The Byer of Maine Allagash AL Cot is constructed with a strong, yet light weight aluminum frame, 600 denier polyester cover, and spring steel legs. Four galvanized, tent friendly spring steel legs will conform to your body and double as a carry handle.
|Length:||6 ft 4 in / 1.93 m|
|Width:||30 in / 76.2 cm|
|Height:||8 in / 20.32 cm|
|Weight:||9 lb / 4.08 kg|
|Capacity:||250 lb / 113.4 kg|
|Material:||600D Polyester/Spring steel|
We had not camped in ten years and were taking a 2 week trip in June 2011 to see Rocky Mountain national parks with our 16 year old. Tired of inflating air mattresses that soon had to be tossed, we bought our teenager a self- inflating mattress and looked into cots. I searched a lot and chose to buy the Alagash by Byer of Maine from Austin Canoe and Kayak. The price fit our budget and the four cot-wide support frame bars were tent floor "friendly" compared to cots with "feet." The ACK customer support was excellent and stayed in e-mail contact re: tracking shipping. The 2 cots arrived in 5 "real time" days. Set up was easy using the soft-grip handle, but would be hard without it. I lay on the cot and immediately was surprised how comfortable it was but was as quickly disappointed when I felt my middle are sinking enough so my lower back bone contacted the middle support bars. It was better on my side, but laying on my back I sank too much even when I shifted up or toward the bottom. We had chosen the 30" wide model thinking more comfort but I wondered now if the 25" would not have sagged as much. Regardless, the product said up to 250 pounds and I am 215 pounds, well below the maximum. The length was fine for my 6'1" frame. My wife was very comfortable. With only days before our trip, I decided to potentially forfeit the warranty and modify the bars. I hammered them to be wider and fortunately, that solved the problem after a few tries. However, that decision might have caused a later problem, I will never have a way to know for sure. First, we camped 8 nights and I slept like a baby. VERY comfortable and I did not use a pad. But after our second night at the Grand Canyon (50 yards from the North Rim!) I noticed that in the middle are of my cot near the side bars, there were two quarter-inch slits, not tears. I had slept right on the canvas without the sleeping bag and had something in my pocket so I might have caused the problem. Regardless, I will have to discuss with the retailer what kind of patches are available. The other problem is harder to pinpoint as a defect since I might have slept in both cots with my modified support bars. In the same middle area of the cots, the stitching of the side bar sleeves was loosening about a little less than a half-inch on both sides of the cots median on both sides on both cots. They did not worsen and I would not care if I knew they would not worsen. However, they have barely been used. I hate getting barely used things replaced because the new ones might develop the same problem and the waste really bugs me. A final thought is that they took minutes to set up and less to take down. Sometimes the bars were difficult to insert so I don't know if my wife could have always set the cots up alone. But SO much easier than air mattresses and we were both very comfortable. Austin Canoe and Kayak had a good price and terrific follow-up for such a minor transaction. I hope to discuss the issues I've mentioned for their opinion. I appreciate this opportunity for feedback, because not all businesses are willing to invite criticism. Good for you folks!
Purchased 2 of these for my first single parent going camping alone without help type trip. They were super affordable, comfortable and light....but set up with the bars was so hard. It took me literally 45 minutes. The bars on the sides kept shifting around in the canvas, then when finally in the right place, it was really hard to have enough strength to push the floor bars into the holes. I would not recommend to single females without help. slept better than ever on them, though.
Used the cot recently and was pleased with the comfort. The included gripper is a big help in the setup. No regrets with this purchase.
Great little cot! Just what I needed in the small tent we used for the weekend. Some reviews made it sound difficult to set up so I set it up once at home before the trip. Not all that difficult. The small size of the folded up cot is great. I appreciate the quick and free shipping.