Helinox COT MAX CONVERTIBLE / BLACK
Editor: Cory McLaughlin
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Just the Facts:
Helinox Cot Max Convertible is a larger version of the ground-breaking Cot One. This is a camp stretcher for the big and bigger!
Compared to Cot One, bed size is increased to 210 cm x 75 cm (longer and wider) and Cot Max features four legs instead of three. The same lever locking system provides excellent tension to the bed surface. The surface fabric also features additional reinforcing.
Cot Max Convertible features hubs are compatible with an optional extension leg kit (set of 16).
Where else would you find a big bed this comfortable at less than 3 kg?
2830 g / 6.2 lbs (without case)
2950 g / 6.5 lbs (with case)
Cot Length: 210 cm / 82.7 in
Cot Width: 75 cm / 29.5 in
Cot Height: 16 cm / 6.3 in
Case: 58 cm W x 16 cm H / 22.8 in W x 6.3 in H
145 kg / 320 lbs
Ah, cots! I cannot say that this they bring many happy memories as most of my cot sleeping was done while in the Army. For any of you that have experience with military cots you know that the setup is every bit as painful as the sleep you get on them. They look like a cot but are better suited to be a drum in some Native ritual. These things are pure garbage and thus I have never really been a huge fan of cots. Well, that is until I tried out the Helinox Cot Max.
When I first took it out of the bag I, like most men before me, just began to set it up without any regard for the directions. Well, this is not a complicated system but a slight glance at the directions will save you some time for sure. The setup of this great cot takes only a few seconds. The fantastic design which includes a tension system called “lever lock” and it provides the perfect amount of tension to keep you comfortable and elevated without stretching the cot fabric so tight it feels like a rock.
When I received the cot the weather was not idea for outdoor camping so i had to wait a bit for the mercury to rise. When I was finally able to use this great device it was during an archery tournament and I was sleeping in my TiPi. The SEEKOUTSIDE TiPi that I was using did a great job keeping the rain and snow of me but he dirt floor meant that I needed a clean and comfortable base to sleep on. Luckily the Helinox Cot Max was in my gear bag. This thing is almost the perfect match for the TiPi life as it is low to the floor. This allowed me to be away from the fire and still remain very comfortable. A higher cot would not have worked well in this situation at all and I was very happy to have the Cot Max with me.
The weight of this cot is far from ideal for UL purposes. This is best suited for car camping or a very short hike. It does collapse into a great little carrying case that will fit into a small tote and this is a very exciting feature as most cots are rather bulky even when collapsed.
A long weekend of walking and shooting makes the bed just that much more appealing and when the time to sleep came I was more than happy to climb into my bag and drift away. I was absolutely ecstatic at how well I slept the first night and by the third night I was sold. This is by far the best cot that I have used in my outdoor camping experience and I have nothing but good things to say about it. I plan very soon to get the conversion kit the rais the cot while using it in areas that allow for more height such as a wall tent.
If you have been looking for a new cot that you wont regret buying this is it. I give it my comfort stamp of approval and would certainly recommend it to any friend that asks.
What can be done better?
I just can’t say anything that I want to change. This is a solid 5 star product in my eyes. Please disregard the silly Amazon 3 star rating as those reviews are garbage and have nothing to do with the actual functionality or quality of this great product. I know the sticker price is a bit tough to swallow but I believe this cot will pay dividends with great sleeps for years to come.
5 well rested stars! ZZZZZ…….