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Fantastic new tent design hits the market - actually very impressed

Hey all - take a look at this

The unique inflatable geodesic "Cave" tent provides stability and room to move

It could actually work..... what do you think?

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Novel.
But for most bikers a little heavy and presumably it requires some effort and time to erect - or connecting up to an electric pump and standing waiting - in wind and rain?

I think I will stick with my 20 second set-up type.
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Slack canvas will be noisy in wind and the flat looking top could end up with a puddle in it.
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Novel idea but seriously flawed. Packed size is way too large and heavy to be practical, even on a bike. A single puncture would mean you have no shelter for the night. I also worry about what would happen in windy conditions. And what happens when a bird decides to perch on top?
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I have an Airzone tent (two person) and YES, it is too heavy to carry on a bike. But it's great if you are traveling by car.

As far as puncturing it, almost IMPOSSIBLE!! The tubes (only 2 on the Airzone) are very strong. I've run one over with my Land Rover and nothing happened.

Takes only a couple of minutes to setup.

I used mine in Spain, Portugal, France and obviously in the US and love it. Just too big for a bike.

Hope this helps!!!
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Slack canvas will be noisy in wind and the flat looking top could end up with a puddle in it.
Nope, it's slanted to no water wil accumulate on top.
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If you've not watched the videos on the site I'd suggest a quick look.

On the wind front (in the video test) - looks quite stable - and yes quite loud compared to a more traditional geodesic or tunnel pitched into the wind.

Doesn't look like it would pool water.

I guess it's a pay off - it's quite large when set up - so compared to my little 2 min set up job it's pure luxury - but it really does take almost no time to erect - no messing around with poles - in the wind and rain.... and in the dry, pull up - attach electric pump and by the time you've cracked open a it's up and ready for you.

The pack size is quite large - but that appears to include a rather massive hand pump - which makes no sense to me - it appears that it would fold down quite easily into my small ortlieb on the back..... i feel a video coming on and a real test.

Could be a case of perfect for 4 wheels, maybe not as good for 2 wheels.
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I was sceptical when I first saw this as I used to have an inflatable dome tent years ago, it weighed a ton, was blown around terribly in the slightest wind and eventually collapsed on me one night when it develop a sudden leak. Looking at the website and watching the videos changed my opinion though and I would actually consider this as an option if I was in the market for a new tent, the design is very good and it does look really stable, setting it up looks very simple and quick, the only real draw back seems to be the price and pack size.
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Cant read the page because the newsletter thin allways jumpes up but i think the tent is using air insted of sticks. I allready hate having a flat tire...dont want to care about a flat tent as well. There is nothing better then a usual iglu tent on the marked. It can stand without hugs, is cheap and uses a minimum of sticks...
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