Byer of Maine Allagash Plus Cot

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Byer of Maine Allagash plus Cot.
Featuring a spacious 30 x 76 inch sleeping area and tent-friendly steel legs, this Byer of Maine Allagash plus Cot keeps you off of the ground and folds up for easy transport. Spring steel legs are durable and tent friendly so you won't have to worry about ruining your tent floor. It s a comfortable cot that is lightweight and folds to be super-compact. Take this sturdy and comfortable cot camping or keep one around to give your next house guest a good night s sleep. Aluminum legs deliver strength and stability. For extra support and comfort, this plus-sized cot features a double-stitched, double-reinforced back panel. Built of heavy-duty polyester, the mildew- and slide-resistant cover can be cleaned with soap and water. Add this to your camping supplies and assure that you get a restful night's sleep on all your outdoor adventures. The sturdy, lightweight aluminum frame is extra-wide, and it folds up for convenient transporting and storage. The spruce green, 600 denier polyester cover will last for years to come. Byer of Maine Allagash plus Cot s folding legs are spring steel, making them tent-ready and sure to provide maximum comfort.

Key Features.


  • Durable 450D polyester provides a spacious 30 x 76 inch sleeping area
  • Heavy-duty polyester cover is both mildew- and slide-resistant; cleans up with soap and water
  • Plus version of the cot features a double-reinforced center panel that is double stitched for support and comfort
  • 600 denier fabric
  • Unique nylon leg sleeve doubles as carry handle.

Support and Cushioning:

  • Spring steel legs provide comfort and support.


  • Strong, light aluminum rails make up the frame


  • Byer Allagash Plus cot folds down in center for storage; legs become a handle for carrying when stored in sleeve and attached with included rip-and-stick straps


  • Carry size 40" x 3" x 8"


  • Includes a Softgrip handle that slides over the legs when the cot is folded up
  • Steel legs offer both strength and flexibility, allowing the cot to conform to your body for a great night's sleep
  • Highly portable - only 8 lbs.
  • Spring steel legs are durable and tent friendly so you won't have to worry about ruining your tent floor
  • Great for vacation home or as an extra bed for guests.
  • 76" long x 30" wide x 8" tall.
  • Weight capacity 250 lbs. (Spring 2014)

If you love car camping but just can't ever seem to get comfortable no matter how thick your sleeping mat is, you can snooze in comfort on the Byer of Maine Allagash Plus Cot. Featuring a spacious 30 x 76 inch sleeping area and tent-friendly steel legs, this cot keeps you off of the ground and folds up for easy transport.

For camp or cabin, the Byer Allagash Plus Cot is a great option as an extra bed for unexpected guests. Lightweight yet strong frame is easy on tent floors.


Enjoy a good night's sleep on the sturdy Byer Allagash Plus cot. It's a great choice for car camping and trips to the cabin.


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Cot material(s):Polyester
Dimensions:30" W x 76" L x 8" H
Folded dimensions:38.5 x 7 x 2.5 inches
Frame construction:Aluminum
Unfolded dimensions:76 x 30 x 8 (L x W x H) inches
Weight:9 pounds
Weight Limit:250 lbs
Weight capacity (lbs):250
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Byer of Maine Allagash Plus Cot Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Comfortable night's sleep

I've used a RidgeRest closed-cell foam pad for decades, despite my propensity to slide off of it and my increasing lower back issues.
But for a recent car-camp trip in Mexico, I was advised to use a cot to remain elevated in case of heavy rainfall.
I appreciate the design and build quality of the Byer tripod chair I'd purchased a few years ago, so I stayed with the brand for the Allagash AL.
I'm fully satisfied, even delighted, with this purchase.
The low-standing design is good for clearing sloping tent walls, and the materials quality exceeded my expectations (I'm 5'7", ~160 lb, so my demands are low).
None of my wife, my 13yr old son, nor I experienced any difficulty in assembly or dis-assembly, so we discarded the soft yellow hand grips, but it's a clever tool that could make the difference for some folks.
My younger children (8 & 6 yrs) lacked sufficient strength to assemble it without assistance.
I'm a back sleeper, who can no longer sleep a full night on the ground without terrible lower back pain, but the cot is incredibly comfortable to me, and I never felt the need to elevate my knees or roll to the side.
My wife is a side sleeper whose hips ache on a firm surface, so she added a Big Agnes insulated air core mattress to her cot and slept beautifully.
The one issue I experienced was coolness from air circulating under the cot in the wee hours.
I donned a pair of socks, but for future car camping, I'll lay the RidgeRest over the cot to provide insulation.
I wish there were some way to afford the ~8 lbs on my next backpacking trip - it's such a delight to enjoy a comfortable night's sleep!
I can see where a heavier person might experience some sagging, but I'd recommend this cot as a high value purchase for anyone <185 pounds, and perhaps a bit heavier.
tokuno at Campmor on 04/04/2012

A MUST for adult scouters!

As a scout leader I camp about 10-11 months out of the year in every kind of weather. I normally consider myself a "minimalist" and try to pack as little gear as possible. But in recent years I have developed some health problems and my Dr. said no more camping if I couldn't be up off the ground. I knew I definitely didn't want to go the air mattress route, but all the cots I had ever used were between 18-22 in high (which means that you have to use a very large tent or else try to sleep with your face on the roof!) So I was thrilled to find this cot. I read all the reviews and was a little concerned about the difficulty people were having with assembly because I only have about 30% use of my hands. I have NO idea what all the fuss is about! I had this thing up in less than 5 minutes! I can see where young campers might have some trouble because it does take a little muscle, but for any adult it shouldn't be a problem. (I'm disabled and I did it by myself) The cot was roomy and very comfortable, and best of all because of the low height I'm able to use it in my favorite one man backpacking tent. The only negative I can find is that it didn't come with a carry sack. It's easy enough to carry with the legs as a handle but it would've been nice to have a sack just to help keep it clean and make it a little easier to carry.(I solved this problem by putting it in a bag with a shoulder strap that went to an old folding chair) All in all the best cot I've found for the money and definitely the best for someone who wants/needs to get off the ground but still wants to keep the amount of gear/weight to a minimum.
Ms.Scouter at Campmor on 02/02/2012

Improving on an already solid design

I've been using the previous version of the Byer Allagash cot for several years and it's a great cot. I've never had any problems with my old one, but kudos to Byer for listening to consumers and reinforcing the material and stitching on the new one. I tried this new model in the store and I would feel confident replacing my old one with it, when (or if) I ever need to.

For me, these are a good blend of lightweight, compact, sturdy, comfortable, and cheap. Obviously not designed for backpacking, but easy to strap to my pack for travel and cram into vehicles, boats or light aircraft with limited cargo space. It holds 200 lbs with minimal sagging, and is quite comfortable. In hard-standing tents or rustic buildings, I use it to keep up off the dirty floors and for insulating off the freezing ground/floor with the addition of a foam pad on top. It's also good for air circulation underneath in warmer conditions. On softer ground, you might want to put something down to stop the legs sinking in.

I find it a breeze to set up and can usually unfold it, attach the legs, and flip it over ready to use in about a minute or so. Note each steel leg needs to be tensioned to fit into a hole, so this cot is probably not the best choice for kids or others who have limited muscle/grip strength. Obviously this cot is low to the ground and less practical for some people laying down and getting up, or sitting with feet on the floor, or storing items underneath. But for compact, lightweight and quick, it's a great choice.
GoGoGadget at REI on 02/02/2013

good for an adult -

This is a great product - very confortable and just fits in a 7 by 5 tent. The 30 inch width is a plus. Also not having any bars at the head and foot is great. It does save some space because you can put things under the cot. The cot only weighs 8 lbs so its pretty light. Much better than a air mattress and a lot less hassle. Much warmer too because you are off the ground. Can't beat the price ([$]). With a bad back and bad neck this was great. I go camping every month with the Scouts. I don't have to worry about a bad night sleep. Cons - no cover (I put it in a spare folding chair cover I had that has a carry strap). the legs take strength to put in - kids would not be able to install them.
pete at Campmor on 10/10/2010

Great Cot!

I heard about this cot from a Scout buddy. He raved about this cot so I knew it had to be good, but I checked the reviews to be sure. Based on the reviews I knew I wanted it. I finally ordered it to use on a Fall Scout Camp-o-ree the upcoming weekend. I Ordered on a Sunday night hopeing to get it by Thursday and got it Wednesday... WOW! I did not have any trouble installing the legs as some folks mentioned... I also used a self inflating mattress pad on it and had the best nights sleep I have had in a long time on a campout. As an avid Scouter I camp @ 30-40 nights a year and would highly recommend this cot to anyone.
KB_OWL at Campmor on 11/11/2011

A high quality product

I purchased this cot for tent camping and also to use as a guest bed in my tiny apartment. I ended up using it for the first time after arriving at a campground very late at night in the rain. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to set up and also that is was so sturdy. It fit perfectly in my 5x7 tent and I slept very comfortably on it. Its nice that it sits fairly low to the ground, allowing more headroom in the tent. Temps were in the low 50's during the nights I used it, so I added a sleeping pad on top for warmth and it was fine. I was also pleased with how compact it is when folded up.
Wild Adventure Girl at Campmor on 10/10/2013

Easy smeasy!

The cot performed great. It was a lot easier than the first two I purchased. The only comment I have is, you need to have some sort of a carry bag for it. I modified the legs a little to protect the tent bottom. I purchased some plastic tubing to place over the curve of the legs which set on the the tent floor, so as not to puncture the floor bottom. The only problem now is that the legs won't fit back in the sleeve they came in. So, I guess I will have to try and make a bag for myself! But it is a minor issue. The cot sleeps well and it doesn't poke through the tent floor, thanks to my innovation.
Joe at Campmor on 09/09/2011

Nice Cot For the Price

I like this cot because all you have to do is unroll it and put in the metal bars. Just don't pop out your sternum trying to get them in. Use both hands to pull the bar towards you and into the hole. That would be my only complaint.

I like that I can fold it up and put it back in the box it came in. (Neat car packer here.) I could fit a lot of these in the back of my car.

The cost is great, especially coming from REI. It keeps you off the ground which is the idea. Good for campground camping, or home use.
Mamalikestohike at REI on 09/09/2013

Excellent value for money!

I use this cot for occasional 'car camping' and odd overnights. While it could be packed for short hikes, its kind of heavy for backpacking. Great by itself, but if you throw on a pad it is mighty comfy. This would be perfect for a canoe trip.
Pros: Sets up & breaks down quickly; rolls up into its own package, with the legs as a handle; takes up very little space for car camping; low to the ground, fits even smaller tents; bent steel legs are kinder to tent floors. Good value for money!
Cons: Hard to get out of (for this 50 something guy).
car camper at Campmor on 12/12/2012

&quot;my back thanks you!&quot;

This cot was a back saver on the boy scout camp outs. It was easy to set up and strapped easily to the backpack. The only thing I modified was the legs setting on the tent floor. I added 3/8 inch clear braided tubing at the bends of the legs to protect the tent floor. It only cost about $5 to add this tubing around the legs, but it will help to protect the floor. The only thing which would have made it better would to have a bag to contain the entire cot, for storage and keeping it clean.
Joe, boy scout dad at Campmor on 08/08/2011

Negative Reviews:

Not the greatest design, but works

Compact and comfortable, but it needs some design improvements. The ends of the seems needed to be reinforced before use, legs hard to install/ remove, and the legs are not ideal for inside a tent (too small in diameter). I added vinal tubing to the legs to prevent them from cutting through my tent floor. It could also use a strap or net across one end to keep your pillow from falling off the end. Not recommended for kids unless there is an adult around to put it together and take it apart. But, it is compact enough and comfortable.
Scouter at Campmor on 11/11/2010

Fabric would not stretch

I never got it put together completely. I could not get the fabric to stretch over the bars. So I sent it back. Plus, the cot only had one middle bar and not two like it shows in the photo.
Aaron L at Campmor on 09/09/2011

Pain to setup

Spent 10 minutes trying to set it up and gave up, put it back in the box to return. Looks good though. Just not worth the hassle when there are other EASY options.
YMCA-Guides-Camper at REI on 09/09/2012

just okay

this was much more high maintenance then I thought. BAsed on the reviews it seemed pretty easy. We ended up not taking it with us because of the bulk
outdoor at Campmor on 09/09/2013

Neutral Reviews:

Nice, but legs too shallow for adult use

Got this as a lightweight, easy to pack alternative for weekend scout camping. I like how easy it is to set up (takes a little muscle, but not too much), and doesn't take up as much space as an air matres. The problem I have with it is that the clearance is only about 6 inches and the thin leg bars tend to sink into the ground. Within a few minutes your hips are touching the ground. I weigh about 185 lb so I'm not above the weight limit.

I plan on giving this to my 11 year old and getting a standard height cot.

I'd recommend it for lighter folks/kids but probably not for adults unless you absolutely need something extremely light.
EricNDFW at REI on 10/10/2012

Not very convenient

I never used this product in an actual camping/sleeping situation. I was unable to assemble the bed by myself and needed my husband's help. It wasn't as easy an convenient as I had intended it to be so I returned the product. I did lay down in it once we had it assembled and it seemed comfortable. I will be looking for a new cot that sets up and breaks down easier.
Mickie the backpacker at Campmor on 03/03/2012

Compact but needs reinforcement

My son used this on a boy scout camping trip. It started to tear at the seam in the middle. While it is lightweight he found difficult to use. He has back problems so he needs something more than a pad on the ground. I will get the seam repaired and keep it for guests since it is not as bulky as other cots and was comfortable for a couple nights.
Ruby at Campmor on 07/07/2011

Very low to the ground

Bought this to go to a Boy Scout Jamboree. Very low to the ground so hard to get out of once you are in it. Very difficult to assemble. Luckily had my son put together. Would not have been able to if I was on my own.
Muffla at Campmor on 10/10/2013

Try others first

Cot is better for lighter weight person say 160# or less.Size is good as is ease of assembly.
outdoor guy at Campmor on 11/11/2010