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Rated 5 out of 5 by from best tent ever Bought the connect for my wife because of her bad back. Fell in love with it right off the bat, like sleeping on a cloud. Once we got the hang of stretching the front outward like a Y instead of a T everything was perfect and the rainfly fit like a glove. The only thing that is subjectively a down side would be using it in a campground. Every other camper stopped to check it out and ask questions. Would recommend to anyone who is looking for more comfort than an air mattress or cot.
Date published: 2015-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Twinkle, twinkle..... Love my Tentsile! I received one as a Ranger on The Dyrt. I used it recently at Moutardier Campground, Nolin River Lake, Ky. With the rain fly off you have an awesome view of the night sky and plenty of breeze flowing through. The second night it rained and the rain fly was easy to put on and it still allowed the breeze to move through the tent. The only con I experienced is that you of course need trees and they need to be configured in a certain way , campgrounds are not always conducive to this. @thedyrt @tentsile
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Tentsile Tents! Since no one else has reviewed the Tentsile Connect, I will be the first. We have owned the Tentsile Stingray for almost a year and love it - see my review. But ... when the Connect came out, I had to have it. I cannot recommend this highly enough. The Connect sleeps two people and their gear comfortably. You can also string a hammock underneath easily for storage or even to lay down on. As with the Stingray, it is really easy to set up once you have practiced a couple of times. Just find three trees and you have your site. No need for level ground. Take down is so easy and just takes a minute or two. The Stingray ladder also works so you can set up higher. What is so nice about this next generation Tentsile Connect is all the ways you can enter/exit and open it up. Just look at the pictures. We keep it open during the day if we are in the mountains (no/few bugs) and close it up at night with the fly. Our new favorite campsite is outside Blowing Rock, NC where we set up our Tentsile OVER a mountain stream. Listening to the rushing water under us while we sleep, nap, read, hang out is just this side of heaven.
Date published: 2014-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very comfortable! I’ve only spent two nights in the tent, both were in my own woods to test it out. The first night was fairly cold, mid 50s. It felt clammy after a few hours, but I was dry. I had the tail end just a tad higher than the front. I ended up just turning around and sleeping with my feet to the door. I was amazed at how comfortable it was!! It was setup over uneven ground, but I had cleared sticks and brambles, in case it fell. Setting it up was really quite easy. The rain fly fit it snugly. Once I undid the fly to get some air flow, I discovered that the fly would not go back on. I had only released the front and flipped it back to expose the mess sides. Nothing I did would get the fly to seal up the front corners. I finally got it battened down best as I could and used another fly to cover the ends. I figured rain would run down the inside of the corners right to me. I contacted Tentsile and they sent me another fly immediately. I still have the same issues with it. It just does not seem to have enough material in it to cover all three connect points. A couple of months later, a friend stayed so we could test it with two people. We had a combined weight of around 400lbs. There is a tensioning strap down the center of the tent and that kept us apart. She was amazed at how comfortable it was too. We just had two blankets with us and were plenty warm with it around 62. Not trusting the fly, I also had a tarp over the top, pegged out to the sides to allow ventilation. The two Malamutes lounged under the tent. I love the tent, it sleeps so nice! I do not love the fly! I would be very leery of trusting the fly on an actual camping trip. I hope Tentsile listens to people and comes up with a better design for the fly. Despite the fly folly, I would not give up this tent! It is heavier because of the ratchets and straps, but so worth not sleeping on the ground! I would trade off something else to compensate for the extra weight. I have heard of people learning how to setup the tent with just one ratchet, which would cut down considerably on weight! I think that would be a well-practiced art. Four stars only because of the rain fly.
Date published: 2016-03-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very cool but..... So I've been dreaming about owning this tent since it was first announced. I just received my dividend this month and was super excited to buy this tent. Putting it up was easy. I had it up and laying in the thing in 10 minutes max. My only issue and why I only gave 3 stars is the rain fly. I feel like it was just manufactured incorrectly. I tried and tried to get it to fit correctly but one side was just no long enough to wrap around like the instructions said. After many hours of really just trying to make it work we gave up. I rigged up my own tarp to keep the rain off us that night and it was wonderful. I still think this thing is awesome and would recommend if they can figure out the fly problem. I ended up returning because I just felt that spending this kind of money on a product should buy me some quality. Tent = A+, Rainfly = F. Hopefully they can figure out these issues. I will probably buy again because I really just want it to work!! Hopefully I just had a bad one.
Date published: 2015-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Entirely new camping experience! We've had our tentsile for about 8 months now, and absolutely love it! It is on the heavier side but creates a truly unique backcountry experience. My husband and I divide the weight of the tent between the two of us and have never had a problem carrying it along with the rest of our gear. It sleeps 2 people comfortably. The only issue we've had with sleeping is our pads crossing over each other at the feet due to the triangular design of the tent. Set up is relatively easy, but will take some practice to get it just right. We have used this tent in thunderstorms, torential downpours, snow and stayed nice and dry the entire time. You can peg out the sides of the rainfly for ventalation when its dry or a light rain. You can also fasten the rainfly to the bottom of the tent when it's really coming down or really windy. The overall quality of the tent is excellent! The first few batches of tentsile's that were sent out had a few construction problems but they seem to have worked that out. REI and Tentsile both have excellent customer service, and are willing to help in any way they can! I would highly recommend this to anyone wanting a new camping experience. To any backpackers out there trying to decide if the weight is really worth it, it truly is!!
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Air bed Great tent, easy to setup and can't beat the view. Makes camping a fun adventure. Can't wait to test it out in New Zealand.
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best way to camp The Connect Tree Tent has been awesome. Sleeps two adults comfortably and is actually not that hard to setup. Highly recommended for car camping.
Date published: 2016-06-28
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Questions & Answers

Has the I'll fitting rain fly issue been resolved?

Asked by: Candiru
I have to disagree with REIservice on this one. I recently used the Connect in the BWCA and the rain fly still isn't a proper fit. There is too much fabric and on any windy day will flap about. The 'new' version of the fly also has short elastic straps only a couple inches long that are supposed to connect to the ratchet, yet when camping without any ratchets you are left with little to stretch the fly far enough from the tent itself to keep it dry in wet weather. The previous or original fly setup has long bungees you can wrap around the strap which are much easier to use. Also also, the 'new' fly is missing the loop and toggles to connect under the tent at the foot to batten down the hatches. I brought up extra bungee so I could tie off the fly underneath. Unfortunately, Tentsile does not offer the original fly for sale.
Answered by: Sheepdogged
Date published: 2017-08-01

When will you have stock of the most current model of this tent with the updated and improved rainfly?

Asked by: jlink
The Connect Tree Tent we are presently selling (as of March 2017) reflects this most recent change to tent's rainfly. The change improves the manner in which the rainfly attaches.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-13

Do you know if these are legal to use in California State Parks?

Asked by: sonoma camper
We have not heard of any concerns using this tent in CA state parks. Please contact the Ranger's office at the park nearest you for the most current details and notices.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-11-30

This tent has 4 ways to get in and out of and I was wondering if it zipped closed or what? 

Asked by: Schreddy
Yes, all doors zip shut on this tent.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-13

Will you offer more colors for the Connect than just the green?

Asked by: Sheepish
As of February 2017, we do not plan to stock any other colors in this tent. All available colors are on our website.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-13

How do you enter and exit the tent with the rain fly sheet attached on all three corners? If you have to open a corner to do so, how do you keep rain out while entering/exiting and then secure it from the inside?

Asked by: DesPro
You can enter the tent from the side entrance by going under the storm flap even when all three corners are secured. The storm flap will provide ample protection from the elements during this process. Once you have completely entered or existed the tent you can re-fasten the storm flap under the tent.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-08-12

Are the ratchets and straps that I need to tie it to the trees are included in the package?

Asked by: Mad Max
Yes, the package includes three sets of ratchet buckles and 19.5' long straps.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-13

I just bought one of these with my dividend and was hoping friends would buy so we can connect them together... but it appears REI has discontinued the product -- is this a temporary stocking issue?

Asked by: Gabriel
As of 5/11/2015 the Connect Tree Tent is currently on backorder in all colors. We are waiting on stock from the manufacturer.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-08-12
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