Humans are naturally drawn to water; almost all cities lie on a river, the seashore or both. We even like to splash around in it for no other reason than that getting wet is fun.
Up until recently, actually sleeping on water required a fairly substantial boat, which can’t navigate (or won’t be allowed on) many smaller rivers and wetlands. This no longer needs to limit your camping excursions: this tent is designed to float on water and even remains relatively stable as long as the surface is calm.
When collapsed, it folds into a package about 1 yards long by half a yard wide. This makes it possible to transport in a small boat or large canoe, but a kayaking holiday calls for something a little more compact.
If, on the other hand, you just want something that enables you to chill out on the pool or on a tame watercourse, you don’t need to go with anything quite so expensive.
Since there are no poles or lines to contend with, assembling it is pretty easy if you have an air compressor but something of a chore if you don’t.
Since the air pockets only require 10 PSI for the raft and 2.5 PSI for the upper portion, it’s still possible to use a foot pump, especially if you have a helper willing to take a shift.
Unlike with most tents, you can roll up all four sides of the structure to enjoy the view and cool breezes. The interior is comfortably roomy, sleeping between four and six people and with a roof high enough for a person of average height to stand up in. Handy loops are provided on the sides for tying up a dinghy, using an anchor or securing your shelter to something on shore.
The material it’s made of is reassuringly tough, so it shouldn’t get a puncture just from rubbing against a rock or being poked by a submerged reed. It’s not indestructible, though, and much like with an air mattress, repairing a hole or tear in a way that will last is difficult.
There’s no way of telling how long this floating tent will actually stay in working order, but if losing a very sizable investment through a single moment of carelessness or bad luck is probably going to leave you in tears, you may want to pass this one by.