Johnson Outdoors, a major manufacturer of tents for both government and consumer markets, approached Hoberman in 2005 to develop a new line of large shelters for military use and crisis relief. Johnson's strategic goal was to enter the growing market for rapid deployment, which they had not yet penetrated. The brief was simple: to outperform the competition in weight, speed, and durability.
Hoberman developed a unique patented system for Rapidly Deployable Shelters (RDS) under Johnson's Eureka brand. With easier deployment and minimal time-consuming secondary connections, the RDS system uses fewer, larger, and more robust parts than competitive products. The result: Durable, affordable tents that withstand high winds, resist snow loads up to 10 pounds per square foot, and can be set up in minutes.
The RDS comes in several sizes, the largest of which deploys to 700 square feet, and folds down to a 3 foot by 3-1/2 foot by 6 foot compact bundle.
The RDS was awarded a Bronze IDEA 2008 Award for excellence in the Commercial Products category by the Industrial Designer's Society of America and BusinessWeek.
Find out more about the RDS on the Eureka military tents website.