New Lighter Inflatable Tent From Heimplanet
Heimplanet Wedge and more conventional looking than the original Cave design.
Posted: 13 September 2012
The original Cave from Heimplanet was a mad-looking dome tent held up by fast-inflating air beams, it was impressively fast pitching, but a tad heavy and expensive, but now the surf-inspired Germans have a new lighter, slightly more affordable model called The Wedge.
We first saw the Wedge briefly in Germany this, but copped a proper look at OTS this week. First obvious difference is that it's shaped more like, well a wedge-shaped tent really, though like the Cave it wears its inflatable beams on the outside and can be pitched in a minute thanks to interconnected beams with a single pumping point.
Once the beams are inflated, you can isolate them using valves, so it one suffers from a hedgehog attack, it's not game over for the entire tent. And speaking of inflation, there's a new, lighter, more compact pump instead of the original fat-bodied version.
Lighter And More Compact
That together with the reduced pack size and a weight of 'just 3.2 kilograms - the Cave is nearer 5.5kg - means that while it's not exactly an ultra-lightweight backpacker's dream, it is at least within the bounds of portability particularly given that it sleeps two.
The tent itself incorporates a conventional porch for cooking and gear storage along with familiar internal pockets. Although it's a two-skin tent with an inner tent and fly, it pitches all in one, which with the rapid air beam system means it should go up ultra-fast.
The bad news is that while it's cheaper than the Cave, it's still set to retail for £470 when it launches in March 2013.
More about the brand at www.heimplanet.com.
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