female. I had no problem setting this cot up. It took about 10 minutes the first time following the directions (<not a guy :) and since then it has taken me less than 4 minutes to set it up in the field. I have no problem twisting the middle double rails for installation, standing on the cot sides and hooking one side first as instructed. It fits nicely in my Eureka 1 person tent with kneeling room on the side. It was very pleasant to have the cot fold right back up into the original storage bag with no extra finagling.I have three weeks in the field coming up and am excited to be out the door with this cot. One word of caution, it is very light and on a windy day when you flip it over to place in the tent-hold on tight- or it will try to become a kite! Well worth the $$.
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