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SmithFly raft-tent brings camping to the water

SmithFly raft-tent brings camp...
The Shoal Tent – for campers who like to get away from it all
The Shoal Tent – for campers who like to get away from it all
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The Shoal Tent is described as a floating raft with a tent topper
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The Shoal Tent is described as a floating raft with a tent topper
The Shoal Tent's floor is 6 inches thick (15 cm) when inflated, and doubles as an air mattress
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The Shoal Tent's floor is 6 inches thick (15 cm) when inflated, and doubles as an air mattress
The Shoal Tent – for campers who like to get away from it all
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The Shoal Tent – for campers who like to get away from it all
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It seems to be human nature that if you're camping near a lake or pond, you pitch your tent right at the water's edge. Well, SmithFly's new Shoal Tent lets you take things a step further. Described as a floating raft with a tent topper, it allows you to actually sleep out on the water.

The Shoal Tent incorporates three main air chambers – the tent's structural support system is also inflatable. No poles are necessary, and the whole thing is claimed to be able to stand up to high winds.

The drop-stitched floor is 6 inches thick (15 cm) when inflated, and doubles as an air mattress. If you just want to use the tent part on its own, on the land, it can be detached from the raft via a series of hook-and-loop fasteners.

The Shoal Tent is described as a floating raft with a tent topper
The Shoal Tent is described as a floating raft with a tent topper

Tall campers will be glad to know that the Shoal Tent has a footprint of 8 x 8 ft (2.4 x 2.4 m) and can accommodate people up to 6'3" tall (191 cm), both lying down and standing up inside. It all packs down into an included storage bag, and weighs a total of 75 lb (34 kg).

According to SmithFly, the Shoal Tent should be in stock by late December or early January. You can preorder one now, for a price of US$1,499.

For another take on a tent/raft combo, in which the raft takes on rapids during the day and spends the nights on land, check out the Traft.

Source: SmithFly

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8 comments
Buellrider
Nothing new here. They throw those things overboard when a ship sinks. Nobody will want to sleep in floating raft unless they have no other choice. How would you ever keep the floor of that tent dry once it got wet.
Joshua Tulberg
seems awesome. @Buellrider: Probably with a towel.
CarolynFarstrider
Condensation??
Grumpyrelic
Don't buy if you sleep walk...
Lardo
$1500? P.T. Barnum was right.
JeffK
I was thinking it wouldn't be bad for a small mountain lake, less likely to have a predatory critter, two or four legged, interrupt your sleep. Then I recalled seeing a bull moose swimming across a lake we used to frequent in Montana's northern Bitterroot Mountains near the Idaho border. He was swimming the long way, 1,500 odd feet according to Google Earth. It would certainly ruin one's entire day to have a large horse sized animal with broad antlers accidentally capsize your home away from home in the middle of the night.
Cody Blank
Trying to market a life raft to the general population... *eyeroll*
Baughb
So bodily waste just goes in the lake? And you're stuck in the tent?