Tentsile Tent Reviews 2021

Hammocks are one of the oldest technologies, a technology so fundamental to being human that its origins are shrouded in the mists of prehistory. Perhaps that’s why the relaxation we feel is so good in a hammock: the roots of that relaxation run deep in our blood. Even tried-and-true technology always has room for improvement, and today, you don’t have to lounge around the branches in a nest made of vines, you can take to the trees in a whole tent that offers the relaxation of a hammock with the convenience of an aerial living quarters. Chimps build hammocks; humans build Tentsile tents.

The following article reviews the Tentsile Stingray suspended tent and compares it to similar suspended tent options from Tentsile. We considered these products in light of their key features, their pros, cons, customer reviews, product reputation, and testing results.

Perhaps you were looking for a hammock and wondering where modern technology has taken the concept. Or perhaps you’re just seeking a way to up your camping game. Perhaps you’ve been a fan of Tentsile tents for a while and want to know how the Stingray stacks up to their other models. In any case, we hope this article will give you a better idea of what Tentsile tents offer and where they fit into the grander picture of the Tentsile suspended tent line-up.

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What Is Tentsile Tent

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The Tentsile Stingray is a suspended tent, not just a hammock (although it does resemble one at first glance). Unlike a hammock, this Tentsile tent comes with a rain-fly, three exits, space for three people, and bolstered lower support. The lower band of the suspended tent creates a nice natural division down the middle so that two people can use the tent without having to roll into each other all night. Thanks to the Stingray’s triple tree strap design, the bottom of your sky-tent stays taut, meaning that two people can sit cross-legged and play a game of cards between them. Those who have tried this same feat in a hammock know how impossible that can be.

One of the features we loved the most about the Stingray was its “trap door” style exit. By removing a part in the center, you can create a central trap door that allows you to create a vertical passage through a multi-level stack of Stingrays. You can create a whole interconnected Stingray village in the air between the trees. Of course, that’s only if the Stingray’s comfy three-person capacity proves to be too little space in the sky for your party.

Product Specs

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The Tentsile Stingray is equipped with three doors and an optional rain fly. Its canopy consists of eco-friendly polyester mesh material. The inside includes four pockets for phones, books, flashlights, compasses and whatever else you’ll need in your sky-tent. This product comes with two aluminum poles in a pack that weighs nineteen pounds in total. The sides of the Stingray measure 13.5” x 13.5” x 13.5” creating a total amount of floor space equally 75 square feet. You can choose between the following colors for your Tentsile Stingray: blue, orange, camouflage, dark gray, fresh green, and forest green.

Pricing

The Tentsile Stingray tends to sell for around $650 on Amazon, although you can sometimes find sales on this product. The Stingray costs more than the Tentsile Connect and the Tentsile Flite, but when you consider its sleeping capacity, this price discrepancy makes sense. This may seem steep if you were thinking about the price range of a hammock but remember: this is a full tent. However, for those of you who are weighing the decision to buy a suspended tent vs. a traditional hammock, we’ve included a product in our evaluation for converting your hammock into a type of suspended tent. This “Tentsile Spare Forest Stingray fly method” costs considerably less than the Stingray, but does not include most of the beneficial features of the Stingray itself.

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We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare.

1. Tentsile Stingray Camping and Backpacking Tent

Tentsile Stingray 3-Person Tree Tent, Camo

This tent retails for around $640 via Amazon. This is a middle-of-the-road price point.

  • PRICE
  • EASE OF USE
  • ASSEMBLY TIME
  • DESIGN QUALITY
  • WARRANTY

Around $640 on Amazon.

We found we had no trouble setting up this three-person tent. The hardest part was identifying three trees in a formation as close to an equilateral triangle as possible. It should be noted the tent works fine even if the triangle of trees you are tethered to is less than equilateral.

The Stingray only takes ten minutes to set up once you get used to it. Hammocks are not much faster and do not tend to provide rain cover.

We loved the eco-friendly polyester mesh material that makes up Stingray’s canopy. The generous exits and pockets ensure you’re still in the lap of luxury while hanging out in the trees.

Tentsile offers a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty as well as a four-week money-back return policy (if the tent goes unused). The warranty is a nice feature although keep in mind that according to Tentsile’s website their warranty does not cover “General wear & tear over 3 months continuous reasonable use” which includes things like pole breakages.

PROS

  • Four internal pockets
  • High-quality rain fly
  • Three doors
  • Three-person capacity
  • “Trap-door” exit allows for interconnected Stingray villages
  • 75 square feet of floor space
  • Quick 10-minute set-up

CONS

  • Total pack weight is heavier than other options as it is a three-person tent
  • Most expensive option we covered with this list

2. Tentsile Flite Plus Backpacking Portable Tent

Tentsile Flite 2-Person Hammock Tent (Fresh Green): Comes with Removable rainfly and no-See-um Insect mesh. Perfect for Adventurous Couples

The Stingray represents the best of the three-person suspended tents although it is generally too heavy for backpacking or bike camping. Fortunately, Tentsile makes a considerably lighter version of their suspended tent: the Tentsile Flite Plus. The Tentsile Flite Plus (sometimes stylized as “Flite+”) easily sleeps two people among the branches without breaking your back to carry it. Although it is much lighter than the Stingray, it retains the quality we’ve come to expect from Tentsile tents.

  • PRICE
  • EASE OF USE
  • ASSEMBLY TIME
  • DESIGN QUALITY
  • WARRANTY

You can find the Tentsile Flite Plus on Amazon for around $345.

We found the Flite Plus to be even easier to use than the Stingray if only because it is slightly smaller and more manageable.

The Tentsile Flite Plus boasts it can be set up in as few as ten minutes. However, other reviewers have mentioned that the set-up takes them closer to fifteen minutes. Still not a bad amount of time, but longer than advertised.

The lightness of this model is exceptional. It fully houses two people, and it weighs only 9.15 pounds. We loved that was more spacious than its forerunner. The insect mesh worked great, and the two doors and rain fly worked excellently. The sides of the Tentsile measure 11” x 11” x 9” creating a total floor area of 40 square feet. A nice trick is that you can attach the rain fly to the bottom part of the tree tent to create a thermal buffer.

Tentsile offers the same warranty on the Flite Plus that they do on the Stingray.

PROS

  • Cheaper than the Stingray
  • High-quality canopy
  • Dual-purpose rain fly
  • Comfortably sleeps, two people
  • Weighs only 9.15 pounds

CONS

  • Sleeps one less than the Stingray
  • Provides nearly half the square footage of the Stingray

3. Tentsile Stingray Camping and Backpacking Tent

Tentsile Stingray 3-Person Tree Tent, Forest Green

So, this product is a bit of a curve-ball for our analysis. In fact, it’s not a tree-tent at all, but just the Stingray’s rain fly sold separately. The reason we wanted to through this option in the analysis is we know not all our readers are in the position to drop hundreds of dollars on a suspended tent, especially if they already own a hammock they are happy with.

For those readers, we present the “Tentsile Spare Forest Stingray fly method” of jury-rigging your own tree-tent. If you’ve already got a hammock, simply hang it up beneath one of this spare rain flies, and you’ve suddenly got a roof. It’s not exactly a Tentsile tent, but it’s approaching one for a fraction of the price.

  • PRICE
  • EASE OF USE
  • ASSEMBLY TIME
  • DESIGN QUALITY
  • WARRANTY

This is by far the cheapest option we reviewed (assuming you already have a hammock to hang beneath this fly). You can buy the Tentsile Spare Forest Stingray fly on Amazon for around $645.

While the Stingray fly is relatively easy to set-up (and we assume your hammock is too), the odds are your hammock’s dimensions will not exactly reflect those of the fly. Basically, you’ll run into some finagling to get them lined up.

This method of creating an ersatz tree-tent runs into the same problems outlined in “Ease of Use.” Generally, assembly time can be kept under twenty minutes, but there’re no guarantees.

Tentsile cannot be beaten when it comes to building a quality product. You may have to worry about your hammock fraying or soaking through, but you can trust this rain fly to keep you dry from above.

The warranty that Tentsile offers to cover the Stingray and the Flite Plus also applies to the spare tent flies that they sell.

PROS

  • Tentsile Spare Forest Stingray fly method is the cheapest option we reviewed
  • High-quality rain fly for a small price
  • Good option for those who love their existing hammocks but wish to better sleep in them

CONS

  • It is much easier to fall out of a hammock than a Tentsile tent
  • Not a full tent, just a tent fly
  • No support to allow for card games or other activities requiring a level base

4. Tentsile Connect Tree Tent

Tentsile Connect 2-Person Tree Tent: Removable rainfly, Durable, Portable and Completely Insect-Proof.

The Flite Plus is not the only two-person tree tent offered by Tentsile. They also sell the Tentsile Connect, which is a bit heavier, but a bit harder as well. We found the Tentsile Connect to be a great alternative for campers who just do not foresee needing the extra person-worth of sleeping space that the Stingray offers.

  • PRICE
  • EASE OF USE
  • ASSEMBLY TIME
  • DESIGN QUALITY
  • WARRANTY

You can buy Tentsile Connect on Amazon for around $440.

The Tentsile Connect is far from complicated. We were able to get up with little to no fuss. We’d place it in the same ease of use category with the Stingray, meaning we find it easy, but not as easy as the Tentsile Flite Plus.

The Tentsile Connect can go up about as fast as the Tentsile Flite Plus. The hassle was not too much at all.

The four doors and four openable doors make this the choice for summer weather. The strength of the tent is enough to keep you in the air and to support itself as a part of a multi-tent interconnected village. The inside pockets are a useful feature, and we loved that the canopy was constructed with zero-emission polyester mesh.

The whole setup weighs 14 pounds. The Tentsile Connect measures 9” x 13.5” x 13.5” to yield a floor area of 53 square feet.

The warranty that covers the other Tentsile options also covers the Tentsile Connect.

PROS

  • More floor area than the Flite Plus
  • 2 person capacity
  • A cheaper option than the Stingray
  • High quality, eco-friendly polyester mesh construction

CONS

  • Less floor area than the Stingray
  • Sleeps one less person than the Stingray
  • More expensive than the Flite Plus

Conclusion

If you’re looking for the ultimate in sky-camping, reliability, and flexibility, one cannot go wrong with a Tentsile tent. The Connect offers a great experience for two people who can afford to carry in its weight while the Flite Plus masters the low-weight alternative. We were even impressed by how reliable the Tentsile rain flies were when used as a “roof” of a makeshift tree-tent. While we found many of these options to be in the four to five-star range, the Stingray takes the prize for our favorite Tentsile tent. Its size and functionality vastly outweigh its price.

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