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We've created the world's first tent with a patent-pending, integrated inflatable base. Read more

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This project's funding goal was not reached on April 18, 2014.

We've created the world's first tent with a patent-pending, integrated inflatable base.

About this project

THE WHY:

At Aesent we love the outdoors, and we believe that there is no better place to spend time with friends and family than the great outdoors. Our innovative products are easy to use, made of quality materials, and allow people to more fully enjoy their time in nature. We've designed the world's most comfortable tent.

THE PRODUCT:

Aesent has created the first tent to include an integrated inflatable base. We've built the tent to be durable, functional, and, most importantly, comfortable. Our flagship patent-pending design is a 4-man domed tent with a 6-inch inflatable base attached via zipper access. The tent is able to be set up in just minutes, with the large base inflating in as little as two minutes.This is the world's most comfortable tent.

THE IDEA:

The concept for our tent started during a family camping trip last summer. My wife and I were struggling to get our standard queen-size inflatable mattress into our small 2-man tent. The mattress was just a little too big for the size of our tent. Once inflated, it caused the bottom of the tent to bow out and gave the illusion that our tent was sitting on top of an inflated base. I remember sitting around the campfire and telling my brother, "They should just make a tent that has a built-in air mattress." A few weeks later while talking to some work friends, I brought up the idea and immediately had great responses. I knew I was on to something big and started sketching up designs almost immediately.

THE DESIGN:

Over the next several months, I worked on coming up with a functional design that would allow for a tent to have an inflatable base but be able to meet my strict standards of quality.

There were some big challenges that we had to overcome.

First, there was the most obvious problem of having the inflatable base durable and puncture resistant. We worked with the manufacturer to come up with a vinyl that is significantly thicker than the standard camping air mattress.

Second, we needed the tent to function without the mattress if necessary. I felt it would be a good idea to provide a tent that could be used without the mattress for those times were you need to hike into a spot and are wanting to conserve on weight. We designed the base to be removable by simply unzipping the base from the bottom of the tent. Once unzipped, you'll find a second set of pole anchors that will allow the tent to be set up as lightweight camping tent.

Base is removable
Base is removable

Third, we wanted to make it as comfortable as possible. Anyone who has spent a night sharing an air mattress can agree that it is not always a comfortable experience. Many typical air mattresses are built using a bladder-like construction. Unfortunately, this allows for the air to be easily displaced, making them bouncy, flimsy, and lacking in support, We constructed our base using an intertwining system of tubes. This limits the ability of the air to be unevenly displaced, resulting in a firm, cushioned surface. This offers a whole new level of protection and support, as well as stifling motion transfer from other campers in the tent.

THE BUILD

The designs for this tent started on scraps of paper on my desk. I'd jot down ideas, trying to figure out how to make the design work and meet the objectives that I had in mind.

As soon as I had the product visualized in my head, I downloaded some free design software and made the drawings digital.

Digital Mock-ups
Digital Mock-ups

 After getting the designs critiqued by friends and family and having an actual industrial designer look over the designs, we sent the drawings to the manufacturer. We were in near constant communication with the manufacturer, making sure the prototype was built according to our specs. After a few weeks, we had our first prototype in hand.

Initial Prototype
Initial Prototype

The first prototype blew us away. It was nearly perfect! The base was much firmer than we had even expected, and the functionality of the tent was spot on. The prototype only needed a few minor tweaks to meet our look and design expectations. We immediately documented everything we needed changed and sent off to have our second prototype made.

This final prototype is amazing. The coloring looks great. The base is firm and inflates quickly, and with the addition of a more rugged zipper at the base, it very easily converts into a light-weight tent. 

We still plan on making a few very minor changes, mostly the addition of internal pockets and switching to high-grade aluminum tent poles. We guarantee that the delivered tent will meet and exceed all expectations.

FULFILLMENT AND DELIVERY

We are pushing hard to have our tent in the hands of our backers by the first weeks of summer. Our tentative delivery date Is for the last week of June or the very beginning of July.

TIMELINE:

-timeline details:

Kickstarter Campaign: March 18 - April 17 (31 Days)

Receive Funds: April 17 - May 1 (up to 14 days)

Place Order: April 17 - May 1 (as soon as funds clear)

Manufacturing: 30 - 45 days Approx. Beginning of June.

Shipping: 30-45 days Approx. End of June

Receiving and Fulfillment: 3-7 days . (June 26 - Jul 3)

REWARDS

Apparel

Men's and Women's T-shirts: $20

Hat: $25

Hoodies: $40

Tent:

4-man domed tent with inflatable base w/ aluminum tent poles and attachable rain fly: $140/$160/$180/$200/$225

Bundle:

Tent w/ a shirt, hoodie, and hat: $250/$275

Trips

MIssoula, Montana : $2,500

Float Trip to Missoula, Montana for 2: This deluxe reward will get you the Aesent tent and apparel set, plus an amazing weekend trip for you and a friend to gorgeous Missoula, Montana. A big part of the inspiration of this tent came from my wife, Michelle. She helped so much with the design and concept of the tent. Her love of nature came from growing up in Missoula, and we want to share this special place with our amazing backers. The rivers around Missoula, Montana are known around the world for their trout and hatches. From the Blackfoot River made famous by Norman McLean to the storied Bitteroot River or the unbelievable dry fly fishing of the Clark Fork River, our rivers are world class! This reward offers you and a friend a guided day-long float trip on the water. Guided by Missoula's top-rated fly shop, The Grizzly Hackle, you'll experience some of the best fishing in the world. Price includes food, travel, lodging, and a $50 certificate for each of you to the Grizzly Hackle.

Moab, Utah: $4,000

MOAB TRIP for 2: Get the Aesent tent and apparel set, plus an amazing weekend trip for you and a friend to beautiful Moab,Utah. Growing up in Utah, I have been blessed to be located so close to many of the nation's best National Parks and natural monuments. One of the places that brings up a lot of great memories from my childhood and helped establish my love for the outdoors was Moab. We'll spend our days on amazing adventures, including hiking to the famous Delicate Arch, exploring the amazing red rock terrain on a Humvee Safari tour, and cool-off during a white water rafting trip. Our nights will be spent around a campfire, chomping on campfire burritos and s'mores before climbing into our tents for a perfect night's sleep. Price includes all activities, airfare and food.

THE GOAL.

We want to use these funds to secure our first production run of tents. We'll use this first run to fulfill Backer Rewards, send samples to multiple outdoor retailers, and hopefully fulfill a few sample orders to prospective outdoor retailers. If we surpass our goal, we have planned activities such as displaying a booth at the Outdoor Retailer Trade show, prototyping new designs for tents of different sizes and capabilities, and working with a consultant to help us identify and negotiate absolute bottom pricing for our retail push.

ADDITIONAL PHOTOS:

Risks and challenges

With any type of manufactured product there always runs a risk of production or shipping delays. We have worked with the manufacturer to ensure that we will have our products produced as quickly as possible without affecting build quality. Instead of trying to coordinate shipment on our own, we are going to use a third party freight forwarder to ensure that we do not run into any issues with our product being shipped late or any unnecessary delays with customs. The delivery dates are tentative, and we are expecting for the shipment to be delivered and ready for fulfillment +/- 3 weeks from our tentative date.

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FAQ

  • The weight of the tent with the base attached is 26lbs.
    The weight of the tent detached is 7lbs.

    *Note: these weights are with the heavier fiber glass tent poles. The production model will have aluminum poles and should be 1-2lbs lighter.

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  • Set up, The floor space of the tent is 9' x 7' and the height of the tent is 4'11". When packed up, the tent is about 30" long with an 8" Diameter.

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  • Yes! First off, each tent will come with a small patch kit to quickly and easily fix any small leaks. In the case that the puncture or hole was significant, we designed the tent to be easily replaced. We will be buying extra bases to be able to provide replacements over the next several months or years.

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  • We have priced these tents very low, considering our overall cost to have them manufactured and shipped. While this allows for some really great priced tents, we were left with very little wiggle room to do general estimates on international shipping rates. If you would like a tent shipped internationally, simply add the cost of shipping the tent from Utah, USA to your pledge and I will work with you to get it sent internationally. The shipping dimensions of the tent are roughly 32"x10"x10" and weighs around 28lbs.

    Please send me a private message letting me know that you placed an international order.

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Rewards

  • You selected
    $1 reward

    21 backers

    Thank you! We know that this is a large project, and even the smallest pledge helps.

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    $20 reward

    14 backers

    Aesent branded T-shirt. Choose from available colors and designs. Both men's and women's cuts available. See photos in campaign description.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $25 reward

    5 backers

    Aesent branded hat. Charcoal hat with embroidered Aesent logo. See photos in campaign description.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $40 reward

    3 backers

    Aesent branded hoodie. Choose from available colors and designs. See photos in campaign description.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $75 reward

    0 backers

    Apparel Bundle: set of Aesent apparel (T-Shirt, Hat, and Hoodie) for only $75.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $140 reward

    50 backers All gone!

    Super Early Bird Special: Be one of the first 50 to back us and get the Aesent tent for the one-time low price of $140. Suggested retail is $289.99.

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    $160 reward

    250 backers All gone!

    Early Bird Special: Be one of the first to back us and get the Aesent tent for only $160--nearly half off the suggested retail price of $289.99.

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    $180 reward

    23 backers Limited (477 left of 500)

    Early Adopter: Be one of the first to back us and get the Aesent tent for only $180--over $100 off the suggested retail price of $289.99.

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    $200 reward

    0 backers Limited (1000 left of 1000)

    Be one of the first to back us and get the Aesent tent for only $200--a significant savings over the suggested retail price of $289.99.

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    $225 reward

    0 backers Limited (2500 left of 2500)

    Get the Aesent tent for $65 off of the suggested retail price of $289.99.

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    $240 reward

    0 backers

    Get the Aesent tent for $50 off of the suggested retail price of $289.99.

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    $250 reward

    8 backers Limited (42 left of 50)

    Aesent Bundle: Get the Aesent tent and a set of Aesent apparel (T-Shirt, Hat, and Hoodie) for only $250. Suggested retail value of the bundle is nearly $375.

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    $275 reward

    0 backers

    Aesent Bundle: Get the Aesent tent and a set of Aesent apparel (T-Shirt, Hat, and Hoodie) for only $275. Suggested retail value of the bundle is nearly $375.

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    $2,500 reward

    1 backer All gone!

    Float Trip to Missoula, Montana for 2: This deluxe reward will get you the Aesent tent and apparel set, plus an amazing weekend trip for you and a friend to gorgeous Missoula, Montana. A big part of the inspiration of this tent came from my wife, Michelle. She helped so much with the design and concept of the tent. Her love of nature came from growing up in Missoula, and we want to share this special place with our amazing backers. The rivers around Missoula, Montana are known around the world for their trout and hatches. From the Blackfoot River made famous by Norman McLean to the storied Bitteroot River or the unbelievable dry fly fishing of the Clark Fork River, our rivers are world class! This reward offers you and a friend a guided day-long float trip on the water. Guided by Missoula's top-rated fly shop, The Grizzly Hackle, you'll experience some of the best fishing in the world. Price includes food, travel, lodging, and a $50 certificate for each of you to the Grizzly Hackle.

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    $4,000 reward

    1 backer Limited (1 left of 2)

    MOAB TRIP for 2: Get the Aesent tent and apparel set, plus an amazing weekend trip for you and a friend to beautiful Moab,Utah. Growing up in Utah, I have been blessed to be located so close to many of the nation's best National Parks and natural monuments. One of the places that brings up a lot of great memories from my childhood and helped establish my love for the outdoors was Moab. We'll spend our days on amazing adventures, including hiking to the famous Delicate Arch, exploring the amazing red rock terrain on a Humvee Safari tour, and cool-off during a white water rafting trip. Our nights will be spent around a campfire, chomping on campfire burritos and s'mores before climbing into our tents for a perfect night's sleep. Price includes all activities, airfare and food.

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States

Funding period

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