Heimplanet The Cave Inflatable Tent and Pump
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- High quality inflatable tent
- Robust geodesic design and TPU airframe gives stability and strength, permitting use in all weathers
- 100% waterproof, 5000mm
- Hydrostatic head with five vent openings
- Inflates from any of five valves
- Circular footprint provides space for the people to sleep
- Gear loft, shoe storage at entrance and lots of internal pockets
- Multi-chambered airframe allows any punctures to be isolated
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A highly innovative and technical tent, The Cave, from Heimplanet, is a stable and rigid geodesic structure, which utilises flexible TPU beams, filled with air, to support the attached flysheet, meshed inner and groundsheet.
Intuitive and extremely fast pitching allows the interlocking beams to inflate from one of the five valves and only a minute is needed to roll The Cave out, locate a valve, and inflate the diamond shaped frame with the included pump. The innovative design of the tent features a multi-chamber system within the frame, ensuring stability even in the event of any deflation.
Five separate tubes combine to create The Cave’s frame, with the whole tent able to inflate via any section. Once fully inflated the connectors between the different sections can be simply locked off, ensuring any air loss in the frame would only affect a fifth of the overall structure, leaving the flysheet and inner tent still fully suspended and useable.
Weighing only five kilograms, The Cave can comfortably sleep three people, and packs away into its carry bag just as quickly as it was pitched, simply releasing all the valves and rolling the tent back up. The Cave is intended to be a home away from home, allowing new challenges and experiences to be easily sought. Speedy pitching provides owners with more time to do what they love, and the solid structure provides shelter in the most isolated of environments.
- 1 x Heimplanet The Cave Inflatable Tent
- 1 x Pump
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Top Customer Reviews
The Vango Airbeam needs 18 pegs, since the guys have to be used. The Cave has 9 strong pockets inside, including one in the roof, in which to throw bits and pieces. I think the Vango has 4. I was afraid that because of its tiny vestibule (only about one foot deep), heavy rain would drip into the Cave when entering and exiting. Amazingly this does not happen, as I discovered the other weekend. It is possible to open the inner tent, put feet into boots in the vestibule, then unzip the outer, stand up, step away, turn around, and then, without flooding the inner, zip up the outer, at least when the wind is not blowing onto the front of the tent! The vestibule in the Vango is enormous, and has doors either side, so the problem of rain in the inner is highly unlikely.
Two things really bug me about the Cave. Firstly, getting it back into its bag. This is simply embarrassing! Only once, have I succeeded without a huge amount of huffing and puffing to get the air out of the beams. When it is wet this is nearly impossible.Read more ›
Initial setup in the conservatory involves (80%?) inflating the grid/airbeams (tighten all but one of the valves) via the smaller valve with a spike in it. This doesn't take much effort other than trying to keep the pump in the valve (my 16 year old daughter lost her rag a bit when I was timing her setting up). One wrap of gaffer tape around the nozzle seems sufficient but in the field may not be enough. Hang the outer tent to the grid using the toggles making sure that the opening lines up with the only horizontal/ground section with 2 guy lines. Hanging is made easier by not fully inflating the grid. Hang the inner tent (including ground sheet) using the shorter of the two toggles. The longer toggle is used if you only wanted to use the grid and inner tent only(?). You'll be inside the tent when doing this so be careful you're not going to rip anything. There is a rigid strap to separate the inner and outer at the top/centre - I've left this connected (velcro) as I'm assuming it enhances the separation. I've fitted the storage hammock and it'll stay there so it doesn't get lost. There is also a ring in the centre which I believe can be used to hang a light although if you use the hammock there will be some fighting for space. There's no guidance on attaching the guy lines and as it's different to my other tent, I've guessed. There are two toggles and a guyline runner (tension device). I will attach the end toggle to the upper point and the other toggle to the lower point. This will make quite a large loop around the peg but should still tension ok but I'm guessing at the moment and haven't tried it.
The tent is now in it's reusable state and I won't disassemble further.Read more ›
I do like it and the ease of erection/dismantling is great. The only thing I think is a design flaw is no overlap in waterproof sections between inner and outer. Very minorly is that the stuff sack is too small, very difficult to get into. I usually just take home and do it there. The whole point of stuff sacks is that it is reasonably easy to get into and then you can tighten down straps.
If Heimplanet reading this, make a waterproof overlap, only has to be a couple of inches and make the stuff sack 10% bigger.
Once it's pitched you can see how incredibly ingenious the design actually is, the outer frame is rigid enough to suspend the tents within but remains pliable - so it just flexes in strong winds like a tree sapling. The two tents hang one inside the other with virtually no contact - this means that air circulates naturally between, the inner tent is partly made with mosquito netting to facilitate this, and in wet weather the outer tent keeps things dry without allowing any seepage.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
1 The assembly instructions are not at all clear and it proved quite difficult to follow although I eventually worked it out. Some of the instructions were in fact wrong.
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I have used my Cave all summer at Port Eynon Gower and I must say its excellent in high winds and combined with a cheddar cheese Easimat footprint as there is no... Read morePublished 21 months ago by R Thomas
A toggle was broken which meant I had to repair the tent in the dark so that I could erect it!Published 21 months ago by James
I bought this tent a while ago and having now been on a view trips with it.
It is very easy to put up and with one 6 pegs required it is immensely stable in high... Read more
One the tent is up, I can't fault it. I don't think 3 people would fit comfortably in it for long, but for one or two it's ideal. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Mr. Richard L. Underhill
Initial setup was a challenge. Instructions were not very clear. However, after initial setup this has been the easiest tent to pitch and breakdown in all my experience as a... Read morePublished 23 months ago by O. MITT
Got mine Cave for ~£240. I dont think about as a real bargain though.
- Setup: Initial setup worked quite fine, although the enclosed manual wasnt really helping - there... Read more