One of the biggest trends in camping over the past few years is also one of the most family-friendly: Interconnected pod tents. Not only do they ensure kids get their own “rooms” ⏤ and thus are not forced to sleep on top of their parents ⏤ but they provide a common area for everybody to hang out in and eat or play games. Whether you’re camping with a big family or big group of families, pods are a win-win. And the latest to join the club, Cinch Smart Tents.
Already an insanely popular line of two-, three-, four-person pop-up tents that require little more than opening to setup, Cinch is back this year with both new features and an interconnected communal Hub. First, the tents: They remain as smart as ever. They’re equipped with app-controlled 3500-lumen LED interior lights and illuminated tent stakes, a solar panel pack with integrated fast charger, and a climate-control canopy to regulate heat and light and keep the temps down inside. They feature dual canopied entrances, side windows, panoramic inner doors, a double layer groundsheet, and multiple storage bays and pockets ⏤ plus, an optional super canopy to extend the front porch.
Meanwhile, the new modular living area ⏤ dubbed the Cinch Hub ⏤ measures 7’9″ by 7’9″, offers 6’5″ of headroom, and can link four Cinch Pop-Up tents together into one fantastic tent city. It’s also equipped with solar power, has four LEDs, and packs down into a 2’10” disc-shaped backpack for easy transport. Both the Hub and the tents also include a color-coded takedown system to ensure nobody spends an hour getting soaked while struggling to bring the tent down.
In terms of price, the Cinch starts at $299 for a 2-person while the Hub runs $325. No stranger to shattering crowdfunding goals, the UK-based company has already wrapped up this round of funding ($328k on a $30k ask) with time left on the clock. Which means that pre-orders ship for June, or just in time for this season’s epic eight-family camping trip.
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