Camping tents are available in different sizes and shapes. You will get a broad range of camping tents, but make sure to consider the right tent size. Before choosing a camping tent, you have to determine the number of people traveling with you along with the size and quantity of gear. Tents often advertise as 2-person, 4-person, 6-person, 8-person or so on. It means the maximum number of people who can sleep in the tent without no room for their gear. This formula may make sense for backpackers with light gear, but it can be terrible for others. To get the realistic capacity of a tent, divide the advertised capacity by 2. It means a tent for four men is comfortable for two people. If you want to choose the best camping tent, here are a few things to consider:
Find the Shape of Tent
Camping tents are available in four shapes, such as dome or geodesic, umbrella, wall, and A-frame. The A-frame “pup” tent is quite large. Umbrella tent is good for family camping because it offers lots of room with large windows and rain fly over on the top. The dome or geodesic comes in different shapes, but these look similar to the blend of allied triangles. The wall tents are similar to A-frame, and these are larger tents with vertical sidewalls.
Tents with quadrangular floor shapes are really good to sleep comfortably. You can efficiently arrange your gear. The dome tents with round floors offer extra floor to sleep. Some dome tents have special hexagonal floors. The triangular surface of this floor is good for gear storage.
Windows and doors are essential for humid and hot conditions. You should select a tent with large window areas. You should have the facility to close the windows with drawstring closure, zippered panel or Velcro flap. You will not get these options with cheaper tents.
Some tents come with fiberglass or aluminum pools. These are linked with elastic shock string to secure poles. Poles may break or bend so you should have emergency repair links to use on the trip. Some complex tents have bent sections or pivoted joints. It is important to understand the setup of the tent to avoid the use of extra force while installing tents. Extra force can damage your tents. Try to set up your tents in advance at home instead of directly installing it on your camping location.
Select Good Fabric
Almost all tents are made of nylon, such as walls of the tents are made of breathable nylon. Coated nylon is a good choice for floor and flies for proper waterproofing. The window screens are made of no-see-um mesh. Heavy tents contain rip-stop fabric and thick fabric. Dense and thick fiber can increase the weight of the tent. These can be difficult to carry on your back or bike. Always pack your tents in dry condition because a wet tent can be heavy than dry. Make sure to test the zipper of a tent. The brass or plastic zipper can’t corrode. The aluminum and steel zippers are prone to corrosion. Carefully choose a durable tent to facilitate all your camping needs.