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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  • zaks
    zaksover 2 years
    That's cool, To bad it costs to much or I would definintly try to get that.
    • zaks
      zaksover 2 years
      But what if it pops though? Then I am in trouble.
      • jkbear
        jkbearover 2 years
        One idea is that you could swim. Or take swim lessons. I dunno, that would be my idea.
        • alphadog
          alphadogover 1 year
          Learn to swim in your sleep that would cost a lot of money for lessons
    • animereina2021
      animereina2021almost 3 years
      I just went camping yesterday with my family at a camping site! We went fishing, ate yummy food, and even told scary but true stories by the camp fire. My dad caught a fish today, since we were going to leave the camping site soon, and had to pack our things. I would LOVE to have a floating tent...but it costs too much😐😑
    • egirlcandice
      egirlcandiceabout 3 years
      this just isn't very smart. would be nice for a pool or a small lake or pond...
      • ludwing37
        ludwing37over 3 years
        This idea is not very smart. So many things can go wrong.
        • cooki_e
          cooki_eover 3 years
          What whale you’re sleeping it floats away or off a waterfall
          • tytydoggo
            tytydoggoover 3 years
            this is awesome i love it it is the smartest thing i have ever saw sorry,i got carried away
            • Julalmost 4 years
              That is so funny, but again what about sleepwalking? Could you paddle it like a boat? Could you camp in it? :)
              • inmemoryofcpr
                inmemoryofcpralmost 4 years
                What if you sleep walk? RIP
                • luvmylipgloss
                  luvmylipglossalmost 4 years
                  • Elijahalmost 4 years
                    it is amazing how people make things like this