At first it may seem easy to choose a tent to camp, but when you come face to face with the reality of how many options you have, you end up confused and frustrated. There are many factors to consider when you decide to buy your own stores, such as weight, capacity (how many people can sleep in), durability (withstand strong wind, rain, etc.) and so on. In this article we will try to help you to make the right decision taking into account all those specific details.
Your main priority is to determine if you will be camping near your home, if you will drive there or if you will travel with a backpack on cross country. In either of these two cases you will have options. Of course, the most important thing in backpacking is the weight, so naturally, your store will have to be light and compact, at least compared to the other option.
Advice and advice on tents if you drive to the camp area.
The first thing you should plan before buying a tent is to determine how many people He will sleep in it. In general, there is no exact standard on the size of a person. The person varies from one brand to another, so the trick here is to think about the space you will have.
If you can not imagine spending 8 hours of sleep in a restricted area, choose a tent with an additional place per person. Therefore, all of you will have more space to move freely. If your store does not have an additional compartment, you can even keep things in your store in the available areas. It is also advisable to have an additional room for claustrophobic people, or if you bring a small child or your pet (dog).
We have to talk about the properties of weather conditions too. The most popular among the tents are the Tents of 3 seasons. Very few people camp or walk in severe winter conditions. Then, those who prefer the more temperate conditions, go to a 3-season tent. Perfectly protects against insects and insects (unless you have left the store uncompressed). It also keeps it safe and dry when it rains or snows lightly, and it is also built so that air circulates freely. The walls are usually made of mesh panels that improve the air flow.
If you plan to camp during the transition period from winter to spring or fall, extended tent It may be your best option. It is a 3-season tent, but with a capacity to withstand stronger winds and also keeps the interior warmer.
Of course, for the more adventurous types, there is a 4 station store option. These are much more resistant and, in fact, offer a good refuge in the most inhospitable climates and winds. In general, the tents of 4 seasons are used by mountaineers at high altitudes. They provide a very good balance between air flow and heat. They have rounded domes to prevent snow from accumulating on flat surfaces in the roof area.
Therefore, judging by all these main categories in which the tents are found, you can choose the ideal one for your case. If so, there are other features of the store to take care of.
The shape and size of the store can be determined according to whether it is In the form of a dome or in the form of a cabin. If you drive to your camp, you may want to get a tent shaped like a hut. It has vertical walls and gives ample interior space. They are perfect for families with children (even dogs). They can be expensive, but the convenience offered by these stores is worth the price.
If you want to go for low budget shopping, then your choice will be a domed tent. If you get a big tent, and you have in mind the extra space for 1 person, you can have a very comfortable time inside. It may not give you the luxury of vertical space, but it will give you shelter in spite of everything.
Consider also the door openings of the store. If you have a large family, you definitely want to have more than one door, so you can avoid going over each other during the night. If it’s only 2-3 people, maybe a single door would be enough.
When it comes to the poles, Most large family tents are the best here. They need less or no bet at all to be used. This also makes them portable as they stand. If the tent uses fewer posts, this means that it takes less time to configure it.
For him rain fly You will have two options: one that covers only the roof or one that covers the entire top. The first offers a fairly decent air flow with a nice view and good protection against rain. The other is better protection against rain and wind. It does not offer the luxury of sight.
You may want to consider a tent with an additional compartment or lobby. If you want to store many things in the store during the night, you will definitely need a place to place them. Some portals are sold separately.
Another tip, pay attention to the walls and mesh pieces. The mesh walls offer free air flow and make the store and # 8216; breathable ‘during hot and humid climates. If you plan to camp during the summer, consider a tent with mesh walls and other pieces, such as rain flies and mesh panels.
Tent ideas for field or field countryside
If you are a more adventurous type and enjoy spending some time away from any kind of civilization, including your own vehicle, and prefer to go to the track with your own feet, then there is another type of store for you.
Whether you are camping alone or with your family, you should still consider the capacity of the tent. The above advice on the space of the additional person should still be considered. It is true that when you go camping you should consider the weight of your backpack, but if you can not imagine sleeping in a closed area, where they rub elbows, then get a tent with additional space. In addition, in your case, you may have to go to a store with a dome, as it is more compact and much lighter than the versions in the form of a cabin.
When it comes to weather, the previous advice is valid. Choose a tent for 3 seasons if you are going to camp in temperate conditions, and one for 4 seasons if you are going to be at the peak of winter.
We have to talk about the size of the store too. As mentioned earlier, 1 person can not define the size of all people. You can read on the store label about the actual dimensions of the store, its height and square footage. It will give you a more accurate idea of how many people can fit comfortably inside. The height is usually what makes a tent claustrophobically small or spacious. Therefore, the more vertical the walls, the more space will be provided and the higher the ceiling, the more space for the head will offer.
If these things are important to you, always read the label for these indications. If you wish, you can also ask the store clerk to install a tent so you can try it in real time. However, remember that the more space the store provides, the heavier it will be.
An advice from our side: given that the floor area is related to the inclination of the walls and the amount of space it provides, people who want more space can look for a larger floor area. This means that the walls will be far away from you and the angle will be proportionally greater than the space provided. So it will feel spacious, although the dimensions will not be very different from a tent with a smaller floor area. What are the proportions and the space that is created on your head? This is especially true for taller and bigger people.
To continue with the issue of size, there is another category for tents. These stores are called microlight (minimalist) They are made of extra light fabrics and offer a very small space. Since they are made of very thin fabric, you should choose your camping place with care, trying to avoid rocky areas, pineapples near the store, etc. This can damage the fabric of the store. This can be an inconvenience for ultralight tents.
To this compact category, we have to mention the single-wall tents. They are usually used in winter conditions. Again they lack space inside, but they keep the store well ventilated, as they use a GoreTex technology for the walls. It provides fresh air for people inside, and uses steam pressure to expel condensation. Since the walls are breathable, these tents do not have rain flies, therefore they do not provide an open view. These stores are much lighter than their two-wall counterparts.
Things you should know before choosing a tent
There are some things you should keep in mind, in addition to the lists and previous descriptions of the different types of stores and their properties.
Mesh walls provide the freshness and airflow desired during warm and even warm weather. The only drawback of this is that during cold nights, the cold air does not get clogged, so the mesh walls do not protect against the cold. Therefore, if you place the rain before going to sleep, it is estimated that you can have temperatures up to 10 degrees higher inside. Then, remember that rain can be a stimulant of heat. After all, even during the summer season, nights can be cold.
And some additional notes about poles and stakes. Generally, all the tents these days are made so that they can stay stable without having to place stakes in the ground. A tent can be moved to another site, if the original was uncomfortable.
Of course, it is highly recommended that you always place the stakes before going to sleep, since sometimes there may be unexpected gusts of wind. The bets will keep it well founded and stable. What is really useful is that when you want to move the camp, you can only grab the tent and, as it is, released from the stakes, shake the dirt or debris particles.
One thing to consider when it comes to strength is the poles. They are mainly made of fiberglass or aluminum. Fiberglass is prone to breakage if it arches repeatedly (in case of high winds). Aluminum is until now the best use of the technological engineer. It is the best combination between weight and strength.
And when we talk about strength and material we have to talk about the walls. The most commonly used carp fabrics are nylon and polyester. Both are the lightest materials available, of which nylon can be slightly lighter (sometimes even insignificant). If you are looking for your ideal store, look for the denier indication (D). It shows you how light or heavy the fabric is. The larger the number, the heavier it is. The smaller the number, the better the weight / force ratio will be. Most rain flies are made of polyester because this fabric is more resistant to water.
The walls of the tent are also often coated. This means that manufacturers place a little coating on the outside, on the inside or on both sides of the tent wall, to improve the water resistance property of the material. The most commonly used coatings are polyurethane and silicon. Polyurethane (PU) provides an additional waterproof quality and is usually applied on the outside of the store wall. Silicon is used to give greater elasticity and resistance to the fabric of the store.
Therefore, it is a little harder for the fabric to tear with strong gusts of wind. Most manufacturers use both coatings, eg. PU on the outside and silicone on the inside. An additional note to consider is that the polyester that is water resistant is used for rain, but the walls of the store are made of nylon, which absorbs a little water. If silicone is applied to the nylon fabric, it resists water absorption. Therefore, a PU-coated polyester is as waterproof as a silicone-coated nylon, also called # 8216; silnylon ‘. Of course, the polyester can still be treated with silicon.
You have to consider the floor too. You can buy a separate footprint that is specific to your store (manufacturers sell separate prints that fit exactly to your store floor) or simply rely on the old sleeping pads. In general, a footprint will be a better option since it can prevent water or humidity from entering the store, but it is your decision. A footprint can add a little more weight to your backpack, but so do the sleeping pads.
When placing your tent in the area of the camp of your choice, place it so that the doors are away from the wind direction. If you have more than one door, you can choose which one to use when entering and leaving. One of the doors should always be away from the wind. Be aware of where the store is located. Stay away from thick shrubs, pineapples and other plants with sharp branches or leaves. With strong wind they can put pressure on the fabrics and easily tear them. Your store is designed to withstand the wind, not drill branches.
That does not mean, of course, that you have to be completely exposed. You can still find a place that is calmer and provides protection from the winds. The idea is to be aware of the proximity of bushes and pineapples to your tent.
Another tip from us is to practice the installation of the tent at home or in the garden. Do it several times until you get the trick. While you are in nature, sometimes you have to be quick preparing the store and, if you never used it, it will be extremely frustrating. Read the manual at home and give it some time in peace and tranquility. Also, do not fold the tent in the same folds each time you fold it. The more you use the same fold, the more it will weaken the material and can easily tear.
Another tip, if you have never gone camping before, a good idea is to borrow a tent. You do not know if this is your thing and you have no experience, so borrowing is the best you can do. Again, practice the installation at home and ask the owner about advice and suggestions about your store, so you know how to take care of it properly.
When it comes to storing the tent, it is almost always advisable to never keep it tight in your bag. It must remain loose somewhere in your closet, garage, etc. Also, if it is wet, do not keep it packed for a long time. Mold can accumulate and that will be the end of your store.
Along with these tips, suggestions, descriptions and successes, we hope we have given you a comprehensive description of how to choose your tent for your camping trip. If you follow these tips and make learned decisions, you should be fine. Of course, the practice is perfect, so prepare the tent as many times as necessary until you feel comfortable with the process.
Be careful when folding and using the poles. After all, carp can be made to withstand adverse weather conditions, but rough handling can destroy it quite easily. Whenever you know what you are doing, you should fully enjoy your next camping experience.
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