Shelter and A Hammock When Lazy

Respite is a shelter made for people on the move. It’s red nylon shell transforms into a hammock when you need to relax after a long day’s hike, and easily turns back into a tent when you need the rest. The strong steel tubing that make up its frame folds into a backpack for quick transit. All it’s missing is a grill and a machine that’ll do all the fishing for you.

Designer: Ryan Heiser

In order to collapse the unit, the four pins must be pulled out so the supporting rods can slide up to the closed position utilizing the four scissor joints, two on each side. Once in this position, the pins can be put back into place for locking. The nylon pieces of the floor, roof, and sides all fold into the unit, eliminating the need to remove them.

a) Respite utilizes a unique, yet simple system to transform from a hammock to a shelter quickly and easily. When in its hammock state, you simply pull the four zippers to the floor, which in turn creates the form of a tent, while also making the structure a weather tight place to rest.

b) Shows the parts used to fold Respite into a backpack. Shown in this view is the track that the sliding mechanism follows. All joints are hinged and covered with rubber to avoid pinching.


  • rrwakc says:

    This thing must hit the production, not only because of possible hammock mode but also because of the fat, that it’s development is much quicker than fashion tent.

  • megan says:

    Someone was touting this on Core77 as a portable homeless shelter, guess they got better reviews from campers.

  • zippyflounder says:

    nicely done, good market nitch too.

  • jas says:

    It might be to large for actual backpacking. But it could fit in your car. I think it need an infinity pool to complete the vibe

  • Shiella says:

    Good innovation. But if it become a backpack, so how can we bring another stuff?

  • Lim says:

    What if inside the tent it self come with some elastic rubber pockets that can be sued to store things ? Perhaps this things does not work heavy travelling.

  • ritix says:

    excelente!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! jajaja……….

  • nc26 says:

    It’s clearly shown that it’s not a “backpack” it’s just there you to carry it around, hanging it on your back is obviously way more convenient that carrying it around with your 2 hands, and one more thing, this was designed so you could have SHELTER and a means of GETTING YOUR FEET OFF THE GROUND

  • Adel says:

    I’m traying to finding this tent and how much is cost.

    • Happy Life says:

      I’m keen to know where can I buy it . If anyone knows, pls tell me.


  • Canastrophy says:

    Hmm. You might want to add something that covers the Top Ends between the Hammock/Roof and the rest of the tent, because it seems as if a lot of water could find its way inside.

  • jbr says:


    I have to say that the comunication of your design is very good.
    I realy apreciate that.
    I like the concept to, but i think that it could be to heavy, and for that, you maybe should think it larger, for 2 or 4 people, more stable. just an idea.

  • pragmatist says:

    some things only work in the mind. Put 200lbs on that centered mostly under a big ol’ butt and you have a stretched out, sagging tent. no fabric in the world can do duty as both (and be waterproof). If there were, we would be building out of it now. This will never see production.

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