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Tentsile unveils its smallest, lightest, and most affordable tree tent to date

• http://www.gizmag.com

Like its predecessors, the Connect can be thought of as a mix between a double hammock and tent, and it enables off-ground camping by attaching to three nearby trees with three 6 m (19.7 ft)-long straps which are pulled taut with ratchets. The company recommends the tent be situated at a height of 1.2 m (4 ft) above ground.

The Connect can be physically joined together with two other Connect tents to create a forest-based hangout Tentsile calls the "Trilogy," and the company says even more units can be added to create a kind of tree tent community. Each tent is able to take the weight of up to three adults, plus their gear.

Once fully assembled, the Connect measures 2.8 x 4.6 x 4.6 m (9.1 x 15 x 15 ft) and packs down to 50 x 20 x 20 cm (20 x 8 x 8 in). It weighs 5 kg (11 lb), has a total floor space of approximately 5 sq m (53 sq ft), and access is granted via four doors. The tent is waterproof and also contains a basic insect net and fly sheet.

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