About this project
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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)
Men's and Women's T-shirts: $20
4-man domed tent with inflatable base w/ aluminum tent poles and attachable rain fly: $140/$160/$180/$200/$225
Tent w/ a shirt, hoodie, and hat: $250/$275
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.
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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