Very comfy...pefect for carp camping
This cot is pretty awesome. I've used it for over a year now (maybe about 5-6 camping trips) and it's definately provided the best nights of sleep that I have ever had while camping. I have an extremely rough time sleeping in a bed other then my own (not even in a luxury hotel room) so I was very suprised that I was able to fall asleep in it at all.
Purcahse this cot with warning though, it's really heavy and it's a bit tough to put together. So if you plan to use it for anything but camping within 10-20 yards of your car you might want to think twice.
If you have no problem with the "cons"...buy this Cot. It's SUPER comfy and if you're like me and have a lot of trouble sleeping while camping then you will wish you had purchased it years ago!
Comfort and Quality
I camped 7 summer nights at Goshen Scout Reservation in Virginia. We were first to arrive and had our choice of cots - old wooden frames with canvas, even older metal frames with springs and a matress (my son chose that), and new aluminum Byer Military cots. I chose a Byer and enjoyed comforatable rest all week. I was glad I'd brought my own pillow but was fine without any other pad. If it was colder, a thin insulating pad would probably be helpful.
A heavier scouter broke a couple of the wood frame cots, but wouldn't have damaged this one.
Looking at the spidery alternatives, I agree that one plus of the Byer is having room underneath for storing things.
The cot so impressed me I wrote down its name so I could look into purchasing one of my own. No surprise REI carries this quality product.
So far, so good....and comfy!
This is simply the best cot I've ever used. Stitching and overall build appears well done. It's very comfortable with or without a pad. The length and width give you ample amount of room if you're an active sleeper. You won't be packing this on the trail, yet this cot is pretty light while still being sturdy. I believe the replacement plastic parts for the military cot NSN7105-00-935-0422 can also be used with this cot, but I'm not 100% on that yet.I would gladly ditch some extra clothing, ground cloth, and whatever else I could think of if I could pack this puppy on the trails. :) That pro'lly ain't gonna happen though. I'll use it for truck camping or for family/friend visits. Overall, this is a great cot and I highly recommend it.
Sturdy, solid cot
My opinion echoes that of the other reviewers. This cot is really stiff when you first set it up. Following the directions on the sewn-in tag did make it easier to fully assemble.
This cot was purchased because my back & knees won't allow climbing up & down from the airbed on the floor after a day of horseback riding, and it serves it's purpose.
The noise did seem to diminish as the weekend went on, but even at the beginning it wasn't bad.
The cot feels very sturdy, and coupled with a 2 1/2" self-inflating mattress, made for a good night's sleep. I will look at getting a little thicker mattress, but it wasn't bad at all.
Between military and Boy Scout activities, I have slept on lots of different cots, some good, some really bad, and lots in between. The Maine Military cot has the feel and solid construction of a really good cot. I look forward to my first opportunity to use it!
Not a con as of now, but I echo the concern of another buyer regarding the bosses on the ends of the cot over which the end braces fit to hold it all taut... they are of thick, tough plastic, but the design puts a good bit of stress on them, so I will be watching them closely... if it's gonna break, that's where it will happen.
This is the One and Only One
I needed an occasional raised bed with a 300 pound capacity - one with assurances that it would not collapse or leak. Turned into a difficult and frustrating search. User-reviews and hands-on looks seemed to eliminate every option, most claims being literally 'unsupported' by reality. The only info on the Byer cot was its own description. I don't usually trust those, but I ordered it anyway. If anything, it is more than is claimed for it. Very well made. The only quibble is that it squeaked some at first but has been noiseless since settling in. Using the LARGE Alps Mountaineering Comfort Pad on the cot is a plus.
Not what you want to carry as a camping standard, but if you're car camping or using it as a spare bed (it beats the air mattress hands down) this is a fantastic cot. It's fairly long in the folded mode so you'll need a fair amount of trunk space or a roof box to tote it around.
It's a little heavy, but heavy duty, and quite comfortable. I'm 6'-5", 220, and it worked extremely well over the holidays with extended family in town.
Set up was intuitive though those first few times stetching it out took some muscle and a couple of whacks.
As promised - works as specified
I bought this cot approximately 9 mos. ago since my wife could not handle my snoring (seemingly > 100 dB) and I had to sleep in the living room.
It works as intended - there is some play, but I weigh approx. 240 lbs., I don't notice the cot swaying back and forth.
Have the nephews sleep over who use the cot - even with the horse playing, I have not experienced any structural damage (Note: if by chance you pop a rivet, a No. 10 machine screw with appropriate washer/nut combo will suffice).
Super sturdy and BIG!
We go tent camping at Big Sur often. I like tent camping which means cots (I have a bad back and can't sleep on the ground). I'm a heavy guy (225lbs) and I feel totally comfortable on this cot! It takes a little more set-up than a fold-open type of cot but it's worth it and it's actually more compact than a typical fold-open style cot.
Lot's of room underneath the cot to stow your duffle bag, shoes, cooler, etc.
requires muscles to set up but sturdy
This is an excellent cot to get us old creaky campers off the ground while tent camping. I thought I'd have to give up camping before I found this cot. It holds my considerable weight without squeaking or groaning during the night. It does require strength to slip the last crossbar into place, so not for the faint hearted. Also, this is probably too heavy for a backpacker, but folds up well to fit in the car.