If you are a tree tent enthusiast then you must be familiar with Tentsile, like a tiny house enthusiast will know Minimaliste or Baluchon. Some of you might think it to be a flattery attempt, but the image that the British outdoor and Sports goods company has built over the last decade, they are worth every praise.
For nearly a decade, tree tent innovator has ruled the camping industry and continues to do so with its tree tents and camping hammocks. Stingray Lite is the latest addition to its lineup of impressive hanging and floating tents. It is a sleek and simplified version of the company’s Stingray tree tent and features a mesh body that comes in fresh green color. Despite being a lite version, it doesn’t fail to amaze and offers the exact same square feet of space as the original Stingray.
With a weight limit of 880 lbs, the $599 tent can sleep three adults with ease. The price becomes a key point of the discussion as the lite variant costs nearly $250 less than the Stingray three-person tent which was the company’s flagship model as well. The tent offers 78 square feet of floor area and nearly four feet space of headroom for a comfortable camping experience.
Just like other tree tents of Tentsile, the Stingray Lite also has a separately attachable 3000HH (hydrostatic head) full-size rainfly to keep campers dry in all weather conditions. Once the weather is good, the rainfly can be taken off and you can gaze at the blue sky or the shimmering stars. Other than the price, what separates it apart from the Stingray tree tent is the lighter-weight material used in the making.
The rainfly fabric is made of PU coasted 70 D Polyester while the floor fabric is made of 300D Polyester. Its simplified design highlighted by its two-pole construction also commands attention. Weighing just 20 lbs in total – which is four lbs less than its Stingray three-person tent – the lite version features a breezy full-mesh body with separately attachable full-size rainfly as aforementioned. However, the rainfly’s 3000HH waterproofing falls slightly short of the Stingray’s 5000HH rating.
Other important features include a unique 3-point anchor system. The company mentions, “The structure is built with 20m+ of seatbelt webbing to reinforce the floor and the anti-roll strap technology creates separate sleeping bays.” Not to mention, a built-in insect mesh will keep you protected from bugs and other insects.
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Easy to set up, the three-person tree tent is stackable with other Tesntsile products. On a little downside, the Stingray Lite doesn’t feature three entry points as in the previous Stingray model but rather banks on a single large, zippered side door for entry and exit, which could be a little discomforting at times.