I enjoy camping. Something about being in the woods with a few friends and getting back to the basics feels good to me. I also consider it training for the zombie apocalypse (which is currently happening in Florida). So camping and survival gear has always held an interest. When I came across the Tentsile site I was pretty excited. Here’s a tent you can hang from the trees like a hammock and it sleeps 2-8 people depending on which model you get. That’s pretty cool. Obviously they list all the legitimate reasons you’d want to purchase one of these, flooding, not always a clear spot on the ground, sand, rocks, etc. Naturally I ignored these and went straight for the money shot. Zombie protection. If you can’t get a house on stilts, this is a close second. Off the ground, away from clawing fingers, supports multiple people plus gear and is fully enclosed. There’s even a rope ladder to get in! Sounds pretty great right?
Well, there are a few downsides currently. Looking around their site, they don’t have any pricing information listed at all. I filled out the contact info and got the brochure, you can see it here. It’s a great brochure with much more detailed information about weight limits, materials and their different tent types, but more specifically the pricing. They’re crazy expensive. And not like $500. I’m talking $1000-$2000 for the 2-3 man tents and $8,000 and up for the bigger ones. Plus they’re really heavy. Almost 20lbs(8kg) for the 2 man tent. Now, they say the tents are handmade which will obviously up the cost and I don’t get the feeling they’re in full scale production yet (which will eventually lower costs) but still. That’s a huge chunk of change for an average camper to drop on a tent. It’s a cool tent but a bit out of my acceptable price-range. It feels like something I’d see in a Skymall catalogue, you know, the types of items company CEOs always show up with because they’ve got more disposable income then they know what to do with. A current search for hammock tents only yield hammocks made from tent material with a rainfly to fasten above it. Some MIGHT have a mosquito net, but for the most part, it’s just a hammock. Not quite an actual tent. So I’m not finding a lot of competitive options either.
That being said, I still really want one. I hope they eventually are able to come down to a more manageable price. So for the time being, I’ll just eye the tree layouts next time I’m out camping and imagine how awesome it’d be to have a floating tent.
Images shamelessly stolen from the main Tentsile website.
Posted by Matt Scott