OK, this review is for those who are not that into sleeping on the cold hard ground. Well, more specifically those who sleep on the hard ground. Don’t matter so much if it is cold or not. That ground can wreak havoc on a person’s shoulders back and hips if they are older than 30.
Therefore this months review is a godsend. May the inventor of the camping cot be sainted. I found something that does wonders for you back but it does come at a cost which I will talk about a bit later.
This month we are talking about the Coleman Trailhead II Cot. There are two different types of cot out there. You can get the fancy one with a bunch of pockets and then there is the plain jane one without the pockets. I opted for the later because my tents all have storage places so yeah pockets are cool but I have several.
When I was doing the research for what type of cot I wanted I knew I was going to need something that can handle a bit of weight I’m not morbidly obese but I’m far from a toothpick also. So I was searching around and found the Coleman Trailhead II it holds up to 300 lbs so I knew I wouldn’t have to worry about it collapsing suddenly in the middle of the might.
Trailhead has some weighty issues
The first thing you notice when you grab one of these cots is that it isn’t lightweight. It makes no aluminum here. it is constructed of steel and a little bit of nylon canvas. That is all.
This cot weighs in at 20 lbs. If you are looking to do ultralight hiking yeah this blew that completely out of the water. you do have a handy carry bag that comes with a shoulder strap. I believe you will need it. You might be able to knock a tank over with this if needed. It is seriously constructed and for 20 lbs it should be.
Setting up the Coleman Trailhead II
Setup is simple. You unfold the legs. Then unfold the rest of the cot. Then it is a matter of attaching the end cross members. Looking at the different questions and reviews a lot of people seem to have a problem with connecting the last cross member. That is because the canvas is so tight that you have to stretch it a bit. You are going to hear creaks and groans. You have to apply some muscle to get this set up.
I saw several people ask if this is good for a 10-year-old boy I would say not really. That’s because it is 20 pounds! Now if the kids are pulling up to the campsite and only has to carry the cot 50 feet then ok that might work. If they are going to do some backwoods camping? Then You might want to think of a different solution. If I do backwoods camping I may be looking at a different solution. 20 pounds is a whole lot of weight.
Also, you do have to apply some force to get it that cross member on. If the Cub scout using the cot can’t get the cross member in place then he may have to get the help from an adult. besides, the boy is young he can survive on the ground. So for kids not recommended.
Common Cot Questions
Does the Fabric on the Coleman Trailhead II smell?
Some people for some reason worry about there being some off-gassing of chemicals and the such. You don’t have any of those problems with the nylon mat. Most of the time the off-gases most people will smell is when there is some type of vinyl involved. There isn’t anything you have to worry about.
I am sure that according to California that eating the Steel frame or gnawing on the nylon is known to cause cancer so don’t eat your cot.
Are the cot feet safe for tent floors?
The feet on the cot are large and have a plastic cover on the bottom. So you shouldn’t have to worry about your cot tearing a hole in the floor of your tent. If you are in a rocky area then there is the possibility that the weight could pinch a hole in the floor. So if that is the case you might look at getting some wooden coasters to put under each foot.
Is the Coleman Trailhead II comfortable without a sleep pad?
Yes, it is. I started out with a sleeping pad on the cot but somewhere in the night it was shoved out from under me and I never noticed. The cot is very comfortable. It surprised me.
Does it fit in a tent?
Yes, it was able to fit into my Wenzel Blue Ridge 7 person tent with no problems at all. In fact, I could set it up inside the tent with no problems at all.
Then decided to try it on my little Eureka Tetragon HD 3 tent and it fits and you could actually put 2 cots into the 3 person tent if needed but you will not have any room for anything else. the cot keeps you about a foot up off the ground so your ceiling is a lot shorter. This cot is very wall to wall.
Im 6’2″ tall will the Coleman Trailhead II fit me?
Yes, I was thinking I was going to be sleeping with my feet hanging off the edge. That is because of how I sleep. I have an arm typically above my head. So putting a sleeping, and pillow plus my long butt on to this cot I figured I was going to have some over hang. Yeah, the bag hung over just a bit. It wasn’t a problem though. Now, any taller and you may have your toes getting some extra air conditioning.
Can you wash the Coleman Trailhead II?
It is nylon so I don’t see why you couldn’t. If a kiddo spills a coke on the mat then just take a water hose to it and use a soft brush and dish washing soap you should have it nice and clean in not ime. Drying times may vary but it shouldn’t take long.
How easy is it to put up?
It is just as easy to put up as it is to set up. I was able to do it in under 5 minutes.
- So what is this camping cot made of?
- Frame: Steel
- Mat: Ripstop Nylon
- Supporting weight: 300 pounds
- Weight of cot: 20 Pounds
- Dimensions: 75x35x17
- Style: Military
Easy to set up and take down
Rugged piece of equipment.
Solid feeling construction
Strong enough to hold me up off the ground all night.
It is heavy. I know the weight is needed but still whoa! 20 pounds is two bags of potatoes.
The cross bar is very tight. Again I understand why it has to have that type of tension to hold you up.
Strong enough for a kid but they will need an adult to help with that last piece.