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Great for Car Camping

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have used it under the milky way with just a sleeping bag to keep me warm on my car camping trips. Wonderful addition to my gear. Would recommend it to my friends. For me it was easy to assemble and take down and it comes with its own bag to boot

great cot for great price

    Got two of these for my husband and son...i myself like beds and am not a bug person. They have enjoyed the ease of the cots over air pads. They are comfortable and pretty easy to assemble. They look difficult at first when you pull out all of the poles and think what have I gotten myself into. The price is extremely reasonable and you do not have to worry about waking up on the dirt floor on a flat air pad. The only down fall was the weight was a little heavy, but as long as you are not parked to far from your camp site you should be fine.

    Awesome cot for the price

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Wanted something to replace my tent on motocamping trips.

    While it wasn't the easiest to put together the first time it definitely doesn't take an engineering degree like some people have suggested.

    Plenty comfortable to sleep on, while too big/heavy to backpack with, it perfect for car camping or as an extra guest bed.

    Ridiculous price and super functional

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I bought this cot to "pimp" out the bed of my new truck. I have a Nissan Frontier Long bed crew cab. The bed is listed at 6 foot 1 inch. I wasn't sure this guy would fit, but I was sure gonna try since it didn't cost much.

    I took it out of the box and had it completely assembled in under 5 minutes. As a follow-up to another reviewer, I have a degree in Mech Engineering and found it super EASY to put together. Not many ways to mess it up. Put together both 3 section rods, run them down the sleeves on each side of the canvas, making sure to have the holes of the rods aligned with the holes on the sleeves. Then you use a little muscle and put the 4 feet supports in the assigned holes. They will be perpendicular to the 3 section rods. Boom you are all set.

    The cot itself has great tension and feels solid. Unfortunately it was a little too long to fit in my truck bed. I cut 1.5 inches off the 3 section rods on each side with a hacksaw and now it fits perfectly! My small investment should pay off and allow for very comfortable nights.

    I recently broke my back and haven't had a chance to take many adventures yet and use the cot. I will follow up if it does not sleep as ideally as it seems.

    This cot would not be my first choice if I was backpacking due to size and weight. It would be do-able, but a sleeping pad or more expensive cot designed for backpacking would be better. If you are car camping or just need a spare bed for guests, this thing is sick. So cheap and so easy.

    Ridiculous price and super functional

    Alps Cot

      Ok got this with a lot of hesitation because the reviews were either love it or hate it. The reviews had me wondering if putting this together by headlamp was going to be an issue. I decided to try to put it together without the instructions took about 5 minutes including unboxing. If you have every put together a pole tent then you can manage this no problem. Works on the same concept as apply pressure put the support in the hole and the tension keeps it there. I haven't slept on it yet but seems comfy so far. It's kinda like a springy hammock. Would buy again at this point love the super fast shipping and customer support. Gets the Ollie seal of approvalIf you wait till it's together it will cost more because the rotors will need replacing and there will be labor costs. .

      Alps Cot

      Awesome product for the money!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      This cot is fantastic! I'm a Boy Scout scoutmaster so I spend at least one weekend every month camping out with my son and about 30 other boys. I wanted something low profile for more headroom in my 2 and 4 man tents, packed small and was lightweight. It fits the bill on all accounts. I've since bought one for my son and many of the other boys in the troop have as well because they like ours so much. Two will fit really well in a standard 4 man Coleman type dome tent with room in the middle for all their gear. Perfect for car camping, but would be doable on a short backpacking trip as well.

      Great purchase

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I've started doing more car camping recently. You know what the best thing about car camping is? The ability to upgrade the things you need for living in the outdoors, without worrying about carrying it on your back. This cot really nails being comfy in the outdoors. It is easy to set up and break down. It comes with a little carrying case that bundles everything together nicely. Let your cot-less friends be the ones that grumble in the morning about rocky ground. You , my friend, have found the better way to sleep in nature.

      Super functional

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I bought this cot after getting tired of camping on air mats. This cot is very easy to assemble and packs down really small. The width is great and I am so happy to not be sleeping on the ground on an air mattress.


      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Bought this for a car camping trip to Zions. Set up was quick and easy, the legs are slightly hard to get into their holes but set up for one took under five minutes on first attempt.

      Much better than any air mattress I've slept on.

      Not so much...

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Sleeps okay, but setting up is a pain. Wouldn't suggest this one.

      Got one of these a long time ago for my son when we travel. Beats pillows on the floor from a hide a bed. He still uses it and I've used it for awhile when I was traveling to work at my hospital. He's twelve and I'm sixty and we both can put it together and take it apart. Get a kid not only will they be able to help you with a cot, but they'll open up your pill bottles for you.

      Works Great

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Cot works just as you would hope. Pretty easy to assemble and comfy when combined with a pad. It is low to the ground though. Which is cool in a smaller tent but don't plan on keeping any gear underneath. It is light but not enough to pack in any major distance, especially over a mile or two.

      too old to sleep on the ground!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      i love camping, but i'm too old to be sleeping on the ground! This cot is heaven sent! i've only used it maybe ten times this season, but i wake up happy and pain free. i've even used the cots on trips when i've stayed at friends house's...if you think sleeping in the dirt or a grassy patch is uncomfortable, try your buddies floor! anyways, the cot is not too heavy, packs down into a supplied carry bag, and is fairly easy to set up. young or a back, buy a cot!

      Good low cost cot

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I used this cot inside a two person tent during an overnight trail building weekend. It set up easily and was comfortable. It would be great for extra sleeping space in-home also. I leave the rails inside the canvas and just unhook the metal supports for fast setup and breakdown. In this configuration it will easily fit in the back of my small SUV, and takes a minimal amount of corner space in my spare closet at home. Very satisfied for the price.

      Impossible to assemble.

        This thing was absolutely impossible to assemble between an architect and a mechanical engineer trying to shove the rode in the sleeve. Cost 1/2 as much to return it as it cost in the outlet. Think this is my last purchase from

        Backcountry has the best return policy I've ever seen.

        Also, all the other non-engineer commenters seem to be able to put this thing together just fine, and if you can't with your advanced degree, what are you really saying??

        Now Charmaine there is a lot of really good stuff here at Backcounrty. Please try again. Sometimes the cots because of their compact size have very tight tolerances. Hurrying them for assembly and dis-assembly can be frustrating. I hope you tried another brand and were successful.

        Having put together military cots, too many times to count, this one is a piece of cake. In my experience I have seen 'engineer' trained people put together an M-16, that the armored could not get apart. Also, I had to retap a bicycle frame that had components rammed together by an engineer. Fortunately, it was French standard and Italian standard was able to be used. I used to be a bike mechanic. Yes, engineers and architects need to experience using the stuff they design, Jesse is right.

        Great for campground camping

          First use on a weekend boy scout camp out and I can post positive results thus far. This cot is much lighter and less bulky than it's more structured relatives. The shallow 'w' shaped legs act in a spring like function providing more flex and better comfort than other cots we've owned. Two nights sleeping on this cot and my Tenderfoot didn't want to use his self-inflating pad atop it either night as he typically does with a more traditional camp cot. Assembly in the field was easy after only one practice effort at home. Lower height than our usual cots gave us more elbow room in our tent.

          Follow up note: Months later we like it so much we now own four.

          Great Lightweight cot!

            This fits perfectly in the back of trucks that have 6 foot beds. The length on it is 74" and it is 30" wide. This combined with a sleeping pad of your choice, and camp pillow = good times

            Great Lightweight cot!

            This cot will need to be high enough to...

            This cot will need to be high enough to go over the wheel wells. How much room would I have, underneath the bottom of the tubing?