Hot House – Inside The Quilted Comfort Of An Insulated Tent

The startup Thermo Tent has flipped modern tent-making convention upside down — it’s building a mass-produced shelter with insulated walls.

Thermo Tent Insulated Interior

Tents are not generally designed for temperature regulation. If it’s 15 degrees outside, it’ll probably be not much warmer inside. This is why you have a sleeping bag.

Thermo Tents are designed differently. They have two layers of breathable fabric, which sandwiches two inches of insulation.

It buffers the inner sleeping area of the tent from outside temperature changes, the company claims. (As a side bonus for loud campgrounds, it buffers noise, too.)

Thermo Tent 3 person
Three Person Model

We haven’t tested these yet and see some potential pitfalls, but the idea is unique and definitely a departure from common single- or double-wall tents sold at gear shops.

Available in three- and six-person designs, the Thermo Tent has a large, uninsulated entryway linked to an inner, insulated sleeping room. The walls of the inner room look quilted like a puffy jacket.

For insulation, the company uses a cotton/polyester blend sandwiched between the waterproof/breathable shells.

Big & Warm

All this material adds up. The three-person model weighs in at about 26 pounds. The mammoth six-person weighs a whopping 108 pounds.

These are clearly base-camp tents, not something you’d lug into the backcountry in a pack.

And while it’s hard to imagine how much difference an insulated tent wall would make, a tent that stays cool in the sun or warm in a snowstorm would certainly be nice so long as condensation doesn’t become overwhelming.

six person
Six person model

All the bells and whistles of the tent come with a price. The three-person sells for $523 on Kickstarter but will retail for close to $650.

For the six person, break out your wallet — it’s $1,825 now and will have a retail price of about $2,050 once in stores.

The insulated tent is an interesting concept we’d love to research further. If this first campaign gets off the ground, it will bring a new option to those who sleep in temporary shelters.

If you want to support the campaign or get one of your own, you should act fast. The campaign is almost fully funded with five days to go.

Sean McCoy

Editorial Director Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.