If you have had a look at my recent travel guide to Oban you might have noticed a rather peculiar tent featured in our weekend getaway pictures… But what looks a little bit like a blue and orange spider is actually my tent from Heimplanet, a German company that specialises in tents for outdoor adventures in any kind of weather. I’ve had their formerly smallest tent The Wedge for just about two years now and thought it’s time I tell you a little more about it.
But first have a look at how simple my Heimplanet tent is to set up. This is obviously a time-lapse video, but you will be happy to hear that from taking the tent out of the bag to being able to move in it takes less than 10 minutes.
Heimplanet designs tents with the adventurer in the back of their heads. The founders are both avid surfers and wanted to develop a tent that is easy and quickly to set up, stands firm in even extreme winds and weather, and looks cool. Spending less time on setting up, and more time on discovering and exploring; that’s the mission. Enter, The Cave – Heimplanet’s first tent that was launched in 2011.
The Wedge was their original 2-person tent solution. I received it in 2014 to review for Travelettes (which I did here) and have since travelled around Scotland with it. As you can imagine the Scottish weather has not always shown its best side, and on more than one occasion did I have to endure the rain from the inside of my tent. Endure is actually the wrong word – I do love the noise of rain falling on my tent; as long as I stay dry that is…
Heimplanet tents don’t have regular tent poles, but inflatable ones, which makes them so much easier to set up on your own. To set it up you simply open the connections between the air frames, close all valves but one and start pumping. The Wedge has three connected air frames – a simple One-Pump System allows to erect it with one inflation procedure. However, you can disconnect the airframes once the tent stands tall. This way, if one air frame punctures, the others are unaffected and keep your tent upright and in place.
The tent weighs 3.2kg and has a total ground area of 4.4sqm – 3.3sqm inside plus a 1.1sqm vestibule. This vestibule is accessible from three sides and you can roll away all three parts of it for the best views, or keep them down for wind protection.
I’m a big fan of my Wedge tent for many reasons. First of all, it looks very unique. People at every campsite I’ve visited with it so far always come over, ask about my tent and in a heartbeat I have made friends. My pump is a bit squeaky which makes pumping up the airframes always a bit weird, but again – that just makes for a good laugh with my new neighbours.
Setting up the tent is so simple now that I have the Wedge. I used to argue with friends which pole needs to go where, the poles would get caught in the flaps of the tent, it’s a pain to put up without strangling yourself – you get the image. My Heimplanet tent I can easily set up without any help at all and it’s done in less than 10 minutes, especially useful when it’s raining.
I particularly like the space in the tent. The material makes for a very bright atmosphere during daylight. There are useful pockets on the side and by the door, the inner door folds neatly into the a side pocket and the vestibule doors are easily adjustable as well. The tent certainly is long enough to sleep fully stretched out and have your bag safely stowed by your feet, although with two people and a whole lot of gear it would be quite cozy.
The tent has always kept me and my things dry, no leaking from the ground (even without a ground sheet) or from the roof. Just the way I like it.
With all these things in place, I could probably spend quite a lot of time in my tent – have a look at this article about living in your tent if you think that’s a crazy, but good crazy idea.
The only two things I’m not 100% happy with is a) the front door and b) the weight & size of the tent. Once I’ve slept in a friend’s tent and it had a door on each side. The fact that I could get out the tent without having to disturb my friend and without the hunch-back crawling technique was amazing; so I guess I’d love some side doors on my tent next time. The perfect weight & size of a tent is simply a question of how you want to use it. Ideally I’d want my tent to fold down a bit smaller and be lighter. My first thought of a tent without poles was – ‘Oh, that must be lighter then’ – but The Wedge is actually not lighter than a regular tent. However as long as I can split the load of camping equipment with a second person, and ideally even arrive at the campsite with a car, neither the size nor the weight of the tent really matter. Would I go solo trekking the West Highland Way with it though? Probably not.
I’m very happy with my Wedge tent. For what I used it for so far – fairly standard camping in Scotland with loads of good and bad weather – it is the perfect companion. Once I get more serious about solo trekking the West Highland Way I might have to find a smaller and more lightweight tent, but until then I can only recommend this one.
Heimplanet has in the meantime moved on from The Wedge and introduced a newly shaped 1-2 person tent called Fistral. It has a door on each side for easier access without disturbing your tent partner (yay!), and it is also lighter than The Wedge (only 2.5kg – double yay!). There is a bit less space on the inside, but it is 10cm higher, so I guess that evens it out a bit.
The Fistral comes at a proud price of €490,00 – not exactly budget-friendly, but a long-lasting and endurable investment for sure. You can get it here.
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All photos by Kathi Kamleitner.