Camping Gear: 4 of the coolest tents


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Camping technology has come a long way. Fabrics are thinner and more waterproof, and most gear is lighter than ever before. There’s also some crazy design innovations when it comes to tents. These are the coolest tents I have on my must-have list.

Coolest Tents: Tentsile Connect tree tent

Tentsile tent connect tree tent best coolThis tent wraps tightly around some sturdy trees and hangs easily over uneven ground. It’s like a treehouse that turns into an ultra comfortable hammock bed for two. It’s super comfy and you don’t roll into your partner, despite what you might think.

I had a chance to test out Tentsile’s Connect tent recently. Click here to read the full review and to watch our video about how it works.

The Tenstile tent is available here. Tentsile Connect Tree Tent – Blue

Coolest Tents: Coccoon Tree tent

Cocoon-Tree-3 Tentsile tent connect tree tent best coolThis futuristic sphere hangs in the trees and looks like an otherworldly pod set to invade planet earth. Unlike the Tentsile, this tent is more of a semi-permanent abode that you can trick out with a mattress, flooring and you can even add a bathroom tree pod. On the inside, it looks kind of like a very tiny chic cabin.

The Coccoon Tree folks say these pods are meant to provide comfy tree-top accommodations for glamping businesses, but you could see folks with lots of disposable income hoisting one of these up in the yard. The 3 meter balls are said to be water resistent, aerodynamic and can be set up in hours by a few people using ropes.

 Coolest Tents: iKamper roof tents

iKamper roof vehicle tent safe best coolThis innovative tent affixes to the roof of a vehicle to provide an instant pop up abode on the go.  With a hard shell on one side, you’ve got a strong supporting wall. Then the tent stretches out over the side of the vehicle to create even more space. When you’re ready to move along, the tent collapses into a package just a few inches thick.

Coolest Tents: Treeline Outdoors Roof Tent

treeline tent roof vehicle best cool safe

Treeline’s base model tent, strapped to our Pathfinder for our trial.

Treeline also makes roof tents. This Canadian company’s version doesn’t have that hard shell top. Instead, it’s all canvas.

The Treeline tents look otherworldly; they jut out over nothing but air once unfolded.

Part of what makes it look so strange is that  there are no legs to support these tents, they flip open and hold flat thanks to that thick aluminum base and a sturdy hinge that locks into itself. These tents are designed to be pop open and climb in. Or pop closed and hit the road. Read more about a Treeline Tent experience by clicking here and exploring with our friends over at

Do you know about an ultra cool and unique tent camping option? Let us know in comments below.

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