Excellent for summer spare bed
Use: I use this to sleep downstairs in the summer with a cotton sleep sack. Good features: The mesh bottom lets the fan blow cool air all around me, so it is even cooler than sleeping on a mat on the floor. In the winter, you'd probably want to add a sleeping pad underneath to buffer the cold air. I'm only 5'1"/110 lb, so I don't bother with the tensioning wingnuts. They look like the feature most likely to annoy. The cot has a gentle dip, but I actually find that more comfortable than sleeping on a board-like surface. The velcro set-up is ingenious and easy on the hands. Warnings: If you sleep in a sleeping bag or a sleep sack, beware the cot flip--I think this would happen with any cot that has legs positioned in from the ends--the first morning, I wasn't quite awake when i wriggled up out of my sleeping bag (instead of unzipping), and I was up at the very tip top of the cot, so it tipped up and dumped me and the cat onto our rumps. All in all, I think it is worth it not to have those cross-bars at the ends to bump head and heels against. I keep it assembled all summer (just tipped up against the wall) except when company comes over, so I can't predict how it would hold up to a daily reassembly.
15 years and it's still rock solid
I have owned a roll-a-cot for 15 years and it is still rock solid. I used it for staffing summer scout camps, road trips, hotels (instead of uncomfortable roll-out beds), and even a two-month period in college because this was far more comfortable to sleep on than the bed provided by my "furnished" apartment. It is comfortable enough without a pad underneath; although, if you are going to be using it for an extended period, a nice air pad is a great touch. I especially like the tension wing-nuts on the legs as over the years the fabric has stretched a little bit.
Set-up is also very simple as several other reviews I read have mentioned. Many cots that roll up have annoying cross bars that you have to attach at both ends. This cot couldn't be a whole lot easier to set up. It's just a great design.
I have slept on at least 15 other cots over the years by various manufacturers and have found this to be better than most and have never found a cot to beat it. After all this time though, the roll-a-cot is still rock solid with no squeaks, tears, or complaints from me.
Simplicity that works!!!!
This cot is looks cheap from photos, but it's a simple design that makes it very convenient. No complicated hinges and legs requiring space to fold up. This cot is extremely light weight and sets up and wraps up extremely fast without struggle. It has telescoping poles that helps keep it compact in storage. It has nuts that you turn to increase tension rather than having to struggle with pulling on "handle bars". You can feel the coolness flowing through the mesh, so in winter make sure you have a sheet or cover on top of the cot. But in hot weather, the mesh will help keep things cool. When I unrolled the cot for the first time and set things up and then put it away, I very much appreciated that a good product doesn't need to be fancy to be durable and work. Well worth the purchase. It was comfortable, but given how light weight it is and the fact there are no handle bars, getting the 32 inch width may be something to consider, but this 28" was very comfortable and I expect this cot to last a very long time. Great product!
Very nice cot
I would give it 5 stars except it is a little large still when packed. I also bought a Go-Kot at the same time. It is longer for me and this one was a little shorter. Comparing the two kots is rather easy. The Roll-a-Kot is excellent because it is more stable than the Go-kot and you can sit on it while you get dressed. Also it has ample storage under it to stow your gear. The Go-kot packs smaller and is in some ways a superior kot but in other ways it is not. It is not as stable and can tip over if it is not level and can also tip over due to the legs not supporting from the outside of the kot straight down. I also had to buy fuel line hose to slip over the Go-Kot legs to protect the tent floor. All in all I prefer the Roll-a-Kot over the Go-Kot. They are both good kots though and I would not buy any other brand besides the two I have mentioned. Good luck in your choices.....
Excellent, sturdy cot made in the USA
This is a very sturdy cot that is made in the USA. It is easy to put together, and easy to pack in your car. It is made of vinyl coated polyester, with each side havine 3 different lengths of aluminum tubing. The legs are also aluminum, with a simple, yet effective design. Once you put this together, there is virtually NO SAG when I am laying on it. I weight about 175 pounds, and I can bounce up and down on it slightly, without any problems. My only complaint is that upon opening up the product, the vinyl coating on the polyester fabric gives off a slight smell. In time though, I expect that smell to dissapate. If you want to see how to assemble the cot, and how sturdy it is. Go to Youtube, and type themarkfellows2. I will also attach my video review at the bottom, but sometimes REI strips them out. There doesn't seem to be any ryme or reason to when they do this, but if they do, check it out on my youtube channel...
These are great cots - my son and I have this one, we got the larger for my husband. We have a Hobitat 6 tent, and all 3 of them fit perfectly in the tent either in a U shaped arrangement, or side by side with room at either end.
Easy to set up - the first time be sure you have the wing nuts all the way down on the threads, you will have no trouble if you do that. After the first use, they go together pretty well no matter what.
Just open the bag, shake, and set the legs in place. Easy even when you are too tired to stay awake.
We use therma-rest pads on ours, but it would be fine without too. I have used these for overnight guests at home, would be easy to use for travel etc. Very comfortable.
These weigh about 10 lbs, much lighter than the canvas cots we looked at which avg about 20 lbs apiece.
I bought this cot to augment the camping pad I'd been sleeping on a couple times a week while commuting back and forth between San Francisco and Sacramento for school. I was tired of sleeping on the floor, and a friend recommended I get a cot.
I researched away, saw the excellent reviews, decided to get one. I purchased the wide version. The cot, plus a camp pad, equaled a nice bed away from home. I've thrown the setup into my car whenever bunking over at a friend's house, and set it up when a buddy stays over.
The setup was a little challenging the first time, and the tightening screws hurt my fingers until I busted out with some pliers. Once I got them adjusted the first time though, I've rarely had to fine-tune the screws since - even after repeat breakdowns and setups. It packs nice and compact, and doesn't weight too much. I love it!
Easy plus comfort
The Roll-A-Cot delivers! My daughter and I plan to take many weekend camping/hiking trips this year, and comfort is important. I have difficulty sleeping on the ground, even with the aid of a pad or air mattress. A cot seemed to be a logical choice. After reading other reviews on the Roll-A-Cot, we decided to give it a try. Both my daughter and I have tested out the cot at home. It is light weight, which is a plus, and it is easy to assemble. There is no bar running through the middle, so an annoying bar digging in to your back. Little to no noise when turning from side to side, and you're able to adjust the tension a bit. With a sleeping pad and bag on top, it's extremely comfortable! The one down side is the price. It's a bit on the expensive side, which is the only reason we're not giving it 5 stars.
A good night's sleep
After sleeping on blow-up mattresses for several years when camping, this is a great improvement. It is so easy to get out of bed when needed. I never considered a cot before because I thought it was just too much silly gear for camping but I admit I was wrong. We recently camped at Linville Gorge in NC and found the cots to be a great comfort in wilderness sleeping. We were car camping and needed to use a taller tent but I wish I would have purchased these years ago. I don't know how they will be in winter camping but they were great with a backpack pad in 50 degree weather. They were quick and easy to assemble and take down but the only thing that I worry about is how long they will last in that they are very light and I don't know how strong they will be over time.
Happy so far
I have a dozen nights on this cot and it has been a welcome addition to my car camping equipment. It folds up small and is easy to store. I sleep 100x better than on the ground and it is nice to be able to sit up on it. The storage bag helps keep all my tent items close at hand. Only down sides are that the material is breathable which is great when it is hot and you are lounging in the shade but provides no insulation when cold, and it is a little narrow and my knees hit the side bar when I sleep on my side.
I have not had any problems with the legs or stability and I toss and turn a lot at night.
Great Cot and I will buy another one.