Kamp-Rite® Oversized Tent Cot with Rain Fly
SImpler is Better
Sometimes simpler is better.
This common statement is very true when it comes to carp fishing gear. We as a whole carry a lot of gear. I’m fairly scaled down myself, but even at my level of gear, I sometimes look like a flea-market exploded on the bank.
When it came time to purchase a new shelter, I did a little research on a little known product make by Kamp-Rite known as a Tentcot. This thing looked crazy, but seemed quite practical.
It was also affordable. $170 at Bass Pro Shops for the “Oversize” including carry bag and rainfly, seems quite reasonable.
Upon unpacking the box at the house I was instantly impressed. This thing was built. It was better material than my current tent, and gave the feeling that I was holding a well made product. I had to see it up, in about 5 minutes I had it set up for the first time in my yard. 5 Minutes! I swapped it from lounge to cot to tent and back and forth several times just to get the feel for it. Everything went quick and easy. Finally, something new that is also simple.
This past weekend was my first in the Tentcot. 51 hours on the bank is not a long time, but it is even easier when your shelter is up so quickly. I was able to set it up in one location in the shade as a lounge during the day, and due to the lightweight, move it right where I wanted it near my pod while asleep.
Here is what you’ll want to hear if you’re thinking about one. “This was simply the best I’ve ever slept on the bank”.
It vents on all four sides for warm nights, and when it closes up for cold nights, it does well (even better with the rainfly). Temperature was only in the 50’s this weekend, but I slept on my sleeping bag instead of in it. It was small enough that warmth stayed in and close.
Knowing I was 11 inches off the ground was very comforting. Rats, centipedes, snakes, rocks, dampness, and a million other things were safely under me, and not trying to get in my tent.
Now, believe me there are a couple problems. For starters, this thing is not tiny when folded up. It is pretty much the same size as a folded cot or bedchair. Along the same lines, while it is light enough to move around the bank (even while set up, and without taking it down) it is not exactly light to carry to and from the bank. The “Oversize I have weighs in at around 19lbs. If you are in the Tentcot, with the main flaps open and vents down, you will be required to open the vents to close the main flaps (the main flaps are poutside the vents). Also you will want some sort of cot pad to sleep on (much like any cot) These are my only complaints though. Not enough for me to worry about.
A couple last minute notes. I’m 6’1”, and 225 lbs, I fit in the Tentcot very comfortably. I can sit up inside it with my legs crossed and can sit and put my shoes on easily. If used correctly, this could be the ultimate stealth camper. Leaving it set up as a lounge during the day, then spending the 5 minutes required to set the tent portion up after dark would be a simple task and would go quite unnoticed.
I am already looking forward for my next chance to use it.
Simpler is better indeed.
October 24, 2007
Oversize Tent Cot
The oversize tent cot is the way to go if you want comfort and dependability. I started with the standard tent cot and loved it., but being 6'2" and 240 #, I found that the oversized version was just perfect on weekend packing trips. I loved it so much, I bought a double tent cot so my wife can experience the great outdoors with me without having to deal with blow up matresses, rocks under your tent, and the inevitable flood that everyone has experienced during a rainfall while trying to sleep in a conventional tent. I have never slept so well knowing that I was 11" off of the ground and away from those creepy crawleys that come visiting in the night. While the price might give you cause for concern, once you experience the restful sleep you can get in a tent cot, it's well worth the money. I own all three and can't wait to see what they come up with next.
February 28, 2007