Last year, tentmaker Heimplanet unveiled The Cave, an inflatable geodesic dome tent that appealed to both backpackers and design buffs alike. Now, the innovative company has released a new, smaller version of its inflatable tent, called The Wedge. Like its big brother, The Wedge comes without cumbersome poles that are difficult to set up; instead, the structure is supported by a network of inflatable tubes. The new design is much smaller and lighter than The Cave, and it's very easy to set up.
Even though air is lighter than metal, at 7.1 pounds The Wedge actually weighs quite a bit more than your standard backpacking tent. That’s because it features thick air tubes and requires you to carry an air pump. But the tent isn’t exactly designed for hiking the Appalachian Trail; instead, it appeals to people who don’t want to wrestle with poles. The tent is designed to be very intuitive and extremely fast to pitch.
Like The Cave, Heimplanet’s new two-person tent features a network of external air tubes that support the structure of the tent. The air frame is made from recycled material, and the outer layer is made from extra stiff tear-resistant polyester. The Wedge is now available for purchase, and it’s priced at €449.00 ($589).