The worst part about camping is probably sleeping on the hard ground. Sure, there’s stuff you can buy to make your night more comfortable… but what if there was a tent that could solve the problem for you? Ohio-based fishing gear company SmithFly has just announced their new Shoal Tent, an inflatable tent meant to be set up on the water. It combines the relaxing feeling of gently rippling water with a supremely cozy tent for a perfect night’s sleep in the Great Outdoors.
The Shoal Tent is smaller, cheaper, and more portable than a houseboat or floating cabin. The material is incredibly sturdy (you can stand on it easily), and the floor has foam padding, ensuring that it’s comfy to sleep on. The whole thing is inflated, with no poles or rigid pieces inside the tent. If the thought of sleeping on the water has you a little hesitant, rest assured that the three separate air chambers ensure that the tent stays afloat, even when one is punctured. The sides also come off easily in case you need to get out in a hurry… or if you just want to enjoy some sunshine while you float along. As they say, “The world is your waterbed.”
In order to make sure that your floating tent experience goes smoothly, make sure you follow all of the local rules on boating safety– that means oars, life jackets, and anchors. And if you’re wondering, fully inflated, it’s 8 feet by 8 feet, and can comfortably fit someone up to 6’3″ tall (standing or laying). It also deflates into a roll that’s portable. You can pre-order the tent now; they cost $1500 and the expected delivery date is January of 2018. And if you want to try before you buy, Adventures on the Great Miami, an Ohio canoe livery, will offer the chance to rent one for a night through Airbnb.
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