Lotus Belle Luxury Canvas Tents

By: on May 06, 2015
$1,800 - $2,800
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I recently learned a new word from my girlfriend, She-Ra: Princess of Power, and although I swore I would never use it, it's all I can think of when I look at these canvas tents from Lotus Belle. The word is "glamping." Glamping has a few definitions in the Urban Dictionary. In simplest terms it is "Shorthand for glamorous camping." But my favorite interpretation is definition #3: "Glamorous camping; when rich bitches can pay someone to do all the work for them." Or, I would add, afford to purchase their own $2,000 luxury tent to vacay in the great outdoors.

So if you fall into one of the above categories, and want to go glamping, I would highly recommend a Lotus Belle for the trip. Really. I'm not knocking them. I myself would much rather soak up nature by sleeping in a king-size bed atop a waterproof 340gsm PVC floor covered in sheepskin rugs than in a sack on the bare ground too. And why hike mountains and eat Ramen cooked over a Pocket Rocket stove and worry about bears ransacking my tent when I can do yoga and relish free flowing wine and homemade Spanish paella and hang out with a stuffed rooster from within my Lotus Belle? Believe me, if I had the means to live that life...or if a certain company wanted to let me test it out gratis for a week or two...I would.

Lotus Belle luxury tents come in 13' and 16' floor diameter sizes, plus a few different editions of each. The 13' tent measures 14.8' at its widest point (waist level) and 9.8' high. It is fitted with a pair of 2.6 x 2.3' windows, and a 5' x 3.5' door. Total weight: 124 pounds. Hefty indeed, but the yurt-like luxury abode does pack down pretty nicely. Folded and fit into its accompanying duffel bag, the 13' Lotus Belle is about 4' x 1.3' x 1.3'--small enough to stuff into the trunk of a car. The 16' model is just slightly bigger at 146 pounds, and packs to 4.2' x 1.3' x 1.3.

Lotus Belle tents are completely waterproof and their 350gsm canvas is treated to for resistance to mold, mildew, rot, and fire. Assembled they have 10 supporting poles and multiple guy ropes for anchorage. The company recommends slackening the ropes during storms to enable some flexure, but says that they have personally tested their tents in winds of around 45 mph, with buyers writing in to report theirs have weathered gusts of 60+ mph.

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