No, Inflatable Tents are not a joke, they are real and they are revolutionising camping in 2011. Getting rid of tent poles inflatable tents just pump up with the poles being replaces by inflatable tubes. Just grab a foot pump or electrical pump, lay the tent out flat on the floor and watch it rise.
There are many benefits of inflatable tents including being lighter to carry, quicker to put up and down and less item to break! Have a look at the current inflatable tents on the market below