Panoramic, Igloo-Like Tents: Kinda Cool, Kinda Weird, Kinda Ridiculous
I tend to be a pretty polar fellow. Either I love an idea or I hate it. Often, I even love to hate it. There's not usually much middle ground. But this BubbleTree tent has me straddling the fence.
On the one hand, it's hard to argue with the idea of a completely transparent tent that gives you front row seats to 360 degrees of nature. Getting up close and personal is why you camp, after all. The igloo design is pretty cool too.
But on the other hand, a massive, bubble tent adds a giant eyesore to that beautiful nature, taking a chunk out of it for everyone else. And the air compressor that's necessary to keep the thing inflated doesn't help.
It's not until I rolled down to the price--traditionally the last piece of information you get in relation to any piece of gear--that I was able to make a decision. These things suck monkey nards. $9,500 to $13,500 for a friggin' tent? You could buy a lot of nights at backcountry luxury resorts for that price. You could also buy some trailer campers for that.
Still, it's hard not to be enamored by the stunning vistas provided through the crystal-clear walls.
If you're interested, you can book a night at a bed-and-breakfast version of one of these clear, bubble huts in Europe to try it out. Be sure to check out some of the other hut structures on the website like the funky treehouses--they're all pretty interesting, if not the least practical.