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Backpacker Magazine – Gear Guide 2013

Gear Review: Therm-a-Rest LuxuryLite UltraLite Cot

Get a good night's sleep with this luxury cot from Therm-a-Rest.

by: Allison Woods

Therm-a-Rest LuxuryLite UltraLite Cot (Photo by Courtesy)
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Therm-a-Rest LuxuryLite UltraLite Cot (Photo by Courtesy)

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If back pain (or preference) makes you grumble about sleeping on the ground, this slick cot, which weighs just a hair more than some plush sleeping pads, will change the way you think about roughing it. “On a float trip on the Green River, my kids fought over this cot because it allowed them to sleep under the stars, but stay safely suspended a few inches above scorpion territory,” says a tester. Another added: “For back comfort, I normally use a fairly thick pad. But this cot, alone, kept me well-supported and kink-free.” (Add a sleeping pad, as one tester did, for a truly luxurious snooze.)

Twelve nylon disks serve as self-leveling feet, suspending the cot four inches off the ground, with a 24 x 74-inch sheet of no-stretch nylon pulled taut by collapsible aluminum cross poles. Assembly is quick (less than four minutes) and simple. But it’s best for slender frames—bigger testers found it narrow—and it’s spendy. $230; 2 lbs. 12 oz.; thermarest.com



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Mike S
Jul 17, 2014

Expensive. Takes awhile to assemble and to pull apart. Depending on the size and fabric selection, 3 to 4 pounds of weight compared to the 1 pound NeoAir XTherm winter pad. That's 3 pounds less food and fuel.
Obviously not for weight conscious hikers, but nice for other applications.

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Karl
Oct 27, 2013

I have had one of these for nearly 5 years and consider it one of the best equipment purchases I made. I have found I need some insulation on top of it all but the warmest weather but light weight fleece blanket is often ample.

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Oct 27, 2013

What's "ultralight" about a 2&3/4lb cot in addition to a sleeping bag, while backpacking? This is nuts!

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Bill
Sep 12, 2013

i put mine under the tent to prevent the disks from rubbing holes in the tent floor. they are much more comfortable than pads or anything else you could take backpacking. can be a little tough to disassemble. always feels like you are going to break the poles trying to get them unsprung. i wouldn't call them "spendy". they are unique and sleep better than just about anything else and they don't have any of the drawbacks of inflatables. it's light, leak proof, and you don't slide off it in the night. it doesn't cost much more than a really good sleeping bag.

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i put mine under the tent to prevent the disks from rubbing holes in the tent floor. they are much more comfortable than pads or anything else you could take backpacking. can be a little tough to disassemble. always feels like you are going to break the poles trying to get them unsprung. i wouldn't call them "spendy". they are unique and sleep better than just about anything else and they don't have any of the drawbacks of inflatables. it's light, leak proof, and you don't slide off it in the night. it doesn't cost much more than a really good sleeping bag.

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I use one of these all the time and love love love it! no problem backpacking with it

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