Camping plans? Utah tent company changes sleeping outdoors
A Utah-based company is changing the way people sleep while camping and playing outdoors. (Haven Tents)
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THE GREAT OUTDOORS — Camping and comfort? Now that’s what I’m talking about!
These hammocks are actually quite amazing. Personally, I love napping in hammocks, but sleeping one night strains my back. However, this local outside startup solved that problem.
“I was lying in a regular hammock one day, trying to get comfortable, when I had this idea…what if my head and feet were lower and I had no pressure on the coast ?” That spark inspired Sandy resident and Haven Tents founder, Derek Tillotson, to develop this revolutionary sleep system. Gone are the days of lying on uneven ground or hunched over like a banana.
The coolest part of this hammock is that you lie completely flat.
The patented design creates a flat sleeping platform, allowing users to comfortably sleep on their back, side or even stomach. “It’s like you’re somehow transporting your bed from home to the woods,” Tillotson said. “And our customers agree, we hear that all the time in reviews.”
The Haven tent was designed as a hammock, but can also be pitched directly on the ground as a bivy tent. The system relies on an air mattress for insulation and structure of the sleeping platform. Six large pockets inside provide plenty of storage space. Internal spreader bars keep the space open, while an integrated bug netting and rainfly make this space a true “haven” outdoors.
Tillotson may have tested its first prototypes right here in the Wasatch Mountains, but Haven tents are now in demand the world over.
After launching on Kickstarter in 2019, Haven Tents completely exploded with the outdoor boom related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, its popularity grew so much that the company struggled to keep up with demand. Tillotson recalls, “As soon as the tents arrived, we sold out. Customers were returning their friends to the system. For the first two years, our sales were mainly based on word of mouth.
Earlier this year, Haven Tents raised over $400,000 on Kickstarter with the launch of the Haven Safari. A more durable glamping version of their flat hammock. Things are ramping up and with a big investment in inventory, Haven Tents is ready for a busy camping season.
Haven Tents ships from its warehouse in Sandy and offers a local pickup option upon request.
“The best part is seeing our tents popping up on social media. Haven tents are popping up in Norway, Japan, Australia, and of course, all over the US. People love it and use it!” Tillotson.
If camping is part of your plans, you might as well make sleep the highlight. Check out this local business, Haven Tents, online at Haventents.com.