I - Judging requirements
In order to choose an ideal tent, the first step is to judge your
requirements on the following criteria:
time of the year is it required for?
Tents are usually
constructed to support comfort in specific type of environments,
while conforming themselves to other restraint like weight and durability.
of activity one is going for
If one is going
for a car camping, the weight and size will not be a factor in deciding
which tent should be chosen. However, if going out for mountaineering,
these factors matter a lot. Depending on the type of activity, some
tent shapes and features will be more or less useful. Hence this
is an important consideration.
The most popular
sizes for tents in the present times are two and three person tents.
Since tents considerably vary in sizes, it is important to consider
that how many people will be sleeping in it. Also, consider what
equipment i.e. camping gear, tables and chairs, etc. are needed.
How will the
camper carry the tent will also help determine which kind of tent
is required, as if it would be carried in a trailer or by car, weight
will not matter. But if it is backpacked, it needs to be light.
prefer different features while making a buying decision. Some wants
to save money or save weight and some look for ventilation, space,
sturdiness, versatility, storage areas, tent shape and height, amount
of windows, number of doors, color etc. It is advisable to rate
all the preferences in the order of importance.
II - What is the tent made of?
The subsequent imperative consideration is about the fabric of the
tent. Tents are made from a variety of different materials like
cotton, polyethylene, nylon, rip-stop nylon, etc. The important
factor that should be kept in mind while choosing the fabric is
that it should breathe & produce less condensation, should be
waterproof, fire-resistant & UV protected and should come with
protection covering which avoids deterioration of the tent.
III - Significant features of a quality tent
There are many
tent features to consider when choosing a tent and all the alternatives
available are important. These attributes are:
The tent must be constituted of a sturdy structure, fastened grommets,
double sewn seams, and heavy-duty zippers.
protection / Waterproof
If a tent cannot
stand extreme weather conditions, it is not worth buying. Hence
it is important that the tent is completely seam taped to prevent
leaks in the rain.
alone does not prevent condensation. Hence, it is something to be
concerned about when choosing a tent. One should go for a tent with
panels of coated fabric or coated fabric doors and awnings over
the doors that can stay unzipped a little in the rain.
A tent should be easy to erect.
Tents that are
not free-standing are fine in protected campsites where one can
stake them out well but rarely match the stability of free-standing
models. Free-standing tents are more sturdy, weatherproof, keeps
walls from sagging, and allows zippers to slide more easily.
A tent should
be so designed that it does not get blown away in severe winds.
Designs like A-frame, tunnel and dome shaped serve this purpose
is the most significant consideration while buying a tent as in
the past, there have been incidents where people die inside tents
due to suffocation.
IV - Some other tent features to consider
on the suitable size, style, weight and have determined the budget
range, here are a few other features to look for in order to narrow
down the choices:
The number of poles determines tent weight and sturdiness. Always
prefer aluminum over fiberglass poles for as aluminum poles are
inexpensive, not affected by UV radiation, are reasonably light
and much more durable.
Beware of low-level
seams where the tent floor meets the walls, as it could be an open
avenue for water to seep through and be sure the specifications
indicate all the seams are taped for waterproofing.
Floors of the tent should be fabricated of waterproof polyurethane
coating applied in many thin layers to prevent delaminating. Floors
of tents used in extreme conditions use more layers of polyurethane
for extra protection.
actually designed to maximize storage and living space without adding
weight to the tent. This is the tent approach to put in the camping
gear, etc. for maximum living space inside the tent.
Look for internal
storage and organizing pockets and loops along the tent walls or
overhead to store items like suspend lights or hanging gear.