The 'sky tent' suspended in mid-air that protects campers from the rain - and a hard floor




The misery of camping in the great British summertime could soon be a thing of a past - provided you're prepared to hang from a tree.
An American company has developed a waterproof 'sky tent' that avoids the rain, bugs and sleeping on a cold, hard floor.
It is made from nylon parachute material and is tied up using climbing ropes or carabiners - and can help campers avoid hazards such as flooding, muddy terrain and wildlife. 


The Sky Tent 2 from Arizona-based Hammock Bliss sleeps two people in hammocks and can help campers avoid hazards such as flooding, muddy terrain and wildlife. It is made from nylon parachute material and is tied up using climbing ropes or carabiners


The hammock cover has No-See-Um Netting surrounding the base which has a 2100 holes per square inch. It keeps out small bugs and also resists rips and tears. The netting can also reduce the wind chill factor
The Sky Tent 2, made by Arizona-based Hammock Bliss, sleeps two people in hammocks and can can fit two hammocks inside - one above the other - for couples to share.
An oversized raincover protects campers from the rain while netting on both sides of the tent keeps out small bugs.
The Sky Tent 2's ripstop nylon base layer also helps keep in body heat and is sturdy and waterproof enough if campers want to pitch the Sky Tent on the ground. 
A Prusik knot helps support the tent but is also adjustable so campers can change the size of the Sky Tent 2's ridgeline.
Backpacks and clothes can also be hung from the hammocks rope to keep them off the ground, and secure.


Designers Dov and Brian Frazer are shown in their Sky Tent 2 on the Six Foot Track near that Blue Mountains in Sydney, Australia. Their weight is supported by the hammocks and not the surrounding tent. The hammock ropes can also be used to hang personal belongings from


Although the Sky Tent 2 can sleep two people, it can also be used by single camper - giving that person extra room. The nylon base means that the tent can be switched between being suspended from the trees and being pitched on the ground


This image shows the Sky Tent 2 being used in Mount Lemon, above Tucson, Arizona. As long as there are two trees, or similar structures, to secure the tent to it can be used above any terrain. The Sky Tent 2 costs £83 ($130) but doesn't include the hammocks
Campers without hammocks can alternatively buy the floating tent, which launched last month.
Architect Alex Shirley-Smith, 36, invented the bizarre tents which are designed to be suspended at chest height, with three ties attaching them to trees, pulled tightly.
Although they may look flimsy, each three-man tent is designed to support almost two tonnes in weight - so there's no danger of falling back to earth with a bump in the middle of the night.
The clever design is based on the same pattern that a spider uses to build its web - building support up from a series of three points.


For £820, campers can experience their very own floating holiday. This camp of three floating tents is completely off the ground. They can sleep three people and were designed by architect Alex Shirley-Smith


Each three-man floating tent is designed to support almost two tonnes in weight. The design is based on the same pattern that a spider uses to build its web - building support up from a series of three points
In May, the Secret Campsite at Town Littleworth, East Sussex introduced another alternative 'tree tent' that looks like a futuristic orb hovering above the ground.
It is suspended three metres above the forest floor from a series of ropes attached to a woodland canopy and sleeps two adults.
It has a luxurious double bed that folds up to create a bench seat, LED lighting and even space for a woodburning stove.
A wooden walkway leads campers up to the oval front door of the quirky tent, which is suspended in mid-air by eight spider-like ropes attached to surrounding trees.
The frame is made from British ash wood sourced from local forests and recycled aluminium, with a cover made entirely from waterproof cotton.


This futuristic orb might look like a UFO as it hovers high above the ground but it is actually the country's first 'tree tent'


The futuristic orb-shaped 'tree tents' are attached to a camouflaged woodland canopy and eight spider-like ropes attached to surrounding trees. A wooden walkway leads campers to an oval entrance


The 'tree tents' sleeps two adults. The beds can then be folded out into bench seats. These orbs at The Secret Campsite at Town Littleworth in East Sussex come with views of the South Downs and cost £95 a night



 
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