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Heimplanet Tent Reviews – The Cave, Fistral, Nias

For remote campers, it can be hard to find a tent that meets all the necessary requirements when it comes to a high-performance, comfortable shelter. Heimplanet aims to conquer this demographic with their geodesic air tents, which provide remote campers a lightweight, rugged, and functional shelter.

They also offer some other variations aside from the renowned ‘The Cave’ tent, today featuring the Heimplanet Fistral, Nias and Backdoor tent models with full reviews and feature showcase. 

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Heimplanet are known for their unique frame inflation technology, replacing the use of structural poles with high tech airbeam tubing, making them faster to pitch and lighter to carry over longer distances. That combined with the hefty price tag, and the fact they can tolerate the most extreme conditions, they are seen as some of, or the best inflatable tents on the market right now. 

The fabric materials in these tents is of high-quality, and they can withstand extreme rain and wind. While they certainly aren’t easy on the wallet, you will have this tent for years. Let’s take a closer look at their models and what each one offers.

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Heimplanet Tent Reviews

1. Heimplanet The Cave 

Heimplanet The Cave Inflatable Dome Tent

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The Cave is Heimplanet’s most popular model, and is suitable for 2-3 campers. With it, you have your choice of either Classic Black & White, or Cairo Camo. The Cave is Heimplanet’s original and best selling inflatable tent, and uses a geodesic dome design with 10 crossing points for increased stability.

The diamond grid frame is further designed with a multi-chamber safety feature that allows for easy repairs and/or replacements if it gets damaged. The Cave requires you to attach both the interior and exterior layers to the frame upon initial use.

It allows you to roll it up when you are finished using it, making for a quick unroll and inflation for each subsequent use. It takes about 20 pumps to inflate using Heimplanet’s double-action pump (sold separately), and because there is only one valve, the tent springs to life quickly.

The tent has 54 square feet of space, a 40” interior height, and weighs 10.6 lbs. This lightweight allows you to easily carry it to remote camping spots, and it compacts to a 16” x 13” x 9” pack sack. Heimplanet makes sure The Cave has adequate ventilation, and that it can stand up to strong winds (its rated for up to 110mph gusts).

Material-wise, the inner tent uses 40D 240T breathable ripstop nylon for a rugged yet functional lining. The outer fly is made from a firmer 66D 210T ripstop polyester, and is also coated in 5000mm polyurethane laminate for top of the line water-resistance.

Likewise, the groundsheet is similarly waterproofed, and is composed of 70D 210T nylon taffeta to stand up to heavy foot traffic. Finally, the interior of the tent has gear storage areas, and multiple hooks for hanging any lights or lanterns once the sun goes down.

Key Features

  • 2-3 Person Inflatable Dome Tent
  • 5000mm Water Rating
  • Quality Ripstop Nylon


2. Heimplanet Backdoor Air Tent

Heimplanet Backdoor Air Tent

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Sleeping up to 4 people, the Backdoor model is a 3-season tent that has interior mesh panels for superior ventilation. Heimplanet makes a 4-season version of their Backdoor tent, although with the quality of this 3-season model being so high, you should still be able to use it in most types of weather.

Available in Classic (Maroon) and Cairo Camo color options, the Backdoor additionally has both front and rear doors designs, with each side providing additional vestibule space for gear storage, at 20 square feet and 9 square feet, respectively.

It also has a low to high ventilation system with both ends allowing for custom adjustments so you can cycle air as you see fit. The interior has 165 square feet of room, and a 49-inch inner height provides a decent amount of headroom for campers. At 13 lbs., its a lightweight shelter for carrying, and it comes with a 20” x 10” x 8” compact sack.

Inflation of the tent is done through a single valve, and you can have the shelter pumped up in seconds and pitched in a few short minutes. While Heimplanet includes most everything you need, their double-action pump is sold separately. Designed to withstand high winds, the Backdoor uses 40D 210T ripstop nylon for the tent’s inner layer, and durable 66D 210T ripstop polyester for the outer layer.

Both the exterior layer and the ground sheet have 5000mm superior waterproofing, and the entire shelter is resistant to flames. Heimplanet also designs their tents with a multi-chamber safety feature, which means you can easily repair and swap out portions of its diamond grid frame if it gets damaged.

Key Features

  • 3-Season Inflatable Tent for Up To 4 People
  • 5000mm Water Rating
  • Withstands High Winds


3. Heimplanet Fistral Tent

Heimplanet Fistral Tent

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Designed to hold 2 people (but sleeping a single person a lot more comfortably), the Fistral model is Heimplanet’s smallest inflatable tent. As is common with all of their tents, it uses a geodesic grid made from a mixture of polyester, and thermoplastic polyurethane for a stiff but flexible frame. If damaged, it can be easily repaired or replaced due to its multi-chamber design.

The tent itself uses a bathtub floor to help keep water from entering, and doors on either side make for easy access at all times. Each door is covered by a 7 square foot vestibule, providing storage space for things like packs and boots, while keeping them safe from the elements.

The Fistral is also made to take a pounding, and is rated for strong winds up to 110 mph. This makes it a great choice for those that camp in remote locations and are exposed to harsher elements.

Spec-wise, it’s lightweight at 5.5 lbs., has 44 inches of interior height, and 31 square feet of living space. As the tent rolls up and packs down into a small pack sack of 15” x 8” x 8”, it is an ideal option for those that are backpacking and need a convenient off-the-grid shelter.

The Fistral model has some impressive material specs as well. The inner tent is composed of 40D 210T ripstop nylon for a strong and breathable layer, while the exterior uses 40D 240T high-tenacity ripstop polyester for an equally strong outer layer.

Waterproofing the shelter is 2500mm coating on the fly sheet, and 5000mm coating on the ground sheet for superior protection. The groundsheet is also fashioned from 70D 210T nylon taffeta, giving it a rugged quality that works to prolong the lifespan of the tent.

Key Features

  • Compact 1-2 Person Inflatable Tent
  • High-Quality Waterproofing Features
  • Double Vestibules for Gear Storage


4. Heimplanet Nias Tunnel Tent

Heimplanet Nias Tunnel Tent

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A large inflatable tent that is an excellent choice for families or large groups, the 107 square foot Nias model can be used in multiple configurations. Ideal for sleeping 4-6 people, the rectangular design give campers 38 square-foot sleeping areas on its ends, and a center vestibule/common space measuring slightly smaller at 31 square feet.

The sleep cabins can hold double mattresses, and have zippered entries for privacy. Its flexibility means you can use all three rooms, or only 1 room. This would allow for a large space that can be used as storage for bigger items like bicycles.

Available in Classic Dark Turquoise or Cairo Camo, the tent takes about 1 minute to inflate using a double-action pump (not included). After initially assembly, the tent rolls up like sleeping bag for easy storage and reuse.

It weighs around 15 lbs total, and packs down to 24” x 12” x 10” sack. This makes it a great option for those that are camping remotely, and need a tent that caters to the long haul. Like all Heimplanet’s tents, this one uses high-quality fabrics that can brave harsh weather.

The inner tent is made with 40D 240T ripstop nylon (a breathable fabric), and the outer fly covers the structure in 66D 210T ripstop polyester. The floor of the tent is made from 70D 210T polyurethane, and is bathtub designed to keep ground water from spilling in.

Further waterproofing is present on both the fly and groundsheet, which get a 5000mm hydrostatic head treatment for superior protection. With vents, gear lofts, and light hooks adorning the interior, the Nias mixes performance with comfort and is strong option for large groups.

Key Features

  • Inflatable 4-6 Person Tent
  • Multi-Room Configurations
  • Top of The Line Waterproofing


5 Reasons Why the Heimplanet Air Tents are Best for Remote Camping

Not all campers are pitching their tents on a reserved campsite with electrical outlets, running water, and working lavatories. There’s a community of self-reliant campers that prefer to rough it, by going off the grid and setting up shelter in remote locations.

Heimplanet’s air tents are marketed directly to campers like this. So, why are they so good for remote camping?

  1. No Poles

These tents are cleverly designed to only require air for their frame support, rather than 99% of tents that use fiberglass or steel poles. This means the tent weighs less and there are less pieces to carry, which is important when you are exploring and need to carry your shelter with you.

  1. Simple Setup

Heimplanet’s tents have 3 pieces (inner tent, exterior fly, and frame) that need to be attached only on initial use. After that, you simply unroll the tent like a sleeping bag, stake it down, and inflate! Super simple.

  1. Fast Setup Time

The easy setup translates into a fast setup as well. Heimplanet’s tents inflate in a matter of seconds, saving you a lot of time if the weather is dicey where you’ve decided to pitch. Traditional tents take much longer as they require you to assemble everything, which can take anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes.

  1. Made for Wind

Remote locations are usually open to the elements, and wind is a big one that remote campers have to deal with. With their geodesic frame design, Hemiplanet tents are extremely stable, and are rated to withstand gusts up to 110mph! Any pole tent runs the risk of its fabric ripping from the poles in such extreme wind.

  1. Superior Waterproofing

Heimplanet tents use 2-3 times the amount of hydrostatic head waterproofing on their exterior fly and groundsheet when compared to most pole tents. They are also resistant to flames, so you need not worry about the wind relocating your campfire.


Frequently Asked Questions

Do these tents deflate overnight?

They shouldn’t. While it’s true that inflatable tents will lose a small amount of air over long periods of time, that is the nature of this type of shelter being exposed to the elements and in particular, temperature fluctuations. Giving the tent a top up every 24-48 hours should keep it operating in top shape.

Can Heimplanet tents withstand wind?

While it seems like an inflatable tent would be terrible in windy conditions, Heimplanet’s tents actually excel when the wind picks up. There are videos online showing them standing tall in 50mph winds, and they are rated to take whopping 110mph gusts.

Do Heimplanet tents include a pump?

While Heimplanet includes pegs, guy lines, gear loft(s), a repair kit, pack sack, and pump adapter, they do not include a pump. This is because some people already have a pump, some prefer a small/lightweight pump, and some want a large pump for faster inflation. Heimplanet does sell a double-action pump that costs around $50, and a mini pump for half that price.

Should I use a footprint with Heimplanet’s tents?

We always recommend using a footprint with any tent you purchase. High-quality tents like the ones Heimplanet makes are built with durable floors that can withstand lots of foot traffic and minor abrasions. However, using a footprint will help prolong its life. As Heimplanet’s inflatable tents aren’t exactly cheap, a footprint would be a wise investment.


Conclusion on Heimplanet Air Tents

Heimplanet’s air beam tents are some of the most unique outdoor shelters currently on the market. By incorporating inflation technology into their design, setup time is cut down, they’re lighter than their pole-designed counterparts, and they can stand up well to an insane amount of wind.

Remote campers will love that you can carry them easily, and that they conveniently unroll for a quick pitch in any type of weather condition. Further included with these tents is a repair kit that acts as a fail-safe if the tent gets damaged in the field, ensuring you’ll never be stranded without a shelter.


Brian Refugio

Brian may seem like a typical outdoorsman, but he spends much of his time traveling the world. His favorite places to hike are the Canadian Rockies, Patagonia, and the Northern Sierra. Brian claims to be "pretty good with a camera," but we all know he is no novice!

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