Update to previous review
I've now had this cot for two years and have used it for perhaps 20 nights. I increased the comfort by getting the REI Campbed 3.5 mattress. Although the Campbed is fairly good on the ground, it's even better on the Roll-a-Cot. The Cot adds more softness and suspension.
I tried the current best camping mattress on the market (according to reviews), the Exped Mega Mat 10. This mattress supposedly measures 30" wide. The Roll-a-Cot is supposedly 34" wide. But the Mega Mat is definitely too wide for this cot---it is pushed up on each side by the rails--- showing once again that your cot needs to be quite a bit wider than your mattress.
Tightening the tension has been an ongoing problem due to the difficulty of turning the small, sharp wingnuts. Finally a friend made me a sort of "wrench" out of oak that slips over the wingnuts. At the very least you should have pliers with you, but those could damage the wingnuts or the screw threads.
The material may have stretched slightly over the last two years. So far the wingnuts have been able to take up the slack---but that depends on being able to turn them tightly with some type of tool.
For people with joint problems like arthritis in the hips or back the Roll-a-Cot plus the REI Campbed 3.5 is the most comfortable setup I've found so far after a lot of searching for a comfortable bed. You will love the convenience of not having to get up from ground level. It makes changing your clothes much easier as well.
If you're looking for a good tent to go with your Roll-a-Cot I recommend the Kelty Trail Ridge 4 (shown in the photo), which would accommodate two cots well, or one person in great comfort. The Roll-a-Cot doesn't fit well in most three-person tents because of its 15" height. You need a tent height of about 58" or more with this cot.
I have used this a few times now and thought I should throw my thoughts about this product up on the web. I took this cot an a hunting trip in the NE Utah mountains and it performed very well. I paired it up with the REI 3.5 Self Inflating Camp Bed since it was winter and I wanted the thermal protection from underneath. The temperature was in the teens overnight with icicles forming inside our tent, and in the forty degree range in the days. My hunting partner and I took turns using the 'new cot', and both of us slept VERY well, and thought it was a great addition to the hunting camp. It was firm enough and wide enough to be comfortable. I am 6'2" and weight 235 lbs, so I chose the XL cot to make sure, and I think it was the best choice for me. Also, I have used this while visiting family without the sleeping pad, and loved it. I think the mesh type material will breath well in the summer, but I have yet to take it out since I bought it this last fall. By the look of the material, it should hold up well, and the size is not hugs when you consider the function. It is too heavy for backpacking, and is best suited for car camping or something similar. I plan on buying one every year for my hunting camp until I have one for everyone.
I initially purchased the 28" cot and was quite disappointed in it. I exchanged it for the wider model and am a lot happier with it.
The main problem with the 28" cot is that the side rails push the sides of your mattress upward. The 34" cot solves this problem. A mattress 26" wide or less should lie flat between the rails of the 34" cot.
My other criticism of this cot is the wingnut tensioners. They are small, sharp, and difficult to turn.
Those drawbacks aside, I found this cot quite comfortable when combined with a good mattress. I used an inflatable mattress by Exped, 26" wide. I'm very picky about my bed comfort, and have some serious joint problems. I really don't think a camping bed could get more comfortable than the Roll-a-Cot plus a good mattress.
With practice it takes about 5 minutes to set up this cot. It's very easy to roll up and slip back into the bag. When rolled up the size is reasonably small even for a compact car, especially considering the amount of comfort you get.
Choose the width carefully. The 28" cot will only give you about 24" of actual sleeping space, due to the fact that the rails are inevitably higher than the sleep surface.
Bought 2 of these along with a much larger tent, so that I could go camping again with my husband (I'm 55). Cot was easy to put together after reading others' comments about standing and shaking the cot, so that the sleeve poles slide down.
> because of the mesh, the cot breathes
> we put big furniture sliders under the cot legs, to protect the tent floor
>2 thermarest-type pads on top of each cot made them very comfy. Don't know how they would fit on normal width Roll a Cot.
>we slept fabulously, there's no other way to describe it.
>needlenose pliers helpful to turn the wingnut to get the tension just right, espec for anyone w/weak or painful hands.
>cot width: I'm 5'6", huband 5'8", both in normal weight ranges; we found the wide width "just right".
>carrier attaches to cot with velcro and becomes a holder of needed stuff at night, a mesh night table
Great cot for a wall tent
This cot was purchased to be a smaller lighter weight version than my truck camp cot. I am using this for a horse/mule pack in elk hunt and wanted something light yet farther off the ground than the 6" versions from other vendors. It accomplished all my goals of ~10lbs or less, off the ground and even has the bonus feature of having some storage included.
I bought my first after a float trip down the John Day river. Six night under the open sky convinced me. I've now got 5 and use them at home and for camping. I recommend an old pair of pliers...assemble with the wing nuts loose, then tighten to get the tension you like to sleep on.
Great - if you can assemble it
With the addition of a pad, this is very comfortable. However, even though the assembly instructions are very clear and sensible, it was very difficult to actually assemble. I think this is because it is so hard to keep the parts aligned at one end while putting another end together.
REI: suggest you change ht. description
Would I recommend? With one caution: my own deciding criterion for this purchase was the mis-advertised 15" or 18" height for this elderly duffer. Am considering returning it, but, once the rather poor instructions were worked through, set-up seemed easy and cot looks like a good thing.
Loved this cot!
I slept on one of these cots for 7 nights in the Grand Canyon on a raft trip. They were easy to set up and tear down, sturdy, and cool in the heat.
love it, i have 2 since 15 yrs now
camping, trips and for house guest extra bed