Tentsile: Camp Suspended in the Trees

Is it a tent hammock or a portable treehouse? Either way, Tentsile bills itself as "the world's most versatile tent," with structures that can accommodate two, four, or even a whole family of eight campers — suspended in the trees!

Conceived by architect and treehouse designer Alex Shirley-Smith, the London-based Tentsile line "provides separation from floods, sand storms, earth tremors, cold and lumpy ground, as well as offering increased protection from wildlife, including insects, snakes and other predators." Seems like it would be a good idea for that timid city friend who's venturing into camping for the first time!

It also sounds like it would be a fun and portable solution for families that don't have suitable trees in their backyards to build treehouses, but still have trees that can support a lightweight structure. The company is currently developing a stand to allow setup of the Tentsile on the ground.

The tent is made of a collapsible frame of webbing straps with fire-retardant and UV- and water-resistant polyester panels. The unique design features a level, trampoline-like floor and semi-rigid sides that are held in place by tension, so you won't roll into another person the way you do in a hammock. Each tent configuration also includes vestibules and storage areas.

According to Tentsile's website, a new line is in the works, but you can email them for more information on the current tents.

Find It: Tentsile, price available upon request

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