The growing trend towards seeking experiences over material possessions has prompted a massive uptake in the popularity of camping. Whether in a fully equipped campervan or sleeping in a tent, more people than ever are heading for nature to recharge their energy.
Along with the basic survival gear, however, an increasing number of outdoor enthusiasts are bringing along something a little different. If you’ve been wondering what’s in those two bags tied to the roof of a car or being unloaded from the bottom of a camper, puzzle no more. It’s probably a Smartkat.
Smartkats are the latest “must-have” accompaniment for campers. They’re an inflatable catamaran that packs up into two bags that weigh less than 23 kg each (the lightest on the market) and can even tour the world as check-in luggage. The components snap together without the need for tools in about twenty minutes.
The real value-added of bringing a Smartkat along on your camping adventure is that you can take to the water almost anywhere. It moves exceptionally well in a light breeze and can handle winds of up to force 6. That makes the Smartkat a great choice for beginners and even professionals get excited by this ultimate lightweight craft.
Unlike wind or kite surfing, you can bring up to three friends along for the ride. You can also have an instructor right alongside if you’re just getting started, which makes learning much easier than with single-operator boards. If you’d prefer to head out on your own, however, everything from setup to sailing is a solo operation.
The Smartkat was born in Austria and handcrafted in a state-of-the-art production facility that is dedicated to manufacturing a quality product that is both affordable and incredibly versatile. The Smartkat’s buoyancy and stability are a testament to the exceptional engineering that has gone into creating these unique boats, making them both safe and thrilling to sail.
Until the development of the Smartkat, camping was a largely land-based activity. You could always go for a quick swim but spending any amount of time on the water was beyond reach unless you were towing a sailboat. With a Smartkat, however, remote bodies of water have become the destination, and sailing an integral part of the journey. Smartkats can launch on waters no traditional sailboat has ever touched and finding those off-the-grid lakes and shorelines have added a fresh layer of discovery to the camping experience.
Best of all, a Smartkat is the ultimate no-impact craft. It fits with the “leave no trace” approach that underscores environmental responsibility. All parts of the boat are designed for longevity and maximum usage and can be cleaned without harsh chemicals or detergents. Simply hose it down and pack it away after each outing.
Camping leads you on a voyage of discovery but bringing a Smartkat opens a whole new dimension to your journey. Sailing nomads can go further, test the limits of their comfort zone, and emerge with stories the land-bound can only dream of. Next time you’re planning a road trip or heading into the great unknown, bring a Smartkat along and you’ll know exactly why those other cars and vans are offloading the iconic twin bags. Nobody who’s experienced the thrill of travelling with a Smartkat has ever looked at camping in quite the same way again.