Helinox is an award-winning company that’s known for their innovative outdoor furniture designs including tables, chairs, and of course, camping cots. They use only the best materials to design their extensive product line, so it came as no surprise that their Big Agnes camping cot is a very popular model in the camping and hiking community.
Basically, the Big Agnes V2 is considered the best camping cot in this price range. This cot is very light, durable, and made from high-quality materials. Weighing in at a little over four pounds, this model is the perfect choice for hikers and backpackers in search of a camping cot that won’t add too much weight to their pack.
Overview and Features
Motorcyclists traveling across the country, backpackers, hunters, and campers, will fall in love with a cot that was designed with convenience in mind. This model is all about style, portability, and ease of use. While it lacks the type of heavy padding that luxury campers are looking for, the cot’s simplistic design is where it shines.
Design and Functionality
The V2 is an upgraded version of the past Helinox camping cot. This model features an easier setup, a highly breathable sleeping surface, and a sturdy lightweight design.
The frame features a couple of sets of poles complete with a shock cord inside. These poles connect in the same manner as tent poles, so you won’t have to worry about losing pieces. Additionally, the bars of the frame and the legs also feature shock cords inside.
The legs also have a tensioning handle located on one side, which will allow you to adjust the support.
Set up is a breeze. Once you have connected both side poles, simply slide them into their respective sleeves located on the sleeping surface, then just add the support bars and your camping cot is ready for use.
The free included carry sack makes it easy to pack your cot up, attach it to your pack, and head out for the day.
The Big Agnes is made out of TH72M aluminum, a type of material that offers superior strength, yet also works to keep the cot’s weight down.
The sleeping surface is made out of a highly breathable nylon material.
The cot sits roughly six inches above the ground. This height may make the cot a bad choice for campers who have chronic back pain or arthritis, as it may be too low to the ground to allow them to easily get on or off the cot.
It also features a width of twenty-six inches, a length of six feet, and a user weight capacity of three hundred and twenty pounds.
Using this cot will give you a flat, smooth sleeping surface, guaranteed, so you won’t have to put quite so much thought into where you place your tent.
While the lightweight design gives off the impression that this cot is very flimsy, the higher than average user’s weight shows us that this cot is built to last.
However, the length and width of the cot can make it a tight fit for single sleeper tents, so make sure you check out your tent’s dimensions before you buy.
For some, the price of the Big Agnes is a huge downside, causing campers and hikers on a budget to opt for the slightly more affordable Therm-A-Rest LuxuryLite Mesh Cot.
- The cot can be easily broken down and packed in just a few minutes.
- The space underneath the cot is the perfect place to store your gear.
- Lightweight design
- Frame is made out of tough aluminum
- Small packed size
- Comes with a free carry bag
- High user weight
- Easy to set up
- Stable and sturdy, even for restless sleepers
- The cot may be too low to the ground for some campers
- The width of the cot may make it unsuitable for some one-person tents.