REI Co-op Camp Folding Cot Review

In this REI Co-op Camp Folding Cot review you can read about a reliable and easy to use folding steel cot that packs nicely, without end-bars, and with a very reasonable price tag.

REI Co-op Camp Folding Cot.
REI Co-op Camp Folding Cot.

Key features & benefits

  • Folding cot.
  • Very easy to use.
  • Steel frame.
  • No end bars.

What this cot is about

Cots are normally in two main groups, collapsible that need assembly, and folding that need no assembly. The latter type implies that all the elements are pre-attached to each other and you simply unfold the cot in seconds. So this is what you have here. 

This is also one of those that become thin but a bit long in one dimension when packed. The picture below shows the included carry bag, and its dimensions are 38 x 6 x 5 inches (97 x 15 x 13 cm).

The carry bag is included.
The carry bag is included.

As you see, it comes with a shoulder strap and with a loop on the top. So you can carry it for shorter distances.


The frame is steel and you realize that there are angled support bars in the corners, so this adds a lot to its stability. Even the two legs in the middle are reinforced. The bed fabric is a strong 600D  ripstop polyester.

Observe that the feet are with plastic caps, but they are very small and narrow. So this is not the best feature of this cot. If you use it in a floored family camping tent, you will definitely need to add something underneath the feet for floor protection.

Support bars but small feet.
Support bars but small feet.

Who is it for

Regarding the size, this cot is quite typical with its bed size of 75 x 25.5 inches (191 x 65 cm). I find it a bit narrow. As for the length, note that there are no end-bars in this design so the given length is the true useful length.

But observe that the cot is quite high, you have  17.5 inches (44 cm). So this is lots of volume and space to store your camping gear, and it is also easier for elderly users to get in and out of the cot. On the other hand, with such a height, this cot will not fit in very low tents.

Regarding the capacity, it is again quite typical with its official 300 lb (136 kg) weight capacity. But if you need more, please check my list of cots for heavy people.

Regarding the weight, this cot is on the heavy side with its 16 lb 9 oz (7.5 kg). In view of its packed size mentioned above, the cot is for places with a car access.

Using this cot in a tent

I already mentioned the feet that may damage the tent’s floor, and also the fact that it is high. Normally, in a warmer part of the year you do not need a sleeping pad with such a cot, but you might want to use one for extra comfort, cots may be too hard for some users.

For insulation, in a cold environment you can add an insulated pad, but being so much off the ground you need far less insulation as compared with sleeping on the ground.


    • Weight: 16 lb 9 oz (7.5 kg).
    • Capacity: 300 lb (136 kg).
    • Dimensions (L x W x H): 75 x 25.5 x 17.5 in (191 x 65 x 44 cm).
    • Folded dimensions: 38 x 6 x 5 in (97 x 15 x 13 cm).
    • Frame: steel.
    • Fabric: ripstop polyester.

Rating, pros & cons

Below is summarized my rating and some pros & cons, you can also rate this cot if you are familiar with it.

Reliable and Nicely Packable Cot
REI Co-op Camp Folding Cot.

Product Name: REI Co-op Camp Folding Cot

Product Description: This REI Co-op Camp Folding Cot is Very Reliable, Easy to Use Folding Steel Cot, Nicely Packable & Affordable.

Brand: REI

SKU: 828505

  • Weight - 7.6/10
  • Size - 8.3/10
  • Capacity - 7.5/10
  • Packed size - 8.8/10
  • Ease of use & features - 9.4/10


The cot is a bit heavy and narrow but the overall rating is quite high.


  • Very easy to use.
  • Reliable.
  • Reasonable price.
  • Carry bag.


  • Heavy.
  • A bit narrow.
User Review
9.3/10 (4 votes)

Final thoughts

To summarize this REI Co-op Camp Folding Cot review, as you realize you have a great brand behind this cot, and besides this, the cot is really well-built and stable. It is highly rated by REI customers so follow the link below and see more. Fully recommended. I have added it to my list of best folding cots for camping.

Take a closer look.

There is a number of camping cots on the market built in the same style, you can compare it with this PORTAL Adult Folding Camping Cot. For more options of this type, please check under the group of Folding Cots here in the site.

Thank you for reading. Let me know if you have questions or comments, there is a comment box below. Have a nice day.

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