A Handcrafted, $7,500 Yurt That’s Far Cooler Than Your House


For a few thousand years now, yurts have been an exceptional choice for shelter. The round structures were long valued for their stability, simple assembly and portability. Such things mattered, because you could throw the components on a mule and venture to foreign lands to start anew. Today in Western culture, yurts are routinely used for glamping. (That’s glamour+camping, the bougie version of roughing it.) Yet, the yurts you find today are not so different than those of long ago.

They feature a lattice-wall construction, stabilized by roof struts that span from the wall to the center crown. It’s very effective, but not terribly portable. “The trouble is, in the modern world, most people don’t move around on mules, and traditional yurt designs are heavy, and won’t fit in a car” explains Alec Farmer, founder of Trakke, an outdoors company whose offerings now include a yurt. “That means that, as lovely as they are, they can be a pain to move unless you’ve got a lot of friends and a van.”

For the urban hippy, this is a major drag. That’s why Farmer joined his friend, designer Uula Jero, to create the Jero, a modern take on a traditional yurt that’s more than 50 percent lighter and compact enough to fit in a typical car.