Why We Chose It: Innovative, well-made, fun.
We couldn’t resist calling this in to try out for consideration for our Outdoor 100 product series after we spotted one on Instagram (where else?), and, after testing it out in the Brecon Beacons, we decided it’s definitely worthy of inclusion.
Now, we’ve got to admit, we were expecting it to be a little bit gimmicky; a kind of play thing rather than something that people actually sleep in. But actually, we were surprised by its practicality.
“All the materials are super strong, making the Tentsile Una capable of bearing a load of up to a whopping 150kg.”
It involves a sleeping platform made from a super strong nylon & polyester fabric with a strong metal buckle on each of its three corners. To string it up, these buckles are fastened to long webbing straps which are wrapped around three trees situated in a pyramid shape. A bug-proof mesh with a single hooped pole seals in the user, and a fly sheet is suspended over the top. All the materials are super strong, making the Tentsile Una capable of bearing a load of up to a whopping 150kg, and, thanks to a supplied ratchet, it’s possible to have a very taught and secure hang.
The total weight is 2720g, which is on the heavy side and not really something you’d really want to go backpacking with (but it would be feasible). The packed size isn’t too big though – it’s about the same as your average four-person tent we’d say. As something for car camping – or basically adventures that don’t require much walking – it’s a fun way of spending a night and for sleeping very, very comfortably.