Hikers and campers have long been used to hanging food packs out of reach of bears and scavengers, but these tensile treehouse shelters take things a few steps further, allowing you to loft your entire portable residence amid any forest.
No more worrying about the weather or extreme landscapes like muddy swamps and desert sands. “Due to the unique design, the tent provides a level trampoline style floor in any terrain or inclination. It’s elevated position does away with the need to clear the site of foliage and provides separation from flood, sand storms, earth tremors, cold and lumpy ground as well as offering increased protection from wildlife, including insects, snakes and other predators.”
In theory, you could suspend these off the sides of cliffs or hover them above lands and streams since (setup, entry and exit excepted) the ground conditions are irrelevant. Tentsile describes their product line as being “the world’s most versatile tents. Whether you are looking for an all terrain camping solution, a safari safe house, a mountain or beach retreat, or a portable treehouse that avoids all planning restrictions, with Tentsile the sky really is the only limit.”‘
The various models have side and bottom entries in various configurations, with sleeping sections along the spokes and a central communal area familiar from many typical tents. Like a three-legged stool, the frame is held in tension from three points and is thus essentially self-balancing within the right tolerances. “The structure comprises a collapsible frame of webbing straps with fire retardant, UV PU and water resistant polyester fabric infill panels.”