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My name is Torsten Niemeitz, I was born in 1971. After successfully completing college and absolving civilian service at the care unit of a retirement home, I studied mechanical engineering in Hanover, Germany. I worked as designer and project leader for three international companies – all of them global players and some of them world market leaders. Now, my small start-up from Hanover has developed a patent-pending clever tent system and we have put this high-quality protective tent from professional production onto the market.
In 1998, my girlfriend (now wife) and me went on our first trip overseas. Our destination was Thailand, which we planned to explore as backpackers during a round trip by bus, train, and boat. When we first arrived in Bangkok, we were practically eaten alive by mosquitos right on the first day. Some bite marks developed into red-hot welts the size of a 2 Euro coin. Therefore, the first thing we did was go search for mosquito protection for the night – since we travelled lightly, we hadn’t brought any of our own. When we finally found a mosquito net in a market, it was far too big in all its dimensions. We didn’t care. It was a kind of a box net, more suitable for closing off an entire room, not just a bed. And thus we always improvised when hanging our mosquito net over the bed. There was no entrance – you had to slip under the lower seam of the mosquito net to get to bed. Since it was far too long, a lot of netting material was lying around on the floor, making it very complicated to wrestle through. As you may guess, the mosquito net took up a lot of space in the backpack! In order to be able to hang the net in our room, we bought two clotheslines. We made use of any thinkable (and some unthinkable) opportunities to fix those lines. Especially helpful was the curtain rod (present in almost all the rooms). If the bed is well-positioned, you have at least 2 of the 4 anchoring points for the clotheslines. Finding the other two points was a lot harder. We usually took door or window frames with protrusions, picture hooks, or the rods of a drop ceiling (given that the room wasn’t so high we were unable to reach those). Quite frequently, these constructions were less than reliable. Sometimes we couldn’t even use our mosquito net since there were no anchoring points for the clotheslines in the room at all. Quite frequently, this was the case in concrete bungalows with their rather frugal interior design – it was impossible to fix our net there.
You learn from your mistakes: During our next overseas trip – this time we were backpacing around South India in 2001 – we bought a suitabliy-dimensioned box net in Germany, sufficient clothesline and four hooks we could screw in wood ourselves. These hooks were ideal anchoring points for the clothesline. A great place for our hooks was the nook between the door frame and the wall, where we were able to create at least one additional anchoring place for our clotheslines. Of course, this left minimal yet inextinghishable traces. Therefore we always did this with a rather bad conscience. However, despite our hooks, there were still some accomodations where we were unable to put up our mosquito net. In these cases, we lathered ourselves with mosquito repellent, always hoping the effect would last long enough despite us sweating. With varying success.
This was our equipment for the next holidays. We mostly had rather quite nights, however, the solution was still less than ideal since we always ran the risk of not being able to put up our mosquito net in the next accomodation.
During another trip, this time to Costa Rica (in 2016), we saw some kind of igloo tent on the bed of our neighbors. Boy, were we jealous! We loved the idea of a self-supporting tent that could simply be placed on the bed so much that we bought the same tent right after we returned home. It was 2 meters long. Unfortunately, this was the outward dimensions, measured from one of the tent pole supports on one side to the tent pole support on the other. I’m around 185 cm, and when I tried out the tent, I found my head and my feet touching the mesh when I didn’t curl up. That didn’t feel good. It was really short. I felt this was quite unacceptable. Therefore, I started searching around in order to find a tent with a longer inside dimension. Unfortunately, my search was in vain, and so the idea to develop such a tent myself was born – after all this compromise, I wanted something perfect. Unfortunately, my search was in vain, and so the idea to develop such a tent myself was born – after all this compromise, I wanted something perfect.
And this is the result – the MOSQUITO-SAFE tent.


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