Is it a tent? Is it a treehouse? Is it a water raft? Actually, the Tentsile Universe is all three in one.
London-headquartered Tentsile is an award-winning company which was first to market with a portable tree tent. These were conceived as treehouses that can be set up anywhere – from camping to festivals to backyard adventures. A cross between a hammock and a tent, their shelters consist of a tensioned and firm fabric surface that can be set up on the ground or in the trees, and have a bug-netting roof that allows for stargazing, and insect-free sleeping. An additional rain fly adds protection and privacy, making the Tree Tents fully waterproof and suitable for four-season camping over multiple levels.
Now, with the Tentsile Universe, the company has taken the concept a step further. The new invention can be used on land, in the air suspended by trees, and on the water. As a tent it can sleep five people. On the water, it converts into a stable Huckleberry Finn-style day-raft, although there is really only room for three in that configuration.
“One thing we enjoy at Tentsile is pushing boundaries, so we’re excited to unveil our newest offering,” explains CEO and founder Alex Shirley-Smith.
“This world-first addresses the need to have an all-terrain, multi-use, fun-packed product that encourages both adventurous play and basic practical needs in any environment.”
The shelter is fully collapsible, packing to 110 x 40 x 40 cm and weighing just 45kg/100 lbs. It has a maximum load of 440kg / 880 lbs.
The Tentsile Universe goes on sale in August from US$1999, with deliveries from early next year. A working prototype will be on show at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market show in Denver, Colorado, from July 23-26.
Meanwhile, here are some of Tentsile’s existing products….