Occasionally our readers send us links to gear that they think we should test, the Stingray tree tent from Tentsile is one such product and we found ourselves agreeing as they look a wonderful mix of old fashioned, yet space aged. We’ve dropped them a note to see about testing one, and hopefully will be able to do so towards the end of the year.
Tentsile are a start-up company, with the idea of suspended tents brought into being by designer Alex Shirley-Smith who in 2010 “wanted to allow people to experience the magic of hanging out in trees and maybe by encouraging others to enjoy this, they might think twice about cutting them down.” Robert Shirley-Smith tells GWA that the inspiration for the Tentsile tree tents comes down to the Ewok village featured in the original Star Wars films.
2012 saw designer co-inventor Kirk Kirchev come on board, and together they created a simpler, lightweight tent that could easily be mass produced – which is the Stingray version that our reader sent us the link to.
It is an interesting design, and one that requires no pegs or even a pump, but for the Stingray you will need three trees. For suspension this three-person tent relies on ratchets and straps to keep you off the ground. However if you do find yourself treeless the tents are also designed to be pitched on the ground like a conventional tent.
The rather elegant looking structure has an adjustable frame of a rather muscle bulging 2.5 ton webbing straps, and it comes with a fully enclosed insect mesh roof (with opening doors) and removable rain fly sheets so you can really enjoy the stars. As the tents are designed to be suspended, they (once aloft) are unaffected by lumps and bumps and soggy patches. The webbing frame is held in tension at each of the three anchor points by being ratcheted tight while floor straps divide the space into individual hammocks.