Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Another Outrageous Way to Sleep in the Trees: The Cocoon Tree Tent

Ever dream of sleeping on a huge cushy bed in a giant spherical tent suspended from the trees? Of course you have. And soon you'll be able to check that crucial item off your bucket list.

As any hammock camper will tell you, swinging from the trees can be a blissful experience. And as I detailed in my recent post, The Ultimate Hammock...for Eight?, some folks are taking this concept to the extreme.

Now you can add Cocoon Tree to the list of out there (up there?) manufacturers jumping on the extreme tree shelter bandwagon. The company has developed a perfectly round aluminum skeleton three meters (about 10 feet) in diameter that is then covered with a "robust water-proof outer skin" and hung from surrounding tree trunks. A central platform inside accommodates a wall-to-wall bed 2.5 meters (roughly 8 feet) in diameter that comfortably sleeps two.

According to the company's high-concept website, "a Cocoon Tree empty weighs only 60 kilos!!!" (roughly 130 pounds) and thus "it's really easy to install on a tree" and "can be assembled and disassembled in 48 hours." If this easy installation process is too much for you, the company even offers to send out their installation team, which is composed entirely of  "former seafarers or climbers with valuable experience when it comes to ropes and knots."

The Cocoon Tree is not yet available for purchase, so you'll have to wait a while to hang out in your own backyard swinging sphere. But don't worry. You'll need the time to start saving--the expected retail price will be somewhere in the range of $8,000.

"Equipped" is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid


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