This incredible floating tent is the stuff of camping dreams

October 10, 2017 by  
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This incredible floating tent is one of those things you never knew you needed. Ohio-based outdoor equipment company SmithFly has designed what they describe as the world’s first floating tent , the Shoal Tent . With it, according to SmithFly, “the world is your waterbed.” SmithFly’s floating tent looks like way too much fun. The base is an inflatable raft, covered by a tent topper. There are no tent poles necessary, according to the company, because the tent structure is inflatable. They also say when it is inflated, it can endure high winds. Naturally, the tent fabric is waterproof . And it seems the Shoal Tent would be a pretty cozy place to spend the night; the “six inch thick drop stitched” floor basically acts as an air mattress. Related: See-through dome lets you immerse yourself in nature and sleep beneath the stars “The tent topper sides all attach and detach using heavy duty hook and loop for the ability to use just the top and get in and out easily through the sides if the need arises suddenly,” the company said in their product description, and the floor inflates to 10 pounds per square inch (psi), while the tubes inflate to three psi. The floating tent is eight feet by eight feet, measured from outside to outside. Inside, a person 6’3″ tall can lay down or stand up in the middle. The tent weighs around 75 pounds, and can fold down to a burrito shape to fit inside a storage bag that’s around 60 by 24 by 18 inches. The company suggests camping on “your favorite farm pond, salt water flat, spring creek, or eddie on your favorite river .” SmithFly launched in 2010, the brainchild of designer and fly fisherman Ethan Smith, who aimed to create a better fly fishing vest pack. The company offers products manufactured in the United States and lists sustainability as one of their top priorities. They aim to make multi-generational products, with the hope customers “only buy one of our vests and that it lasts long enough that your great-grand kids can use it.” The Shoal Tent costs $1,499 and is available to pre-order online; SmithFly says they’re not in stock yet but the first batch will be going out in December or January. The tent kit comes with a storage bag, manual foot pump, and patch kit. + SmithFly Images via SmithFly

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Tentsile’s hanging Stingray tent is a treehouse you can take anywhere in the world

June 8, 2016 by  
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Imagine waking up to a beautiful view from the treetops after a good night’s rest. That’s the idea behind the Stingray Tent . Tentsile founder Alex Shirley-Smith first envisioned the concept in 2012, and since we featured his first prototype , we’ve watched his ingenious idea blossom into a booming business. The Stingray is now their flagship tent, designed to hold up to three people in elevated comfort. Related: Tentsile’s new Vista tree tent creates triple-decker treehouses in the sky The Stingray ‘s surprisingly spacious interior consists of three sections draped in a rip-resistant insect-mesh. The tent can be suspended between three trees or any sizable anchor, whether it be columns, trucks or boulders. Campers may enter the tent through its center floor hatch and a large front flap. The removable rain fly that opens up for outstanding treetop views can even be pegged to the ground, acting as an enclosed porch. These tents were designed to be “treehouses that you can take anywhere.” We can’t imagine a better way to see the world. + Tentsile

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Win a Tentsile Tree Tent and BioLite Energy Kit (worth $1072) in the Inhabitat off-grid camping giveaway

June 7, 2016 by  
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Summer is just a few weeks away, so it’s prime time for an adventure in the great outdoors. Fortunately, going off-grid doesn’t have to mean giving up modern comforts – which is why we’ve partnered up with BioLite and Tentsile to give away an amazing camping prize package worth over $1000 ! Our grand prize winner will receive a Tentsile Stingray tree tent and a BioLite Energy Kit (complete with a CookStove , a Solar Panel 5+ , and a PowerLight Mini ), and two lucky runner-ups will each receive a brand new BioLite BaseLantern (available for just a few more days on Kickstarter )! It only takes 2 seconds to enter – simply sign up using the Rafflecopter widget below, and share the contest on social media for more chances to win! a Rafflecopter giveaway GRAND PRIZE Tentsile “Stingray” Tree Tent – worth $650 Why rough it on the ground when you can drift to sleep high up in the treetops? The $650 Stingray is Tentsile ‘s top-of-the-line tree tent, and it serves as a cozy shelter in the sky for up to three people. The tent can be accessed via a central floor hatch, and it’s topped with rip-resistant insect mesh and a rain fly that can be removed for panoramic views of the stars. BioLite Energy Kit – worth $224 The BioLite Energy Kit includes three of BioLite’s latest and greatest products. The CookStove is a smokeless wood-burning camp stove with a USB-rechargeable airflow system that controls flame size. The SolarPanel 5+ is a 5-Watt photovoltaic panel with a a built-in 2200mAh battery. And the PowerLight is a handy rechargable light that lasts for 52 hours and can charge your cellphone. RUNNER-UP PRIZE BioLite Lantern – worth $99 We’re also offering two runners-up Biolite’s brand new BaseLantern – a sleek, energy-efficient lantern that doubles as a mini smart grid. The BaseLantern outputs 500 lumens of light and features a 7800 mAh lithium-ion battery and two smartphone charging ports. BioLite’s BaseLantern is a brand new item available for just a few more days on Kickstarter , and our runners-up prizes are expected to ship in October or November 2016. + Tentsile + BioLite

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The Crazy X Tent is basically a cool fort for adults

March 25, 2016 by  
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Remember those cozy blanket forts you made as a kid? The kind where a handful of friends wriggled inside on their stomachs to share secrets and stories at night? Japanese outdoor brand Doppelgänger under company Be-S designed a cross-shaped communal tent , the Crazy X , to evoke that playful feel for adults. Read the rest of The Crazy X Tent is basically a cool fort for adults

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Polarmond’s cocoon-like All-In-One combines 3 camping essentials into one

August 24, 2015 by  
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Finding camping gear that’s lightweight, waterproof, and warm can be hard, especially since sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and tents are often sold separately. Swiss outdoors company Polarmond has simplified things by combining those three elements into a single all-in-one sleep cell that’s not only lightweight and waterproof, but can also keep you warm in frigid temperatures of -22° F (-30° C). The system, which won a Gold Award at Germany’s Outdoor Show last month, is roomier than a bivouac sack, cozier than a tent, and provides several optional add-ons suitable for different weather and terrain conditions. Read the rest of Polarmond’s cocoon-like All-In-One combines 3 camping essentials into one

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The streets of Paris will go car-free for one day in September

August 24, 2015 by  
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France is declaring itself the leader of sustainable transportation , making the streets of Paris car free for one entire day. On September 27th, A Day Without Cars (Paris Sans Voiture) will make the French capital a pedestrian and bicycle paradise. Organized by the government, tourists and locals alike will be able to enjoy Paris even more- without traffic congestion, the honking of horns or car exhaust. Read the rest of The streets of Paris will go car-free for one day in September

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6 Suspended Tree Tents For a Lighter Than Air Camping Experience

June 18, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of 6 Suspended Tree Tents For a Lighter Than Air Camping Experience Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: adventure , camping , camping gear , Design , hiking , luminair , Nature , tents , tentsile , tree tents , Treehouses , Trees , Treez Tents        

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JakPak is a Jacket, Tent and Sleeping Bag All-In-One

March 31, 2010 by  
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Rods, poles, ropes, pegs, stakes… a camping trip shouldn’t involve a 1,000-piece puzzle, so drop all those bits and pieces and slip into a JakPak instead. This awesome lightweight weather-proof jacket transforms into a one-person tent complete with insect netting and a sleeping bag.

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Sleek Rotary Faucet Lets You Dial Down Wasted Water

March 31, 2010 by  
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Designer Eun Ji Byeon has come up with a new way to conserve water when washing our hands. Far more thoughtful than those pressure-packed push button faucets, the Dial is a stylish polished metal design that gives a nod to old-school rotary phones . Depending on your water needs, all you have to do is turn the dial to 5, 10, 15 seconds or more to manage the flow, and tad-dah! A successful connection to increased eco-consciousness! Via Yanko Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco-conscious home fixtures , eun ji byeon , green home decor , green home fixtures , rotary dial faucet , water conservation , water saving gadgets

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