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Your Guide To Buying a Camping Tent

By Yehudah Posnick

    A camping tent is designed for taking your entire family to the great outdoors for an extended trip. Camping tents are cabin-style tents, and are big enough nowadays that they can fit a whole family or group of friends. And they are equipped to protect against all the elements: blazing sun, rain, wind, and snow. You'll need some sort of way of figuring out what type of camping tent is best, for which weather conditions. Here is a guide to some of the best camping tents on the market.

    Tents can be either single wall, or single wall with a flysheet (an extra sheet of material that can be extended over the tent), or double wall. The number of walls is the number of layers to the tent. You can usually separate the layers in a double wall tent to convert them to single wall with a flysheet.

    • Size and sleeping capacity: Clearly you'll be interested to know how many people you can put up in the tent. The floor space should allow 25 inches ( = 63.5 cm) of width and 90 inches ( = 2.29 m) of length per person.

    • Seasonality: You'll probably only do camping with friends or family in the summer, but you can still expect some serious thunderstorms or flash flooding even then. You'll need a tent that's good for 2 or 3 seasons, to be on the safe side.

    • Ventilation: The mesh of the tent is to allow for air to flow in and out of the tent—but mesh is not as durable as tent canvas. You'll want the mesh to have bigger holes if you'll be camping in a hot, humid climate. If the mesh tears or the holes are too big, it won't be so effective in preventing insects from entering.

    • Protection from the elements: The number of layers, or walls, to the tent will tell you how well it protects from wind and rain. The outer wall is also called the “tent fly”: it is another layer of tent material which is added to keep out rain or sun. When the weather is mild, you can remove the tent fly, and suffice with one layer. You might want to apply a seam sealer to where the sheets of tent material meet—otherwise rain might leak in through the seams of the tent.

    • Practice setting up your tent: It's recommended to set up your tent in your home or backyard. It's a good practice to make sure the assembly instructions are clear, before you go out to the camping site and realize that you have a problem.

    • Peak height is the total height of the tent. There will also be a spec telling you where the peak of the tent is located (it isn't always in the center of the tent).

    • Protection from insects: Tents will have a special mesh on the window and roof vents to protect from insects. Some are even supplied with a repellent coating to keep away insects.

    • Number of doors and windows: If the tent accommodates more than one person, you might want more than one door, so it's easier to go in and out. The number and size of the windows will be set according to the seasonality of the tent. Tents for winter will have fewer and smaller windows.

    • Poles and pole material: The number of poles in a tent is an indication of how difficult the tent will be to set up and take down. Aluminum poles are considered a more sturdy choice than fiberglass poles. If a pole breaks or bends, the tent company should provide a replacement pole, or a repair kit.

    • Weight: The tent weight is a big consideration if you want to carry your tent along with you while hiking. Allow 2.5 pounds of tent material per person—so an 18-pound tent would accommodate 7 people. (But then seven people can split the weight of carrying the tent among them.)

    • Compartments: Some tents have a “vestibule”, which is a separate covered area outside the tent for storing your boots, maps and other gear from the elements, without cluttering up the tent's sleeping space. Also, some tents have a “footprint” or “groundsheet”, which is an extra layer to go underneath the tent floor. It protects you as well as the tent (it is easier to replace the “footprint” than repairing a tear in the tent). Sometimes the floor is sewn into the walls of the tent—that's called a “tub floor” (because the edges rise up, like the sides of a bathtub). Make sure that you put a footprint underneath the “tub floor”--you don't the tub floor to tear from rocks and sticks on the campsite floor.

    Coleman-- is an American company started by W.C. Coleman in 1905 in Brockton, Alabama. He originally started manufacturing gas lamps, but soon expanded to outdoor gas stoves, and then eventually to an entire line of outdoor recreation products: tents, sleeping bags, camping furniture, backpacks, and more.

    WenzelFounded in the 1890s and presently located in Boulder, Colorado, Wenzel has a full line of family camping products: sleeping bags, camp pads, and tents. Their products try to bring 21st century comforts when staying in the great outdoors.

    Trek Tentswas founded in the late 1980s by George Smith, the president of Leisure Life. Their headquarters are located in Montgomery, Alabama. They make tents of all types: awning, backpacking, and cabin tents.

    Big Agneswas founded in 2001 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. They started by making sleeping bags and pads, but then expanded to all types of camping gear.


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