Ozark Trail Instant Tent Cot is a free-standing collapsible and versatile camping tool which can be setup in less than a minute, ideal for hikers and mountaineers who frequently move from place to place.
Ozark Trail Instant Tent Cot is a solo tool, and it belongs to the group of collapsible tent cots. This means it can be packed to a relatively small size of around 40 x 8 x 8 inches (101.6 x 20.3 x 20.3 cm).
I wish to stress that it is free-standing, which implies that you can set it up on any terrain as it does not have to be anchored to the ground. It is based on a steel frame that packs to a small size and sets up in seconds. All that you have here is pre-assembled and you only have to unfold it and extend.
In view of this packed size and the weight of 26 lbs (11.8 kg), this is purely a camping tool and you need a car access to the place where you plan to spend the night. So if you think about some hiking or backpacking tent cot, please have a look in the table given below.
The cot is constructed with three pairs of legs, see the picture, so the construction is stable and very strong. Setting this tool up is literally the matter of seconds.
You have entrance doors on both sides, a great feature which gives you a lot of options in terms of the orientation of the bed when you are in the camp. The head opening is also big enough to serve as a door as well. Each opening is equipped with a zippered mosquito mesh, so you can be sure you are protected from pests.
All the rain fly openings can be rolled away, the doors to the sides, and the head window flap rolls up. Once rolled away, they are fixed in this position and you can have the mesh on the openings only.
So you realize that ventilation in this tent is great, you have plenty of mesh on all sides.
The tent is kept up by telescope poles equipped with snap buttons, so it is very easy to set it up and to dismantle.
This is a nice tool to keep in the trunk of the car, together with a sleeping bag, and you are sure you can easily set up your camp wherever you are, literally in less than a minute time.
Here is a video about this tent cot, please have a look:
You can see the dismantling procedure in this video:
- One person tent cot.
- Weight: 26 lbs (11.8 kg).
- Bed size (L x W): 78 x 31 in (198 x 79 cm).
- Assembled tent size (L x W x H): 78 x 31 x 57 in (198 x 79 x 145 cm).
- Folded size: 40 x 8 x 8 in (101.6 x 20.3 x 20.3 cm).
- Maximum weight: up to 300 lb (136 kg).
- Off the ground: 16 in (40.6 cm).
- Material: polyester & steel.
- Rain fly included.
- Sets up in a few seconds.
- 3 No-See-Um mesh doors and windows.
- Interior gear pockets.
Pros & cons
Here is the summary of my cons and pros:
- Hard to find any.
- Very easy to setup.
- Stable and sturdy.
- Complete protection of elements.
- Comfortable sleeping.
- Very good price.
Comparison with other brands
See how Ozark Trail Instant cot tent stands in comparison with its competitors:
|Bed size, inches (cm)
||Tent height, inches (cm)||Packed size inches (cm)
||Weight, lb (kg)
|Ozark Trail Instant||31 x 78 (79 x 198)||57 (145)
||40 x 8 x 8 (102 x 20 x 20)||26 (11.8)|
|Teton Sports Outfitter||40 x 85 (102 x 216)||39 (99)
||Separate parts, see in the link||30.3 (13.8)|
|Therma Rest*||26 x 77 (66 x 196)||55.12 (140)
||Separate parts, see in the link||5 lb 14 oz (2.66)|
|KR Compact XL||33 x 84 (84 x 213)||40 (102)
|42 x 9 x 8 (107 x 23 x 20)||28 (12.7)|
|KR Compact Collapsible||29 x 79 (74 x 201)||39 (99)
||43 x 10 x 9 (109 x 25 x 23)||25 (11.3)|
*This is for L model; KR = Kamp Rite.
To see more about the other models given here, please just follow the links. They are all presented in the site. You will notice that regarding the price, Ozark Trail Instant is really moderate.
To conclude this text, I hope you now have a more clear picture about what Ozark Trail Instant Tent Cot is. As you realize this is a nice tool, and this holds in particular for those who change places frequently and need a quick setup and dismantling of their sleeping place.
The price of this tent cot is particularly attractive, and you can realize this if you compare it with some of the models given in the table above.
If you are in search for a gift for somebody who enjoys going outdoors, you have just found one. This is a tool that can nicely be setup also on the patio or in the garden. See this RealTree version of the tent cot for hunters.
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