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As I've gotten older, I've started sleeping more and more on cots while camping... either with no tent when just catching a quick sleep or in a large multi-person tent. Last year my tent got slammed by a down burst... so I'm faced with either buying a new pole set or buying a new tent.

I am considering getting a US style "cot tent" or an Aussie style swag cot. Looking for recommendations for kit to consider. I'm a big guy... 240# and 6' 2", so want something fairly long and wide. I like something which sets up with ease and is quite stable, less concerned about weight and packed up size. I'm typically not all that short of space.

Thanks in advance!
 

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some threads on those here and lots of reviews on youtube and online.
I have one. General impression: very convenient for quick deployment but cramped heightwise, also heavy and big when folded. A pain to deal with if raining and wet. I view them more as a bug and wind proof sleeping quarter than a rain tent. Although of course much better than sleeping in the open rain. There are some doubles if more space if wanted but IIRC there is often a bar in the middle that is problematic.
 

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Honestly...I'd like at hammock before a cot tent. I use a Cabelas cot (load rating 350#...lol) when I sleep under the Foxwing, but I lay a Cabelas pad on it, plus my bag. The one night I did try to sleep in one, the bar hit me so bad in the back I slept on the ground. Most hammock setups have bug nets, pee bottles, a string overhead for your phone and water bottle...pretty slick...but maybe there's not many trees in the desert?
 

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well, you only need one tree if you have the truck... :)

And then you could even run a couple of outriggers off the truck so no tree needed at all. But a cot won't even need one of those so there.
 

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This is one of my setups: a big Cabelas outfitter cot, with an Oztent RS-1 swag set up on top of it. It fits great; the cot's about the same size as the Aussie cot they sell for the same thing. Stake lines are long enough to peg the tent down for wind. I like not having to get up off the ground. If weather is a problem, I'll sent the cot/swag under the side awning for extra sun/rain cover.
 

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