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We first touched on this story in our Week in Gear article posted last Friday, but we thought it was so interesting that it warranted a closer look.

The Flying Tent is everything in one; a tent, bivy, and hammock that even has the ability to be worn as a poncho! Normally, projects such as this one are enough to raise an eyebrow, but a quick look at the scale tends to show us that such a product weighs too much and is paired with overly ambitious and complicated design. That doesn’t happen to be the case this time.

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The basic design of the Flying Tent is essentially a reinforced hammock that can either be suspended above ground between two trees (or reinforced stakes) or assembled as a simple shelter on the ground. Built-in tension poles give the tent some structure, creating a capsule that campers can sleep inside.

The magic in the Flying Tent is in the compartmentalized sections and the ability for it to go up in as few as 7 seconds. It has a zip-off waterproof roof for rain protection with ventilation on both ends, as well as a mosquito net to help keep nap-interrupting bugs at bay too. Both rainfly and mosquito netting can be removed to create an open hammock, which also doubles as a poncho on the trail. This is a clever way to minimize your gear load and maximize utility from the few pieces you carry with you.

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The Flying Tent is an already-successful Kickstarter project that can be found here. It reportedly is made from high-quality materials and weighs just 2.64 lbs. It will also packs down to 15.7×13.4×1.6 inches, and has a hydrostatic rating of 5,000mm, which basically means that it performs well in wet weather. The entire system is expected to start shipping in July with a retail price of about $319.

For more stories and reviews of tents, check out our Hiking and Camping page!

 

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