Tentsile releases Vista multi-story tree tent
Just a few months after releasing its smallest, lightest, and most affordable tree tent so far, British firm Tentsile is back with another off-ground tent design. The Vista is likened by Tentsile to a portable treehouse and offers more flexibility than the firm's previous tents, thanks to a removable roof and an ability to accommodate multiple stories.
The three-man (or two adults and two kids) Vista is based on Tentsile's Stingray model, and sports the same basic hammock/tent hybrid design as Tentsile's other products. It's suspended around 1.2 m (4 ft) off the ground, and is anchored to three nearby trees using a like number of ratchets and straps. Access is gained via the floor hatch in the center or the side entrances.
Judging from the photos, you'd probably only want to use this thing when the weather is particularly nice, and Tentsile states that it can't be fully sealed shut. On the plus side, Vista's removable roof allows one to sit back and enjoy the view. In addition, multiple floors can also be purchased at extra cost that allow a kind of multi-story off-ground camping setup.
Between deployment, the tent folds up into a bag measuring 59 x 25 x 25 cm (23 x 10 x 10 in), and weighs 9 kg (19 lb).
The Vista is available now in green, orange, camo, or dark grey, and will set you back US$595, plus shipping.
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Unless you are camping somewhere with warm nights, I don't know that this kind of tent would be all that great for overnight trips.
Sure - because we have LOADS of bears in the UK...
You probably had your hammock hung and occupied incorrectly.
Don't know where you camp, but in most places outside of subtropics, ground sucks heat like crazy.
Minimal set up used year-round in Wisconsin 40 years ago by my friend Dan was cot, a couple wool blankets and a tarp wrapped over it...
Average ground temperature at 5' is about the average annual air temperature...
It is a classic thermodynamics problem I suppose. The ground sucks temperature from you when it is cold, but keeps you warmer when it is warm. Mass and specific heat and what not.
But I don't imagine you would take this tent winter camping. It does not look like it is really designed to do that well.