helinox cots

Deadfall

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Any serious backpackers out there using a helinox cot for extended hunts? I have not used a cot for my packpack hunts Seriously considering it. Found some places to hunt that I want to spend a couple weeks in. These places are a journey to get too. Want to set a camp and live decent on these hunts. Planning on 2 trips for setting camp. I run a Kifaru tipi with stove. Definitely wider then 24 inches. Standard length is fine.

Anyway, was wondering if the helinox cots are worth the money? Or something comparable you prefer? I am not interrested in anything from cabelas. Full size cots will not work for what I'm up to.
 

Zach Herold

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Yes helinox cots work great, but I think it's worth the money savings to look into other companies. Hell Walmart just came out with one that is in their Ozark trail line I think (don't quote me on that I just saw it on the shelf in Walmart) and it's a fraction of the price and not much heavier than the helinox.

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There might be knock-off brands just as good but if there are I do not know. FWIW I've used a Helinox cot now for several years and won't go back to other options. If you're staying for an extended period of time then a comfortable good night's sleep is worth a lot.
 

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Helinox is the way to go, love mine. I don’t pack it in often but use it a lot, sleep like I do at home. Price was hard to swallow but haven’t regretted it. If you wait you can get it on moosejaw for 20% off or join their rewards and wait for the 30% back promotion.
 

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On a similar thread someone suggested “marchaway cot” on Amazon. I really like them in my Cimarron but I don’t hike with it. Easy to set up after a practice run and the low profile is nice in a pyramid shelter. Not sure the weight vs helinox, but if you’re doing 2 trips might not be a big deal.
 

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My wife and I have two of them, similar to the one at the link below. I used it on my truck camp elk hunt this year, but we have also used them on backpacking trips. They're pretty comfortable, but if counting ounces, I'll leave it behind.

 
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Helinox is the way to go, love mine. I don’t pack it in often but use it a lot, sleep like I do at home. Price was hard to swallow but haven’t regretted it. If you wait you can get it on moosejaw for 20% off or join their rewards and wait for the 30% back promotion.
Thanks. Will look into that
 

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I have the thermarest version. Love it, and especially if you're teepee camping. Also gives you a little storage room when you're sharing floor space. When I go solo and the weather is nicer, I prefer the hammock. I have nothing against helinox, I have one of their chairs, thermarest was available when I needed one.
 

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I wouldn't go hunting without my cot one.....

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I bought a desert walker (Amazon)after missing a couple sales and trying to save some cash. It’s a knockoff of the helinox and I’d say it performed as good as my buddys helinox. After comparing it’s basically identical besides a little different fabric (helinox was more slipper) Same weights and size. Im not sure how long it’ll last but it lasted the 12 or so nights I used it.
 

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I used one on one trip. Haven't packed it since. I don't think it is worth it. Still have to put a pad on top of it. Didn't make any difference in comfort for me.

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My main hunting buddy has one and uses it occasionally. Hes a cold sleeper and it doesnt help that issue. I was having the best nights sleep of my woods life on my exped, and I was woken up to him calling the wood stove a “dirty whore” lol. Got cold and couldnt get a fire lit.

I always wondered, for the weight, why someone wouldnt just bring a thick self inflating type pad with the foam inside? That has to be extremely comfy and much warmer. Just my thoughts, and would weigh less than a pad and cot.
 

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I bought a desert walker (Amazon)after missing a couple sales and trying to save some cash. It’s a knockoff of the helinox and I’d say it performed as good as my buddys helinox. After comparing it’s basically identical besides a little different fabric (helinox was more slipper) Same weights and size. Im not sure how long it’ll last but it lasted the 12 or so nights I used it.
My buddy bought one of these and the legs would stay secure a d it fell down constantly to where he stopped using it, it was hilarious, he was able to buy the helinox legs direct and now it works great for him.
 

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I used one on one trip. Haven't packed it since. I don't think it is worth it. Still have to put a pad on top of it. Didn't make any difference in comfort for me.

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I only use a pad when it’s under 30* otherwise i haven’t needed a pad with it, i should of tried it in single digits just to see how cold it would get.
 
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Sleep on full size cot with pad, when guiding. Some years it's well below zero Sleeps good, recon little cot be the same
 

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I use the pad because it's not comfortable without one. Cold hasn't been an issue.

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I use the pad because it's not comfortable without one. Cold hasn't been an issue.

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Ah, yeah can't say I've ever slept on a comfortable cot either...lol
 
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