PORTAL 83 XL Heavy Duty Folding Portable Camping Cot – Steel Frame


PORTAL 83 XL Heavy Duty Folding Portable Camping Cot is a new item on the market, a very large military-style cot suitable for tall people, and with a strong steel frame.

PORTAL 83" XL Heavy Duty Folding Portable Camping Cot, Pack-away Outdoor Fold Up Bed.

PORTAL 83″ XL Heavy Duty Folding Portable Camping Cot, Pack-away Outdoor Fold Up Bed.

Key benefits

  • Very long cot.
  • Reasonable price.
  • Durable steel frame.

Take a closer look.

What is in the name

The number 83 and the letters XL indicate the size of this cot. With this, they want to make it clear that this is a bigger version of their other smaller Portal cot that is currently also available on the market.

But this is a completely different cot. So what you have here is a military-style design. This means that the legs are X-shaped, and the cot has end bars as typical for such a design. This also implies that it needs assembly. though as usual this only means unfolding it and adding the two end bars. You do not need any tool for this.

So the cot is fully collapsible and it packs to 43 x 8.6 x 4.3 in (109 x 22 x 11 cm). The length of the package is not so great. In view of this and its 23.5 lb (10.66 kg) of weight, you will need a car for transportation.

Various features summarized in this collage.
Various features summarized in this collage.

Who is it for

Sizewise, this is a cot very much suitable for tall people, you see it from its bed size which is 83 x 30.5 in (211 x 77 cm). Though bear in mind that the end bars take a few centimeters from each end.

This is a cot for camping at places with car access, so this can imply a variety of activities. You can use it also at home as a spare bed for sudden guests.

The strong steel frame is good enough for up to 300 pounds (136 kg) of the weight.

Note that the cot is built in two collors, you can see them in the links given here.

Using this cot in a tent

Obviously, it will fit in any larger family camping tent, in particular those that are cabin style with flat and straightened walls. If you want to use it in smaller tents, bear in mind its length and also the height. Many solo tents and 2-person tents you can see described in detail here.

In any case, make sure that the feet don’t damage the floor. They are with plastic caps but that may not be enough if the ground is soft.

Note also that with 19 inches (48 cm) of clearance underneath the cot, you have this space for storage, see the picture below. I always stress this as one of the advantages of using a cot. If you sleep on the ground, the space is completely lost.

This is a nice camping tool when used in any larger tent.
This is a nice camping tool when used in any larger tent.

Good and less good features

Here is my short summary:

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  • Great size.
  • Reasonable price.
  • Quality materials.
  • Versatile.
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  • Not so great packed size.
The price & my rating

As of the moment of writing this text, the price for this cot is $80. This is very reasonable for such a cot. But you might want to check also its smaller cousin which is different in style yet far more affordable. See how I rate it:


  • Weight: 23.5 lb (10.66 kg).
  • Capacity: 300 lb (136 kg).
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 83 x 30.5 x 19 in (211 x 77 x 48 cm).
  • Packed size: 43 x 8.6 x 4.3 in (109 x 22 x 11 cm).
  • Fabric: 600D polyester canvas.
  • Frame: powder coated steel.
  • Carry bag included.

PORTAL 83 XL Camping Cot vs Competitors

As always, I think one can best understand features of a cot by comparing it with its competitors. So here is the Portal Cot side by side with two other cots built in the same style. To see more, please follow the links:

Weight, lb (kg)

Bed size, in (cm)

Packed size, in (cm)

Capacity, lb (kg)



83 Cot 


83 x 30.5
(211 x 77)

43 x 8.6 x 4.3
(109 x 22 x 11)

300 (136)



Gecko Cot


74 x 30
(188 x 76)

40 x 8 x 6
(102 x 20 x 15)

330 (150)



Big Lux Cot


82 x 32
(208 x 81)

41 x 9 x 7.7
(104 x 23 x 20)

325 (147)



Final thoughts

So the PORTAL 83 XL Heavy Duty Folding Portable Camping Cot is a really nicely built cot with an impressive length, a good news for very tall people. This is a steel construction with a durable bed fabric and with an easy setup. Great value for the money, fully recommended.

Note that this cot is included in my list of extra long cots so have a look if you need something even longer. Check also this Tough Outdoors XL cot which is wider.

Check current price.

If you still need something different, just look around. This site is all about camping cots, so all types are available here. Check in the Categories above.

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