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Take Camping to a Whole New Level
Forget about soggy sleeping bags and competing with rocks and debris on the cold, hard ground on your next camping trip.
Take your camping to a whole new level and be inspired by the tranquil calmness you will find when you hang out in the trees!
Tentsile was conceived as a range of portable treehouses, combining the comfort and versatility of a hammock with the comfort and security of a tent.
Tentsile recently launched a new suspended tent called the Stingray that lets you rest high up in the trees. Designed for three-season use, the 13 pound tent accommodates up to three people plus their gear.
The UK tent maker touts this tent for a wide variety of travel styles, for backpacking in the woods, and even as disaster relief shelters.
The tents pack down for portability and are durable for long use. The suspended setup means you’re off the ground and away from wet, damp, flooded, or snowy conditions. You’re also out of reach from ground-based wildlife, except for maybe those pesky tree snakes. Just be sure you like sleeping in a hammock and don’t mind rocking as you drift off into dreamland.
Using only two poles inserted into a polyester fly sheet and a set of tree straps, the arched Stingray can be set assembled in about five minutes.
With three anchor points and the use of tension instead of poles, the Tentsile is part tent and part hammock. The structure is made from a collapesable frame of webbing straps with fire retardant, UV PU and water resistant polyester fabric infill panels.
To get it set up, string its three anchor points from trees and you’ll be up above the ground, away from crawly insects, snakes, and even bears.
The three points serve as sleeping chambers and the middle is held in suspension and serves as a vestibule and gathering space.
The suspended three-person tent could also keep you safe in flash flood areas or other spots prone to natural disasters. Either way, it’s kind of like having a portable treehouse.
The interior is accessible through a floor hatch or side door via a collapsible rope ladder that comes in a wide variety of colors.
Each tent is made by hand and there is also an option to hang the tent with a stand if no trees are available.
Additional accessories are also available, including a shoe drying rack, luggage nets, and iPad pouches.
Treehouse architect and inventor Alex Shirley-Smith had a vision: to allow people to inhabit the trees 21st century comfort.
He founded Tentsile Ltd in 2010 and began designing and prototyping lightweight portable treehouses able to be set-up between any three trees.
In March 2012, a number of leading green design forums featured Tentsile’s larger tents, praising their unique advantages and holding them up as flagships of 21st century innovation.
After a year of prototyping and testing, in March 2013Tentsile launched their first production model—the Stingray.
Developed in partnership with product designer Kirk Kirchev, the Tentsile is the most versatile and refined creation to date—a lightweight portable treehouse that takes camping to a whole new level.
Going forward, Tentsile plans to release a new design each year, bringing the consumer a comprehensive range of suspended tents for a variety of needs.
Address: Unit 22, Southwark Studios, Rich House, 40 Crimscott Street, London SE1 5TE
Phone: 0044 7951 984 080 (Alex) or 0044 7515 551 002 (Kirk)
I hear the wind among the trees
Playing the celestial symphonies;
I see the branches downward bent,
Like keys of some great instrument.
—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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