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Pitchforth says. "And we're quickly
planning for our forecasts to be up across
the line in 2021 and negotiating added
capacity options.
"We believe demand for outdoor gear
will continue growing as families discover
and rediscover the rejuvenation, peace and
challenge that adventuring outdoors can
bring," he continues. "With more folks
going outside, there will be steady demand
for intuitive, accessible and sustainable
products that enable these experiences."
ESCAPING IN COMFORT
For people preferring their outdoor
getaways with a few creature comforts, yurts
and domes offer a good solution, allowing
people to enjoy the feeling of being close
to nature without having to wallow in it.
At the same time, these structures appeal
to those seeking to live a more sustainable
and downsized lifestyle, says Nathan Toler,
owner of Ohana Yurts. Located in Waialua,
Hawaii, the company designs and produces

TOP: Located in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada, this 24-foot dome from Pacific Domes was
custom-created for glamping clients. The dome includes an insulated winter liner for coldweather comfort. Among the amenities requested were a hot tub and sauna, a wood stove,
and a small kitchen and bathroom.
BOTTOM: Another view of the 24-foot dome shows the stylish built-out loft and bay window
affording glamping guests an unobstructed view of the countryside. Photos: Pacific Domes Inc.

custom yurts, ranging from 12- to 30-foot
sizes with walls of varying heights, some of
which allow for lofts or a second story.
Since the company specializes in tropical
yurts, all have acrylic fabric walls to aid
in cooling and prevent mold/mildew.
Waterproof and breathable textiles that can
withstand the sun are "first and foremost"
on the list, along with recycled/eco-friendly
materials, says Toler, adding that the
company is "on the lookout" for hemp and
solar fabrics.
Ohana customers are mainly folks who
want to "live off the grid," although several
area hotels have also expressed interest,
Toler says, adding he's hesitant about selling
to this market. However, Ohana is currently
building "glamp-grounds" that it intends to
own, operate and eventually franchise.
While the pandemic hasn't slowed
down orders, it has made sourcing more
difficult. Manufacturing in Hawaii is
typically challenging since textile providers
are fewer in number than on the mainland,
says Toler. But now, the pandemic has
exacerbated the usual supply issues,
particularly of acrylic, which is being
diverted into personal protective equipment
(PPE) production and other uses.
"Luckily, we live in Hawaii, where
sometimes deadline isn't really a deadline,"
says Toler, referring to "aloha time."
In Ashland, Ore., the pandemic has
had a "dramatic" effect on business, says
Taylor Lore, an account executive for
Pacific Domes Inc., a membrane structure
company focused on geodesic domes. The
company pursues three primary markets:
events (tradeshow domes, giant outdoor
festival domes, projection/experience
spaces and product launches) followed by
dwellings (glamping resorts or individuals)
and greenhouses (educational institutions
or commercial greenhouses).
Domes offer significant advantages,
requiring the least amount of raw materials
to cover the largest amount of physical
space, says Lore.

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