This New Tent is Part Treehouse, Part SUP Board, and All Awesome

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How would like to have a portable treehouse that also floats on water?

Tenstile is an innovative outdoor brand best-known for its line of tents that can be suspended from trees. While varying by size and structure, each product consists of a flat, triangular floor and a system of ratchets and straps that wrap around nearby tree ttunks — picture a hammock with a covering, but better. The result is a unique and elevated (pun intended) camping experience.

Now, take that already sweet setup and add another element: water. Tentsile’s latest creation, dubbed the Tentsile Universe, is a tent capable for use in the air (aka the aforementioned suspension technique), on the ground (like a normal tent), and on water.

“Designed for family adventures, the Tentsile Universe is the only tent you will ever need. The fun can continue on the ground, in the trees, or on the water, no matter where you find yourself,” said Tentsile CEO and founder Alex Shirley-Smith in a release. “This world-first addresses the need to have an all-terrain, multi-use, fun-packed product that encourages both adventurous play and basic practical needs in any environment.”

Mind you, the Tensile Universe is recommended for use as an actual tent only on the ground and in the air. There’s enough space for five adults and offers over five feet of headspace. Like Tentsile’s other models, a flexible set of poles holds a mesh barrier that provides ventilation while keeping bugs out, followed by an optional rainfly. If the weather is truly gorgeous, you can ditch both and simply enjoy your surroundings.

The water feature is for recreation. As Tentsile puts it, the Universe is an “incredibly stable SUP-style Huckleberry Finn day-raft” that you access by “rolling back the vestibule doors and securing the rain fly to the poles in each corner, and removing the insect mesh.” The PVC floor is what allows the Universe to float on water, preferably a quiet lake. All in all, the tent/SUP hybrid weighs about 100 lbs, so it’s ideal for car camping situations and not off-grid excursions.

All this versatility will cost you a pretty penny. Pricing for the Tentsile Universe starts at $1,999. The second most expensive Tenstile offering, the Safari Stingray, is priced at $950 and a reasonably priced, extra-large SUP board costs upwards of $1,100, so it may be the better deal if you’re considering both pieces of equipment.

Pre-order will be available in August with delivery scheduled for early 2019. Tentsile showed off the Tenstilve Universe at Outdoor Retailer — stay tuned for more details from The Manual’s visit to the outdoor gear convention.

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