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Old 02-10-09, 11:20 AM
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Anyone use a Tentcot on a supported tour?

If you are not familiar with them, they are a fold-out cot with a tent attached. I've seen a few people use them on a supported tour. Anyone have any experience with them? I would think they would be very convenient.
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I've never seen one anywhere let alone on a bike tour. At 19 pounds I hope you aren't planning to carry one on the bike.

It seems like if you really wanted a cot and were sagged you might as well carry a cot and a regular tent. Personally neither approach appeals to me. I'd be curious to know why you would want to use one. Do you plan on touring in some particular circumstances that would make it especially attractive? Just wondering.
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As the op mentioned.... supported tour.
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Or if you tour with a trailer any way...

http://pedalrv.bravehost.com/index.html
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As the op mentioned.... supported tour.
Actually the op didn't say how/if they planned to use it they only mentioned that the people they saw with one were on a supported tour.
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Supported tour - where your gear is hauled for you.
The reason I'm interested is I sleep much better in a cot than I do on any kind of pad.
And they seem convenient.
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Supported tour - where your gear is hauled for you.
The reason I'm interested is I sleep much better in a cot than I do on any kind of pad.
And they seem convenient.
Like a lot of things in touring, there isn't a single right answer but at least as much different preferences. I would say if the tour organizers let you carry one along and you sleep better on one than on a pad, then bring it on the tour.

I've done some supported tours like Ride the Rockies and I think I've seen a cot or two. However, more common are these larger inflatable air mattresses. For me personally, I sleep at least as well on a thermarest pad and in my tent on the ground. So the extra weight to lug around (supported tour or not) isn't worth it for me.
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Or if you tour with a trailer any way...

http://pedalrv.bravehost.com/index.html
could not believe that the weight of this trailer plus tent is 35 POUNDS!

but wait, it will carry 50 pounds of your gear too! so that you would be towing an 85 pound load. I dont think I'd want this thing pushing me down any mountain passes..

weird product, IMHO. Google it and I could not find ONE single link to someone who has used one and posted about it. Hmmmm.
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How about the luxurylite cot and a "normal" tent? I haven't used one, but some one either here or on crazy guy said they loved theirs.
http://luxurylite.com/cotindex.html

The whole cot thing doesn't especially appeal to me. I am comfy on a regular thermarest. Another option would be to go with one of the extra big heavy and thick thermarest pads. The "Dream Time" model can be had in a extra long and wide version 3" thick. I wouldn't want to use it on a self supported tour, but fully supported it would be quite luxurious.
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Old 02-11-09, 12:04 PM
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I love my ultralite cot from luxurylite. I'm 240 lbs, the cot is under 3. Very comfy.
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