For Christmas I got the SleepRite cot by Travelchair that Cascade Outfitters still has on sale - same basic concept as the thermarest. It's kind of fussy to set up compared to a roll-a-cot, but super comfortable, especially with a paco pad on top, and plenty low to fit inside my tents. It also is really light and packs up small enough to fit in my drybag. At the $147 sale price, it's in the same price range as a roll-a-cot, but I highly doubt it will last anything near as long.They're pretty pricey (friend has one, too much for me) but thermarest makes one that's built really low to the ground... has little round legs...maybe 4-5 "?
Yeah, I have a bum knee, and kneeling is a PITA, but I need to go small & light for kayak touring. The hammock is my favorite way to sleep if I'm not on my roll-a-cot in my Big Ass (Big Agnes) 4 man=1 gal & cot & gear tent. Kind of hard to find trees for the hammock while paddling at Lake Powell though.....so I got a Sierra Designs Lightning tent and the Exped Synmat medium/wide. It has the built in pump that's ok, but not perfect. Kind of like two minutes of CPR on your pad. Then I got the schnozzel bag, and bingo, problem solved. Four bags full of air squeezed in while sitting comfortably in my camp chair and.....voila, it's ready for bed.I've had an Exped down mat that I bought in '05. Very comfortable and warm. I just used it a couple of weeks ago on a beach camping trip and love it...except for the process of filling it.
Still, waaay more comfortable than my pacos and roll-a-cot, perhaps even more than when I combine the two. Though, the height of the cot is better than being on the ground.
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kengore,I love my Roll-O-cot but it needs a big tall tent. Has anyone modified the cot to fit into a smaller tent? It looks like you could cut the legs down almost 4". AND you can buy a spare set of legs for $20.