Having provided shelter to nearly every country's ancestors, the tipi has complimented efficient living for many centuries. Even though the tipi has served as the foundation for most tents on the market today, it’s difficult to see the real connection. Why has the industry worked so hard to reinvent something that’s been proven to shelter generations of nomads?
Swedish tent maker Tentipi represents the epitome of adventure travel and the nomadic lifestyle. Their tents are designed to withstand the harshest conditions while managing simplicity.
Only one collapsible pole and a series of stitched guy lines hold the Tentipi erect. Most of Tentipi’s adventure model tents can be purchased in either lightweight nylons or heavier weight poly/cotton fabrics. The heavy weight materials allow the Tentipi to accommodate camp stoves and even open fires.
Intrigued by Tentipi’s preservation of the nomadic culture and obvious connections with adventure travel, we reached out to Tentipi’s only US authorized distributor, Mansfield Outdoors. Although Tentipi is a Swedish based company, Tom Mansfield, owner of Mansfield Outdoors, carries a wide range of their most popular tipis.
I’ll have to admit, even though the price point for a Tentipi seems very high, you might be willing to reconsider if you’re in the market for a roof top tent (RTT). The real value of a Tentipi is the lack of working parts and its total packing size. Compared to a RTT, you’ll be saving weight, packed space and accommodating more people much more comfortably.
Although there doesn't appear to be an immediate opportunity to partner with this fantastic company, you might still see a Tentipi in a future episode of Mountain State Overland; I guess anything is possible.