You know, when you're a seasoned camper, it's reasonable that after a while you might want to mix up your experience of the great outdoors and try something a little different. Some people go all the way out to the Amazon rainforest, while others hike to the frozen tundra of Alaska. but have you ever considered trying to pitch your tent on water? Of course not: you're not Jesus after all.
However, now a new invention promises to help you just that: an inflatable tend that allows campers to float on the surface of a large body of water.Check out this video of the floating tent in action below:
The Shoal Tent, which retails for around $2,000, comes courtesy of the camping equipment supplier Smithfly, which describes its product as a: "first-of-its-kind inflatable floating raft with a tent topper that allows you to sleep out on the water. Camp on your favourite farm pond, saltwater flat, spring creek or eddy on your favourite river."
On Smithfly's official store, the product's item description continues: "There are no tent poles, the tent structure is totally inflatable and when inflated stands up to high winds without a problem. The raft body has three air chambers, two in the lower tube, one in the structure. The floor is a 6" thick drop stitched high-pressure floor that doubles as your air mattress."
It adds: "The tent fabric is heavy-duty, waterproof, sealed with heavy-duty #8 zippers. The tent topper sides all attach and detach using heavy-duty hook and loop for the ability to use just the top and get in and out easily through the sides if the need arises suddenly. [sic]"
On social media, reactions to the product have been fairly diverse. Some people have praised the Shoal tent as an inspired concept, which could have a variety of useful applications. Meanwhile, other people have expressed concern about the inherent safety risks, such as the possibility of in spring a leak or a puncture in the night.
However, some people were more complimentary of the invention:
But if you'd like to go camping but are a bit less adventurous, then there's another product you might be interested in: a personal garden dome that's brilliant for glamping in.