Treehouse architect Alex Shirley-Smith wanted to create a portable treehouse, a kind of ready-made, floating shelter that could be assembled in any backyard, wood or even city streets.
In 2010 Shirley-Smith released several tree tent prototypes inspired by spiders' webs. "A spider always uses three anchoring points and the web finds its own position in space that's a circle in between any of those 3 points. So as long as you've got 3 anchoring points this tent will find its own central position to create its own shape inside that triangle. The whole thing is sort of taken from spider's web technology or you know, what exists in nature. Biomicmicry."
After refining 11 prototypes, Shirley-Smith and partner Kirk Kirchev finally released a production model tree tent- the Tentsile Stingray. Using just 3 tree straps, 2 poles and one fly sheet, the Stingray will shelter up to 4 people in mid-air. It takes about 10 minutes to set-up and a few minutes to take down. And best of all, it is one size fits all.
The tent can be used as a camping alternative- to keep you comfortably suspended above any animals, bugs or uncomfortable rocks-, but the design could also prove the basis for a new type of eco-village. Kirchev dreams of one day creating a community of (much larger) tensile structures where portable villages could be mounted and disassembled in a day, leaving little impact on the forest floor.
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$650. You never said anything about the materials used. Like a hammock your underside will be cold at night. Like a tent, when you touch the sides it will lose its water resistant properties. Who needs a mobile village? I purchased my tent that sleeps 8 for a lot less. Usually the fire is the center of attention and not the tent. I just don't go camping and stay in the tent. Go back to the mobile village. Why? Tents accommodate all terrain but this requires trees or poles.
I think this is a neat idea however I see many problems especially in the area I live where we get frequent and very strong wind thunderstorms. It's just going to become a sail and make for a very bumpy night in 70 mph winds.
What if I am still half asleep and need to pee in the middle of the night? I am just going to end up tumbling out of the tent lol
It's a good idea but needs more work; for a serious tent buyer it needs to be proper rain proof, and then maybe it would be worth $600. As it is, $200 is too much. Just trying to help. Also, there's probably no reason you couldn't make it work on the ground too.
Looks like a lot of fun.The only thing that would concern me is how long it would be before some bright spark pokes a pin through the bottom and into your arse or lets one of the ratchets go while your fast asleep!
too much weight and trouble for trecking; too expensive to use at a Garden or longer stay; there I used to build up a trampoline mat from a broken trampoline and some slacklines- put your tent or a moskitonet over it an it is more robust, cheaper and useful than this.
This is highly impractical, highly unaffordable, and highly limited to tree availability, tree climbing ability, and predator ability. And what happens if you accidentally puncture the floor with a knife or sharp object? Ripstop or tumble to the ground below?
They should incorporate a nintinol mesh into the floor of the tent that will become ridged when a electrical frequency is passed through the nintinol mesh giving the tent a more solid floor that will not sag. 😊
Great idea! Too expensive though....... come down on price and I can see this thing really taking off. But at that price it's not quite specialized enough, nor field proven. Companies like MSR, North Face, Mountain Hardware have been proven for years of quality and made tweeks here and there over years to perfect their tents. Honestly for $600+ I would buy a Hilleberg Tent.........Cool though!
vaguely reminiscent of George Pal’s “WAR OF THE WORLDS movie from 1950 with its scary creatures floating through the air zapping everyone.
Great idea for keeping your bum away from the cold wet ground , although I can visualise lots of squirrels running up and down your rigging lines and piddling on your tents. GREAT IDEA .These would work well over here in Australia.🙂
nice idea, maybe not quite ready for camping. needs a rain fly, fairly large area and having some help in setting up would be recommended. also, don't set this up in the dark, or pitch it too low cause it sags really, really bad. it looks like if you have more than a couple of average adults in it, they will end up near the middle of the thing. the hatch is nice, but also a real weakness. fun for kids in the backyard, I guess.
I haven't carried a tent with in forever when going camping, most times only carry a tarp a sleeping mat and a sleeping bag and sometimes a hammock, but this tentsile looks amazing, especially if you're taking friends with you who doesn't go camping that much😁 might have to consider getting a 2 or 3 person version😀
Great engineering! FYI, in the US due to environmental concerns, some campgrounds do not allow anything to be attached to trees. Others do not care. You can call ahead to get info on any restrictions. Also, since you are suspended, there is no ground insulation, and air flow in cold weather can cause problems. How do you combat "cold butt syndrome"? Do you suggest goose down layer under your sleeping bag? If there were double layers on bottom of tent with velcro pockets, I suppose you could use closed cell foam sleeping mats in between the layers that would not shift around with movement of people inside...
It needs an underquilt for the bottom (maybe sold as an accessory like for hammock camping) or some other way to insulate the bottom against wind pulling the heat out of your body. Also maybe an outside "pocket" hanging near the doors to put your shoes in. Also what is the weight limit?
You'd have to find a way to insulate the bottom for colder months. Despite what people in the comments are saying, having open air under your ass is always going to be colder than the ground because the ground will retain heat if you lay in the same spot whereas the air or breeze will constantly pull heat away from you all night. Sleeping bags or pads alone don't do much to solve the problem because your weight compresses them and negates the insulation. Most hammock campers use underquilts with shock cords that keep it pulled tight to the underside of the hammock for trips that get below 20 °C/68.0 °F. This allows the insulation to do it's job much better.
I'd suggest something like a custom underquilt that attaches to the anchor points of the tent as well as the guy lines for the rain cover as a future accessory...or even engineering some form of flexible reflectix flooring system. Fun concept though. The tent could even have tarps hung from the sides and placed on the ground to create a small living area underneath. Would have no problems rigging up a camp shower or changing room. Perhaps I'll give this a try this season.
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