Houston, Texas-based purveyor of outdoor gear Tenativ recently unveiled its one-person bag and tent combo named Moedal and Totem. The tent can reportedly be assembled within 30 seconds, and the product looks like it might appeal to casual campers and festival goers.
First, the bag. Moedal has a capacity of 40 liters (10 US gallons). It includes a tent compartment and internal laptop sleeve, and the firm promises room to spare once a tent is rolled up inside. The bag can be worn as a backpack, messenger bag, or across the chest, and weighs 3.75 lb (1.58 kg).
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Totem, meanwhile, is a one-person, three-season waterproof bivy tent available in black or white. It measures 7 x 3.5 ft (2.1 x 1 m), and includes a rain fly. Total weight comes in at 4.6 lb (2 kg), including pole and stakes, so you're looking at a not insignificant combined total weight of 8.3 lb (3.7 kg) with the tent and bag together.
There's an obvious issue with the Moedal and Totem though: you could simply buy yourself a large bag and a small one-man tent and end up with essentially the same experience for a lot less dough. Indeed, about the only practical benefit Moedal and Totem offer over this option is that the bag remains attached to the tent and is accessible by a little door once you pitch the tent, so you can still access your gear while keeping the interior of your shelter tidy.
There is a philanthropic angle to the project worth mentioning, as the tents will be sewn and assembled by a 100-percent blind workforce, and Tenativ promises to donate a chunk of its profits to a teenage homelessness organization.
Tenativ has employed the crowd to get Moedal and Totem to market. As of writing, a Kickstarter pledge of US$350 is required to hopefully secure a Moedal bag and Totem tent. Assuming all goes well, the firm hopes to deliver its finished product in April, 2016.
Check out the video below to see Tenativ's pitch.