World Outdoor Products Big Bear Compact Rollup Camping Cot

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World Outdoor Products Big Bear Compact Rollup Camping Cot is a very nicely built collapsible, reliable, and sturdy cot with an easy setup and a great price tag.

World Outdoor Products Big Bear Compact Rollup Camping Cot with Anodized Aluminum Frame.
World Outdoor Products Big Bear Compact Rollup Camping Cot with Anodized Aluminum Frame.


Key features & benefits

  • Very good price.
  • Easy setup.
  • Reliable cot.
  • Floor-friendly legs.

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What type cot is this – what is in the name

The Big Bear Compact Cot is a collapsible type. So this means it does not take much space when you store it somewhere and transport. But this also means that it needs assembly whenever you need it.

The word ‘rollup’ implies that when disassembled, the legs are wrapped in the bed deck and this all is nicely stored in the included carry bag. The disassembled pieces are shown in the picture.

The cot disassembled. Observe that the side bars remain in the sleeves.
The cot disassembled. Observe that the sidebars remain in the sleeves.

The word ‘compact’ describes the fact that this is the smaller version of the two; the larger version you can see here. This is really good because if you are a short person you would not want its bigger brother, in particular if you ever plan to carry it outdoor.


Who is it for

With the weight of 8 lb (3.63 kg) and the packed size 28 x 7 x 4 inches (71 x 18 x 13 cm) this cot can be attached to the pack and carried on some shorter tours, but indeed there are better cots for such a purpose.

Realistically, it is best used when you do not have to carry it yourself. So use the car or even a motorbike for the outdoor use.

For home use, keep it clean in its storage bag and use for sudden quests and for your kids’ sleepovers.

Sizewise, the dimensions of this cot are quite typical, but it is not for very tall and very people. In such cases, better choose its bigger brother or any of the cots from this list.

This is a good design and the legs are firmly in place.
This is a good design and the legs are firmly in place.

Materials and construction

The metal parts are anodized aluminum so this is good and lightweight material and the tubes are thick and sturdy. The legs are bars, so they will not sink on any terrain and this is a floor-friendly design. There are 4 of them and they pack together with the rest.

This is how you set the sidebar.
This is how you set the sidebar.

The sidebars remain in the sleeves when the cot is dismantled, so this makes the setup easier and quicker. The picture below shows how the leg is attached to the sidebars; you have fixed pieces on the sidebars which are with a smaller diameter so the leg fits nicely and it remains fixed:

Adding the legs to the sidebars.
Adding the legs to the sidebars.

The fabric is typical, mildew resistant 600D polyester, and it is washable.

Using the cot in a tent

The cot is with such dimensions that it will fit in any tent. It is only 8 inches (20 cm) tall, so you can use it even in the lowest solo shelters like this Catoma Badger or the Eureka Solitaire bivy. You can even store some small items underneath it, like poles, shoes, ice-axe, etc.

The bottom view showing the floor-friendly legs design.
The bottom view showing the floor-friendly legs design.

The cot can be used in any bigger tent of course, in family camping tents for example. Sleeping off the ground is always more comfortable.

You do not need a sleeping pad, unless you want more comfort or you use the cot in a very cold environment. In such a situation, please check any of these sleeping pads.


Good and less good features

Here is my short summary:

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  • Very good price.
  • Very easy setup.
  • Good packed size.
  • Versatile tool.
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  • Not for very tall people.
  • A bit heavy.
  • Narrow.

The cot is a bit narrow, but this is typical for many cots presented here in the site. It needs assembly, but again this is nothing unusual. If you need some express setup cot, please check around, but note that such cots are much heavier and not backpack portable. See one example here.

The price

As of the moment of writing this text, the price for this cot is $69, and this is very reasonable and affordable. This link below will show the daily updated price, so please check when you read the text.

Its mentioned bigger brother is a bit more expensive, but this is a great option if you are a tall person.

Users reports & my rating

The Big Bear Compact Cot has received incredibly positive reviews by users, and the average rating on Amazon is unusually high 4.7/5. This is rarely seen. Here is my own rating of this cot:

My rating breakdown of the World Outdoor Products Big Bear Compact Camping Cot
  • 9/10
    Weight - 9.0/10
  • 8.5/10
    Size - 8.5/10
  • 7/10
    Capacity - 7.0/10
  • 9/10
    Packed size - 9.0/10
  • 8.1/10
    Ease of use & features - 8.1/10
  • 9.3/10
    Price - 9.3/10
8.5/10

Specifications

  • Weight: 8 lb (3.63 kg).
  • Capacity: 250 lb (113 kg).
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 76 x 24 x 8 in (193 x 61 x 20 cm).
  • Packed size: 28 x 7 x 4 in (71 x 18 x 13 cm).
  • Frame: reinforced anodized aluminum.
  • Fabrics: washable and mildew resistant 600D polyester.
  • Carry bag with shoulder strap included.

Big Bear Compact Rollup Cot vs competitors

Here you can see this cot compared with the other two cots built in the same style, just to get some idea if you are focused on this particular type. Please follow the links for more details:


Weight, lb (kg)

Bed size, in (cm)

Packed size, in (cm)

Capacity, lb (kg)

Frame

World Outdoor Products Big Bear Compact

8 (3.63)

76 x 24
(193 x 61)

28 x 7 x 4
(71 x 18 x 13)

250 (113)

aluminum

Alps Mountaineering Ready Lite 

4.37 (2.18)

78 x 28
 
(198 x 71)

28 x 7 x 7
(71 x 18 x 18)

300 (136)

aluminum

Mountain Trails Base Camp Cot

9.8 (4.45)

75 x 30
(190 x 77)

32 x 7 x 7
(81 x 18 x 18)

225 (102)

steel

 

As you realize, the numbers for the Big Bear Compact Cot are quite reasonable and it is somewhere in between the other two cots.


Final thoughts

In the conclusion of this World Outdoor Products Big Bear Compact Rollup Camping Cot review, I wish to stress again that this is a very reliable, sturdy, and stable cot, and I can fully recommend it.

But bear in mind its size and the width in particular, so if you need a bigger tool, check the bigger cot from the same brand, or just look around, there are many similar cots described within the site. Check this Slumberjack Low Cot built in the same style but with a unique legs system.

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Thank you for reading. If you have any question or comment, please use the comment box below. I wish you a nice day.


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2 thoughts on “World Outdoor Products Big Bear Compact Rollup Camping Cot”

  1. Hello, would you know if spare legs are sold seperatetly. I have the larger of the two cots and broke one of the inner legs.

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