The tent you buy will be your home away from home and the only form of protection while you sleep between you and the nature. This guide helps you pick the right tent for you, whatever you plan on doing.
Although there are many different types of tents available there are features and designs that are common to all of them. Whether you are backpacking or setting up a base on a summer campsite, this guide should help you choose which tent is best for you by showing you the most common features. This guide covers off the following areas:
Types of tents
A Tent Perfect For Family Breaks
Designed for a multitude of activities and ideal for sheltered campsites as opposed to a rugged open top mountain, Family tents are ideal for novice campers.
Family tents may have multiple sleeping areas for all the family and sewn-in integral groundsheets to maximize comfort for that homely feel, and for this reason they may be higher priced than a simple backpacking tent.
Family tents also tend to be heavier as they are designed for out of the car camping trips.
A Tent Perfect For Trekking Holidays
Trekking tents allow you to venture away from crowded summer campsites and out into the back of beyond.
These tents will be smaller in size to reduce weight and pack size, but are still larger than a simple backpacking tent.
Designs are normally tunnel or geodesic shape, allowing the best in wind resistance, rigidity and stability in open areas such as fields.
A Tent Perfect For Mountain Expeditions
If you’re set on a mountain expedition, your tent needs to be able to cope with strong winds and bad weather.
Mountain tents have lower profiles for the maximum in wind resistance, stability, rigidity and ease of pitching.
For the ease of use and light weights, these tents are usually a little more expensive but are worth it when weather is severe.
Before Going Away
Have a practice session pitching your new tent. There are good reasons for doing this:
It will allow you to familiarize yourself with the pitching process of your tent
In the unlikely event of a defect, you will have the opportunity to resolve this before going away.
Condensation happens in most tents & is often confused with leaking. To minimize condensation:
Pole Care & Repair
When folding poles, start from the center to prevent excess strain on the shockcord
If shockcord fails it is still possible to pitch your tent with care. New shockcord is available from all our stores Replacement pole sections for most tents are available at all out stores.
Getting your tent back in the bag
For most tents, simply fold the inner & outer into a long thin shape, the same width as the pole bag, then roll the tent around the poles to help out the air.
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