Heimplanet's latest inflatable tent withstands 112 mph winds• http://www.gizmag.com, By C.C. Weiss
The German outfit has now added three more designs, making its line-up large and tough enough for some of the most distant, challenging expeditions on Earth.
One question mark when it comes to inflatable tent design is how well air-filled poles can compare to traditional aluminum/fiberglass/carbon fiber poles in rough, windy weather . If Heimplanet's numbers are to be believed, the reality is that they can hold up just fine.
Heimplanet designed the 10-person Mavericks expedition tent specifically for the Red Bull Storm Chase, a windsurfing competition that seeks out rough, raging storms around the world. The tent features a reinforced version of the brand's Inflatable Diamond Grid meant to spread stress over a larger surface and maintain a solid structure in rough weather. According to the company, the Mavericks can stand up to 112 mph (180 km/h) winds, though it appears to have experienced just 96 mph (155 km/h) during an Ireland leg of the Storm Chase.