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A tent in the trees

Posted by Kevin Hartnett  May 14, 2013 10:39 AM

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Sleeping in a tent is fun, except for the part about being on the ground. So why not suspend a tent in the trees? That's the concept behind the Stingray, a (literally) high-flying new camping product from the British company Tentsile. It's part tent, part treehouse, part hammock, and the concept is undeniably cool. But in practice, well...people have raised some concerns. Commenters on an article in Gizmag balked at the price ($1350) and the logistics of setting it up ("Good Luck finding 3 trees in a perfect triangle," one chap wrote). And all that's before you get to the most obvious concern: While sleeping on a rock may be bad, falling 10 feet onto one is surely worse.

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