Tentsile: The World's Most Versatile Tent
Tentsile combines the versatility of a hammock with the comfort and security of a multi-person tent. The unique design allows groups of people to enjoy the experience of being up in the tree canopy, or suspended just above the ground for increased separation from insects, predators, damp or uneven ground. We believe that this solution is a perfect example of low-impact portable habitation.
Tentsile was conceived as a treehouse you can take with you anywhere. It also allows those who do not have any trees in their yard experience the joys of treehouse play by using buildings or poles instead! The tent is fully collapsable, portable and you can set it up and take it down in 5 minutes.
After launching Tentsile in May 2011, our plan was to make between 10-15 bespoke units a year (Tentsile Range 1 is very labour intensive), made by hand in the UK. In April 2012, the tent was featured in a green design forum and 2 days later we were clocking up 40,000 hits a day on the website. Everyone wanted a Tentsile!
We are now in the process of prototyping a new range, Tentsile 2. A few key adaptations make this model simpler to manufacture in large quantities and will allow everyone to see the world from a new perspective and enjoy our natural environment in comfort. Tentsile 2 has the added benefit of being able to be set up on the ground.
Crowd funding allows us to leverage the power of a bulk order to reduce the cost for everyone. This round of funding, will enable us to finish the prototyping phase for Tentsile 2 and put in an order for 100 units. This will be a limited Bate version and recipients will be asked to feedback their comments so alterations/ improvements can be incorporated to the final design. This will go on general release, Spring 2013.
In tandem, we are also developing the Tentsile Stand which will allow free standing set up of Tentsile in fields and deserts. A perfect safari hideout or beach hut, safely suspended above dangerous animals or rouge waves. We are aiming for the same release date.
NOTE: If we get over 100 orders, we may be able to crowd bulk-buy 200 units which will decrease the cost for everyone.
Looking forward, we would like to expand our product range to include new inspirational portable shelters, garden furniture and children's outdoor play equipment! Alongside these, we would like to partner with relief agencies and create a low-cost Tentsile for use in humanitarian disaster relief situations.
This tent has many advantages over conventional emergency shelters. It does not need flat, dry ground, it is earthquake proof, it is suspended above flood levels or contaminated ground and it can be set-up on location, providing lightweight shelter in all manner of environments.
What We Need
We are asking you to get involved in Tentsile at an early stage and part of its development. We need your help to help us grow from a bespoke cottage industry to a mass market product, available in any good outdoor equipment store.
The money raised through this crowd funding exercise will be spent on the following:
Finalise our Tentsile 2 Beta and Tentsile Stand prototypes and get it ready for production line.
Use capital to bulk buy 100 Units of Tentsile 2 Beta for a reduced price and carry out user testing program.
Implement User feedback into finalised Tentsile 2 product.
Launch new Range Spring 2013.
The finalised three person Tentsile 2 will become our flagship product and retail for around $1,499 we intend to follow this up with a 6 person model which will allow larger groups to be suspended together for around $1,750.
We will be creating a simple to understand Set-Up Guide and Manual for the products with illustrated instructions and rigging examples. This will also be user tested and updated alongside the product itself.
If/ when we reach our target, all funds will be ploughed into the progression and growth of this exciting new company. This is the start of a UK based manufacturing business, a brand that will grow and help promote the values of sustainable practice.
What You Get
For those of you kind enough to donate, we would like to offer some unique perks. We cannot give away tents (sorry) but there are reduced price offers in the higher brackets. Please have a look through our list of 'perks' to see what you could get for your donation.
We believe that Tentsile's design concept has massive potential. Because the principles are so simple and the technology is scaleable, these lightweight portable structures could spring up anywhere and for all kinds of uses. They can be used in urban environments just as easily as in the wilderness.
The minimal environmental footprint of the design could allow for much larger scale versions, built with steel cables and thermal infill panels, to house as many people as conventional offices but without the need for massive concrete foundations.
In the 21st Century, we will need to find ways to reduce our impact whilst continuing to thrive and live comfortably. Tentsile hopes to stand as an inspirational company that practices what it preaches; fair trade, use of minimal materials (recycled where possible), producing good quality, useful and exciting products.
Other Ways You Can Help
For those of you that just can’t contribute cash, but would still like to help:
Get the word out and make some noise about our campaign.
Use the Indiegogo share tools!
Come find us on Facebook and Twitter
Email us and ask for a brochure to pass around
We thank you for very little piece of help!