An Ohio-based company SmithFly, has made it possible to sleep in a floating tent (yes, on water). This tent is a water lover’s dream, as it eliminates hard tent floors and allows you to drift to sleep easily with the flow of the current.
SmithFly suggests using the Shoal Tent, the world’s first floating tent to camp on “your favorite farm ponds, saltwater flat, spring creek, or Eddie on your favorite river” and the products description: “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”.
The Shoal tent is approximately eight feet by eight feet, measured from outside to outside. A person 6’3” tall can lay down or stand up in the middle. At just 75 pounds, the tent can easily be folded up to fit inside a storage bag.
The “six inch thick drop stitched” floor acts like an air mattress, the tent fabric is waterproof and the floor is said to inflate to 10 pounds per square inch (psi), and the tubes inflate to three psi making the base of the floating tent an inflatable raft, which is covered by a tent topper.
This takes camping to a whole new level!
The Shoal tent is reported as inflatable, requires no poles and the structure can withstand high winds. In addition, the tent also comes with a manual foot pump, and most importantly a patch kit just in case your tent is punctured.
SmithFly, launched in 2010, and was founded by designer and fly fisherman Ethan Smith. One of their missions is to preserve the environment, while producing multi-generational products, that appeal to all customers.
The Shoal Floating Tent costs $1,999 and is available to order online. There is a 6-8 week waiting period. Therefore it is important to plan ahead when ordering.
This tent has revolutionized the experience for campers. Do you need any other excuse to break out your kayak and paddle board to use as transportation to and from your tent on water?