This New Inflatable Tent-Raft Hybrid Will Change the Way You Go Camping
Splash about in the Traft by day, then sleep in it at night.
Even the most dedicated camping fans aren't that fond of packing. So much to bring, so little space, even when you're a seasoned outdoorsy type. Factor in not only shelter, bedding, food and other essentials, but anything fun you'd like to do while you're away from the big smoke, and you're carting quite the hefty stack of gear with you.
Next time you're heading beyond the city limits for a stint under the stars, the Traft will help reduce your luggage, especially if a paddle along a waterway is also on your agenda. And, it'll open up your options when it comes to activities. As the name suggests, it's an inflatable tent-raft combo that you can splash about in by day and sleep in at night.
Officially described as a line of "hybrid tent-packraft-sleep systems", the Traft can also be used to lounge around in both on land and water, with or without shade from the sun thanks to its removable tent. Should you fancy sleeping in something other than a raft, the latter can also be used as shelter independently from the base.
Sparked by an idea for a floating boat hammock, and made from thermo plastic polyurethane, the Traft was first unveiled at a US outdoor retailer show back in July. It comes in 2.43-metre, 2.59-metre and 2.76-metre options, although only the first is available at present. The smaller size weighs less than four kilograms, making it a lightweight addition to your camping kit — but, unsurprisingly, it doesn't come cheap, selling for US$900.
For more information, visit the Traft website.
Published on September 17, 2017 by Sarah Ward