Most Recent SHEL Design Changes

Design Changes

We’ve made some improvements to the SHEL, vetted by our Kickstarter backers and avid hammockers. We will get new video and pictures up as soon as we can! Hang Tight! But for now, here are some illustrations to help convey these changes.

Zippered Entrance

Problem – Pull-over method was difficult

Our Kickstarter backers gave us the idea to put in a zippered entrance. So we found a way to do it without compromising the storm resistance of the SHEL.

Result – Easy entrance and more

The zipper entrance makes it (1) easy to get in and out of the SHEL, (2) set-up and take-down is faster, and (3) better for placement of goose down for optimal heat retention.

The zipper is the line curving around the right window drawn in the image above.


Attachable, Lightweight Rain-fly

Problem – Entering and exiting during rain

We want to reiterate that the SHEL is rain-proof and a stand-alone weekend getaway shelter without the rain-fly. However, for those times you want to hammock during constant storming, you need a way to get dry outside of the SHEL and a way to enter and exit the SHEL while remaining dry.

Result – You and your hammock stay dry

With the added a detachable rainfly to bring with you during the heaviest of storms. Now when you need to exit and enter during constant rain, use the rain-fly to cover the entrance and you’ll stay dry and also have a shelter outside of the SHEL!

More Ventilation and Windows

Problem – Needed more ventilation

With two small windows and two vents, the SHEL can actually get TOO HOT! Also, in very high humidity, there was still some condensation.

Result – More heat control and no condensation

The SHEL now has another window and more vents. If it gets hot, now you can remain bug free and cool! The larger vents have been moved above your head to vent moisture from your breath.


Fully Reflective Interior

Problem – A few cold sleepers were not fully comfortable in the SHEL

Our previous heat-rating at 32°F felt only survivable for some. That means they barely got by in a winter camping situation.

Result – Winter hammocking is much warmer

The entire inside of the SHEL now has a heat reflective surface, whereas before only the bottom half did. This means your winter hammocking trips will be safer and much more comfortable.


We Care About Your Experience

At Khione, we care about our outdoor experiences. In making the SHEL, we hope to make camping a much more pleasant and simple experience, so we can enjoy nature more. Please reach out if you have any questions or comments!

We love to hear feedback from you all, so feel free to contact us at or leave a comment if you have any additional questions!