This Invention Takes Camping To A Whole New Level

Dec 28, 2014

Camping sounds great in theory, but it can be kind of a mess in practice. The ground at the campsite might be too hard, there’s the constant barrage of insects to worrry about, and if it rains then you may as well forget the whole thing. After recognizing that there had to be a creative solution to these problems, UK-based inventor Alex Shirley-Smith didn’t just solve the problems ... he took it to another level (literally).

The result of his efforts is basically a portable treehouse, a cross between a hammock and a tent. Shirley-Smith had the original idea back in 2010, and gradually refined it to what has become the Tentsile system today. An an early concept version went quickly viral, which prompted Shirley-Smith and his team to really get down to work. The company’s first production model, called The Stingray was released late last year, and was so successful that it still has a three-week waiting list for new orders.

All you need to set up the Tentsile system are three support points to attach it to. This is very similar to hanging a hammock.


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The elevated space helps keep all sorts of creepy-crawlies out of your tent. It’s also more comfortable than sleeping on hard or rocky terrain.


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The Stingray tree tent is the company’s flagship product. It’s got room for three people and features a waterproof covering to provide protection from the elements.


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There’s even an option to attach a rope ladder, so you can really get the treehouse effect!


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It definitely allows you to get some stunningly beautiful views.


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Seems like it’d be nice and cozy to be in one of these in the wilderness at night.


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Tenstile’s website states that they are seeing “unprecedented” demand for their products, so if you’re looking to buy one you should remember that there’s at least a three-week waiting list for new orders.


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Well, I guess I’ll have to start planning a camping trip in about three to six weeks! I’m not the biggest outdoors enthusiast, but I really think this tent might make me appreciate nature a little more.    

Credit: Tentsile via Colossal

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