Camping Gear – Tentsile Tree Tents

July 08, 2016

The internet has been abuzz with the news of the Tentsile Tree Tents that combine the shelter of a tent with the suspended comfort of a hammock. David Wolfe’s video provides a good overview but we wanted to dig a little deeper and see what sparked the idea for these tents and how each tent is put together and packaged.

Like the video mentions, the creator of Tentsile, Alex Shirley-Smith, was inspired by the Ewok village from the film Return Of The Jedi. This fictional world tied into the harsh reality that Alex had witnessed on television just weeks before: the destruction of the Amazonian rainforest. The young Alex decided that if he could make trees valuable to all humans beyond simple monetary gains, then he could save them from being destroyed. The answer was simple: develop portable treehouses! With suspended living accommodations, trees would be even more necessary for human survival.

Shirley-Smith was able to develop this passion as he grew older and became an architect. He had three goals when developing his vision for treehouse architecture and he was able to incorporate features that make each tent portable, eco-friendly, and inspire imagination.

Ideas are the catalyst for all great inventions but how did Alex Shirley-Smith put together each of the Tentsile products?

Tentsile offers three tent designs, two hammocks, and accessories such as drink holders and hatch covers. Each design differs slightly in its composition but Tentsile utilizes components such as 190D and 240D polyester flooring, seatbelt reinforcement, 2.5-ton webbing straps, tear-resistant mesh walls, and water-resistant flysheets. If all this sounds like gibberish, then know this: these tents are built to last.

For more information, visit If you are planning a trip soon, make sure to order ASAP. These tents have become so popular that there is a waiting list and products are scheduled to be delivered 6-8 weeks after the order has been placed.

If you are planning ahead for your tent needs, then you may want to plan a stay with us in the meantime. For a full list of locations and accommodations, visit

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