The flagship Sloth and Fox Outdoor product. The tent allows a hammock to be hung between two trees so the camper can sleep inside the dome tent. The waterproof 20D high quality nylon inner tent material, aluminum poles and stakes, dual purpose rain fly, two full doors with windows, YKK zippers, 40D tubstyle floor, and high quality mesh were used to create a lightweight dome style hammock tent.
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The story all began when I took my dog, Zowie on a camping trip to the back of my family farm. We set up camp in a clearing of the woods. I was in a hammock with a bug net and tarp. She was under a lean-to tarp that I set up for her. We enjoyed stomping through the woods and getting a fire started before it got dark but once it got dark, there were fireworks in the far-off distance. Those stopped but the coyotes started yipping and barking into the night air about 500 meters away. Zowie wasn’t scared but she wasn’t happy either. She didn’t like being exposed and as I went to sleep I noticed that she was very nervous and wasn’t going to sleep. When the sky opened up and dumped a lot of water on us, she was protected from downward falling rain but her ground area quickly started to get wet. She was miserable. It was this moment that made me wish that there was a tent that allowed a camper to hang a hammock inside a tent so I could have a place for Zowie to relax underneath me. I looked around and to my surprise found out that it wasn’t available on the market. I decided to do it and here we are. My patent pending design comes from years of camping, my time in the infantry, and several hammock camping trips in the blue ridge mountains. Here are some key points to the invention:
The current tent market focuses on suspending the entire hammock enclosure in the air. These enclosures are not as functional as this tent for several key reasons:
First, suspended hammocks allow the wind underneath the camper at night. This movement of air causes the camper to get cold. The current solution is to buy an expensive and heavy under-quilt. This tent is designed to stop the underflow of cold wind. The air cell in the tent is small to keep the tent warm during the cold nights.
Second, rain doesn’t just fall from the sky. It collects on the ground and flows under the hammock. This relates to other elements but the value of not waking up to a cold, wet ground is worth mentioning on its own.
Third, some hammocks have a secondary storage area that hangs under the hammock but most have nothing. Typically, campers must leave their gear on the ground under their hammock. This leaves the gear susceptible to rain and critters. Food should be stored at a separate location but the oils and smells of the food often attract wildlife anyway.
Fourth, hammock campers often complain about a lack of privacy to change their clothes. In general, more than 80% of campers are male but hammocks are one piece of equipment that men and women have equal participation. Women campers note the lack of privacy when they’re hammock camping because there is nowhere to comfortably change clothing. Couples also desire more privacy at night. This tent will encourage more women to enjoy outdoor recreation. •
Fifth, backpack campers rarely carry an air mattress because of the size, weight, and lack of electricity to power the pump. Older campers report muscle pain from sleeping on thin pads, which is why many of them have switched to hammock camping. This tent also allows the option when an air mattress is feasible. The tent is also more versatile because a camper can set up camp but take their hammock with them on a hike or by the fire, but then easily set it up for sleeping in the tent.
Sixth, mosquitos can ruin a camping trip. This all enclosed hammock shelter will keep campers from getting bit by mosquitos. The back panel of the tent will include a large mesh screen so the camper can lay on the hammock and enjoy the view without the pain of mosquito bites.
Finally, campers describe a sense of mental security by having a tent structure that they don’t experience with a simple canopy. Similarly, pets usually suffer from hypervigilance and anxiety when they’re leashed at night. Pets are more relaxed and better behaved when they’re able to sleep in a tent. The target market is large and growing. It only takes a walk around any Minneapolis lake on a nice summer day to see that setting up a hammock (or “’mocking”) is very popular among 16-24-year-old men and women. Hammocks are asserting their place as a major piece of camping gear.
The real argument is “Why own a tent that doesn’t accommodate a hammock?”