Ultimate ‘Elevated Sleeping’ Setup? Nube Shelter System

Leave your tarp and tent poles behind. A to-be-released shelter system called the Nube (pronounced new-bay) will work with any camping hammock to create what maker Sierra Madre Research touts is a “safe haven” for rest or sleep.

Its design protects from rain with a large, umbrella-like covering. Guy lines are designed to keep water from dripping inside.

Nube system strung up, a hammock inside

Mesh covering zips closed all around a sleeper to keep insects away. Gear stows underneath in an off-the-ground stowage area capable of supporting 200 pounds.

A 13 feet long and 8.5 feet across, the Nube system covers a large area. It’s made of silicone-coated nylon and weighs a little more than 2 pounds when packed up.

When you’re done sleeping for the night, roll back the hammock and clip it in. The Nube converts to a large tarp to hang out and eat underneath.

Double-decker setup offers storage for gear below the hammock (or place for an extra kid to sleep)

The company is funding its product on Kickstarter this month. Check it out and support the effort if you’re intrigued by the unique hammock sleeping option.

—Stephen Regenold

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Stephen Regenold is Founder and Editor-In-Chief of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for nearly two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of four small kids, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.