Motorbike and bike adventures immersed in nature or camping, with Tentsile tree tents to sleep suspended on any terrain.
The English company, also based in the United States, has been a leader for over 8 years in the sector of suspended tents, which can be mounted and tied on trees, poles, rocks and any other structure that allows them to be fixed, forgetting all the problems what slopes and terrain entail.
Whether you are a solo traveler, a couple or a group of friends, Tentile produces curtains and accessories for every need and type of use. The space varies from 1 to 3 people for the tents, up to 6 people for the hammocks. Summer or 4 seasons, ultra light, with accessories of all kinds, in short, a huge choice for a truly unique outdoor experience in the name of environmental sustainability.
How it works
Unlike traditional tents, which need to be set up on flat, level and dry ground, Tentsile tree tents and giant camping hammocks use a patented three-point anchoring system to suspend the tent from the ground.
Having chosen your tent, open the bag and start mounting the straps on the 3 chosen trees, with the protection for the bark so as not to harm the plants. Once the awning is connected to the 3 straps, two fixed and one with the ratchet, the fabric begins to be stretched. To align the structure there are tabs that serve to set the fabric at its best. Sure it takes some practice but the instructions are very clear, as well as all the video tutorials you find on their site for each individual model. Once in position, the poles are mounted and the tent is covered with the rain cover. Obviously each model has its own characteristics but the principle is the same for all.
The flagship model, the Tentsile Stingray offers the most unique and comfortable way to enjoy time in the trees, with enough sleeping space for 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. This model is a portable treehouse and is perfect for anyone who wants a great solution for camping in the car with friends or family or to create a base camp for a multi-day outing. Ease of installation, storage capacity and overall space are the strengths of the Stingray. The retail price is Euro 699 from the Tentsile website.
The Flite is Tentsile's lightweight 2-person tree tent. With its built-in insect net and removable rain cover, this model is perfect for outdoor adventures motorcycle or for backpacking. This model has an essential design to reduce as much weight as possible. The bed consists of a double tension hammock with an adjustable dividing strap in the center that transforms the sheet into one or two bunks for single or double camping. A unique cross-braced pole configuration provides extra head room for those times when you need to sit down. The retail price is 399 Euros from the Tentsile website.
Lightweight 1 Person Tree Tent offers completely “flat” and under tarpaulin storage nets for all your gear! With its built-in mosquito net and removable rain cover, it packs into a tiny bag and is ideal for solo, motorcycle, backpacking or biking tours. The retail price is Euro 299 from the Tentsile website.
The accessories catalog is huge. The most popular are certainly the conversion kits for use on the ground "ground kit" (if the trees are not there or are not strong enough), the external sheets to create shade under the awning or a sort of "room" to change and have a little intimacy on the ground, tree guards for maximum eco-sustainability and adjustment straps in the case of misaligned trees and supports.
pros and cons
Sleeping suspended from the ground means first of all living a different and certainly very intriguing experience: you can mount it on any type of slope; the tent stays clean and does not get wet on the ground, so a lot is more easy to store; it is comfortable because you are not resting on earth, stones, roots… and you can also avoid the use of a mat or use a thin one; ants and various insects will not be able to enter the tent, as well as dust and dirt in general; there ventilation it is maximum in summer and in winter do not touch the icy ground; the Baggage and your belongings are always safe and away from other animals in general. On the other hand, the awning is more subject to wind stress, it is less practical to enter and exit and maybe change, it does not have the assembly speed of a pop-up but the average time settles around the 10 minutes. The price is certainly not the most affordable but we are talking about a high-end product and completely different from traditional curtains.
"If we hang from trees" they can't cut them down. This is the motto of Alex Shirley-Smith, the founder, born and raised in London as an architect specializing in sustainable living and low impact shelters. Tentile offers a range of tree tents for one to five people, as well as hammocks, mosquito nets, waterproof walls and ladders that can be used together to create a “pile”.
The team's mission is always linked to eco-sustainability, tree protection and support for the most disadvantaged populations. In the eight years since they promised to plant 20 trees for every tent sold, they have reached over 700.000 trees in 2019 in Madagascar, India, Zambia and Oregon, and they intend to reach the goal of 1 million trees planted by 2021.
For any information visit the Tentsile site.