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Tentsile Vista Tent: 3-Person 3-Season


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    8 Reviews


    Next level sleeping.

    The Tentsile Vista 3-Person Tent takes camping to the next level through a unique design that gets you and your mates up off the ground, comfortably enjoying the view from between the trees. Set this roomy arboreal dwelling between three sturdy trees with the three included ratcheting straps for 80 square feet of sleeping space, storage space for gear, and 100 square feet of protection from the sun and rain.

    The included rain fly can be attached above the floor space, and is fitted with a removable bug mesh to keep pesky skeeters at bay. When its bug-free and clear of clouds, the suspended rain fly can be easily ditched for a night beneath the stars. When the fly is not in use, it can be utilized as a dry storage space for gear. The tree tent can be accessed on any side of the floor or through a center floor hatch for ninja-like exits. To make the Vista even more versatile, Tentsile offers additional floor spaces (sold separately) so you can layer spaces above and below your original space for a 3-tiered bunk tent that will sleep up to nine happy campers.

    • 240D inclined joint nylon/polyester composite floor
    • Tear resistant mesh walls/gear storage
    • 190T PU coated polyester rain fly
    • Heavy duty ratchets and straps included
    • Four entry points
    • Three aluminum alloy poles
    • Stuff sack included
    • Item #TSI0003

    Tech Specs

    [floor] 240D inclined joint nylon-polyester composite, [fly] 190T polyester, PU coated, [walls] no see um mesh, [straps] 2.5 ton webbing
    3-person, 880 lbs
    7001 T6 aluminum (11mm)
    Number of Doors
    Gear Loft
    Interior Height
    4-5 ft
    Floor Dimensions
    15 x 15 x 15 ft
    Floor Space
    80 sq ft
    Packed Size
    25 x 10 x 10 in
    Packed Weight
    19 lbs
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    Do not buy this Tent!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Lets face it this is never going to be a 'serious' expedition tent and that can explain away many of its faults (such as the fact the instructions are more useful as tinder, you need 3 perfectly, and I really do mean perfectly, triangulated trees to make it work and the fact that it weighs a tone due to the ratchets) .

    But what cannot be explained away is the utterly rubbish build quality that led to 4 nights of internal downpour. The fly sheet seam sealant tape , as per the uploaded image, was literally falling off after the first use. The stitching on the rest of the tent looks like it was done by someone after a few to many beverages in the dark and with sunglasses on!!!

    The best bit however was the customer service received from Backcountry and Tensile. Having got back from my trip I assumed that I would be able to return the clearly defective tent for a refund and be done with Tensile. Not the case. Im told that no refund will be offered and that they will seek to send me a new flysheet out of 'good will'. Im not entitled to any form of refund even though the tent was clearly defective beyond doubt having only been used once. I have never been refused a refund for defective goods before, especially ones as bad as this. Not that i'm bitter but, a little recognition of the fact I had 4 nights sleeping in a swimming pool from Backcountry and Tentsile would also be nice!

    In summary do not buy this tent!!

    Do not buy this Tent!

    Tentsile Vista

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I was a little skeptical about purchasing the Vista after some of the reviews here on Backcountry but went ahead and made the purchase knowing their return policy. I am glad I made the purchase after spending the weekend in the tent. We learned a few things that are needed but all in all we will be using this tent a lot. For the people saying the setup is hard I would recommend going to Tentsile’s site and watching the videos before heading out the directions aren’t the greatest but once you set it up the first time you will never need them again. 2 of us set up the tent in about 30 minutes in the dark. The most difficult thing about setup is really finding the right trees and they don’t necessarily have to be an exact triangle you can make the imperfect setup better with a little extra rigging as shown on the Tentsile videos.
    The Vista is really open which is great for the views and fair-weather but probably not so great for cold weather or heavy rainstorms. But we did not experience anything other that pretty stout winds which it did fine in. I would suggest the Stingray if these are important to you however you will lose 2 of the 3 porches which provide the great view. I believe with an extra rainfly or tarp the vista could be made to withstand just about any weather condition. And the porches can be pulled down to block wind.
    The Vista does not have a loft or hanger hooks or a loft accessible inside the tent when the bug screen is on but I think this can be easily fixed. I would recommend purchasing the drink holder as well because there are no flat spots in the tent so everything tends to slide around. There is a good amount of gear storage space in each tip of the triangle with straps so you gear does not slide around or fall out.

    Pretty sick tent.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    It definitely is a car camping tent. You and your pals could backpack with it, but will have to divide up the tent for sure. Setting up the tent does take a few minutes, a lot more than a regular tent. If you know how a to set up a slack line it is the exact same way. Some great advice, find some trees that are same distance apart. Also put the lines at the same height on all the tress. That will help out a lot. The tent is awesome to sleep in. It is basically a hammock for three people. We had two adults and one child in it and it worked great. The tent does sink down once everyone is in it, so make sure the tent is higher and the lines are all the same height. If not the tent will be leaning to one side for sure. I love hammock camping so this was a want. I would recommend this tent to anyone who is thinking about it. I have really enjoyed it so far.

    Pretty sick tent.

    Tentsile Vista Set Up Guide

    Learn how to set up your Vista with the guide form the makers

    Hello folks, I can understand all of your concerns. I have had for years a hammock tent that was army issue. This was great in the winter and rain. All my buddies who went camping with my wife and myself found our tent perfect. One primitive camp out in Austin became a nightmare for the folks on the rocky ground. Ants and flash flooding, the ground was a mess. While my wife and I were high and dry. We did need to coat the ropes with grease. the ants didn't like it and resisted crossing the grease coated rope. I would probably go up high with my Vista, bears and other wold animals tend to visit you when on the ground. To use a ladder to get in and I would think that this would be very nice. I am in the market for one asap. This is the perfect setup. Now we can get out of the hammock! Actually we have an RV now, the kids will be in the Vista. Great concept, only one question, what happens if a storm starts blowing the trees to and fro? Should a series of safety ropes be secured to keep the trees from ripping the tint apart. I would think that this is only an issue should you go up above say six feet. Trees flex more as you get further up. Only these are simply small details. A great product and I cant wait to get mine.


    Hi @David Meuke, the slack lines have a little stretch in them so there is no risk of the tent being ripped apart at all. We recommend setting up our tents no more than about 1.2m (4ft) high off the ground although people have gone higher than this and had no problems from the trees swaying. We also insist that trees must have a diameter of more than 40cm, 15 inches, for strength and therefore trees of this size will not move much in the wind. Thanks and don't hesitate to ask any more questions!

    Needs improvement

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    The set-up directions are useless and I can't believe this made it so far without anyone catching it! Seriously. I think they were translated from Chinese, and very poorly at that. Two experienced campers (and carpenters) spent the remaining 90min of our evening setting the thing up and it still wasn't quite right. I set it up again in my back yard and it seemed perfect. (Hint: With the Vista the

    Needs improvement

    Thank you for this feedback. We are updating the instruction now and can assure you, they were not written by the Chinese, but by the inventors, who are not so good and tent writing instructions! But we do have fully comprehensive set up videos on our site. I will ask BackCountry to use them too!

    Not fully baked

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    The concept is so sweet! But the execution isn't great. It's very hard to set up compared to the average backpacking tent. The instructions are the worst that I've seen. I want to love it, but I just spent $500 for useless stitching that veers outside of the webbing. Backcountry rocks, but I guess I should have waited until Tentsile perfected their product.

    Not fully baked

    Hi Dantuckerwallace, thanks for your review, we apologise for this seem stitching, it won't have an effect on the way the tent works however we appreciate people sending in Quality Control photos so we can continue improving.
    If you email info@tentsile.com you can claim a free Drinks Holder as an apology!
    Also, we're aware that our original instructions needed some work and changes have been and are always being made with people's comments. Hopefully with a few practice set ups you can enjoy your Tentsile fully!

    Awesome concept for camping!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I have been waiting for like 2 years for these to come in. My friend just picked up the 4 season not too long ago and it works great. If you are someone that loves hammock camping or someone that wants too but can't sleep on your back all night, this is the answer. I love how flat you can make it so it doesn't sag and I can play spades or scum just like I would in my normal tent. If anyone has questions on any of Tensile products or want to pick a tent up, feel free to reach out to me directly and we can see what personal promo I can throw in for you. My direct email is skdavis@backcountry.com. Feel free to shoot me an email anytime!

    Great to read these notes. Is there a place to try one out, climb in, lie down? Separate note: Please be aware that hammock camping is not sleeping on your back. You are meant to sleep diagonally in a hammock, so that you are as flat as on the ground or in bed. Whether you sleep on your side or back, curled up or long, even on your tummy, diagonally in a hammock you are flat. I hope you can alter your comment above, Skylar, since it is misleading about hammocks. Thanks!

    Skylar, How perfect does the arrangement of trees have to be? I can imagine it might take some doing to find just the right triangle.
    I've seen some videos but they all start after the trees have been selected. Thanks for any help you might have -- we're longtime hammock campers who would like to get back in the same space together.

    Tentsile will find its own space inside any acute-angled triangle. Follow the link to view a video Tentsile released that easily explains this. If anyone has any further questions on these tents or want to pick up one up from me, my direct email is skdavis@backcountry.com

    If you are looking for a simple hammock tent Lawson has one that's about $170 area , it's not huge but you only need 2 trees and it's 3 season at the most but if you're like me and do short camping it works great, other than that in colder weather I use my Eureka K2 , it stands up to snow,cold etc ..

    Is it possible to use this on the ground?

    Best Answer

    Hey Patrick - You can set up any Tentsile tent on the ground which is useful in an emergency. Straight from Tentsile, "Not sure if you've noticed but we don't like being on the ground. However, for the more confused ones and for emergencies, yes you can pitch on the ground - in dry conditions only. You can use a spare rain fly for extra protection." Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions.

    - Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead

    How comfortable is compared to ground sleeping? My wife has hips and sleeps on her side so she frequently finds a thermarest in a normal tent is not sufficient for a good night's sleep. How does this tension tent compare?

    How does this tent handle someone getting up in the middle of the night? Does it rock around?

    Best Answer

    Hey Seth, great question. Sleeping in a tent like this is very similar to sleeping in a hammock. It will offer more comfort than a thermarest on the ground will because of the medium of support, but it does expose you to a couple of things that you might not be used to sleeping with, namely the concerns you've got listed.

    This wont swing like a hammock would, because the supports are triangulated, but it will bounce a little when you climb into it. Its not terrible, but for someone who is a lighter sleeper like me, when you wake up every time someone climbs in or when the wind is strong, it doesn't make for a fantastic nights sleep. But unless you're facing a challenge like that, this is a great tent for your wife's problem.