Top 10 Unusual and Amazing Tents

Whether you’re a happy camper, a dedicated festival nut, or just the sort of person who likes to prepare for any eventuality, choosing the right tent can be a long, bewildering process. So we’ve decided to do it for you: below you’ll find our list of the 10 most amazing tents under the sun. From the safest to the strangest and the most inventive, we’ve got everything to keep even the most alternative camper fully satisfied…

 


Top 10 Unusual and Amazing Tents


 

Tentsile Stingray suspended tent
Tentsile Stingray suspended tent

10 – Tentsile Stingray Tent
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Designed to be suspended above the ground from the branches of trees, giving the impression of levitation, the Tentsile Stingray is bizarre, impressive and bizarrely-useful. Ideal for those planning to camp in bear country, the tent also looks aesthetically wonderful to boot.

Solar Powered Tent
Solar Powered Tent

9 – Orange Solar Tent
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It sounds like a prop from a Monsieur Hulot film, but in 2009 Orange made their solar-powered tent a reality. With a wireless control hub, internal heating and a strange mechanism that makes the tent glow orange by simply sending a text (in case you should ever misplace it), the Orange Solar tent wins both our ‘greenest’ and ‘most unusual’ awards.

Gelert Quick pitch camping tent
Gelert Quick pitch camping tent

8 – Gelert Quickpitch
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Are you exceptionally lazy? Is erecting a tent the absolute last thing you want to be bothered with while camping? Then the Gelert Quickpitch is for you: simply chuck it on the floor and it self-inflates in seconds, allowing you to sit back and relax while your friends struggle to get their regular tent up. Winner of our: ‘best option for lazy people’ award.

I-gloobox Folding Tent
I-gloobox Folding Tent

7 – I-gloobox
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Somewhere between an igloo and a puffy football, the i-gloobox is an easily-constructed super-tent designed to keep you warm in even the harshest of winters. Perfect for those considering an Arctic trek or expecting to be caught short in frozen conditions; this offering is perfect for hardy adventurers and Inuit alike.

Urban Escape Atago 5 Man Tent
Urban Escape Atago 5 Man Tent

6 – Atago 5-man Tent
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For those who want to take a house on a holiday, the Atago 5-man tent is easily the best option. Bigger and more exclusive than even the vast Colonial tents of Victorian generals, the Atago 5-man could easily fit 5 men and all their friends and relations if it had to. With two separate ‘bunkrooms’, a living area and a spacious porch, this is for those who like their home comforts even in the depths of the forest.

The Wedge Tent
The Wedge Tent

5 – The Wedge
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Heading somewhere windy? The Wedge is a specially streamlined tent designed to divert anything from a light breeze to howling hurricane and improve your mountaintop survival chances to boot. Possibly the safest tent to use at altitude, it’s also superbly easy to assemble and frighteningly durable in most conditions.

Fully Booked Tent
Fully Booked Tent

4 – Fully Booked by FieldCandy
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A tent shaped like a book? Oh yes, if your primary camping aim is to proudly display your oddness to the world at large, look no further. Available in a veritable library of designs, Fully Booked is destined to be this year’s novelty tent of choice – which may well defeat the point of owning a novelty tent but doesn’t detract from its basic awesomeness.

The Crystal Bubble Tent
The Crystal Bubble Tent

3 – Bubble Lodge
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Not one for those who like throwing stones, the Bubble Tree tent is a completely transparent, well, bubble designed to house two people in the great outdoors. Wonderful if you want to enjoy a 360 degree, unimpeded view of the surrounding countryside; less so if you want to get undressed or shake the feeling that you’re in a giant alien zoo, the Bubble Tree nonetheless stands out as the most iconic of all our options.

Endemic Synthetic Temporary Shelter Tent
Endemic Synthetic Temporary Shelter Tent

2 – Endemic Synthetic
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Made from recycled PVC pipes and designed to keep the cool air flowing even in the heart of the Mojave Desert, this concept-offering loses points for practicality but gains them for thinking outside the box. Displayed only once, in 2004 and then shelved indefinitely, it nonetheless remains a fine example of the sheer imagination designers can put into tents.

Australia Retreat 60 Tent
Australia Retreat 60 Tent

1 – Retreat 60
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Finally, a sturdy all-rounder to end on; the Retreat 60 is compact, cheap, comfortable and capable of housing up to three people with little hassle. While it may lack the extravagance of some of our other selections, it does the job and does it well: a low-key winner.

54 thoughts on “Top 10 Unusual and Amazing Tents”

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  2. It’s like a dream when I suppose to laid down in the bed of a crystal bubble tent, the most innovative one is igloo box folding tent, designs are lucrative. This article makes me amazing about a trip and the pictures are given here is more attractive and helpful. I may take a chance to appreciate the writer of the article.

  3. Do not worry Russell, I hate camping as well. For me it is at least 4 start or no go.

  4. I love the book one! The one that glows orange is also pretty nice. I lose everything so the glowing would certainly help. Not too sure how I feel about the stingray one. Something about just floating in the sky isn’t kicking in lol

  5. Actually we are in a two bedroom air conditioned cabin right now. Camping starts mid July and goes every two weeks until Thanksgiving. Too bad you don’t live near Chicago we have plenty of room in the camper, it sleeps 8. 🙂

  6. That is why I bought a camper with air conditioning and I have a great computer with a mobile hotspot for entertainment. I am in the middle of the woods on vacation right now and still able to work and enjoy the internet. 🙂

  7. How cool are those tents! I would definitely take up camping if I had one of those… well, maybe not the transparent bubble one!

  8. I am not a tent person in general. If it is not air conditioned then it is not for me. 🙂 I do like #6 because I definitely like my space. The clear one is a bit daunting to me since I am a very shy and private person.

  9. Wow, decisions again. I like the stingray because I believe there are fewer bugs and/or snakes off the ground! I like the quick pitch because, we’ll, because easier is better! And I like the crystal bubble if I was in an open area where I could see the sky.

  10. I have said I am not an outdoor girl, but a couple of the tents would be interesting – especially #10. No air mattresses to use, never sleeping on rocky ground and much easier to get in and out – I am not so good and getting on the ground unless I fall and getting up by myself is a real adventure. Now having transparent one is interesting, especially since the put a proper bed in that. I do like the book tent – imagine using it to promote your book or blog. #7 looks like too much work. All are certainly unique and interesting.

  11. I have said I am not an outdoor girl, but a couple of the tents would be interesting – especially #10. No air mattresses to use, never sleeping on rocky ground and much easier to get in and out – I am not so good and getting on the ground unless I fall and getting up by myself is a real adventure. Now having transparent one is interesting, especially since the put a proper bed in that. I do like the book tent – imagine using it to promote your book or blog. #7 looks like too much work. All are certainly unique and interesting.

  12. Hey blogging from a solar-powered tent … how about that … forget nature 🙂 … these are pretty cool (except the see-through one … that would be soooo creepy at night … for those who can look in 🙂 )

  13. Hmm..stingray wins for me, as well. My visual, once the humans are inside, is a tree bowed to the ground with the human butts scraping dirt…Thoughts, knowledgeable tent people?

  14. I agree, it was a great guest post. And I could never have done a top 10 tents post because I have no idea about using a tent! So at least it is covered now.

  15. I’ve seen one of those Quickpitch tents in action. Pretty sweet stuff, although they’re a bit of a pain to pack up. I’d love to get one of those levitating Stingray tents.

  16. I love the bubble tent. Not for the voyeurism of it (although that would be fun to watch 😉 ) It’s for laying there watching the stars, or watching the rain. I would LOVE to be in a tent like that. Definitely my favourite

Which one did you like?