KAMP-RITE ORIGINAL TENT COT
$169.99 kamprite.com Rating: ★★ ★
This is such a simple idea you wonder why it hadn’t been thought of before. It’s a camp bed to which a tent top has been added. It’s very quick to set up and take down (possibly the fastest I’ve seen) and it’s remarkably comfortable, though you do need to get in at the side, not the ends.
It sits 11in off the ground to provide comfort and protection from rocks and insects. Optional extras include mattresses and rain fly, and there are larger sizes. The only downside is the bulk of the thing when it’s folded away. It’s an excellent tent for a fast, unobtrusive camp when a larger tent would be overkill – and, of course, with the tent stashed away it can be a camp bed when you need one.
Prices and availability vary wildly across the world and the internet, so search for the best deal.
VERDICT: Simple, quick, clever.
USED BY: SAM WATSON CONTRIBUTOR TESTED FOR: ONE YEAR