This TravelChair SleepRite Cot Review is about a cot with a completely unique legs system, a nicely packable portable cot that has been on the market for several years already.
Key features & benefits
- Unique design with collapsible legs.
- Backpack portable.
- Great size.
- Nicely packable.
- Shock-corded elements.
What type is this
The TravelChair Cot is in the group of collapsible cots in the true meaning of this phrase. Even the legs collapse in three pieces. So when collapsed and packed in its nice carry bag, it is of the size 18 x 7.5 x 6 inches (46 x 19 x 15 cm), see the picture below.
This all has both good and bad sides; the bed is so compact when collapsed, but it needs assembly. See the essential steps presented in pictures:
This is also a portable cot, you can transport it even in a backpack. This is clear from its 6.1 lb (2.77 kg) of weight. So this is light enough for a backpack, but this is not a backpacking tool; for such a purpose I would suggest some of these ultra-lightweight cots.
Who is it for
In view of its packed size mentioned above, this is a very versatile cot, suitable literally for any outdoor activity. Clearly, you are not limited by the car or motorbike access to you camping place; when needed you can simply attach it to the backpack and carry it further from the parking place.
So this is a great tool for ordinary camping, hunting, fishing, kayaking, motorbike tours, cycling tours, and you name it.
It is so nicely packed and protected in its carry bag that you can store it anywhere at home and use as a spare bed for sleepovers and for an emergency situation in general.
Sizewise, the bed is very good, with 78 x 30 inches (198 x 76 cm) it is clearly suitable even for very tall people. But for exceptionally tall and heavy guys, you might want to check this World Outdoor Products Big Bear Cot.
Construction and setup
The metal parts are anodized aluminum, all elements are shock-corded so there is no chance for losing or mixing things. This is a nice feature here.
The fabric is 600D, so this is quite standard, used in most of the cots on the market.
But the legs are a totally unique system which is best to see in this video which shows how to disassemble them and pack in the carry bag:
The bed is with 6 bars that represent legs, so there are 12 points on the ground, the weight is nicely distributed, the structure is flexible and fits easily to any surface.
The feet are narrow and they might sink on a soft ground, but this can only be up to the moment when the whole bar is on the ground, so any further sinking will be impossible, see what I mean in this picture:
From the picture above you also realize the following two things:
- There are no end bars on the bed deck. So this is a great news; the whole length of the bed, 198 cm, is a useful length, no pressure spot on the head or on the feet.
- There are no bars anywhere underneath the bed deck. Again, this will save you from any pressure spot from below.
Reducing the weight: if you are a particularly light person, you might want experiment and omit one leg-bar. It might work that way.
A bit more about assembly you can see in this video by the TravelChair company, it also shows the cot used in a tent:
Using the cot in a tent
This is related to what you have seen in the video above. The shape of the legs and feet is such that they should not damage the tent floor. But they might sink on a very soft ground.
The bed deck does not provide thermal insulation, the same is with any cot on the market. So in a cold environment, you might want to add an insulated sleeping pad.
Sizewise, this cot will easily fit in any tent, and I mean this literally. It is very low, only 6 inches (15 cm), so this is both good and bad. The good is that it will fit even in a solo bivy tent, see many of them here. The bad is that you cannot store much under the cot, only your trekking poles, axes and similar stuff.
Pros & Cons
My summary looks as follows:
|• Great size.
• Great packed size.
• Great weight.
• Great design.
|• Needs assembly.
I have seen many people complaining about assembly. This cot indeed needs assembly and if you use it frequently this may be annoying. But this is nothing exceptional for the cots of this type. Bear this in mind, and if you dislike the concept, try something else. But you will not find a backpack portable cot without an assembly, it is as simple as that.
The price is a bit bigger issue, the current Amazon price is $190. So this is steep and perhaps not for everybody’s pocket.
There are indeed more affordable options on the market, you will see some in the comparison table below. See how I rate this cot:
- Weight: 6.1 lb (2.77 kg) – this is official from the manufacturer’s site.
- Capacity: 300 lb (136 kg).
- Dimensions (L x W x H): 78 x 30 x 6 in (198 x 76 x 15 cm).
- Packed dimensions: 18 x 7.5 x 6 in (46 x 19 x 15 cm).
- Shock-corded elements.
- Frame: anodized aluminum.
- Bed deck: 600D polyester.
TravelChair SleepRite Cot vs competitors
Here I give the TravelChair Cot side by side with several other collapsible and portable cots. To see more please follow the links. See how they compare:
|Bed size, inches (cm)
||Packed size, inches (cm)
|78 x 30
(198 x 76)
|18 x 7.5 x 6
(46 x 19 x 15)
|72 x 24
(183 x 61)
|24 x 6
(61 x 15)
|ALPS Mountaineering Ready Lite Cot||78 x 28
(198 x 71)
|28 x 7
(71 x 18)
Beam Low Cot 2
|75 x 25
(191 x 64)
|21 x 6.3
(54 x 16)
Obviously, the SleepRite Cot is the best size, the weight is quite reasonable in view of its dimensions. But its packed size is simply extraordinary.
Now, see the prices at the moment of writing this text. They are, respectively, $190, 30, 189, 70. So yes, you are reading correctly; the differences can be drastic and it is worth checking carefully. All of them are presented here in the site so please check the links.
For example, the Kamp Rite cot is truly inexpensive, but see its size and weight. However, if you are short and do not plan to carry it around, then you will know what to choose.
This is better seen if you consider the surface/weight ratio (in square meters per kilogram). For the given cots it is respectively, 0.54, 0.31, 0.64, 0.51. So the Alps Mountaineering Cot is most effective with respect to this parameter; you get more space by carrying less weight. The SleepRite Cot is quite good here as well.
About the TravelChair brand
This brand has been around for over 3 decades, from 1984. They build portable outdoor furniture like camp chairs, camp cots, folding tables and camp stools. The cot presented here is a great example of their philosophy.
In the conclusion of this TravelChair SleepRite Cot Review, I would stress that the price is not the best side of this nicely designed cot. But see how packable it is, and if this is very important for you, e.g., for your motorbike, cycling, or kayaking tours, then look no further, you have a great tool here. I love the features of this cot and if you can afford it, I can fully recommend it.
This site is all about cots, so if this cot is not what you want, please look around, in particular in the Categories above. I am sure you will find something for you.
Thank you for reading, if you have any question or comment please let me know, there is a comment box below. I wish you a nice day.