Whatever you want to call this portable sleeping unit, whether military cot, or what we call it, army cots have always been an integral part of the soldier's life.
It has been used by various military divisions since the 19th century, since the American Civil War. When there is nothing left out there for you to sleep on, you can trust on the old reliable use of portable, touch, durable military cots to help you get at least somewhat of a decent night’s sleep.
Right with the army cots are the camping cots. We actually don’t see much of a difference between the two different types of cots. We say that in terms of the size and design of the sleeping units, there is absolutely no changes between the two. The only major difference is the utility of the cots. Where one is for use by people who are interested in the outdoors and enjoys sort of roughing it in nature the other is something that is supposed to be used by soldiers who are going through basic training and maybe boot camp.
I personally have never been part of the military but I have bought at least 3 different types of military cots from various army surplus stores (or government surplus stores or state surplus stores) for personal use while I was still in my college days. I remember spending one summer after my senior year taking a summer course and working on my swimming and having wonderful nights of sleep on the cot I found from Amazon for just around $90 back then. At the same time, I was paying just $200 to sleep in the basement of my friend’s house and I was busy every day sending out resumes looking for employment.
A Complete Listing of the Army Cots for Sale
Coleman Trailhead II Cot
We were only aware of just 4 different companies and large manufacturers of cots and portable beds when we first started this website. One of them was Coleman. We were already very familiar with the products made by the Coleman company like sleeping bags, tents, camping lamps, and other outdoor equipment and gears. This cot was one of the first cots which we saw from Coleman. Based on the design of the Coleman Trailhead II Cot model it is probably more for the use as a type of army cot than a camping cot. It is very simple in design and has no extraneous features besides you already see.
Coleman ComfortSmart Cot
This model called the ComfortSmart Folding Cot is sold by the mega company Coleman. This particular model is part of the ComfortSmart collection. It was one of the original models of camping cots which we personally loved. The reason why we really liked it was the fact that the fabric surface is more than just a thin layer of material which has no cushion to it. This particular model is called ComfortSmart for a reason. It is comfortable. Obviously the cushion over the metal bottom support is slightly thicker than the usual fabric stretched out but it is not some type of mattress topper pad (which we also sell in the mattress toppers section). It is more comfortable to most people but it won’t be the most comfortable thing you’ve ever slept on.
- Bi-Fold frame
- Covered foam mattress pad
- Comfortably fits a person up to 67″
- Supports up to 250 lbs.
- Spring construction for a bed-like feel.
- Comfortsmart collection
Portable Folding Camping Bed and Cot (Trademark Innovations)
The model called the Portable Folding Camping Cot sold by Trademark Innovations. It is is labeled as both a camping bed and a camping cot. We are fairly liberal with the way we have been defining the term “cot” to refer to any type of portable sleeping unit that you can just stick in the back of your car, then take out, assemble, and put it outside to sleep upon. We felt that the name of the particular model of camping cot already says everything you need to know about it. It is one of the folding or fold-up models of cots. It is small enough (aka portable) to be taken almost anywhere even using the smallest of sedans. Compared to say most other models that we have seen, we would just say that it is very average. It gets consistently good, but not great, reviews.
Kamp-Rite Tent Cot with Rain Fly
This model was the one of the first models we found by Kamp-Rite which has been a big name in the field of camping cots and accessories. The Kamp-Rite Double Kwik Cot is one of those models which makes you realize that if a person is thinking of getting a type of cot, whether army or camping style, they don’t have to settle just for a single sized model.
This is called the Double Kwik Cot model for a reason, and you can see where the makers of this one did it right. The most obvious thing about this particular model is the doubled width of it. If you actually opened the model up and expanded it out, you’d find the stretched out fabric to cover an area of over 7 feet at 85 inches long and almost 5 feet wide at 55 inches in width. However, if you consider how much width is actually available for two people, it really doesn’t seem like that much.
Kamp-Rite Oversize Kwik Cot
The Kamp-Rite Oversize Kwik Cot has been one of the most consistently highly rated models that we have found. There seems to have been a lot of interest in this particular model and we are not sure why that might be ourselves. What we could figure out about why this model seems to be so popular is that it is relatively simple in design and is very portable. The model is not too overly large in size.
When you expand out the cot to the full size by opening it up, it reaches dimensions of around 7 feet in length and almost 3 feet wide. Based on those dimensions we can say that it would sleep even the tallest of individuals. It sort of reminds us of the college sized beds that are available in universities. It is not wider than any of the other models, but it is definitely longer. This would be great for a taller than average person but not for a person who is wider.
Portable Folding Camping Bed & Cot Military
This is one of the many military style folding cots that we have found. Compared to the other models which have almost the same dimensions, size, and features, it is slightly below average in quality. There are not that many people who have given it the best of reviews. We suspect that it is because of a branding issue. When we compare this model to what is probably the exact same product sold by the company Coleman, model Trailhead II Cot, it just doesn’t have the same number of reviews. It could just be a popularity contest. That is why even though it might seem like this model is not as good as others, it is underrepresented due to a lack of name recognition. We personally have never heard of CusCus but they seem to be a very active seller of outdoor gears, most especially camping backpacks and a few exercise equipments.
The Maine Military Cot by Byer of Maine
This model is called the Main Military Cot. It is sold by the company Byer of Maine, which is actually called Byer Manufacturing Company. They are the oldest supplier of folding cots in the USA. The company was started in the 19th century and has been suppying military style cots or army cots for soldiers in various military branches to sleep on for many of the world wards, including World War I, World War II, the Korean War. Beyond just soldiers, the Byer of Maine company has also supplied it to people around the world doing good things, and improving the lives of other people. The Red Cross and many other NGOs have bought these folding cots for its members.
Slumberjack Big Cot
Slumberjack is one of the bigger names and companies that sell camping cots and military cots. This model called the Slumberjack Big Cot is probably the most popular (as well as best selling) model in their collection. It is also called the Big Lux Cot model as well.
We sort of use those two different terms and labels for this particular model interchangeably. What makes this particular model so popular with the outdoors lover is the storage pouch at the bottom of the cot and the included mat which self inflates so that you get a softer surface to sleep on at night.
The one feature that it does have which makes it so impressive is that the frames, while mainly made of aluminum composite, has the ends of the bars at the bottom coated with steel. The steel bar ends means that when you are lying down on the cot at night and you start to roll around to adjust your position, the ends of the bars will not scrape against the ground they are on making horrible screeching noises.
Other people who have bought this model have also said that they noticed that the noise level of this particular cot compared to maybe another they bought for their kids or spouse was much quieter.
- Extra-long, extra-wide camping cot made of 600 by 300 denier polyester
- No-squeak aluminum frame with steel end bars is quiet and comfortable
- Bottom storage pouch with mesh gear pockets for flashlight, glasses, and more
- Big Lux cot model includes self-inflating, edge-bonded mat for added comfort
- Available in 3 models measuring at least 32 x 19 x 82-Inch (width x height x depth)