Above it all


For all the joy of sleeping in the great outdoors, sometimes campers may want a little space between themselves and Mother Earth — or Father Tarp. The Sleeprite Cot provides a humble but helpful alternative to lying on the ground. The 70-inch by 30-inch-wide polyester sleeping surface is elevated about 6 inches via a system of shock-corded cross supports and an anodized aluminum frame that all manage to collapse into an 18-inch by 8-inch by 6-inch package. Stashed in the included stuffsac, the whole kit and caboodle weighs in at a backpack-friendly 6 pounds. Getting the hang of the set-up may take some practice but it rewards you with a comfortable distance from the wet, the bumpy, the creepy crawly. Add a lightweight air mattress and you're lying in the lap of luxury (roughing-it edition).

Sleeprite Cot is $229.99 at