Floating Tent Allows You To Camp On Water

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Enjoy camping along the waterfront? Then you are going to love the recently-unveiled Shoal tent, which, the manufacturer boasts, will allow outdoor aficionados to “sleep under the stars, on the water.” The world’s first floating tent is the brainchild of Ohio-based SmithFly, well-known for making high-quality and innovative camping gear.

The temporary abode can be set up on any calm stretch of water, including lakes, farm ponds, saltwater flats, spring creeks, and even river eddies. Measuring eight feet long by eight feet wide, it can comfortably sleep two campers — each up to 6'3" tall when laying down — and withstand heavy winds and rain.

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By now you are probably wondering where the pesky tent poles are. As it turns out, there are none! That’s because, unlike conventional tents, the Shoal tent is not pitched, but inflated using the manual foot pump provided by the manufacturer. When deflated, it fits inside an easy-to-carry “burrito roll” style storage bag. Even better? The tent’s thick, 6-inch base doubles as an airbed, roughly the size of a twin-sized mattress, alleviating the need for sleeping bags.

Although the one-of-a-kind tent, which started shipping in early January 2018, guarantees some memorable camping trips, it does cost a hefty $1,499. Also, the raft-like shelter does not come with a paddle, which means returning to shore could prove challenging. And while it does weigh a whopping 50 pounds once inflated — “virtually unmovable,” according to the manufacturer — there is no anchor. Hence, campers could potentially drift away from their chosen location due to high winds or powerful currents.

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SmithFly is not the only one to come up with a radical idea to shake up camping. In 2010, Seattle-based JakPak unveiled an all-in-one waterproof jacket, sleeping bag, and tent! In 2013, UK-based tree house architect Alex Shirley-Smith elevated the camping experience — literally — with the Tensile tent, which can be tied hammock-style to trees!

Resources: newatlas.com, smithfly.com


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  • alphadog
    alphadog8 months
    I roll in my sleep I'd be scared of falling out😴🙀
    • dogsandance
      dogsandanceabout 1 year
      I would be so scared of that! The idea is super cool tho.
      • jazmine2008
        jazmine2008about 1 year
        that sounds so cool!!!!!! i wish i could have one but it does sound fun camping with a friend.
        • jaydiebug
          jaydiebugover 1 year
          THANK YOU
          • jaydiebug
            jaydiebugover 1 year
            That is amazing!!!! I wish I had one!!!!!
            • sky_dragon
              sky_dragonover 1 year
              Wow! That's awesome!
              • flamehearted
                flameheartedover 1 year
                If you sleep walk your dead for sure but this is a nice idea.
                • dogsandance
                  dogsandanceabout 1 year
                  I sleep walk so idk if this is a good idea for me lol
                  • jazmine2008
                    jazmine2008about 1 year
                    i agree
                  • gold3nglare
                    gold3nglareover 1 year
                    What if it pops on and you're in the middle of a lake. That would spell trouble. But that is so coooooooooooooool!
                    • piggyfan
                      piggyfanover 1 year
                      It’s a cool idea but I don’t think it’s safe especially when there’s no poles or anchor .
                      • zaks
                        zaksover 1 year
                        That's cool, To bad it costs to much or I would definintly try to get that.
                        • zaks
                          zaksover 1 year
                          But what if it pops though? Then I am in trouble.
                          • jkbear
                            jkbearover 1 year
                            One idea is that you could swim. Or take swim lessons. I dunno, that would be my idea.
                            • alphadog
                              alphadog8 months
                              Learn to swim in your sleep that would cost a lot of money for lessons