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bwcadan
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08/04/2016 07:57PM
Since I will spend at least 25% of my time in the comfortable sized tent sleeping, I maximize that time by using a cot. I do not need to lay on small rocks, roots,or other items which can cause discomfort. In the event that pads are not good, or I must set up a tent in brush or other non-ideal places, My cot takes the pressure of trying to find the ideal in an imperfect location. For me, few, little distance portages, mean that I do not care whether or not I double,triple, or take even more trips across any given portage. Why not sleep up off the ground, especially when cool. No heat loss to the ground=more comfort. To keep from sliding around on my Therma-Rest, I use bungee cords around the feet area to secure the Therma-Rest full size air mattress to the cot.
 
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OldFingers57
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08/04/2016 08:15PM
Actually you can still lose heat thru the cot. As your sleeping bag is compressed by lying on it and so you lose some insulation value there so you need to have a good pad with good R value to it if it is cold out.
markaroberts
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08/07/2016 07:09PM
You will lose heat through the cot. . .just like a hammock needs bottom insulation as the sleeping bag is compressed.

I am enjoying your posts as we are also base campers. A 3-4 season hammock can cover many of the bases that you have been addressing with the tents, cots, chairs, etc.

The hammock can be used as a chair during the day. . .it can be scaled to any kind of weather or temperature, and eliminates the need for "getting off the ground" with a cot or sleeping pad.
BWPaddler
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08/08/2016 04:30PM
Even base camping, I've no problem sleeping on ground with decent Exped pad. Cozy and comfy!!
 
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