This Teton Sports Universal Camp Cot review is about a military-style collapsible high-capacity strong and sturdy cot that has been on the market for a number of years already and it has stood the test of the time. This is a reliable camping bed with a very reasonable price tag.
Key features & benefits
- Very long cot, suitable for tall people.
- Very reliable, many years on the market.
- Great capacity.
- Carry bag included.
- Easy setup.
- Reasonable price.
The type of the cot
The Universal Camp Cot is a military-style and collapsible cot. The meaning of the former is that this is a strong cot with a huge capacity, with sidebars and end bars. So indeed, with 400 lb (181 kg) capacity, this cot is suitable even for very heavy people.
But this also implies that the cot needs a simple assembly. However, this is done without any tool and without force. The presence of end bars implies also that not all the length is truly a useful length; they take a few centimeters on each end.
Though this is not such a big deal; this cot is incredibly long, no less than 85 inches (216 cm). In fact, there are only a couple of cots of the same length on the market, but there is no a longer cot.
Who is it for
The capacity and the size mentioned above tell you who the users of this cot can be. Since it can accommodate very heavy and very tall people, this means also that the cot us suitable for anybody. So even if you are a short person, you will not mind having extra space on this cot.
The Universal Cot is a great option to have at home for sudden guests. It comes in a curry bag (shown above) which will keep it clean from dust when you store it in the closet or in the garage. Its packed size 42.5 x 8.5 x 5.5 inches (108 cm x 22 x 14 cm) is great and it will not take much space wherever you put it.
As an outdoor camping bed, this is a great tool at places with a car access. You have seen its packed size, so it will fit in any car, but it is too long for a motorbike.
The weight is 24 lb (10.9 kg), so this is not a lightweight tool and you will not carry it long distances from the car. So there are numerous activities where this cot can be used, like vacations, hunting, trailhead hotels, fishing, open-air festivals.
Everything on this cot is strong and sturdy, starting from the carry bag. The deck bed is 600D Brushed Poly Canvas, and the frame and bars are a combination of aluminum and steel.
The feet are with rubber caps for the floor protection, so this is a floor-friendly design both for the tent and home use.
The cot needs assembly, and this is easily done by one person in just a couple of minutes. Please see a bit more in this short video by Teton Sports:
Using the cot in a tent
The cot is very long and very high, no less than 19 inches (48 cm). It will not fit in a very small solo tent. You will need at least a 2-person tent for a solo use. This will give you a lot of space around and under the cot for your gear.
But if this is for couples, I would suggest these big tents which will easily accommodate two cots of this type, the Kelty Outback 4 and the Big Agnes Tensleep Station 4. The latter is very expensive but incredibly versatile.
I already mentioned that the legs are with rubber caps so they are floor-friendly, but if you are a big guy, consider adding some extra protection in the case of a very soft ground under the floor.
Pros & Cons
Here is my summary:
|• Great size.
• Very comfortable.
• Very reliable.
• Great capacity.
• Reasonable price.
• Carry bag included.
• Needs assembly.
The weight should not be a serious issue since this is not a tool to carry around. The question of assembly applies to all cots of this type.
At the moment of writing this text, the Amazon price for this cot is $86. I find this a really reasonable price for such a quality tool and such a size. In the comparison table below you will be able to see some other models and prices.
What users think
This cot has received great reviews by users. If you have look on Amazon, you will notice the very high average rate, 4.4/5. See how I rate it:
- Weight: 24 lb (10.9 kg).
- Capacity: 400 lb (181 kg).
- Dimensions: 85 x 32 x 19 in (216 x 81 x 48 cm).
- Packed size: 42.5 x 8.5 x 5.5 in (108 cm x 22 x 14 cm).
- Bed deck: Heavy-duty 600D Brushed Poly Canvas.
- Frame: extruded aluminum and steel X-legs.
- Rubber feet protection.
- Item number: 1082.
The Teton Sports Universal Camp Cot vs competitors
See how this cot stands when compared with some giants on the market. Note, these are really the largest cots that exist, to see more please follow the links:
|Bed size, inches (cm)
|Teton Sports Universal||85 x 32
(216 x 81)
|400 (181)||24 (10.9)|
|Browning Camping Titan Cot XP (XL)||85 x 40
(216 x 102)
|450 (205)||20.5 (9.3)|
|Kamp-Rite Oversize Kwik Cot||84 x 33
(213 x 84)
|350 (159)||23 (10.4)|
|Timber Ridge Deluxe XL Camp Cot||83 x 31
(211 x 79)
|300 (136)||24.7 (11.2)|
|Guide Gear XL Magnum||84 x 39
(213 x 99)
|600 (272)||31.3 (14.2)|
See also the prices. At the moment of writing the text they are, respectively, $86, 117, 80, 80, 90. The differences are not big, and you realize that the Universal Cot’s price is indeed reasonable.
The Teton Sports brand has a lot of camping stuff on the market, and their prices are usually hard to match. In the case of such a camping cot, you might also need the following items that are compatible with it.
You realize that the prices are great and you can have it all in one from the same brand. This is a reliable brand, well-known for their customer service and warranty.
You might want to see also this, the largest and strongest cot on the market, the Outfitter XXL Quick Cot from the same Teton Sports brand. See also its little brother Teton Sports Adventurer Cot which is for shorter people.
But if you are undecided, please look around. The site is all about cots, all possible models and types are presented here, so I am sure you will find something suitable for you. Just search in the Categories on the right above.
Thank you for reading. Please use the comment box below if you have any question or comment. I wish you a nice day.