TENTSILE: A COMPANY BUILT ON PASSION
Check out the most innovative tree houses you can take on the go.
Written by: Amanda Cubello
What started as a six year olds vision turned into a company known around the world. Alex Shirley-Smith, founder of Tentsile, created the tree-tents on a simple idea, "build a tree-house that's portable, eco-friendly, and that inspires your imagination."
In March 2012, twenty-nine years after Alex's imagination ran wild, the first proto-type and flagship model, the Stingray, was produced after teaming up with designer and co-inventor, Kirk Kirchev. One year later, the first tent was sold, from which that money was used to make a second, and so forth, until Alex and Kirk could afford to pay their own salary and quit their day jobs.
The tensioned tree tents come in four different styles: The T-mini Double Hammock, the Flite Tree Tent, the Connect Tree Tent, and the one that started it all, the Stingray. Prices range from $150-$650 depending on the size and capabilities. While the hammock is the most basic of the four and the cheapest, there is no enclosure, thus making it a lounge-specific option. Think beach-front naps and forest relaxation.
If camping is the main objective, the Stingray and the Connect tree tent are going to be the best options. Both come with a fully enclosed insect mesh roof (with opening doors) and removable rainfly sheets, allowing for a perfect view of the stars on a clear night.
Worried about the set-up? Don’t be. 15 minutes of your day and the manual provided is all it takes for these tents to become a suspended reality.
While it’s recommended to hang them four feet above the ground for easy access and to minimize injury, these portable tree houses offer the utmost freedom for those looking to push the adventure envelope. Although trees are the main fixtures for suspension, these tents also have the ability to hang from mountainsides and boulders.
The sky is truly the only limit for this camping gear.
While these versatile tree homes offer the epitome of adventure, they also help to keep the environment safe and protected. Tentsile is committed to promoting healthy forests by using only eco-friendly products and by partnering with WeForest, an international non-profit association whose mission is to "create and promote a pioneer movement in large scale sustainable reforestation." For every tent purchased, Tentsile will plant three trees in Southern Saharan countries to help aid against desertification.
In Tentsile's words, if we're all hanging out in trees, they can't cut them down.
By: Amanda Cubello | @amanda_cubello
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