Trakke, Scottish purveyor of good-looking messenger bags and backpacks that cater to the “everyday adventurer,” decided to skip over the whole overcrowded “nylon stretched over a frame of fiberglass poles” category and get right to the good stuff for its maiden foray into shelter-making: the yurt.

Priding itself on making durable, unfussy, and timeless products that can take a beating and then some, the Glasgow-based company recently unveiled its take on traditional portable dwellings that have been found throughout mountainous regions of Central Asia for thousands of years. While the circular shelters have evolved from hippie huts to must-have accessories for pampered glampers in recent years, Trakke’s 22st century yurt, Jero — it’s named after Uula Jero, who collaborated with Trakke founder Alec Farmer on the shelter’s design — is more spiritually aligned with Jeremiah Johnson than Phyllis Neffler in its design and execution.

Lightweight with a rugged/modern aesthetic that's more LL Bean than Neiman Marcus, Jero was designed for outdoorsy Millennials with serious cases of wanderlust. The 129-square-foot shelter is so light (242 pounds) compared to its more cumbersome-to-move predecessors that is can be easily transported in a car —and towed by a bike, apparently — and assembled in just a couple of hours without any special tools. Erecting the Jero isn’t a single-person affair, however: A small team of able-bodied yurt-raisers, preferably bearded and clad in their finest Pendleton clad, are ideal. Thanks to its clever flat-pack design that takes advantage of digital fabrication, it can also be disassembled and stowed away in a snap when needed.

True to Trakke’s overall design ethos, Jero is made with simple and durable materials: a marine plywood frame, a waterproof cotton canvas cover, polyester rope, and stainless steel hardware.

Uula Jero explains:

To minimise the weight while maintaining the structural integrity of the yurt we looked to nature for solutions — the unique telescopic roof struts are held together using a block designed to replicate the strength and durability of a vertebrae. Using CNC fabrication techniques, we have been able to cut far more complex shapes that allow us to strip as much material away as possible without compromising on strength.
Jero isn’t just appropriate for off-grid outdoor excursions. As Trakke points out, in addition to serving as a “basecamp in the mountains” and a shelter for other far-fung getaways, this handsome little shelter would work well in backyard contexts like pop-up guestroom, studio, or office. Grandma’s staying for a week again. Time to get the yurt out of storage.

Added bonus: unlike standard tents, you can invite your tall friends over for a visit as the Jero reaches a maximum height of 8-and-a-half feet.

More, including specs, dimensions, additional details, and cost (it will set you back £4,500 or about $7,500) can be found at Trakke

Via [TreeHugger], [Gizmag]

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Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Bid adieu to summer with this handsome handcrafted yurt
Made from wood and canvas, Jero is a spiffy and super-lightweight take on traditional portable dwellings found throughout Central Asia.