Therm-a-Rest LuxuryLite Mesh Cot
Great Cot with some doubts on durability
My wife and I are avid campers. We spend at least 6 weeks a year in various campgrounds in Europe and The United States. Our preferred way of camping is with a tent and we like to stay in ‘rural’ campsites. In the USA that means campground in national and state parks, in Europe we avoid the big campsites and look for smaller privately owned sites.
We have a small tent that has room for three, so we can fit 2 beds and our luggage easily. Up until last year we slept on self-inflatables and that worked out fine until I noticed to get some trouble with my lower back (I am 51 years old). It would hurt when I got up in the morning and immediately start hurting again when we went back to bed on the 2nd or 3rd day.
So I started looking for alternatives and came across the Thermarest LuxuryLite Cot. More specifically the extra-large variant since I am quite large (193 cm) and because this version is also extra wide, it would allow me to sleep on my side, which is my preferred position.
Now, you need to know that this cot is expensive! I ordered it at CAMPZ.NL and the price-tag was over 225 euro’s – which is a lot, but it came with a 100 day return guarantee, so I would be able to test it thoroughly.
Did it work? The answer is wholeheartedly ‘Yes’ – I used the cot during a 4 week camping trip and spend almost 24 nights on this bed (other nights were spend in a hotel for the necessary showers and laundry facilities) – in over 6 different campsites.
Now it would be strange if I would say that not spending that time in my own bed did not affect me, but overall I slept great and had no back pain to speak of.
The cot consists of a sturdy cloth, 2 foldable sticks that slide into the long side and a set of smaller sticks and ‘feet’ that allow you to build the cot. It is almost impossible to explain in text, so I refer to the YouTube video for an explanation how to set this thing up ( http://youtu.be/orRtuiTgQ40 )
The cot comes in a small back, that holds all of the components easily and the complete package is surprisingly light (less than 2 kg). Setting up takes some effort and strength in your upper arms.
After the first week I decided to change the way that the struts and feet are located – I used to evenly spread them across the length of the bed, but I discovered that putting 2 close together to support my head and neck, leave a bigger gap and then put in the rest (I suggest you look at the video, it will make more sense than my textual description here), was a better setup.
After 6 weeks the bed is still in perfect condition, but I do have some concerns about the holes in the cloth where you fix the ‘feet’; due to the tension that is put on the holes, I expect that this is an area that will suffer from the setup process. Also I noticed that this is not a very sturdy bed, getting in and out of it needs to be done with some care – you can absolutely forget to do anything else then sleep in this bed.
All in all I am happy with my purchase and hope we can enjoy camping for a long time.
August 28, 2014
Awesome supportive sleep platform
My husband and I purchased two luxury light thermarest cots before our 1600 mile dual sport trip from Oregon to Montana via the Magruder Corrider. If I was going to tackle some technical riding for days, I wanted to NOT sleep on the ground to prove my durability. Thermarest cots pack down small to easily be included in fundamental gear carried on the bikes, and after sleeping on them for that trip, I have never looked back. With a thermarest pad on them, they are incredibly supportive and comfortable. I look forward to many future adventure rides with our cots, and the ability to make a fabulous hotel with what is in my bags. Thanks for a great product. And PS, the Thermarest compressible pillows fit the bill, too. Signed, happy Chiropractor and traveler
August 15, 2014
I should have made this purchase a long time ago! Super comfy on the ground in my tent, packs small, and for the 3.12 weight penalty the rest was well worth it. Used it on a concrete floor recently and was really glad I had it in my pack. You can't beat good sleep. I'm a side sleeper and this is wonderful.
October 11, 2013