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

It's hard to imagine sleeping in a suspended tree tent without a little unexpected motion. Without the ground to provide stability, the tents often bounce, or rock from side to side. For younger campers, this just adds to the excitement, especially when zipped up inside a Treepee. This unique tent was designed to combine "the timeless appeal of a tree house with the excitement of aerial suspension and a trampoline". The tent's special fabric provides a UV protection factor of 50+, pockets on the inside allow for storage and a bag on a pulley allows essential supplies to be hauled up into the ‘den’, and bug nets on the windows allow air to circulate without letting critters in.

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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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