Ubens BRS Outdoor Ultralight Folding Aluminium Camping Tent Bed
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Package Dimensions : 16.3 x 4.9 x 4.3 inches; 3.7 Pounds
- Date First Available : April 17, 2015
- ASIN : B00Y8545TU
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-WAY cheaper in cost than the other brands
-Very light and easy to stow in a car or backpack
-Can withstand a beating by several children (maybe not regularly though-I haven't and don't want to test this)
-Endcaps fall out (this is annoying, but a little glue helps)
-Difficult and time consuming to set up
I'll explain this point. So, the directions ARE in Chinese which presents a slight difficulty. There are 4 'extra' poles and I haven't figured out what they are for, but they didn't seem crucial.
When you assemble the side poles and attempt to slide them into the fabric, it's very sticky and takes forever to work them all the way to the end. There are holes spaced to attach the support poles to the sides but the side poles will slide out of every hole as you work your way to the end. This is very frustrating. The rest of the assembly is pretty easy to figure out, but you will smash your hands and fingers if you aren't careful. Trying to attach the plastic bottoms and support poles can be challenging if your body isn't in the right position. Trying to remove them is even more hazardous! This is where you have to pay close attention to the initial set up. If the support poles are not fully seated in their slots, they will slip out and get wedged against the plastic which will make it harder to make adjustments and eventually remove. I know there must be a technique to this, but I haven't figured it out yet!
If you only had one of these cots, it might take you 10 mins to set up. Multiply that by 3 and you will be sweating and frustrated by the end. I got faster at taking them apart by the end of the trip. I also added a sleeping mat for a little cushion. Really, this cot with the mat is very comfortable. With other cots, it feels like you are sleeping on plywood. I still have a cot like that and I would toss and turn all night from being cold and uncomfortable. This cot was very different. I slept quite soundly and wasn't cold at all, even with temperatures below freezing. My kids also had no complaints. My dog also opted for sleeping on the cot instead of her bed!
I'm glad I purchased 3 of these. They are totally worth it. One word of warning: You better practice setting this up at home before you go camping or you will be sorry!
I have used these cots almost daily since I purchased them. I don't know where all the negative reviews are coming from. As I said, I have three and haven't had anything go wrong yet. What helped me figure out how to use the cot and the 'extra' poles was to watch the video on the name brand cot's Amazon page. Everything made sense after watching it.
My kids actually prefer sleeping on these cots than sleeping in their own beds! Weird, but it speaks to how comfortable the cots are. They are still a pain in the butt to set up and take down, but this is preferable to sleeping on the ground or trying to drag a bulky mattress around.
20 May 2016
I have now set up and taken down 3 cots more than 6 times each with a total of over 40 days/nights each of being slept on. They've been used on carpet, concrete, muddy ground, rocky ground, normal forest ground, and ground covered in sweet gum tree balls. Each of these was on a cold-weather camp out. I have bent a few poles and broken two. Each time was during the take down. I yanked too hard even when I felt resistance. One cracked and on another occasion one snapped. The cold definitely played a part in breaking the poles because my hands were numb. The cot material is looking pretty beat up, but is holding up nicely. I'd buy this item again and again.
Ok, so what are you missing? Well, it's kind of small. If you don't want to dangle your feet off the end you must be about 5 foot 6 inches to fit on this cot. It's also fairly narrow. I was lazy and did not convert the metric to english to check the size. My bad. But, I will keep it anyway because I don't mind the dangling feet issue. I'll just put something under the end to support my feet a little, like a folded up coat, etc.
Overall a good value for the money if you go into it knowing the trade offs you have for the price difference.
Update after use in the mountains. My son-in-law and I both bought one of these cots. I broke one of the legs when I was assembling it and it didn't feel like I had put any pressure on it when it snapped. He broke one of his cot legs when he was using it. I think all this could be prevented by just increasing the thickness of the leg by as little at 1 mm. Anyway, there are kits available to replace broken legs and/or poles. Because of the fragility of this cot I had to reduce my rating to 3 stars.
I am still keeping it though because out of all the systems I have tried... it seems to work best.
Having said that... i don't think that this would be a good system for anyone taller than say 5' 10" and weighs much more than a few hundred pounds.