It is easy to agree that sleeping on the ground is rarely comfortable, regardless of the equipment you have. In this Helinox High Cot review, I present a tool which will save you from the usual dampness and cold from the ground when camping.
This tool is known also under the name Helinox Cot One High. This indicates that what you have here is the high version of yet another product from the same brand, know as Helinox Cot One. The difference is in the legs’ structure, and in the weight of course.
♦ Completely collapsible cot.
♦ Small packed size, no issues with storage space.
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What is Helinox High Cot
What you have in this cot is a technology very similar to tents, this is a collapsible tool that packs to a really small volume. Just see its packed dimensions: 21.3 x 5.5 x 5.5 inches (54 x 14 x 14 cm). This is what makes it a great option for campers and for home use in emergency situations. You will not need much space to store this cot, it is very compact but in the same time strong when fully set up, and it will serve you well when you need it.
This cot weighs less than 3 kilograms (6.5 lb), but it will support a person of up to 145 kg (320 lb) quite easily. This is a nice piece of equipment for campers who do not wish to sleep on the ground. With such a cot, all is far more comfortable, and you do not need to spend much on sleeping pads.
As I pointed out in my another text, much more warmth is lost to the ground than to the air (in fact at least 40 times more), and this is one of the reasons for sleeping off the ground. In this particular case, you are indeed 15 inches (38 cm) above the ground. So as you realize, for home use, this looks like a real bed.
There are 6 pieces in total, plus a carry bag:
• Two sets of side poles.
• The cot’s floor.
• Three sets of legs.
• A carry bag with lash points (great to have if you are using a bike or motorbike) and with a carry handle.
The two side poles are DAC aluminum and the fabric is very durable and breathable. As I said, these poles fit one into another just like tent poles, so their setup is enormously simple. After that, you just slide them to the sleeves of the cot’s floor.
Next, you have three pairs of feet which you connect to the side poles, see the video below. These sets of feet are interconnected, and they have clamps to attach them to the poles. One side of every pair of feet has a tension bar and you will need a bit of force to set it in place.
The feet are with rubber caps, so they do not damage the surface if it is for home use. They are not supposed to make damage to the tent floor either, but I would be a bit careful in such a situation.
You can see more about the setup in this short video, please have a look:
Pros and cons
Here is my summary:
|• Very easy to setup.
• Sturdy and stable construction.
• Very small packed size.
• Versatile tool.
• Portable tool.
- Weight: 6.5 lb (2.95 kg).
- Maximum weight: 320 lbs (145 kg).
- Purpose: camping, at home.
- Bed dimensions (L x W x H): 74.8 x 26.8 x 15 (190 x 68 x 38 cm)
- Packed dimensions: 21.3 x 5.5 x 5.5 in (54 x 14 x 14 cm).
- Lightweight & durable.
- Poles: DAC aluminum.
- Zippered carry bag with handle.
Comparison with other brands
See how the Helinox High Cot compares with some other models available on the market:
Bed size, inches (cm) Packed size, inches (cm) Weight Helinox High Cot 27 x 75
(68 x 190)
21.3 x 5.5
(54 x 14)
Kamp-Rite Oversize Kwik Cot 33 x 84
(84 x 213)
42 x 9
(107 x 23)
Coleman Trailhead II 35 x 75
(89 x 190)
36 x 7
(91 x 18)
The prices for the three cots in the table at the moment of writing this text are, respectively, $400, 75, 50. So now you realize what the price tag is for the High Cot’s excellent weight.
So, to summarize this Helinox High Cot review, what you have here is an incredibly lightweight and yet very sturdy tool for camping, very suitable for camps with the car and motorbike access. It is very elegant and simple to use at home as well, in emergency situations or just to rest on your porch or terrace.
Being so far from the ground and on a rather pleasant mesh, you do not need much insulation with this cot. One obvious choice that comes to mind is the Exped MultiMat with the R factor 1.2. This is a rather multi-purpose mat, you can also fold it and have twice the mentioned R value.
If the tent you use is low, perhaps you might want a lower cot as well, or you might just want a lighter cot in general. The first cousin of this High Cot is the Cot One V2, a lower and lighter variant. Another one from the same brand is, Helinox Cot Lite, with half the weight of the High Cot presented here. Yet another very similar is presented in this site, the Helinox Cot Max for very tall people, so please have a look.
If you need a wider cot, please see my another text with 5 great foldable cots. Note also that this cot is a part of the collapsible series which includes this Helinox Chair One as well. One particularly packable cot is the Kamp-Rite Economy, so have a look.
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