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Byer of Maine, a company worthy of its reputation, prides itself on a lineup of highly-rated outdoor gear and the Allagash Plus cot is just a peek into some of their outstanding products.
The Allagash Plus cot is a result of a function-meets-form design approach and is heavily inspired by Byer of Maine’s successful Trilite Cot.
Despite its large dimensions, the Allagash Plus cot can be folded back into a very small volume thus it falls under lightweight, collapsible types of camping cots. The cot weighs a feathery 8.5 lbs.
The collapsibility aspect in the cot is apparent as you will require some assembly to get it into a usable form. However, the assembly is fairly manageable given that the sidebars and the sleeping deck are already in place so you simply have to insert the supportive legs.
The Allagash Plus cot has a low-profile design that will suffice in getting you barely off the ground by only eight inches. The bold 250-pound load capacity rating is affirmed by the use of sturdy, high-quality and durable materials.
The frame is made of lightweight, durable aluminum while the four W-shaped legs are made of strong, heat-treated, spring steel. The tension formed by the legs keeps the fabric top taut yet comfy while you lie on the wide sleeping deck.
This low-profile camping bed measures 75 inches long by 30 inches wide, which is more than enough space for most adults. The cot top is made of heavy-duty polyester fabric with a notable 600 denier rating. Plus, the fabric has mildew/mold-resistant and non-slip qualities.
When the cot top does get dirty, you can wash the cover with soap and water without much worry of damaging the fabric. Getting the cover over and out of the side poles is very easy as the poles slip out without much hassle.
Lastly, a middle bar in a camping cot can make it very uncomfortable to sleep on the cot and usually necessitates the use of a sleeping pad for cushioning. Even though the Allagash PLus Cot doesn’t have the middle bar, the extra material added at this particular point can create unnecessary discomfort.
The discomfort is only made bearable by the thought of the fact that this material is added here for extra support and to enhance durability. You will remember that this is the point that experiences most stresses when folding and unfolding the cot every other time.
When done using the cot, simply tuck the legs into their sleeves and roll up the frame into an easy-to-carry package using the attached straps. The legs will also double up as handles to facilitate carrying the cot from the campsite to the car.
The Allagash weighs a mere 8.5 pounds which makes it very lightweight and an easy-carry. But you might be disappointed by its folded length which isn’t so small. The cot folds into a 40” x 6” x 4” structure.
Alike most lightweight camping cots, the tradeoffs made in favor of lightweight, portable products compromise on the ease of assembly and disassembly.
Setting up the Allagash cot requires jamming the four steel legs into the given holes in the frame.
Typically, inserting the last leg always proves to be a headache regardless of the brand of the collapsible cot. Luckily, the Allagash Plus camping bed includes a removable “soft grip” to help you gain a firm grip when getting the legs in.
The process might seem a bit tedious for first timers but after having many nights with this cot, it will all get much easier.
A good option for sleepovers, camping, and other outdoor activities, the Allagash Plus is a conveniently lightweight spare bed with a lot to offer. The assembly of the cot is nevertheless not as friendly for most people as expected; some force is needed to get the legs in place.
In fact, this difficulty of assembly is the one biggest flaw about the Allagash Plus Cot and which hampers its favor as your go-to cot for any use.
Still, owing to its not-so-little weight, the Allagash Plus is not your typical backapacking kind of cot. Add this to the rather too much length of its folded version and it suddenly becomes apparent that this point is inarguable. Therefore, you may need a car, a motorcycle or a bike to better transport and store this cot.
In our review of the best camping cots, we rated the Alps Mountaineering Ready Lite Cot as the lightest in the lightweight cots category. Coming in at only 4.8 pounds in weight, this cot is only slightly over half the weight of the Allagash Plus Cot (8.5 lbs). You may therefore want to check it out if you are more into backpacking and hiking as opposed to other forms of camping that require a mode of transport.
Recreational spaces such as campgrounds, summer camps, fishing spots and open-air festivals will go hand in hand with the Allagash Plus cot.
It is equally very safe to use the Allagash Plus in a tent as the W-shaped legs won’t dig into or damage your tent’s footprints. You will especially be pleased by the low-profile design which makes the cot highly usable in solo tents and even low-profile tents.
|Cot Name||Frame Material||Fabric Material||Dimensions (L*W*H)||Weight||Load Capacity||Where to Buy|
|BYER OF MAINE Allagash Plus Cot [This Cot]||Aluminum frame, Steel legs||Polyester (600D)||75" x 30" x 8"||8.5 lbs.||250 lbs.||Buy on Amazon|
|ALPS Mountaineering Ready Lite Cot||Aluminum||Ripstop Polyester (420D)||78" x 28" x 7.5"||4.8 lbs.||300 lbs.||Buy on Amazon|
|GO-KOT Backpacking Folding Cot||Aircraft-Grade Aluminum frame, Steel legs||Cordura Nylon (1000D)||74" x 26" x 8" [Standard]||9 lbs. [Standard]||350 lbs. [Standard]||Buy on Amazon|
|REDCAMP Folding Camping Cot for Adults||Steel||Oxford Polyester (600D)||75" x 28" x 15"||14.7 lbs.||250 lbs.||Buy on Amazon|
|Byer of Maine's TriLite Cot||Aluminum frame, Steel legs||Ripstop Polyester (600D)||74" x 25" x 8"||7.5 lbs.||250 lbs.||Buy on Amazon|
The TriLite cot performed quite spectacularly on a number of scales we use to test the different camping cots. Particularly, is is lightweight, easy to assemble and carry around. You can confidently pick one for camping, hiking, biking and for other outdoor activities, or pick another one from our selection of lightweight collapsible cots tabled above.