Our Story

The story behind the Ohnana: for festival lovers, by festival lovers

In 2016, I had an amazing time at the Balaton Sound Festival in Hungary. After spending the first day travelling and partying I was exhausted. I went to bed at 4 AM and woke up 2 hours later, dehydrated and unable to sleep. The sun was rising and my tent felt like an oven.

A picture of people sleeping outside their tents due to the heat
I'm sure you are familiar with sights like these on festival mornings

As I was getting out of my scorching hot tent, something clicked: I grabbed some leftover aluminium foil from the barbecue the night before and spun it around my tent, hoping desperately that it would make sleeping in my tent somewhat more bearable.

And make a difference it did: the tent was significantly cooler than before, and the following morning I slept over an hour longer. My tent also stayed much darker, a huge benefit. I realized that this cool-tent concept was something many a festival lover has been waiting for. I left Hungary with a newfound ambition: to stop campers from being burned out of there tents once and for all.

Me at the Balaton Soundfestival with my improvised cool tent
Here I am at Balaton in 2016. As the day progressed other campers stripped the aluminium off my tent and made aluminium hats!
 
2017: Launching the Ohnana 
I talked to several close friends about this idea. Soon after, we started making prototypes. After almost a year of designing and testing of different fabrics we ended up with the Ohnana Tent: the coolest tent for festival lovers. In June 2017 we released the Ohnana on Kickstarter. We were amazed by the incredible support; we sold 400 tents during the month-long campaign! You can check out the Kickstarter page here.

 
2018: Goodbye original Ohnana, Hello Ohnana Rayve!
In 2018 my friend Benny joined Ohnana. Together, we worked on taking the next step in fighting the heat: we developed an improved version of the Ohnana. There were some tough decisions that had to be made. Making our tent less affordable is not something we like to do, but we decided not to cut any corners and create the best tent we can. We call this tent the Ohnana Rayve. With better build quality and heat reflection the Rayve is truly a game-changer. 
Founders Ohnana Tents