Even though summer is over, there’s plenty of great camping weather still to come. Finding a way to keep yourself and your gear covered when needed is a great plus.
The Nube (pronounced “new-bay”), from Sierra Madre Research, attaches to any camping hammock and turns it into an enclosed shelter. A series of suspension lines connect to surrounding trees and the ground keep the top waterproof layer taut, creating a barrier against wind and rain. If no trees are available, a pair of sturdy walking poles will work just as well. Once in place, you can enter or exit the Nube using the side zipper that runs up almost the full height of the shelter.
The hammock tent’s bottom is comprised mostly of a mesh Insect Shield, which keeps bugs out while letting a cooling breeze to flow through. A Gear Storage Area lies in the center of the Insect Shield, which is made of a slightly thicker nylon than the top and sags a little lower to the ground. This part is attached to the hammock’s suspension lines, and keeps gear accessible but safely elevated off the ground. On chilly nights,it can be converted into a layer of insulation by packing it with clothes and raising it underneath the hammock.
Sierra Madre Research is in its last days of an already wildly successful Kickstarter campaign. So far, Nube prototypes have been successfully tested in Honduras and Puerto Rico, but some changes may be made to the design before it begins production.