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Old 08-11-2016   #41
 
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Are those dimensions accurate? Most Thermarest (camp rest) are 25" wide. Cool idea- wish mine would do that. I bet the fabric top is to prevent your skin from looking like a checkerboard when you wake up.

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I use the same TRest that goes in my Thermarester. I think it's 20". The fabric is just fine for sleeping directly on. I haven't tried the mesh ones.

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Old 08-13-2016   #42
 
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If you don't understand the cot then you have better knees than me. It is so nice not to be crawling around on the ground. It takes it from a great river experience to awesome for a few pounds of weight. If it's too much weight you need a bigger raft. I sleep better on my cot and REI base camp then I do at home.
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Ok. I bought the cot last week. It's the wide rol-a-cot with the blue mesh. I'm going to try it out in Hells Canton in 2 weeks. Now, what do you use to keep the bugs off at night when sleeping under the stars?


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Old 09-02-2016   #44
 
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You're going to like that! If it's really buggy I've seen people use a bivy sack. On the Main a couple years back when the yellow jackets were out of hand, I just set the cot up inside of a tent.


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Gonna put a Thermarest on there?

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this has worked great for me on my roll a cot since 2014

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Gonna put a Thermarest on there?

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Like Saddam's palace

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I am slowly converting. I am a side sleeper and tired of the ground. Other than backpacking I will be converting to cot sleeping the first moment our budget allows. Comfort, air flow and an added benefit if increasing usable space in our tent: my dog loves sleeping under us on cots, especially during thunderstorms.
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Old 09-02-2016   #50
 
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I managed to get a wide roll a cot last minute right before my Grand Canyon trip and I was super glad to have it. I slept on my "Guide" Paco Pad one night just to see the difference, and instantly went back to the Cot. I actually used it on my boat most nights and it worked great. Used it on shore a few nights when it was a crazy eddy and it was great there too. I'm a total convert now.

I never needed a pad or anything since it was pretty warm. Just by itself its plenty comfortable, but its kinda nice to have something between you and the cot like a sheet since its got a plastic/vinyl feel to it.

We had mosquitos a few nights and I actually set my tent up and layed it over the cot just to keep the bugs off on one of them. It looked a bit silly but worked well.

I used my fleece bivy on quite a few nights and it actually worked well to just use it like a blanket with nothing on the cot. It actually worked perfect with cool air under and warmth over you.

Needless to say, I'm a complete convert now. For colder weather I'm sure a nice sleeping pad will do the trick to keep me warm and I bet its super comfy that way too.

Oh, and I'm a side sleeper too and a big dude, and I had no problems feeling cramped with the wide roll a cot.
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