Friends of Big Bend National Park
Big Bend Conservancy

Over-estimating your experience or under-estimating the terrain in a place like Big Bend can result in serious injury or death. Use the information and advice found here wisely. Climb/Hike/Camp/Drive at your own risk.

+-Calendar for sale

 2019 BigBendChat Calendar on sale now!


do you have an rei comfort cot?

  • 12 Replies
  • 14809 Views
*

Offline jim2

  • jim2
  • Mountain Lion
  • *
  • 1080
do you have an rei comfort cot?
« on: July 24, 2011, 04:33:47 PM »
and if so do you like it ?

*

SHANEA

  • Guest
Re: do you have an rei comfort cot?
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2011, 09:15:49 PM »
Can't speak for that - always liked the good ole army cot - easy to pack and transport.

Comfort Cot


Army Cot


but if you get one of these, dibs on the top bunk... 
bunk bed cots

 :djparty:

*

Offline homerboy2u

  • The Chipewa Cris tribe,Canada:
  • Mountain Lion
  • *
  • 5103
Re: do you have an rei comfort cot?
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2011, 10:16:31 PM »
The Bunk bed cot, is on top of my Christmas list....but i do not think, my kiddos will want to wait for Santa to stuff it in the tree by then.

 I told them that he was on vacation.......Some place, where It snows in July....Saludos, Darin. :sign0151:
Stay thirsty, my friends.

*

SHANEA

  • Guest
Re: do you have an rei comfort cot?
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2011, 10:53:38 PM »
A cot is like a bed and a lot will depend I think on what you like.  I can handle sleeping on anything, including a rocky shoreline or the beach for one night, but for multiple nights and in comfort - it would be upto the individual sleeper.  I'm a stomach and side sleeper - the REI cot looks perfect for someone who sleeps on their back, but probably would not be great for a stomach or side sleeper in the fetal position.

Of course, on the REI one it does get mostly good reviews, except that it is heavy and bulky.  I guess if you are not going to strap it on your back then it would be good?  If you look at some of the reviews, they point to the camp bed. 

I've got an Aerobed sport that works good and is comfortable in the warmer months.  Dang cold in the winter, can never get that "air" to warm up and even with a heavy sleeping bag, it's cold.     
« Last Edit: July 24, 2011, 10:59:31 PM by SHANEA »

*

Offline Al

  • Dog Face Moth
  • Mountain Lion
  • *
  • 4088
Re: do you have an rei comfort cot?
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2011, 11:03:44 PM »
The heavy duty Cabela's cot looks the best from here, but then I am a Cabela's fan.  Generally good stuff for the buck. 

I can't imagine anyone carrying a cot on their back particularly when zone camping.


Al

*

SHANEA

  • Guest
Re: do you have an rei comfort cot?
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2011, 08:20:07 AM »
I can't imagine anyone carrying a cot on their back particularly when zone camping.
Al

I couldn't imagine someone carrying a reasonable sized batter powered DVD player to the S. Rim either - about 5 years ago size.  Saw a guy carrying one down with two lovely girls, said they had watched Broke Back Mountain  :icon_eek: - serious.     

*

Offline homerboy2u

  • The Chipewa Cris tribe,Canada:
  • Mountain Lion
  • *
  • 5103
Re: do you have an rei comfort cot?
« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2011, 09:56:35 AM »
One thing, maybe good maybe not about the Cabela's  bunkbed cot. You can take them as individual cots as well. Just FYI.

 But then again, you were not asking for information on these cots, correct?. So there you have it, you ask a question on a product and you get an answer completely out of the ball park.

 Don't you just love this forum? :engel016:
Stay thirsty, my friends.

*

Offline Homer67

  • Passionate Backpacker
  • Black Bear
  • *
  • 825
  • Be Amazing.
Re: do you have an rei comfort cot?
« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2011, 01:59:19 PM »
We have taken our Byer Alagash AL cots zone camping, although on some easier trails; they fit well into our larger 4-man tent. They weigh 8 lbs, so they aren't very light, but I have been happy with their performance for the price.  For primitive roadside camping, adding the zlite and/or the basecamp thermarest makes this an awesome bed.
Ah Big Bend, we will soon return to reacquaint ourselves in our ritual of blood, exhaustion and dehydration. How can we resist the temptation to strip ourselves of the maladies of civilization?

*

Offline stingrey

  • Animal Whisperer
  • Black Bear
  • *
  • 734
  • I play for keeps 'cause I might not make it back.
    • Mother Nature Framed
Re: do you have an rei comfort cot?
« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2011, 06:23:41 PM »
While the Comfort Cot looks cozy, I opted to try the Camp Stowaway Cot (REI) XL that currently only has a 2.5 star rating. Mostly because it was only ONE reviewer's input that gave them this rating and also because of REI's liberal return policy. The Camp Stowaway Cot was purchased after seeing how easy it was for James to set up his cot vs. the struggle I always had with the traditional cot with two rails you have to use to stretch the thing out with.

I am 100% satisfied with the Camp Stowaway and I can assure you, back or side sleeping is almost as cozy as staying in bed late on a day off when at home. As long as you have a cot, you will likely have an air pad to use with the cot. I use the Big Agnes bags with their 2.5 in. thick pads, and as it turns out, this cot has a built in sleeve for air pads... All that AND a side pocket to store gear.

If you are still cot-less, I would strongly recommend considering the Stowaway. It folds out, you lay on it. Done with it? You pull it into its rolled form, slip the carry bag back on it, walk away. As easy to use as a folding chair, comfy enough to warrant me to type all this stuff about it, and also recommended by Kim as she used it this last outing to Big Bend for at least 4 nights and some portions of the day when we were escaping the heat and she never experienced back pain using it.

If it is cozy enough that she'd vow that it alleviated any previously experienced discomfort from sleeping only on the ground with an air pad, and if it was cozy enough to where my two Big Agnes pillows (one under my head, one under my arm teddy-bear style while side sleeping) made me feel like I was at home some lazy afternoon on a day off, I would have to say that in itself makes it worth it. The fact that it packs up in seconds just like it unpacks, that is just a major bonus to me.

Not everyone will like every design of every item of course, but I'm pretty tall, and I'd venture to say I'm a healthy sized Texan. If it can fit me comfortably, I think it can fit the general population and severely diminish any discomfort previously experienced with some otherwise too-small and unstable (in terms of feel) style cots. In case it doesn't come across in the rest of this text, I STRONGLY recommend this one! On that same note though, the comfort cot looks comfortable and I'd love to try one of these out as well!

:)
« Last Edit: July 27, 2011, 12:19:11 PM by stingrey »
Get busy living, or get busy dying.

*

Offline Al

  • Dog Face Moth
  • Mountain Lion
  • *
  • 4088
Re: do you have an rei comfort cot?
« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2011, 09:54:31 PM »
We have taken our Byer Alagash AL cots zone camping, although on some easier trails; they fit well into our larger 4-man tent. They weigh 8 lbs, so they aren't very light, but I have been happy with their performance for the price.  For primitive roadside camping, adding the zlite and/or the basecamp thermarest makes this an awesome bed.

Eight pound cots and a 4-man tent zone camping!  You da man!  And we thought we were into heavy weight backpacking.  Got to love it!

Al

*

Offline Homer67

  • Passionate Backpacker
  • Black Bear
  • *
  • 825
  • Be Amazing.
Re: do you have an rei comfort cot?
« Reply #10 on: July 26, 2011, 05:02:42 PM »
My girl did pretty well on our last trip; we hiked up Blue Creek then down Laguna into the Basin.  We used the bivy and the zlites --- no way carrying the heavy stuff up that trail!  But the cots and our cheap coleman work if one is just going into Mule Ears or Chimneys. I was surprised at how well the zlite works.
Ah Big Bend, we will soon return to reacquaint ourselves in our ritual of blood, exhaustion and dehydration. How can we resist the temptation to strip ourselves of the maladies of civilization?

*

Offline jim2

  • jim2
  • Mountain Lion
  • *
  • 1080
Re: do you have an rei comfort cot?
« Reply #11 on: July 26, 2011, 08:51:50 PM »
what has me interested in the comfort cot is the legs can be adjusted to level the cot. i need to sleep level and on my back. i truck camp only so the weight isn't a problem. i'm going to check one out.

*

Offline The Scorpion

  • Mountain Lion
  • *
  • 1941
    • My Big Bend Photos
Re: do you have an rei comfort cot?
« Reply #12 on: July 27, 2011, 06:20:06 PM »
having adjustable legs would be awesome.... i tried to "level" my cot last year with some rocks....it worked ok until i made a really fast flip from my left side to the right side.... then it was all i could do to keep from sliding off the cot the rest of the night

James
everything is better with bacon!!!

http://jamesb.smugmug.com/BigBendNationalPark/

 


©COPYRIGHT NOTICE

All photographs and content posted by members are to be considered copyrighted by their respective owners and may not be used for any purposes, commercial or otherwise, without permission.

+-Calendar For Sale

 2019 BigBendChat Calendar on sale now!

Powered by EzPortal

Facebook Comments