Crua, maker of a range of fine tents, recently introduced their latest offering, the Hybrid.
It’s a tent you pitch like a hammock and includes an inflatable mattress and sleeping bag. That’s four camping essentials in one.
Let’s take a closer look…
How many does the Crua Hybrid sleep?
The Crua Hybrid is a one man tent / hammock.
Let’s see if a large individual fits inside it.
For this scenario, our hypothetical test candidate is Lood de Jager, a Springbok rugby player that weighs in at 125 kgs (276 lb) and stands 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) tall.
Lood’s a big guy. Will he fit inside the Hybrid without killing it?
- Length: 107.6in (2734mm)
- Height (head): 29.1in (740mm)
- Height (foot end): 16.5in (420mm)
- Width (head): 35.4in (900mm)
- Width (foot end): 25.1in (640mm)
Lood fits inside the Crua Hybrid, with room to spare for a teddy bear.
But that’s not the complete story.
Link your Cruas
You could pitch your tent next to your favourite fellow camper, but the Crua takes it a step further.
You can zip together an infinite number of Hybrids if there’s enough space.
Buy a Crua for each of your family members and link them up to create a little camp city.
The Crua Hybrid, when used as a hammock, can handle a weight of 129,274 kgs (285 lbs).
Our test candidate, Lood, makes the cut, albeit it a close call. He won’t be able to enjoy an afternoon snooze with his better half in his arms though; she’ll have to bring her own Hybrid.
Here’s the thing, 285 lbs seems to be well above average for a camping hammock.
Time to pitch
This video displays the Hybrid’s rapid pitch time…
It seems you can pitch the Hybrid in under five minutes. Remember, you won’t be narrating and trying to stay out of the camera’s way as you pitch.
The Hybrid doesn’t pitch quicker than other tents, and it doesn’t take longer. It’s a happy medium pitch.
The Crua Hybrid weighs 3,152 kgs (6.95 lbs).
Here’s a weight breakdown of all the parts:
- Tent hammock – 1,95 kgs (4.3 lbs)
- Sleeping bag – 0,612 kgs (1.35 lbs)
- Air mattress – 0,58967 kgs (1.3 lbs)
Other tent weights
Other tents weigh in as follows:
- Vango Soul 100 – 1.85 kgs
- S2S Specialist Solo – 0.635 kgs
Surprise, surprise. The Crua Hybrid weighs less than any of the competitors.
Fold up size
The Crua Hybrid fits into two bags. One bag takes the tent / hammock and mattress, the other one the sleeping bag.
Here are the sizes:
- Tent / hammock bag:
- Length: 50,8 cm (20 inches).
- Diameter: 22,86 cm (9 inches).
- Bag for sleeping bag
- Length: 30,48 cm (12 inches).
- Diameter: 15,24 cm (6 inches).
- Longest pole: ~ 40 cm (14 inches) long.
You can clip the bags together.
The Crua Hybrid is covered with a water repellent outer shell made from ripstop nylon with a hydrostatic head of 5000 mm.
This is old tech for Crua. It’s one of their original USPs. They use a hydrophobic outer layer on all their tents.
Is the hydrostatic head of 5000mm sufficient?
The Hybrid is the best of the lot. By far.
But hydrostatic head means nothing if the rest of the tent doesn’t keep the water out.
You can have the world’s greatest umbrella, but if the sections of the umbrella are stitched together using wool and those connections aren’t sealed, you get drenched.
Crua makes all their tents to be water resistant under normal camping circumstances.
Crua makes their tent walls from TPU-laminated poly-cotton. You don’t need an aftermarket spray treatment. It’s as waterproof as a tent can be, out of the box.
With the Crua Hybrid, you won’t be waking up drenched, even if it rains cats and dogs.
It’s terrible to wake up in a tent wet from condensation. You might as well sleep outside.
Crua’s tents squelch condensation, but can’t annihilate it.
This from their website:
The materials used to make a Crua tent were chosen for several attributes, including breathability. That said, no matter how breathable a tent is you still need ventilation to combat condensation. Through exhaustive testing, we’ve designed the optimal ventilation system that dramatically reduces in-tent condensation. With other tents, condensation can become so bad, it may as well be raining inside the tent.
The Crua Hybrid is layered with an interior mesh that keeps out the bugs.
You won’t be cuddling with a fuzzy eight legged creature the sole aim of which is to pump you full of venom to see you cry like a baby.
All Crua’s tents are flame retardant as specified by the CPAI 84 test procedure.
Be careful of labels.
A manufacturer might label their product flame resistant or non-flammable, but that doesn’t mean that their product can’t catch fire.
If a product is classified flame retardant, it means said product delays the spreading of flames. The higher the retardant factor, the longer it takes the product to burn out.
According to this post, the CPAI 84 test was designed for tent materials.
This is a complex subject, but let me try and simplify it for you.
The CPAI 84 test is voluntary. Tent manufacturers are not required to have it done.
The test involves the floor, wall and top material of the tent.
Tests are done on:
- specimens that were leached and unweathered
- specimens that were unleached but unweathered
- specimens that were weathered but unleached
When subjected to the test, no specimen from a sample unit of flooring material shall be damaged within 25mm of the edge of the hole in the flattening frame.
Wall and top material
When subjected to the test, no specimen from a sample unit of wall and top material shall have an after-flame time (length of time a specimen continues to flame after removal of the test flame source) of more than 4 seconds; the average after-flame time for all specimens in a sample unit shall not exceed 2 seconds.
Portions or residues that break or drip from the test specimens shall not continue to flame after they reach the floor of the test cabinet. They should self-extinguish before (or as) they contact the floor.
Don’t pitch your tent near a fire and don’t have an open flame inside your tent. This goes for any tent, not just the Crua Hybrid.
Crua spared no expense.
The Hybrid’s tent poles are made from lightweight aircraft grade aluminium.
If you pitch the Hybrid as a hammock, the poles won’t bend and send you crashing to the ground where snakes and alligators gleefully await your arrival.
Shock cord system
There’s shock cord, AKA bungee cord, inside the Hybrid’s poles. This This is what makes the poles snap together when you assemble. It’s also what keeps the poles together once the tent’s been assembled.
Nothing special here. This is standard in many tents.
The Crua Hybrid comes with a built-in inflatable mattress.
I’m skeptical of this feature. I don’t sleep well on thin mattresses; might as well crash on the ground. But that’s me. Not everyone has this problem.
The Crua Hybrid’s mattress inflates to a thickness of 40 mm. It’s removable and replaceable. You can remove the Hybrid’s mattress and use another one. Or you could buy another Hybrid mattress and double up.
I emailed Crua for info on their sleeping bag and Derek, the owner, replied with some info.
They make the sleeping bag from an insulated hollow fiber.
The best sleeping bags are made from down, but they’re costly.
Remember, a sleeping bag’s job is to retain heat. It doesn’t produce warmth. You produce the warmth.
You could use a -18 deg bag and still freeze off your ass. If you don’t fuel your own body to create the heat, you’re in for a cold night.
So don’t get hung up on sleeping bag ratings too much.
Andy Kirkpatrick shares some valuable information on how to maximize sleeping in a sleeping bag.
How to clean
The Hybrid’s sleeping bag is not attached to the Hybrid. You can wash it the same way you wash any other type of sleeping bag.
Luminous guy lines
Ah, nothing quite like slipping out of your tent on a warm summer night to take in the gorgeous night sky. What’s that moving over yonder? Mm, need to take a few steps to the left to see it better. Oh wow, it’s a lesser spotted…
“Dang it! The guy lines!”
That ever happen to you? I’ve been a victim of my own stupidity in that regard, numerous times; falling over guy lines.
Crua’s guy lines are luminous. No more falling over them at night.
Crua makes what they call a storm stake that pegs into any ground. It’s a u-shaped tent peg made from a heavy duty aluminium alloy.
They’re available through the Crua website.
The Crua Hybrid seems like a fantastic product.
Crua seems to be on a mission to make the finest tents in the world.
I can think of no better way to spend a night sleeping inside a well-insulated tent that’s hanging between two trees and keeps you safe from the elements.
Visit the Crua Hybrid web page for more information.