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Air Support

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The new tent is in development. A little farther behind than planned, but still pushing forward. 

I'm working feverishly on the pole and tent design. Trying new materials, designs and tossing prototypes that fail a test or two. The goal is an air pole supported, freestanding, 2-person, 3-season tent that packs to 6"x6"x5" and weighs less than 3 pounds.

I'm trying to keep things simple, yet include all the features we need. 

Some pictures of early tent walls and pole prototypes. 

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