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    CAMPING BEDS / COTS

    In my never ending quest for a decent nights kip when camping, I am thinking of investing in a camping bed (or cot as they are sometimes called).

    I currently use a Thermarest blow up mat and Sea to Summit sleeping bag. Both are excellent pieces of kit; but I think that if I am a tad more off the ground I will be more comfortable.

    I have done some research and the Thermarest Ultra light cot gets a lot of good reviews. However it is expensive at £160. But if I get a good nights kip it will be a worthwhile investment. Before I take the plunge however I thought I would ask if any of you biker mates out there have one of these and what your views are.

    Thanks for your replies.


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    thermarest cot

    I have one and its very comfy to sleep on. however its not very tough and the aluminium bars bend very easily. It is also not simple or fast to put together or take apart. Especially if its dark, raining, in a tent or drunk. The feet can damage the tent groundsheet if the ground is too hard or soft. I would not buy another, they have copies on ebay and ali express I would buy one of those.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gordyman View Post
    In my never ending quest for a decent nights kip when camping, I am thinking of investing in a camping bed (or cot as they are sometimes called).

    I currently use a Thermarest blow up mat and Sea to Summit sleeping bag. Both are excellent pieces of kit; but I think that if I am a tad more off the ground I will be more comfortable.

    I have done some research and the Thermarest Ultra light cot gets a lot of good reviews. However it is expensive at £160. But if I get a good nights kip it will be a worthwhile investment. Before I take the plunge however I thought I would ask if any of you biker mates out there have one of these and what your views are.

    Thanks for your replies.

    Hi Gordy,
    Have a look on eBay at the Chinese rip offs, you can get them for about £60.
    Search under ultralight in camping and hiking.

    HTH
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    I have one of the Chinese knock offs and they are ok but take a little effort to assemble and take apart. One of these with a blow up mat on top is pretty good.

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    Whilst not cheep, a good nights sleep is guaranteed with this little beauty; https://www.adventurebikeshop.co.uk/...e-convertible/

    I have a bad back but slept like a baby in mixed temperatures around the Pyrenees last year. It will be the first thing I pack for this years Dolomites trip.
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    Thanks for all your tips and good advice. Big Dave the Helinox looks very good but very expensive. I have a Helinox chair which is very good and also a Chinese copy. The Chinese copy is a high backed version. Both seem as good as each other so far. So much so that I am thinking of selling the Helinox chair and getting another Chinese high backed version.

    I have checked out the other options that have been suggested in this thread and gone for a £60 version of the Thermarest.

    Thanks for all your advice.

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    It all depends on how many pies you have eaten, I would not spend a wad of cash on a fancy cot if you are a tad tosser or over tosser size, if you are not 2 up and have space in the topcase or panniers, you can sleep well on these, and at the price, you can throw them away if a problem.

    https://www.bmstores.co.uk/products/...gle-bed-308945

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gordyman View Post
    Thanks for all your tips and good advice. Big Dave the Helinox looks very good but very expensive. I have a Helinox chair which is very good and also a Chinese copy. The Chinese copy is a high backed version. Both seem as good as each other so far. So much so that I am thinking of selling the Helinox chair and getting another Chinese high backed version.

    I have checked out the other options that have been suggested in this thread and gone for a £60 version of the Thermarest.

    Thanks for all your advice.
    I know the Helinox is expensive but it works at 6'4'' and tosser sized the XL with four legs with exped mattress on top it works,
    as you already have a thermarest a good combination for a nights sleep.
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    With just six or eight feet on a cot I’d be worried about damaging the groundsheet, especially on soft ground. So that’s saving up some jam jar lids to spread the weight.
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    I've been using the cot without any problems with the groundsheet for a year now.
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    Not a cot but just FYI

    Love my exped down mat 9
    Just a blow up jobbie with down inside and it’s 9 cm thick, but get the pressure spot on and it’s comfier than a comfy thing

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    I have one of these, very good quality it is too!
    KingCamp Ultra Lightweight Portable Folding Camping Cot off ground Camping Bed for Indoor Home & Festival, Camping & Outdoor Use Weight Capacity 135kg/300lbs https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0787CZD..._QwlyBbA711E34

    But I tend to use my exped synmat mega 12 lxw

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    ... It was only about £85 when I bought it about a year or so ago..

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    I’ve been camping on the bike this year around Europe and was having this issue too. I’ll admit to being a bit of a chubber so was looking at something that wasn’t going to collapse the first time I farted. The only thing that really looked up to scratch was the helinox max cot. Pretty difficult to get hold of here and had to get it direct from helinox and yes it is bloody pricey but I’ll say this it is more than a match for 19 stone of 6foot lard. My pal went down the Chinese copy route and every night whenever he moved there was a loud crack and it deposited him out the door of his tent, he swore blind it was going in the bin when he got home. Because we were heading into Andorra I purchased a thermarest max mattress to go on top and a blow up pillow and if I’m really honest I slept like a king every night. Yes the price is stupid but I’ve now got top notch kit that really works and should last forever so what value do you put on that.

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    I have one of these............. rated up to 23 stone! ...................... and I use an exped mattress on top if it's really cold. Never had any ground sheet issues.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00N1X5Q...2-33f0015d34fd

    Only recently got a R1150RT but it goes across the back seat on the 1150RT and sticks out the same distance as the panniers - or you could secure it across the top of one pannier long ways.

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