Gear & Gadgets

September 25, 2005|By Judi Dash

Campers can have a roof over their heads and a bed under their backsides all in one piece with Kamp-Rite's new Tent Cot, a reclining aluminum chaise with its own tent attached. Mesh doors and windows with roll-up covers can provide ventilation on all four sides, while keeping out bugs. The chaise legs keep the occupant 11 inches off the ground -- blessedly above mud and crawly things. An optional rain fly keeps the drops out. At 18 pounds, the Tent Cot is not for backpacking, but it's good for car camping -- or even as a mini "guest room" indoors. It folds down to 30-by-35-by-6 inches, and comes with a canvas tote bag with shoulder straps. The cot has no cushioning so bring along a roll-up pad. Tent Cot is $119; rain fly, $22; from Kamp-Rite: 800-709-9905.

tentcot.com

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