This cot allows you to sleep anywhere.!! Rocks? No problem! Bunch grass? NO problem. A restful night is guaranteed. It takes little time to set up once you've done it a time or two. Use it twice and it pays for itself every time after that! Cheers! see ya on the road!!! (Posted on 1/30/13)
I must say for the price and the complicity of assembly and disassemble, I was more than hesitant. After spending several nights on it has turned my opinion. I trusted a friends judgement and it payed off! It's one more thing to do when setting up camp, but it's worth it! You won't put it up sometime because of time constraints or weather. But you won't do that again! Sleeping comfortably or not your choice! It's a small pain in the ass for a good nights sleep! (Posted on 12/12/12)
I've used mine for a few years with success. If your pad is slippery (like the Thermarest inflatable), use a little self-adhesive velcro to attach your sleeping pad to the tent floor above the cot, so the pad won't slip out from under you.
Big problem, though. Last night, I woke up sore and realizing that I'd been laying on the cross pegs. At some point during the night, the thing just collapsed. The feet hooks bent, and some of the pegs did too. I only weigh 200 lbs. I set it up correctly because I've showed people how to do it many times, and I've watched the video online with a friend, confirming my assembly is correct. Weirdest thing, but now it's ruined. It won't ever stand straight. I'm having trouble reaching UltraLite (not answering their phone), and I haven't checked to see if Aerostitch will honor the lifetime warranty. (Posted on 8/28/12)
The size and weight of this, even with all the bits, is very impressive! I tend to move a lot while asleep, and has been commented on before, its less comfy on my side than on my back. A little more width, or even a lot, would be a good option. I used an ultralight 3/4 length thermarest for insulation and padding between my knee and the side rails when on my side which worked well. Both these still pack smaller than my 2" full length thermarest, and are more comfy!
Downsides? Sleeping a little higher means my face is too close to the tent inner sleeping head away from the tent door. My wife doesn't have one yet, so she sleeps at a different height which is odd. After two nights on a slight slope four feet popped out at the same time, but popped back in were fine for a third night before moving. Its tricky to erect inside my small tent.
Overall worth the cash :) (Posted on 8/2/12)
I used the four pole set-up and took this backpacking. At just over two pounds, it seemed a small price to pay for the promise of good sleep on those first, sore nights. For me, compact-ness is nearly as important as weight, and the high tech cot is an easy stow.
It performed very well, and was quite comfortable. The temperature dropped into the teens, but with the addition of a space blanket the airflow underneath the cot was not a problem.
If you're a back-sleeper, this cot will absolutely serve you well. I tend to sleep on my sides, and it was still nice, though if you have a choice find a sleeping pad that has adequate width to cover the side poles. My Z-Lite was not quite enough.
I absolutely recommend it if you have the space and can "spend" the two pounds of packweight on it.
Sturdy. Comfortable. Lightweight. Packs small. (Posted on 3/8/12)
I used to always hate the first few nights of a camp because I would toss and turn all night and wake up cold, sore, tired and correspondingly grumpy. Air beds and normal cots are too big to carry in a ruck sack or on the bike and the 2cm thick Thermarest with foam underlay that I currently use is barely tolerable. After a particularly bad night I decided enough was enough, so dug deep and bought the ultra light cot. What a fabulous piece of kit! I am 6'3" and 100kg but this little cot took me to slumberland like nothing else. I woke up with a smile and a happy body and you can't put a price on that! (Posted on 2/29/12)
Every time I set up my Hi-Tec cot my riding/camping buddy makes fun of all of the pieces.. Then later in the night while he tosses and turns I am snug as a bug . Great piece of equipment....makes camping oh so comfortable for my senior citizen bones... (Posted on 12/2/11)
doing the Hoka Hey 10K endurance ride in a few days. We are required to camp in all conditions. I tested the cot last night and it's awesome. Lite, packs small and it's comfy. It may be a bit on the narrow side for some but works for my 130lb build. (Posted on 7/28/11)
This cot is fantastic. I've spent hundreds of nights on the ground - and last week was by far the most comfortable because I was on my new cot! Set up and take down are EZ (really) - but do yourself a favor and watch the video. I bought three of these cots and got high praise from my wife and friend - they loved the cot - big points! I toss and turn a lot and the first night my sleeping mat scooted off the cot. The next night I wrapped two straps around my mat and cot and the rest of the week was heavenly. One night my mat partially deflated on me - which usually is quite a annoying, but with the cot I didn't even notice until morning when I was packing up! Packs up super small and at 2 or so pounds I'll be very tempted to take it backpacking. I even spent a night on the cot in a hotel when we had more folks than beds - I was grateful I didn't have to lay on the disgusting carpet! I won't leave home without this again!! (Posted on 6/24/11)