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Tents For Camping

The choice for tents for camping is important. It will probably be the most expensive piece of camping equipment you have. For this reason you should spend some quality time researching camping tents.

Nothing will spoil an outdoor trip faster than a tent that leaks, is torn or simply blows over in the wind.

Your tent is your home away from home and should: protect you from the elements, keep you dry, allow you to sleep in comfort and keep insects out. It should be easy to setup and take down.. There should be enough room for the number of people using it and some extra room for camping gear.

The height is a matter of preference. If you need to stand to dress or undress then you’ll need a tall one.

If you backpack to the site, weight and size will become a factor.

The number of people that will using the tent is also important to take into account.

Tents for camping come in a variety of sizes, shapes and weights. You need to decide what qualities you require for the type of trips you take most often.

  • Do you only go in the summer?
  • Are you a winter camper?
  • How many people will you need to accommodate?
  • Will you backpack to your site?

All these questions should be considered before you go out looking for a tent.

Actually, there has never been a better time to look at tents for camping. There are so many good products to choose from. But, you may ask: How can I tell a good one from one that’s not so good?

Tents For Camping

Here are a few things to look for.

Aluminum Poles
You usually have only 2 choices for tent poles, alumimum or fiberglass. Fiberglass poles can and will break, especially in cold weather. Fiberglass may be slightly lighter, but I always look for aluminum poles.

Folded Seams and Double Stitched
Double stitching is a must. It’s so much stronger and less likely to come apart than a single stitch joint. Try pulling on each side of the seam. If you see through the stitches, that tent will leak. I recommend the use of a seam sealer on all seams. You should be able to buy seam sealer at the same place where they sell tents.

One Piece Tub Floor
The floor should be made from one piece of waterproof material. You don’t want seams in the floor as they will leak. Also make sure it comes up the side of the tent several inches before it’s sown to the sides. This is added protection to stop any water from getting inside.

No-see-um Meshing
You need some ventilation in the tent. Some screens are too big and allow small bugs to get inside. No-see-um is simply the best material for any screens. It will keep bugs out and let fresh air in.

Roof Vent
A roof vent is not essential, but is nice to have. It will help circulate air and keep condensation from forming inside the tent.

Rainfly
A rainfly acts like an umbrella. It also allows air to flow around the outside of the tent that helps keep moisture from forming. Bigger is better in this case. The farther down the sides it comes the more protection you will have. A rainfly is waterproof while your tent walls are only water resistant.

Heavy Duty Zippers
The part of your tent that will likely take the most abuse is the zippers. They need to be strong and sown in well.

I hope this article on tents for camping was helpful for you.