Recently the world of camping has gone decidedly retro. From bell tents to yurts, today’s fashion conscious camper is often found pitching something their Great-grandparents would happily recognise.
Well, we’re bored of retro. If you bought a pop-up tent and tried to put it back in the bag you may feel you’ve been burnt by tent technology. But progress must go on, contemporary tent designers are using modern materials to create outlandish tents that solve problems our forefathers could never have envisioned.
OK, some of these don’t exist yet but when you’re charging your iPhone 8GP from your in-tent hookup point at Glastonbury 2016 you’ll be glad you didn’t opt for the Bell Tent.
‘Bedu’ Emergency Rapid Response
The Bedu Emergency Response (BERR?) unit is aimed at disaster zones, placing all your survival needs into a big orange barrel.
The kit includes a funky looking tunnel tent and some very pale looking people. Designer Toby McInnes should contact Micheal Evais, a few of these wouldm’t go amiss at most Glastonburys. Via Yankodesign
Orange Solar Concept Tent
Another useful addition to the Glastonbury camping experience, the Orange Solar Concept Tent uses “photovoltaic” solar threads to create flexible solar panels so the entire tent becomes a solar panel.
This allows the tent to become a wireless internet hub, glowing beacon and powerpoint (for plugs, not presentations. That would be dull). Topping this off is a heated groundsheet. No word on how the tent copes with mud, cider or drunken hippies tripping into it’s fragile, electronic shell.
Kahuna Adventure Tent
Combining a tent and Kayak, the Kahuna Adventure tent is designed by Mario Weiss as a solution to the age old problem of pitching your Kayak at night. The tent is housed in the outrigger and forms a camp bed when pitched.
But like the Orange Solar Concept Tent and the Bedu Emergency Rapid Response the Kahuna Kayak doesn’t exist and maybe never will. So in the spirit of concept design we propose the Campr Super Tent: The Campr Super Tent can fly (like Superman), has a food replicator (like in Startrek) and pitches itself (Oh… that does exist, sort of).
If you would like to develop this proposal just drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Outwell Indian Lake
This one you can buy!
The Outwell Indian Lake combines the iconic form of a classic tipi with modern tent materials. Housing up to six people the Indian lake improves on the traditional tipi with windows and a front porch. We wouldn’t recommend starting a fire in the centre though.
Clark Vertex Jungle Hammock
Another hyprid of the classic and modern, Clark specialises in contemporary Jungle Hammocks.
If you have ever scrambled into a traditional hammock you’ll know the peril of rolling onto your side – you may end up on the ground. But Clark Hammocks have an innovative ‘no-tip’ design, built in pockets and multiple points of entry.
The Vertix is their top of the line model taking two jungle swingers… cosy!