I like to camp. However, I have a bad back and sleeping on the ground–even with a top-of-the-line foam pad–simply doesn’t enable me to wake up and feel like tackling a few hundred miles on the bike. The solution is the High Tech Cot offered by Riderwearhouse.
There are many advantages to sleeping a few inches off the ground: if the ground tarp or tent floor leaks during a midnight deluge you won’t spend the night in a sodden sleeping bag and wriggling into contortionist postures to find a comfortable sleeping position around underlying rocks and roots simply doesn’t exist. Air circulating beneath a cot makes also provides cooler sleeping when the weather is hot and warmer when the ground is cold. Unfortunately, most camp cots aren’t suitable for motorcycle travel.
The High Tech Cot is different. Weighing a mere 2.75 pounds it breaks down and compacts to 16 inches in length and 4 in. diameter. Composed of 12 plastic (nylon) supports; two sectional aluminum poles (with elastic, like tent supports); 16 paired aluminum support rods; and reinforced nylon fabric it does have a lot of parts but everything is color-coded.
The sectional aluminum poles slide through the sleeves on the long edge of the fabric. The cross-bracings are assembled into 8 rods that fit into opposing support brackets. The brackets then hook to the aluminum poles under tension from the support rods. The final result is a stable, rigid cot that is 74-inches long, 25-inches wide, and can support up to 325 pounds. Having assembling the High Tech Cot a few times I can now put it together blindfolded or the middle of the night.
Camping—whether in the woods of Maine or the living room of a friend of a friend—actually becomes more appealing with the High Tech Cot. The price tag might seem a bit high, but I’m certainly not going to lose any sleep over it.