Published on September 13th, 2012 | by Kira0
Slumberjack: Sleeping Better While On The Go
Moving into your own place can be exciting, but also stressful. It’s a chance to be creative, and it’s exciting to have a bit more control over your environment. But living in New York comes with one common problem: everyone else is almost as excited about your place as you are. Don’t get me wrong, I love my friends and love seeing them, but having your own place in NYC means that people are much more likely to visit… and I only have a studio, so offering accommodations to visitors has involved blankets, floors, sleeping bags and creative solutions.
Until my friends buy me a futon, they are getting a cot. The Slumberjack Big Cot has been a great addition to my home for guests. It is extra long (dimensions:32 x 82 x 19 in) and holds up to 325 lbs, which is great for when I wanted to sit on it with my ex-pro football player friend (he is seriously the biggest person I know, but isn’t anywhere close to 325 lbs). The cot is very easy to set up (just fold out), and seems to have good stitching (600D x 300D polyester). The last two poles can be a little tough to get into place, but in the end they make sure the cot is nice and tight, with no wobbles in the night. One important note is that the fabric does look like if a tear occurred it would rip through the whole cot pretty easily. Finally, it has a ‘no-squeak’ aluminum frame, which is great for a light sleeper like me.
The cot can be a little stiff by itself, but is perfect with an air mattress or egg crate foam over it. It also seems like it has loosened up a little during the time I have owned it. The other great part about this cot- it comes with a pretty big storage space! This is really useful for the small things my guests bring, but I can see it being even more useful while camping, quite likely the normal purpose of the cot. We did take it out on one trip, but since much of our camping is lightweight, backpack-style, this cot was a bit too much to carry for that sort of outing. But we do know that it is all too easy to lose things while camping, getting them dirty or wet. Having this extra personal space is very useful. Over all, as one would expect, this cot is as equally great for camping as it is for my guests. At 20 pounds, though, you’ll want a car or vehicle to transport it- and then you can camp in luxury.
The Slumberjack Big Cot is priced pretty middle of the road at $90 and your body- or your house guests- will love you for the purchase.