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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best camping tent I bought this tent at a festival in Texas and took it home to Colorado for a summer of camping. The tent made this past summer unforgettable. It takes a while to figure out how to set everything up correctly, but Tentsile has some great reference videos on their website. My girlfriend and I slept in this tent every weekend for 3 months with not a single complaint. It's spacious, comfortable and sturdy. The poles never bent for me, the straps survived 13 camping trips so far, and the tent itself made itself super useful during rain storms. I can't recommend this tent enough, provided you are going somewhere with enough trees to find the best area.
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Stingray is my favorite tent! I received the tent as a Christmas gift. I had been eyeing this tent for some time but hesitated paying $650 because of the mixed reviews. After using it, I wish I had gotten this tent a long time ago. The first time setup took 20 minutes. Full disclosure. I watched every instructional YouTube video I could find before setting it up the first time. The most recent outing was in the snow. I took my two boy (ages 6 and 7). The temperature dropped to 19 degrees outside. With the flaps tucked in and the entrance cover on, the interior temperature of the tent stayed in the mid 40's. It snowed most of the night and the tent shed snow well. This is not my go to tent, but it is definitely my favorite.
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun tent I bought this to go camping with my daughter and it has been great. Reading reviews there were some complaints about setting up but honestly it was incredibly easy. The most time consuming is just making sure it is level. The tent has taken a fair amount of abuse with the kids using it as a bouncy house at times but is still going strong. My only real complaint is how the fly goes on, it's held on by hooking on to itself and causing the fly to come in contact with the tent itself and which wicks water into the tent. There are other little things with its design that are quirky but overall it's a great tent and we enjoy it a great deal. It has also opened up some campsites because it can go where others can not.
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Money well spent on a superior product! I have been camping for over 50 years in a lot of different settings. The biggest issue with land based tents is if you camp any place other than a campground you will probably rum into uneven, rocky or hilly ground. Makes for a miserable night sleeping. I started with the Connect model and loved it so much I bought the Stingray and then the Trillium to make a "stack". First off, unlike another review, I found the poles to be just fine and not flimsy in any way. Very easy to insert and lift the walls and roof. I found the ratchet and straps to be of superb quality and trust them thoroughly to support the ones I love. Just a note on the ratchets. Do what the Tentsile video states and make sure you lock the ratchets down under the lip to ensure they are seated securely. My first set up was not difficult at all. I watched several videos from Tentsile and a few on youtube. Very simple to do. I am a 63 year old woman. If I can do this, so can you. I first set my stingray up at 5 feet for my trial run. Did the best to line up 3 trees. They were not perfect but worked out just fine. The 3 sleeping sections inside are ample room for 3 large people and gear. It thundered and poured down rain for 3 days when I tested it. Bone dry inside. The first nite was 38-40 degrees. I left the rain fly attached under the Stingray and forgot to stake out one side. The cold air outside and warm air inside caused condensation on the inside. The next nite I left one side of the fly staked out for ventilation and was perfect inside. A suggestion. Because you are off the ground you will have air flow under your tent. Use an insulated foam pad or an insulated inflatable pad under your sleeping bag if you are camping in cold weather. You will be toasty warm. I bring along a very small level that you can pack in with the tent. I use this to get my tent level as I ratchet each corner. Now it takes me 15 minutes to set up. Why did I buy a Tentsile? I camp on hilly ground, wet areas, over streams, over rocks and in areas that have curious critters with big teeth. I don't wake up with achy body parts from sleeping on the bumpy ground. Sometimes I set mine up 15 feet high and use a Tentsile ladder to get into it. I sometimes set up the Trillium underneath the Stingray and use it for extra camping buddies and/or gear. If you are deciding to go with the Connect or the Stingray, this is what My humble opinion is. The Connect is perfect for 2 people and minimal gear inside. Comfortable. The Stingray, offers more headroom and bigger to shelter 3 large people and some gear. 2 people in the Stingray would be really comfy especially if you are in say, a 3 day stretch of very rainy weather and you have to be holed up for a while. I will be taking my Stingray on my future trips unless I plan on trips with friends and family. Then everything goes. One last word. What I look for in a product that I am about to drop a lot of money on is service after the sale. I work Retail and I know the value of this. Tentsile is probably one of the best group of people I have ever done business with, period! Their goal is to make sure you are happy and taken care of.
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible sleep, and super fun I've had my Stingray for a year now. I bought the Connect first, then regretted that I had no extra room for gear when my partner and I would both be camping, so I returned it for a Stingray. I pitched it in the park behind my house a few times (after watching the Tentsile videos on how to properly set it up which is SUPER IMPORTANT and explains why some folks gripe about broken poles...the tension on this thing is equivalent to several hundred mph winds, ANY tent pole would fail when not properly set up to handle that kind of tortion) and then took it to the Central Texas woods for its first night out. Verdict? Best outdoor sleep of my life, without a doubt. Never EVER will I sleep on the ground again. It is seriously more comfortable than my bed. Thunder woke me up around 7am so I groggily strung out the fly, expecting a damp end to my first TRUE glorious night of sleep in the forest... it literally poured, howling wind, branches falling all around me. And I fell asleep. 3 hours later (that's right...I slept until 10am while camping) I emerged, dry as a bone. My friends who owned the land I camped on were dumbfounded, as they had gone to the tornado cellar while I slept like a baby. Would I take it backpacking? Probably not. But 90% of my nights these days are within a few miles of my car. I'm selling my tent.
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not Worth It So you have seen the instagram pictures of this really cool design for a tent? Curious about what its like to have one? I was right in your shoes. So I sprung on it. Took it on one trip and boy the disappointment is endless. Poles: The poles bent the first time I got in the tent (Tentsile's pencil thin poles are known to break and bend). Yes me, a 171 lb individual, in a supposedly (HA!) 6 person tent bent the tent poles all by my self. Straps: Even with perfect parallel placement of the excess webbing under the ratchets, the ratchets bit and frayed the webbing which dubs the question of long term durability. Set Up: Despite the set up of Tentsile Stingray being shown to be relatively easy on Tentsile's site. I challenge you to find 3 Trees creating a perfect equilateral triangle to set up the tent. A single foot of variation and your tension on one side of the tent sags. This causes 3 people to sleep on top of each other rather than in their own section of the tent. In short the tent is difficult to set up and quite frustrating. I have a mountaineering tent which is a more complicated design and way easier to set up than the stingray. All in all this tent is very cool looking yet not worth the money... at all. A classic example of where form never even met function
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No need for extra shelter. bought this a year ago and use it every chance we get. kids love it. and people can't get enough of it. definitelyrespray the faintly though for heavier storms.
Date published: 2017-05-16
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Questions & Answers

So, what is the process IF there aren't 3 trees forming a perfect equal-lateral triangle available?  How does one adjust the tension so one side doesn't sag?

Asked by: thedreadpirateroberts
The trees do not have to be equilateral. You adjust the tension of each ratchet to offset the "uneven" distribution of the trees.
Answered by: pmostaghim
Date published: 2017-06-02

I am thinking about this for the backyard. What is the best way in advance to determine if there are trees a suitable distance apart for this to work well?

Asked by: paylork
The minimum set up distance between trees needed is simply the length of the tent itself and the length of the ratchets, so you need a minimum distance of approximately 16 feet between trees.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-02

How high can you set it up? Can you go 10 or 20 feet up if desired?

Asked by: Dave
There's no hardfast rule suggesting there's a vertical limit for setting this tent; however, you may be challenged to tension the tent at heights or enter/exit the tent.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-02

1) 4 season??? Any comments on high winds? Setup in a storm? 2) This does offer a large covered area, but how do experienced users evaluate that vs the extremely simple setup of several weather- covered 2 person hammocks?

Asked by: JMus
This tent is listed as 3-4 season because it works well in cold weather, but it may not be the best choice for camping in strong winds.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-13

Hello All, we see that above, there is a review regarding our poles bending. Tree Tents should be set up as outlined in out Manual and that the tent needs to be tensioned properly before use or pole will bend.

Asked by: Tentsile Tree Tents
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