Bizarre Camping Tents and Sleeping Bags Are Everywhere Now. What’s the Deal?

May 8, 2024

This week, South Korean brand Helinox — known for its ultralight weight and packable designs — unveiled new additions to its so-called Tactical Collection. The Tactical Cot Tent series is precisely what it sounds like in some ways.

It includes three variations of cots topped with a built-in shelter. One utilizes standard tent fabric, creating a personalized sleeping pod sheltered from the elements and raised off the ground. Another version features mesh fabric for added breathability and visibility. The final version seems to offer the best of both worlds at the cost of some added complexity. The cot base features a mesh topper but the kit also includes a separate rain fly for weather protection and some additional sheltered floor space for storing gear.  Gear Patrol