This All-In-One Tent Can Transform Into a Sleeping Bag, Air Mattress, Hammock, and More

Crua Outdoors
Crua Outdoors

For an activity that's supposed to get you back to basics, there’s a surprising amount of gear involved in camping. There's the tent, sleeping bag, air mattress, pillows, and plenty of other essentials. All this equipment gets expensive, and just thinking about lugging pounds of gear on your back into the woods might squash your desire to camp before you even hit the trail. But the Crua Modus, a 6-in-1 camping system, takes all of those essentials and crams them into one convenient pack.

Made by Crua Outdoors, the Modus already raised over $177,000 on Kickstarter in under two hours, crushing its original $20,000 goal. But you can still back this product until January 9, 2020. Pledges start at $199, and “early bird” backers will receive the Crua Modus for $329—40 percent off the regular retail value.

The Modus is broken down into parts:

  • The Footprint: This waterproof tarp offers your tent extra protection against damp ground. And it also functions as a place to sit, so you stay clean and dry.
  • The Base: This self-inflating air mattress and pillow is insulated with a waterproof base. It also comes with a zip-on quilt, which, according to the company, is beneficial, because “when you sleep on a traditional sleeping bag, you are crushing the very fibers that are supposed to be insulating you, making them useless.”
  • The Inflatable Poles and Bug Mesh: The bug mesh attaches to the air mattress and is supported by two inflatable poles that blow up quickly. If it’s a nice summer night, you don’t even need to use the cover, allowing you to look out at the night sky.
  • The Flysheet: This waterproof flysheet has you covered in case your camping trip is hampered by the elements. But it does more than keep you dry during surprise rainstorms; the sheet is also reflective, so you won't overheat on particularly sunny days. And if it’s too cold, reverse the sheet and it will help keep heat inside.
  • The Hammock: Want to take a nap outside? No problem. The flysheet also functions as a hammock. Simply remove it and use the adjustable straps to hang it between two trees.
  • The Picnic Blanket: By night, the quilt keeps you warm, but by day this multi-use blanket can be used for having a picnic or just sitting on the ground. The opposite side is waterproof, so it won’t get wet.

Crua Outdoors

When you’re ready to head home, this tent folds up into a 29.5-inch by 8.5-inch bag that weighs 8.5 pounds. So not only does this make for a light load, but it won’t take up too much space at home.

Now that you’ve got some room your pack, check out these other essentials for tackling the great outdoors. And if you still need a little extra convincing to go camping, check out these scientific benefits of going outside.

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Vidgo Offers a New Way to Watch Live TV Without a Cable Subscription

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It’s the cord cutter’s dilemma. If you get rid of your cable, you’ll save a lot of money. And you’ll still have plenty of entertainment options, thanks to online streaming. But there will still be something missing from your life: live TV. With a subscription to Vidgo, though, you can enjoy live TV again without paying a fortune.

Vidgo comes in two basic price tiers: Vidgo Core ($45 a month) and Vidgo Plus ($55 a month). Vidgo Core is the less expensive option, and it gives you over 40 channels live, just like cable. This includes all the ESPN and Fox networks, plus everything from the Disney Channel to MTV and Vice. For a slightly higher price, you can upgrade to Vidgo Plus, which has about 20 additional channels. There are also two Spanish language options, Vidgo Latino and Vidgo Latino Mas.

With Vidgo Social TV, which is included in the standard Vidgo package, you can join Watch Parties and view your favorite shows, movies, and live sports together with fellow fans. Vidgo also has you covered with all the local affiliates for ABC and Fox networks, with more local networks being added whenever possible.

You can use Vidgo on up to three devices simultaneously on one account, and it’s compatible with most standard devices, including those running iOS, Android, Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, web browsers, and Google Chromecast.

To get started, just head over to the Vidgo site and take a closer look at what the service has to offer.

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