A while back I bought a tent cot collapsable for quick overnighters on the river. Well a couple of weeks ago I got to finally use it. I did a quicky style overnighter on the river with a bud. 1st time I've ever camped out of my jet boat!
We went out Friday mid-afternoon and fished a while and scoped for a good beach on an island.
Come evening we beached the boat and did a QUICK camp set up and built a fire for dinner. We wanted to eat and get back on the water before sunset to catch the evening bite and do some night fishing.
Anyway the Tent cot set up quick and easy. Way less than 5 minutes. I had just bought a new sleeping pad to fit it. I bought the regular sized 3.5" REI self inflating mattress. I have one of these in XL for my other cot. Add an old summer weight sleeping bag and I was snug as a bug all noght and slept like a baby. It is pretty cozy inside. Just enough room for me and my bag but that's enough. I can sit up on the cot no problem. It has doors in both sides and little web storage nooks inside. One thing I did notice was dew. I didn't have a need for the rain fly and it was hot so I left all the windows open. I got dew on the fabric both inside and out as it was a heavy dew evening. Not a big deal really and I think had I closed it up before sunset it wouldn't have formed on the inside.
Next am it took us about 10 minutes to break camp and hit the river. My bud slept in the boat on a pad.
Here are a couple of more pics of the set up.
Overall I'm impressed with the thing. Haven't tried it in a heavy rain yet so will leave that till I do. For not much over $100 I got a sturdy cot and a small dome shaped bivy bag. They can be used together or by themselves to either be a bivy or a cot. Without the cot the space the tent stows to is tiny. Both together fit in a bag just about the size of a bag chair. This should work great in my solo canoe or for quick overnighters in the state park before a float trip.
We had a great trip and Sat the fishing was very good. No monsters so no pics of fish but we caught decent fish all day.
Here are a couple of shots from back home with the rain fly on it.
I think this is a great option for those like me that prefer to be up off the ground but need something that will pack into a canoe or yak.