Product Review: FISTRAL Heimplanet Tent

Last time out, we had the Cinch Pop-up Tent, now we bring you one of the Heimplanet Tents in FISTRAL — the smallest of the four inflatable geometric tents.

The FISTRAL
FISTRAL

The FISTRAL is said to be good for 1-2 persons but it costs a hefty €411,76 Euros. Yep, pretty expensive where the only thing different is its pumping mechanism. Now, is it really worth it? Let’s see..

Well, the video maybe entitled a test and review, but it’s really more like a demo on how to set it up. No real test or at least questions on the tent’s specs or durability. So.. let’s do our thing.

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Hmm… While those chambers looks stable, how much wind and rain could it actually handle before those straps and strings tear off?

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And unless the tent has a built-in foam — then the comfort of your back largely depends on the surface you place your tent on. Right?!

Still, what’s nice with FISTRAL though is it’s lighter at 2.5 kilograms compared to other ‘high-end’ tents which is double its weight.

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As for its 2 entrances and 2 vestibules — ‘maximum comfort’ isn’t the right adjective for this as comfort should include your ‘bedding’. So, in this case, it’s more of ventilation.

And speaking of ‘air’, why is the pump (€23,53) separately bought? Is it for those who lost their pump? Ah, there should then be a discount on those who purchases the tent with a pump.

Rain or shine, let’s go!

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2 thoughts on “Product Review: FISTRAL Heimplanet Tent”

  1. My apologies. Did I miss your test and review? I’m looking around for a good review right now and came across this article. I was hoping that you would continue on to say that, after a test run of several weeks, you found that indeed there was significant wear and tear on the straps and strings, and that in fact the tubes did not hold up in the weather as it seems to promise.
    If a more thorough review was done, could you send me in that direction? I would really like to read a critical review, but am not finding what I’m looking for :L.

    Best,

    1. Thanks for the note. Under our circumstances, ‘several weeks of testing’ won’t be possible, thus a ‘critical analysis’ instead. Well, usage causes wear and tear but if it’s only for several weeks then durability comes into question. Still, we don’t really live in tents; therefore, weeks of testing would be kinda illogical. Testing then should be on a full year and at least 2-3 times (and around 4 days of testing) per season.

      Anyway, as for the tubes, it’s air that’s inside ’em so, the strapping has a lot to do with its ability to weather any weather 🙂

      Regards.

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