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Tentsile unveils its smallest, lightest, and most affordable tree tent to date

The Connect is the latest tent by Tentsile (Photo: Tentsile)
The Connect is the latest tent by Tentsile (Photo: Tentsile)
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Like its predecessors, the Connect rests above-ground (Photo: Tentsile)
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Like its predecessors, the Connect rests above-ground (Photo: Tentsile)
The Connect attaches to three nearby trees with 6 m (19.7 ft) long straps and ratchets (Photo: Tentsile)
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The Connect attaches to three nearby trees with 6 m (19.7 ft) long straps and ratchets (Photo: Tentsile)
The company recommends the tent rest at a height of 1.2 m, (4 ft) off the ground (Photo: Tentsile)
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The company recommends the tent rest at a height of 1.2 m, (4 ft) off the ground (Photo: Tentsile)
The Connect can be physically joined together with two other Connect units to create a kind of off-ground tent mini-community (Photo: Tentsile)
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The Connect can be physically joined together with two other Connect units to create a kind of off-ground tent mini-community (Photo: Tentsile)
The Connect is the latest tent by Tentsile (Photo: Tentsile)
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The Connect is the latest tent by Tentsile (Photo: Tentsile)
Tentsile says the tent is able to take the weight of two adults and their gear (Photo: Tentsile)
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Tentsile says the tent is able to take the weight of two adults and their gear (Photo: Tentsile)
Tentsile is currently experimenting with a ground-based stand featuring three poles and six ground anchors (Photo: Tentsile)
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Tentsile is currently experimenting with a ground-based stand featuring three poles and six ground anchors (Photo: Tentsile)
For those scared of heights, the tent can optionally rest on the ground like a standard tent too (Photo: Tentsile)
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For those scared of heights, the tent can optionally rest on the ground like a standard tent too (Photo: Tentsile)
Camping off-the-ground helps avoid the creepy-crawlies that live on the forest floor (Photo: Tentsile)
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Camping off-the-ground helps avoid the creepy-crawlies that live on the forest floor (Photo: Tentsile)
Once fully assembled, the Connect measures 2.8 x 4.6 x 4.6 m (9.1 x 15 x 15 ft) (Photo: Tentsile)
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Once fully assembled, the Connect measures 2.8 x 4.6 x 4.6 m (9.1 x 15 x 15 ft) (Photo: Tentsile)
The Connect packs down to 50 x 20 x 20 cm (20 x 8 x 8 inches (Photo: Tentsile)
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The Connect packs down to 50 x 20 x 20 cm (20 x 8 x 8 inches (Photo: Tentsile)
The tent weighs 5 kg (11 lb) and has a total floor space of approximately 5 sq m (53 sq ft) (Photo: Tentsile)
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The tent weighs 5 kg (11 lb) and has a total floor space of approximately 5 sq m (53 sq ft) (Photo: Tentsile)
There's four doors for access (64 sq ft (Photo: Tentsile)
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There's four doors for access (64 sq ft (Photo: Tentsile)
The Connect will set you back US$599, plus shipping (Photo: Tentsile)
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The Connect will set you back US$599, plus shipping (Photo: Tentsile)
The Connect comes in two shades of green, orange and camouflage (Photo: Tentsile)
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The Connect comes in two shades of green, orange and camouflage (Photo: Tentsile)
Like its predecessors, the Connect rests above-ground (Photo: Tentsile)
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Like its predecessors, the Connect rests above-ground (Photo: Tentsile)
The company recommends the tent rest at a height of 1.2 m (4 ft) off the ground (Photo: Tentsile)
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The company recommends the tent rest at a height of 1.2 m (4 ft) off the ground (Photo: Tentsile)
The Connect is the latest tent by Tentsile (Photo: Tentsile)
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The Connect is the latest tent by Tentsile (Photo: Tentsile)
Tentsile says the tent is able to take the weight of three adults and their gear (Photo: Tentsile)
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Tentsile says the tent is able to take the weight of three adults and their gear (Photo: Tentsile)
The Connect attaches to three nearby trees with 6 m (19.7 ft) long straps and ratchets (Photo: Tentsile)
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The Connect attaches to three nearby trees with 6 m (19.7 ft) long straps and ratchets (Photo: Tentsile)
The Connect can be physically joined together with two other Connect units to create a kind of off-ground tent mini-community (Photo: Tentsile)
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The Connect can be physically joined together with two other Connect units to create a kind of off-ground tent mini-community (Photo: Tentsile)
The tent weighs 5 kg (11 lb) and has a total floor space of approximately 5 sq m (53 sq ft) (Photo: Tentsile)
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The tent weighs 5 kg (11 lb) and has a total floor space of approximately 5 sq m (53 sq ft) (Photo: Tentsile)
Once fully assembled, the Connect measures 2.8 x 4.6 x 4.6 m (9.1 x 15 x 15 ft) (Photo: Tentsile)
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Once fully assembled, the Connect measures 2.8 x 4.6 x 4.6 m (9.1 x 15 x 15 ft) (Photo: Tentsile)
The Connect can be physically joined together with two other Connect units to create a kind of off-ground tent mini-community (Photo: Tentsile)
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The Connect can be physically joined together with two other Connect units to create a kind of off-ground tent mini-community (Photo: Tentsile)
For those scared of heights, the tent can optionally rest on the ground like a standard tent too (Photo: Tentsile)
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For those scared of heights, the tent can optionally rest on the ground like a standard tent too (Photo: Tentsile)
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UK-based company Tentsile recently unveiled its latest off-ground tent. The Connect follows the basic design of Tentsile's previous Stingray and Tentsile models, but is the firm's smallest, lightest, and most affordable tree tent to date.

Like its predecessors, the Connect can be thought of as a mix between a double hammock and tent, and it enables off-ground camping by attaching to three nearby trees with three 6 m (19.7 ft)-long straps which are pulled taut with ratchets. The company recommends the tent be situated at a height of 1.2 m (4 ft) above ground.

The Connect can be physically joined together with two other Connect tents to create a forest-based hangout Tentsile calls the "Trilogy," and the company says even more units can be added to create a kind of tree tent community. Each tent is able to take the weight of up to three adults, plus their gear.

The Connect can be physically joined together with two other Connect units to create a kind of off-ground tent mini-community (Photo: Tentsile)
The Connect can be physically joined together with two other Connect units to create a kind of off-ground tent mini-community (Photo: Tentsile)

Once fully assembled, the Connect measures 2.8 x 4.6 x 4.6 m (9.1 x 15 x 15 ft) and packs down to 50 x 20 x 20 cm (20 x 8 x 8 in). It weighs 5 kg (11 lb), has a total floor space of approximately 5 sq m (53 sq ft), and access is granted via four doors. The tent is waterproof and also contains a basic insect net and fly sheet.

The Connect will set you back US$599, plus shipping, and comes in two shades of green, in addition to orange and camouflage.

Product Page: Tentsile

6 comments
turdferguson
Cool, yes. Impractical, YES!!!!
JøhP
@turdferguson. Impractical? Please explain. Hammocks has been around for centuries, and this is after all just a fully enclosed hammock.
owlbeyou
A hammock has the shape of a catenary curve. This tent employs a tension (enough for three adults and their gear!) that is considerably higher and feels counter intuitive. The three tent set up even more so! I would start at one foot high and gradually move up to four and maybe more as my confidence grows. Any tent can keep you dry and shield you from the "creepy-crawlies", but making a camp fire close to your tent doesn't apply here, unless you want to see how the tight straps can melt pretty quick!
turdferguson
@JøhP $599+ s&h impractical. Again, it's a cool idea but $600 and needing to find the proper tree configuration to set it up makes it impractical. Hammocks have been around for centuries and I own one. But my hammock didn't cost $600... it didn't cost $50.
Don Duncan
Man returns to the trees! I love it.
glorybe2
I used to camp with jungle hammocks. They are bug proof, that cool in hot climates and completely rain proof as well. They used to be inexpensive as well. They worked out far better than any tent ever did. In my area waking up with a kiss from a rattle snake is a real issue as are attacks from feral hogs and wild boars. The jungle hammock solved both of those hazards. I liked to pitch mine higher up in the trees to get the cooler air at night.
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