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Heimplanet has been creating a lot of buzz about their geodesic inflatable tent, called the Cave. Their first prototypes were not successful because they were too big for practical camping use. The company has recently downsized the tent with a smaller and lighter design that they hope will draw even more attention.
The new design, named the Wedge, is a two person inflatable shelter that is meant to make camping easier. The Wedge is not built to be a lightweight camping solution and is about seven pounds heavier than an aluminum pole tent. The idea of using an inflatable tent is to make set up quicker and easier. Instead of wrestling with poles, setting up one side, and then having the other side collapse, all you have to do is pump the tent up. Heimplanet describes the Wedge set-up as “roll out, inflate, finished.” The tent is staked into the ground and then external air shafts are inflated, pulling the tent and fly erect and taut.
The Wedge provides its tenants with 48 square feet of indoor space. The design includes a breathable nylon ripstop inner tent with mesh venting and integrated nylon ripstop rain fly for weather protection. Another cool and practical feature is the vestibule for dirty shoes and gear. The tent is separated into three chambers; so, if one happens to deflate, the two others will keep the tent standing.
Heimplanet is a brand that is very European, but the company’s owners hope to move the product into the American market. They see an American market that is made up of mostly passionate outdoors people that spend time adventuring and camping but do not necessarily need the lightest and tech-iest gear. The practicality and easy set-up will be two big selling points for the Wedge in the States.
The new innovative camping tool should have a market here in the United States. The only thing that might shy away buyers is the $600 price tag. While it does provide a time-saving tent set-up solution, it is uncertain how many recreational campers will want to dish out that much money for that luxury. Either way, it is an interesting idea that many people will probably be interested in.
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