Gallery: 6 Suspended Tree Tents For a Lighter-Than-Air Camping Experien...

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a....super cool tent? Half tree house, half human-sized birdcage, the Tree Tent hangs quietly in a tree at The Secret Campsite in Sussex, England. "The idea of sleeping up amongst the trees has always fascinated me," designer Jason Thawley told, "but the design of the tree tent is inspired more by the structure and fabric of yurts and tipis than the old idea of a rickety wooden treehouses that every boy wanted." Inside the orb, there's a ceiling skylight and windows by each of the two single beds. There’s also enough space for a table and a wood-burning stove. Too keep you warm, the tent features a thick layer of breathable insulating material is mixed with re-cycled clothing, that's woven together by quilt-makers in Lancashire.

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  1. Zeppflyer September 8, 2014 at 7:49 am

    When camping, the number one mundane thing about civilization that you often miss is a simple table. You don’t know what a luxury the ability to set things on a flat, stable surface is until its gone. The lid of a cooler can be the difference between an enjoyable dinner and a hair-tearing experience trying to assemble food. It’s the difference between struggling to put in your contacts in the morning and desperately trying to hold everything in one place, as they roll off your backpack into the corners of the tent.

    A lot of suspended tent designs seem to ignore this. They make no provision for the difficulty that users will experience when trying to navigate in a bouncy, floor-less, sloping sack. The Tentsile Tent featured in the banner is a great example of this problem.

    Of the ones shown here, 4 out of 6 have rigid frames and floors that makes them not so much portable tents as treehouses made of canvas. Good for long-term permanent campsites, but little else. (The treepee, at least appears to be easy to set up, permitting it to be useful for drive-in car camping.)

    Of the other two, the stingray seems to at least acknowledge this problem with numerous pouches and built-in hammocks. But the other one? Its height is pretty pointless. Good luck trying to stand in something like that.

    Overall, I suppose I can see something like this being useful for camping in very swampy areas. Getting off the ground keeps you drier, cooler, and less intimate with animals whose acquaintance you might not want to make. But is there any other reasonable use-case for a suspended tent such as these?

  2. Dawn Smith January 9, 2014 at 7:21 pm


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