Sleeping on Rocks is for Cavemen

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hammocktreesGoing camping doesn’t mean you have to go back to the stone age. Sleeping on rocks is for cavemen. Columbus was onto something, the world isn’t flat. Yet the first step to pitching an old-school tent means finding a flat campsite.  No amount of planning or  Google satellite mapping can assure you’ll find flat ground free of rocks, dips, shrubs, mud or bugs.   

Enjoy all the happiness and joy that hanging out in trees brings;  sleep in the woods in supreme comfort over any ground conditions. We gave Tentsiling to the world because we believe that if we are all hanging out in trees, they can’t chop them down….” Alex Shirley-Smith
Solution: Tentsile Tree Tent, Camping Evolved.  10 minutes to put up, 2 minutes to take down and you’ve got the perfect living space for any outdoor adventure.

Get ready to take in the view and experience something new. The sky is the limit, your adventure awaits. With the functionality and durability to perform better than any traditional tent, ditch the down side of camping and experience the outdoors elevated.

Experience the Outdoors Elevated

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Just enough flex for that fun factor, you’d be hard pressed to find someone who could get into a Tentsile tent without a smile.
Tentsile TentsLayered-Hammock are like Legos. Get one and you just want more pieces to build the ultimate tree house.
 Best Described best as a spiderweb, the tents anchor at 3 points. Using heavy duty straps and ratchet buckle system, the flick of a wrist easily tightens each strap and the tent quickly takes shape.

The sturdy triangle base of the tent is tight like a drum. Not quite a trampoline – but your three year old might disagree. Just enough flex for that fun factor.   Tentsile-stacking-AWalmsley-038 Different styles connect to each other, making it easy for you and your friends to build the ultimate hangout.  Throw two hammocks underneath your stingray for a triple story treehouse, or connect with your friends to create a super suspended campsite.  The possibilities are limitless.    

Take the most rugged outdoorsman into the backcountry, and they’d literally jump into a Tentsile tent. Dynamic and versatile, Tentsiles are for everyone in the spectrum.  Creating limitless possibilities for hardcore adrenaline junkies – yet easy and practical for outdoor enthusiasts who want to experience the outdoors in a better way.

Living It Up in the Backcountry


It’s not about taking the adventure out the wilderness. You could camp out in the Louisiana swamps and not get wet, and talk your girlfriend into a weekend getaway.
Take out the downside of camping with with the coolest thing to ever hit a campsite – or the market. REI and Backcountry just started selling Tentsiles, and they can hardly keep them stocked on the shelves. Tentsile tents are trusted by everyone from hardcore slackliners who pitch their Tentsile in slot canyons, to families with bouncing toddlers.Photo-28-04-2014-19-36-35

With their sleek design and upscale appeal, don’t be fooled.  Tentsiles aren’t some “Glamping” fad.  Tentsiles are durable, constructed with the highest quality materials, and with their no-nonsense design – Tentsiles are built to take a beating from the elements.

As luxurious as these sleek stingrays are – their prices are as streamlined as their designed,  making the Tentsiles surprisingly affordable.  Tentsile tents are going to last longer than any old school tent that gets pitched on the ground and scraped against rocks and sticks. Tentsile tents by their nature stay clean and pristine because – let’s face it, you aren’t dragging them through the dirt. (Yet note as a fail safe: Tentsile tents are dynamic and versatile and can be pitched on the ground just like a traditional tent in the event terrain does not permit 3 anchor points for a suspended view. We told you these guys are smart).

GETME4Tentsiles aren’t just some “Glamping” fad.  The durable, non-sense design is for enthusiasts who want to experience the outdoors in a better way.
If we’re beachall hanging out in trees, they can’t chop them down.Alex Shirley-Smith Tentsile Co-founder






5 Reasons why Tentsile Rocks

The ultimate canopy experience, you might find yourself spending more time perched up in your tent than down on the ground.  Canopy camping  has so many benefits aside from the view – no bugs, no rocks digging in your back. – it’s hard to keep track.  Especially if you’ve set up a super camp like the Trilogy tent, where you’ve linked up your StingraysConnects tents and  Trillium Hammocks to create a suspended treehouse from Star Wars.  Being air-borne definitely has the upper-hand when it comes to airflow, no more zip-lock bag effect. There are so many upsides from evolving from camping from a caveman, that you won’t even realize it until you aren’t sleeping on the dirt anymore. hang

Example 1. Even if it’s perfect weather with no rain, puddles or mud at your campsite – you still pitched your tent on the DIRT.  Which means best case scenario stuffing your dirty, dusty tent into that tiny little bag.  Packing away your tent is like punishment for going camping – at least 1 hour for this dirty process.

Example 2. More likely – Wiping off leaves, sticks and batting away bugs before angrily punching it into that minuscule little bag.  And to think you actually put your pillow in there?

Example 3. What about when there is mud and sludge? Then you’d wish it was disposable tent. Because you don’t have a hose to clean it off, or an extra day to let it dry out. Even Mike Tyson couldn’t punch this amount of mud into that tiny bag.  On top of that –  you don’t have a truck. That means you’ll end up packing this muddy mess home in the back of your car.  No wonder your girlfriend hates camping.

Example 4.  You have a Tentsile tent. You have risen above all of these dirty problems.

10 minutes to put up, 2 minutes to take down for the ultimate outdoor experience.
 Easy. The Tentsile tents you see today are the streamlined, lean, no-nonsense machines because the geniuses who designed them loved to spend time living outdoors.

These weren’t developed in some test lab of some big corporation trying to make another buck. Alex Shirley-Smith had his mind in the skies since he was a kid and was climbing trees, and after becoming a trained architect – this project became reality.

cAMPFIREThe Stingray was the first brain child of forward thinking designer Kirk Kirchev and disciplined architect Alex Shirley-Smith. Lean, mean and practical – Tentsiles are easy and FUN to set up. Building a Tentsile tent brings out your creative side.

Different styles of tents securely connect to each other so easily with one click of a carribeaner. Get different components and pieces and set up your dreamhouse-treehouse in any terrain. It’s just like being a kid again but so much more rewarding!   hammock

Pick up Tenstile a Spare Ratchet and Strap Set so you can extend your anchor points to an additional length to build your perfect tree house.Like camp in the middle slot canyon and tight rope across the top, the sky is the limit.  Get a three man hammock to hang out during the day, or to put under your stingray for another protected sleeping shelter.
Tentsile tents are like Legos. You just want more pieces to build the ultimate treehouse.

It’s just like stacking legos. Go camping with your friends who have hammocks and connect tents, and build a whole campsite high as the sky. You’ll find yourself sending out scouts looking for the perfect landscape – and building your campsite might just end up being the highlight of your trip, even though it only takes 10 minutes to set up.  *As of Spring 2015, you can only get your Trillium Hammocks directly from Tentsile

5. Raining cats and dogs? No problem.  Lucky for you, you have a Layered-HammockTentsile tent, and you just put up your Rainfly. Bonus 1: You’re not sitting in a puddle of mud. BONUS 2: Since you’re not sitting in a puddle, the rain won’t seep through the bottom of your tent and soak your sleeping bags. Bonus 3: hamburgerhammockAll of your camping gear is on a raised hammock UNDER your tentsile tent that’s protected from the rain, so that isn’t going to get soaked either. (Plus having your gear accessible and right where you need it is so much better than having it on the ground or in the first place.) BONUS 4: You won’t have to roll up a muddy tent. BONUS 5: when the storm is over, you just…….wait……..wait for it……..hang it up to dry.

FamilyA lighter than air experience, Tentsile wasn’t an idea pulled out of thin air. With the craftsmanship of a trained architect, and the streamlined design of a disciplined product designer – Tentsile tents are built for function and durability – with some stellar design on top of it.  Tentsile tents are so versatile – they can accomodate any terrain. Whether you find yourself on a mountainside with rocky streams, or if you end up needing to pitch your tentsile tent on the ground like a conventional tent – Tentsile tents are dynamic and as flexible – the sky is the limit.

Tentsile isn’t just a tent, it’s an experience.

Screen-shot-2015-02-01-at-21.29Every seam and strap connection has such meticulous quality and stitching with heavy duty ratchets and webbing – the quality material and construction is in the league of rock climbing gear and portaledges.  This is not a tent.  This is a tent on some serious steroids, trusted by slackliners and some some serious adrenaline junkies.

Tested through rain, water, blood and sweat before it came anywhere close to market, Tentsiles are not just another tent.  Every zipper, strap and lining is made of the highest quality materials. Reinforced stitching and heavy duty straps and ratchets, this streamlined design and construction is trusted by families and adrenaline junkies whether it be at 100 feet or 4 feet above the ground.

At the heart of this ingenious company that’s re-inventing camping is a true love of the outdoors and a commitment to preserving it. Tentsile Tent Tree Protector Straps All Tentsile tree tents have been brilliantly designed to provide complete suspended shelter protecting you from the elements, pests and predators. Yet these shelters have also been diligently constructed to leave no ecological footprint or environmental impact.  Tentsile tents aren’t a designer “glamping” fad. With the functionality and durability to perform better than a traditional tent, Tentsile tents are for people who seriously love the outdoors and want to experience nature in a better way.

Expertly designed to have minimal impact on the environment, every detail caters to the becoming part of the landscape – not intruding.  For example – the Tree Protector Straps the tents are anchored by trees and straps the help protect against damage to bark. You’ll find yourself wanting to put them on the swing out front too.  As much as we love climbing trees, the hatch in the middle of the tents connects to Jack-Boffy-Connect-2the Light Weight Ladder As much as every Eagle Scout wants to “Leave no Trace Behind”, it’s hard to do that when you aren’t in the perfect campsite. There are so many times campers end up crushing plants or pulling out shrubs to pitch a tent. As much as you don’t want to sleep on that ant hill, they were there before you. So grab a ladder, and get a room a view that doesn’t intrude.

If we’re all hanging out in trees, they can’t chop them down.Alex Shirley-Smith
Experience the Outdoors Elevated
Different Tentsile Tent Models
connectThe Tentsile Connect 2 man tree tent is a dynamic lightweight model great for any adventurer on the go.   Yet don’t mistake lightweight for weakness, The Connect is a featherweight to pack a around but a heavy weight when it comes to fending off the elements.  Sets up in just two minutes, you’ll connect with nature from a whole new perspective for the rest of your trip.   The versatility is the best thing about Tentsile tents, it’s like buying legos. Once you buy one,  you’ll just want more pieces all you’ll want to do is figure out new ways to build the perfect Treehouse.   The Connect tent clips into other Tentsile tents.   Head out with your friends and create your own super suspended super camp (check out the Tentsile Trilogyconnect ). If someone stumbled onto your campsite they might first think it was a UFO, then seconds later beg to climb the ladder to join the canopy party.

The removable fly sheet comes in 5 colors, insulates you from the elements when you need it, or pack away and enjoy the canopy view when you don’t.Set up between 3 trees, or any solid object like columns, boulders or as a fail safe: your vehicle. If the terrain doesn’t permit a suspended tent, you can always pitch a tentsile tent on the ground. With a full insect mesh top, 4 doors, removable fly sheet available in 5 colors.  Extra bonus: The rainfly is design to create a “porch” for the tent, perfect place to hangout.

The Tentsile Connect is currently available at Backcountry  and

stingThe Tentsile Stingray is a spacious 3 Person tree tent, the Stingray will completely change how you view camping. Literally. Comfortably perch 3 people to hang out during the day, the Stingray sleeps up to 6 People! With 3 interior hammocks (no rocks poking you up here), the Stingray is fully covered in a rip resistant insect mesh.   Hop in via a floor hatch in the center, or a large front door easy for loading/unloading gear.  Get a weighted ladder for easy access through the floor hatch. Easily suspended between 3 sturdy objects, the Stingray sets up in a matter of minutes.

The Stingray also can become an awesome multi-story camping-base by adding in some standard hammocks  to the corner hammock
rings of the Stingray (sold separately).   This way, you can have 3 adults in the tent above and three more in the hammocks below.  Tenstile tents are like Legos, buy one and you just want more pieces to build the perfect tree house.  Get an extra hammock, and ratchet straps and you can make a totally awesome treehouse.

The Tentsile Stingray is currently sold at REI and Backcountry and

image_aae057f0-1571-4e8b-9bfe-dad7939aba39_compactThe Tentsile Trilogy Super-Tent. This is as awesome as it looks. The Trilogy is 3 Connect Tentsile tree tents clipped together with a central canopy cover.  Convince 2 of your friends to buy Connect tents, you’ll have a suspended super camp so rad that you’ll never want to go home. Stay perched up in the canopy and hang out all day, and know that you are sleeping safe when it’s twilight.   The canopy in the center creates the perfect shared space to hang out, yet still have your own hidden retreat when you want it.  


image_46772328-8b33-4f44-a0fa-a70f6297de02_compactThe Tentsile Vista is a 3 person tree tent or “portable treehouse” that offers users a uniquely communal and comfortable outdoor experience. With the Vista you can remove the roof completely to enjoy the world around you. The removable fly sheet roof comes with its own poles and detachable full insect mesh for maximum ventilation and unbeatable views. The Vista ‘s floor is a spacious triple hammock (same size as our Stingray), accessed via a floor hatch in the centre of the floor or via all the sides. It can be suspended above any ground conditions. The rainfly roof stays up and away from the vistafloor extending outwards and creating a large 110sqf / 10sqm of covered porch area beneath the tent. The insect mesh also creates a dry shelf for storage of personal belongings or wet items that need drying out. Spare floors can be purchased that allow the Vista tree tent to become a multi-story camping solution, able to sleep 9 adults or more! Simply add extra standard Vista floors (not included) to create extra levels beneath the tent like a super-large multi story bunk bed. This way, you can have three people in the tent above and three people on each level below! You can have an enormous amount of living space over 2, 3 or 4 levels.

The Tentsile Vista is currently available at Backcountry  and

Tentsile-Vista-AWalmsley-047_small_compactThe Trillium hammock, makes building different structures limitless. Throw a hammock under your Stingray for a two story tree house, or start getting serious – stacking rainfly’s and hammocks, the configurations become almost unlimited. Stack 1, 2 or 3 hammocks under your tent for storage, cat naps or more sleepers – and you’ve got a multi-floor outdoor living space.

hammock Trillium hammocks are so versatile the sky is the limit.  Throw a hammock under your stingray for an extra 3 sleepers, to throw your extra gear and coolers on.  Who wants to have your drinks and snacks on the ground anyway? You don’t always  have a picnic table – and this is so much more accessible and convenient that having everything in the trunk of the car.  Plus, who says dogs want to sleep on the ground. Fido is going to love having his own view too.

beachBy itself, this the Trillium hammock is the most solid foundation on the market.
Trusted my slack liners to sleep on in the middle of a slot canyon. The Trillium Canyon is the portaledge for Slackliners. Anywhere you dare to anchor this bad boy to – he’s going to hold you up rain or shine or turbine.

Reinforced by 20+ metres of seatbelt and secured by heavy duty ratchets and webbing it provides unprecedented safety. Use a Trillium Hammock to reinforce a Vista Floor, the Trillium is completely interchangeable with the Vista fittings.  This has all the essentials for a slackliners dream getaway – all you need is a canyon and a crew.

*As of Spring 2015 the Trillium Hammocks are only sold directly from – shipped worldwide.


Rise above any ground conditions and experience the upside of the outdoors.
Tentsile Accessories


The hatch in the center of the tent opens for the light weight ladder – feel like a kid again climbing into the perfect tree house.    The light weight ladder rolls up perfectly into the stow away container for later use and easily packs away with the rest of your camping gear.  Especially when you get creative and set up your tent higher, you’ll need this bad boy to climb in and out of your dream treehouse. At a length of 6 feet – this ladder is not only fun to climb, but it’s secure.  When it’s folded it’s only 6″x5″xby 1.5″ and a lightweight ounces.  Color and pouch varies – but these guys are always coming up with the best color schemes, so you won’t be disappointed.

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Get the Tentsile Weighted Ladder online from REI or Backcountry.    These items sell out quickly, so you can always check out

luminaidLumin1The LuminAid Solar Light was originally invented by two college students set out to help as Humanitarians across the globe to help those in need who were struck by disaster – yet this eco-friendly is so versatile it can be used virtually everywhere.  You can get the LuminAid for only $19.99 directly from Tentsile or that is the best deal we have found anywhere. The Luminaid is an ingenious product – inflatable luminescent solar powered light used by outdoor enthusiast – and humanitarians across the globe.


Helping those in third world countries without electricity and first-res-ponders to aid those struck by natural disaster.  yet This is also the best lumin3alternative to flashlights, propane lanterns – or any other arachir lighting system previously used to camping.

Powered by Solar Light – the LuminAID is has a luminecence light and is solar powered.  On of the fantastic features of this product is that it packs flat, is waterproof (EVEN FLOATS!). It’s safe, portable and eco friendly.  You can even use the LuminAid at home in the event of a power outage, with high, medium and low setting to help concern the life of it’s glow.  Buy the LumAid directly from

lumin4Tentsile, or as these products often run out of stock – you can always check for the best deals.  Better than any battery powered flashlight, propane latern – the LuminAid is safe, portable, sustainable and flat out cool. Up to 8 hours of light, your tent is going to light up like a Christmas tree. The 3 light setting (OFF, HIGH, and LOW) gift a long lasting 8-10 hours of 30 lumens on HIGH for your reading and working 14-16 hours and 15 hours of low light for ghost telling, kids night light.

All you need is some Frank Sinatra and a bottle of wine – this is better than candles.  Waterproof up to 1 meter deep – this might help attract the fish too (FL 1 STANDARD IPX-7) Semi-transparent, puncture resistant TPU material SPECS: (non-pvc and phthalate free) Low discharge rate battery Mfg: Luminaid Lab, Llc SPECS: Dimensions: Product Weight: 2.9 oz / Deflated: 12.5″ L x 8.5″ W x 0.25″ Deep / Folded: 5″ L x 3″ W x 0.5″ Deep.


water 2The Vista Drink Holder Turns your outdoor living into a true urban escape – without the lose mesh bags, water bottleor pile of waterbottles in the corner of your tent that end up rolling under your sleeping bags. These drink bottle holders securely stow away anything from your coffee thermos to your water bottle. So not only are you going to sleep snug as a bug – so will your drinks.  The Tentsile Drink holder is currently sold at REI and Backcountry.  Yet these sell out quickly, so you can always go directly to


Deck out your treehouse with all the extras from drink holders to lights, but then get all the gizmos for the exterios to ensure the ultimate treehouse fortress.  From extended straps to extra flysheets in an array of colors (5).

Hatch Covers are currently available at REI and Backcountry.  All other accessories are available at .  Essential for those high perched tents needing a weighted ladder.   Fly sheets come in 5 different colors and as of Spring 2015 are only available directly from Tentsile. Get equipped with an extra carabiner and extension ratchets/strap if you know you are setting out in some sparse terrain – or if you are an adrenaline junkie slack liners, the sky is the limit. Ratchet/strap sets, extra poles and carabiners are available at, . spare ratchetfly sheetspolesDMM Screwgate carabiner

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History about the Company that’s Changing History
“We brought Stingray into the world so that everyone can enjoy all the happiness and joy that hanging out in trees brings; an experience to share; a shelter big enough to move around in covered space during those long rainy afternoons; a way to sleep in the woods in supreme comfort over any ground conditions, away from bugs, away from water and mud. ” ALEX SHIRLEY-SMITH Tentsile Inventor and Co-Founder

Created by UK inventor Alex Shirley-Smith, Tentsile is an ingenious portable suspended treehouse that sets up like a hammock, yet offers a spacious enclosed shelter for up to 6 people depending on the model. Suspended by three anchor points, the Tentsile tents are portable, practical and flat out cool. Tentsile tents take out all the downsides of camping, offering an entirely new experience to the outdoors.  It doesn’t matter how rugged you are, or how accustomed you’ve become to camping out on the ground.  Leave your foam padding at home, relax and enjoy the view.

Looking at the sleek, streamlined Tentsile tents – you immediately are drawn to the cool factor and the impeccable design.  When you see other failed attempts at “Tree Tents” – you will realize and come to appreciate what a fantastic product Tentsile truly is.

The Early Years

Ten years after first envisioning a canopy camping experience, Alex Shirley-Smith began the endeavoring process of developing the portable, tensioned tree structured that you see today.  The Tentsile model you see today was first prototyped by Shirley-Smith in 2010.  The early versions went insanely viral – and in 2012 talented product designer Kirk Kirchev came into the mix helping to refine the mean streamlined models you see today. Sleek and stealthy, these Tentsiles are as eye catching as they are comfortable – and that was no accident. The team worked tirelessly through 14 prototypes before perfecting the Tentsile Stingray. 

Like any good company, there’s always a good story to the start of it. The sleek Stingray Tent showcases the expert craftsmanship of a disciplined Architect Alex Shirley Smith, and some blood and sweat from his brother Robert Shirley-Smith:

’I worked with Alex in the very begin stages of the creation of Tentsile. Alex and I worked together on the second prototype of Tentsile, now called The Beast, this tent suspended 8 people in between the trees under one roof, the down side was it weighted 38 Kilograms! We worked together for 2.5 weeks in the wind and rain making the Beast, which was suspended within a scaffold tower 4.5 meters off the ground. After all that hard work we realised we had to slim down the tent was that people could actually use it and we so we could actually make it! After working 6 months with Alex and Tentsile, I had to continue to earn some money through my bread and butter as a carpenter. Alex and Tentsile carried on ahead.

2 years later after Kirk  had already been with Alex and Tentsile for approximately 6 months, the modern day Stingray finally was completed. The pair of inventors were absolutely elated to see they had managed to reduce size, shape, weight, cost, usability and more, this was an important step for the development of Tentsile.’’ Robert Shirley-Smith

Ingenuity and innovation is our life-blood. Companies like Tentsile who are pushing the envelope elevate the outdoor experience while preserving the environment are raising the standard. GearChase

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