Therm-a-Rest LuxuryLite UltraLite Cot
A cot that’s light enough for backpacking? Yep. Therm-a-Rest’s latest is a featherweight two pounds. It manages to stay so slim by keeping a low profile, hovering just a couple inches off the ground on a patented BowFrame comprised of anodized aluminum poles and sturdy nylon feet. For zero chance of rain, forgo the tent completely and sleep under the stars. Avoid pesky bugs with the LuxuryLite Cot Bug Shelter (not included).
Pro tip: Cots are for warm weather use — they don’t provide insulation. Don’t make the mistake of thinking your sleeping bag will keep you warm — it doesn’t insulate from the bottom, since you’re compressing it with your body weight. For three-season cot use, add a camp mattress or cot warmer beneath your bag. [$220; cascadedesigns.com]
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