Ozark Trail Two-Person Cot Tent is a folding camping tool for off-ground sleeping with a full-coverage fly and vestibules for the gear storage.
Key features & benefits
- Collapsible design.
- Easy setup.
- Very good price.
- Gear loft included.
- Carry bag included.
What type of a cot-tent is this
Here you have a double cot-tent with a collapsible design. This means that the setup is easy and the assembly is easy. Only the tent poles have to be attached, the bed you simply spread. The structure is very similar to the Kamp Rite Compact Double Tent Cot.
Obviously, this is a double-size tent cot and I have included it in my list of double cot-tents.
The double size bed is with 9 legs so the weight is distributed and you have plastic cups and this is a floor-friendly design. There is also a mesh loft included and it is fixed under the cot so you can store some of your items and have them off the ground and fully protected. The whole system comes in a carry bag.
The fly is the full-coverage type and it goes all the way to the ground and you can stake it down properly and secure against the wind. This allows for lots of storage space. There are two doors on the sides and the outer doors roll up and you fix them to the fly.
Regarding the rain protection, note that the fly is water-resistant but not fully waterproof. So I would not go with this tool in an area where lots of rain is expected. On the other hand, if you use it without the fly, you will enjoy sleeping under the stars and you will be fully protected from the bugs and also from any objects on the ground, the picture below shows how this may look like.
Who is it for
Weight-wise, you have a tool which weighs 40 lb (18.14 kg), so this may look a lot but this is a two person tent-cot. You will see in the comparison table below how it stands in comparison with other similar tools, and you will realize this weight is quite normal.
Capacity-wise, it supports up to 450 lb (204 kg) so this is lower than some of its competitors shown in the comparison table below.
Seasons-wise and climate-wise, I already mentioned the issue of waterproofness so this sleeping system is for camping in the areas without much rain, if any. For such a use, you can keep the vestibules open and you will always have enough air circulation. So for a summer camping without rain, this is a great tool.
In the case of a cold-weather camping, the following things to point out. Again, avoid rainy situations, and avoid the snow. The poles are fiberglass and although the structure looks strong, I would not expose them to much vertical pressure. You are well off-the-ground and even with a modest R-value sleeping pad, you will be fine. This is surely better than sleeping on the ground in any tent regardless how good.
Size-wise, you have the bed which is 79 x 58 inches (201 x 147 cm) so these are quite good dimensions and you definitely have enough space for two users. Have seen many people mixing the tent size with the bed size. So the tent goes around and creates small vestibules and this is the size 8.1 x 8.1 ft mentioned on Amazon.
The packed size is around (L x D) 50 x 11 inches (127 x 28 cm), so this is a bulky item. But again, you will see it below compared with other cot-tents and you will realize this is quite a typical packed size.
Note that there is a bar in the middle so it separates the bed into two sections. If you use it solo you will sleep on either of the two sides and you can use the other half for your gear.
All in all, this is a tool for car camping, big enough for two people but it can be used also as a solo tent-cot.
Do you need a pad
For summer camping you do not need any pad, but you might want to use one for extra comfort. Please check my list with some top quality double sleeping pads.
In a cold environment, you will surely need one. But being off the ground you need far less insulation as compared with the sleeping on the ground. Roughly speaking and dependent on the type of the ground, you lose around 50 times more body warmth to the ground (if you sleep on the ground) than to the air under you if you sleep off the ground on such a cot.
A sleeping pad, if thick enough, will also save you from the central bar which goes along the bed from the head to the feet area.
With a double pad you might want a double sleeping bag and this even if you use this system solo. I am a bit claustrophobic so I use double bags whenever possible, and this is only for car camping of course. So check my list with the best double sleeping bags for car camping.
Good and less good features
Here is my short summary:
- Great price.
- Very good size.
- Very easy to use.
- Lots of protected area for storage.
- No vents on the fly.
- Not fully waterproof.
- Poor description in general.
The price & rating
As of the moment of writing this text, the Amazon price for this cot-tent is only around $154. I think this is more than a fair price for such an item. Please see how I rate it for several parameters:
My rating breakdown of the Ozark Trail Two-Person Cot Tent:
- Capacity: 2 people.
- Weight capacity: 450 lb (204 kg).
- Weight: 40 lb (18.14 kg).
- Bed size: 79 x 58 in (201 x 147 cm)
- Tent dimensions: 97 x 97 in (246 x 246 cm).
- Peak height: 60 in (152 cm).
- Packed size (L x D): 50 x 11 in (127 x 28 cm).
- Poles: fiberglass.
- Frame: steel.
- Fabric: water-resistant, not waterproof.
- Warranty: 6-month limited warranty.
Ozark Trail Two-Person Cot Tent vs Competitors
I already mentioned the comparison table so here it is, this is the best way to realize and understand the features of such a cot-tent.
As you see, it is a bit shorter than the other two but it is wider. Note also that the Winterial is a folding type so it is much larger when packed. This Ozark trail cot-tent is the same type as the Kamp-Rite cot-tent. You will find more information if you follow the links in the table.
COMPARE PACKAGE FEATURES
Ozark Trail Double
Payable Every Month
79 x 58
(201 x 147)
50 x 11 x 11
(127 x 28 x 28)
Kamp Rite Compact Double
Payable Every Month
85 x 55
(216 x 140)
45 x 12 x 12
(114 x 30 x 30)
Payable Every Month
85 x 55
(216 x 140)
48 x 34 x 8
(123 x 85 x 20)
In the summary of this Ozark Trail Two-Person Cot Tent review, I would stress that this is a nicely designed and sturdy structure with lots of space for a couple. The price is really great. But bear in mind my objections given above in the text.
Note that they also have a single-person version with the same basic features, so please have a look here.
Thank you for reading. If you have any question, please use the comment box below. I wish you a nice day.