Would you ever sleep or camp in a tent-raft? In short, as the name implies the roomy tent allows its occupants to camp comfortably on a large body of water out in the wilderness.
Now for those of you who might have said yes to the previous question, would you really want to, though? Sure, it looks great on paper, but a tent-raft seems to be a little problematic.
Why camp by a river when you can camp on one? pic.twitter.com/XU6IwsTBAK— Mashable (@mashable) August 17, 2019
But, if you are still gung-ho about the idea, the company behind the concept, SmithFly, has created a device that you should definitely add to your Christmas list. Dubbed the Shoal Tent, it is indeed the first of its kind. The inflatable floating raft is topped off with a tent, allowing you to "sleep out on the water."
SmithFly promises users the opportunity to "camp on your favorite farm pond, saltwater flat, spring creek or eddy on your favorite river." No tent poles required.
"The world is your waterbed."
Now if you raised your eyebrow at the immediate mention of a "tent-raft," you are not alone. Upon seeing this "creation," the Internet raised some very valid and hilarious points complete with just the right amount of memes and references.
So, let's take a look.
Who decided brown river water was comfortable bedding? Only thing that could make it worse are hippos, alligators, or refuse. Well actually I can list a lot of things! But that’s not the point! The point is, people want to sleep on beautiful water! WTF was that person thinking!?!— Joseph Reneer (@JosephReneer) August 20, 2019
Now, this makes perfect sense. Have you ever tried to sleep on a waterbed? It is not pleasant. The idea of using this as a viable, comfortable sleeping option may be a little far fetched. Even more so, Joseph makes a good point. Sharp objects and inflatable objects do not mesh well, and a few alligators and hippos are sure to do some damage.
You wake up and: pic.twitter.com/geRMX2Hqbf— MSM Is Biased (@animal_lover365) August 19, 2019
If you are planning on using this tent-raft on an open body of water, especially a river, be sure to plan your trip. Waking up in the morning to the perils of a waterfall can be a very awkward downturn to your camping experience.
How do you steer it, though? If you got caught in a strong current, it could be a problem.— MSM Is Biased (@animal_lover365) August 19, 2019
Both are valid points. If you are floating on a calm body of water, this could be an ok experience, but what happens when you lose control of the tent-raft? Also, how exactly do you steer it?
Now, we are not saying this has ever happened, but we're not saying that this can't happen. It is better to be safe than sorry when dealing with massive flying great white sharks.
*wakes up on the Gulf of Mexico*— Comfortably Numb (@Strangelove8762) August 18, 2019
What the fuck, wasn’t I just in Tennessee?
What happens if you are a heavy sleeper, and make it through the creatures, the sharks, and the waterfalls and end up in a new state, country, or region? Do you win something?
Where’s that SmithFly floating tent at. 😆 pic.twitter.com/0JE7u0phS8— Alert Patriot ❌🇺🇸🙏🏻✝️🙋🏻♀️ (@ElaineInMD) August 19, 2019
In short, please avoid any tent-rafts in the near future. However, if any of you get ahold of a tent-raft, be sure to record your experience and send it in.