New Tribe "Treeboat"

 
3.8 (4)

New_Tribe_Treeboat

User reviews

4 reviews

Overall rating 
 
3.8
Frequency of Use 
 
1.5  (4)
Durability 
 
4.0  (4)
Comfort 
 
4.3  (4)
Technical Skill Required 
 
3.0  (4)
Ease of Use 
 
3.0  (4)
Safety 
 
4.5  (4)
Strength 
 
4.5  (4)
Portability 
 
3.3  (4)
(Updated: February 05, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
3.9
Frequency of Use 
 
3.0
Durability 
 
4.0
Comfort 
 
4.0
Technical Skill Required 
 
3.0
Ease of Use 
 
4.0
Safety 
 
5.0
Strength 
 
5.0
Portability 
 
2.0

Fun but pricey

I have the long boat and I love it for the most part.

I have camped many times at height and just a few feet above the ground and I really enjoy this hammock. I have used it in rainforests and low desert.

Some things to consider:
- The color makes it hard to see in the trees and that comes in handy.
- It's pricey, especially with add-ons.
- If you want to sleep two people at night, a single long boat will not work well. Two longboats is a pricey and bulky solution... I would recommend getting a portaledge for two instead - price is about the same.
- It's bulky. The fact that the batons do not break down is an oversight by New Tribe. This would have made it more portable.
- It's also quite heavy. The weight of the material doesn't seem to help with heat capture.
- It dries slowly when wet.
- I think an excellent tarp for the regular treeboat would be my ENO Dry Fly. It is just a little too short for the long boat. I had a custom one made by a company called Outdoor Eqmnt Supply which is awesome.

Overall rating 
 
4.2
Frequency of Use 
 
1.0
Durability 
 
4.0
Comfort 
 
5.0
Technical Skill Required 
 
4.0
Ease of Use 
 
3.0
Safety 
 
5.0
Strength 
 
5.0
Portability 
 
3.0

Stable platform--great product for most overnights

The treeboat is unmatched for comfort and stability, and workmanship is off the charts good. I would reccomend a boat for any climber that wants to overnight in the treetops, but I would reccomend lots of practice on the ground before rigging in the treetop.

I've found in the narrow canopy trees that are common in my area that the treeboat can be a challenge to set up and get level. While proper placement makes a big difference, I prefer to use a two point hammock when placement options are not really good.

I really love the tree boat though, and am always amazed at it's comfort level. Don't let my technical skill rating fool you though, anybody can set these up, and get a nice level sleeping platform; knowing the proper limb configuration to look for though is the greater challenge.

The only other negative I would point out is the packed size. If one plans to hike through wilderness areas for a long distance, perhaps a lightweight hammock is a better option. Just remember what you gain in weight reduction and packing size you loose in comfort. Sleeping comfortably in a two point takes some practice too.

New Tribe, good job, it's a great product. For most overnighters I give it a 100, for bushwacking off trail wilderness climbing and camping, one should consider priorities. The older I get, the higher comfort gets on the list, and I know what I'll be adding to my Christmas list...for the kids of course!

Overall rating 
 
3.9
Frequency of Use 
 
1.0
Durability 
 
4.0
Comfort 
 
5.0
Technical Skill Required 
 
3.0
Ease of Use 
 
3.0
Safety 
 
4.0
Strength 
 
4.0
Portability 
 
4.0

I love my Treeboat

I guess I'm one of those people who, for whatever reason, sleeps well in a Treeboat. In fact, I sleep better in a Treeboat than I do in my bed at home--the floating-on-a-cloud sensation sends me directly into a deep, blissful slumber. I solve the problem of how to bend my legs by splaying them in a sort of frog-like manner, with my knees pointing out to the sides. I fold my arms over my chest and I'm out. The only problem is that I snore a lot when I sleep on my back. That's OK, as it scares the bears away.



Rigging it up takes a bit of work, but I'm getting the "hang" of it. It's clearly well made, and safe and secure so long as one pays attention to the catenary effect on its gravitational pull. I plan on sleeping in my Treeboat even when I go car camping, if possible. I also plan to add the mosquito net and the tent.



Apparently this isn't for everyone, but it works for me. Good night ...

Overall rating 
 
3.3
Frequency of Use 
 
1.0
Durability 
 
4.0
Comfort 
 
3.0
Technical Skill Required 
 
2.0
Ease of Use 
 
2.0
Safety 
 
4.0
Strength 
 
4.0
Portability 
 
4.0

"Treeboat"

I have my Treeboat for a while (about 3 years). I was very interested in this addition to my gear set. As soon as I got it I gave a try in my trees at home. It does takes a bit of work to set it up correctly in the tree. You will need to be able to manuever fairly well in the tree to get the best level set up with practice and a few trials you get it right. It was little dificult to sleep in because it is dificult to bend your legs while sleeping. If you do a lot of camping and backpacking you may be better at sleeping in the treeboat. Overall, I think it is a nice piece of gear to have for those special times when the weather, time and tree conditions allows. The cost is reasonable for the quality and additional components that can be added such as a tent cover, a mosquito net and the undercover cozy for those cool nights.

Visitor Login