A-frame tents have a peaked roof and sloping sides. They are lightweight
but are not that roomy as their sloping sides limit interior space.
Base camp tents refers to large and bulky tents and are used where
camps are established once for many days at a site. It is not possible
to carry these heavy tents everyday.
A bathtub floor is a tent floor that extends a few inches up the
sides of the tent body. They don't allow the tent to leak.
A bivy sack is a small and lightweight shelter with no poles and
are only large enough to hold a sleeping bag.
Bivy shelters are bivy sacks with some sort of covering for the
head opening. This tent is accomplished with a small hoop and a
sort of rainfly and netting.
If the tent doesn't comes with proper ventilation, the exhales of
the inhabitants can accumulate as vapor at the ceiling overnight.
This can condense as water droplets on the inside of the tent. Adequate
ventilation is a must to reduce this effect to a minimum.
Convertible tents are those which provides one with the flexibility
of using the same tent as a three-season tent and also as a four-season
or winter tents.
A dome tent is a dome shaped tent with two or more poles looping over
the tent in a crisscross fashion.
Double wall tents consists of a tent body covered by a rainfly and
are the most common design for backpacking.
These poles are employed in various lengths and diameters to suit
fabrication of each tent.
Fire-retardancy refers to the treatment of the tent fabric with fire
repellent chemicals to reduce the risk of ignition in case it gets
accidentally ignited, giving the habitants of the tent more time to
escape safely if a fire accident occurs.
Flysheet refers to the rain-proofed outer fabric of a tent, which
is proofed on the inside with a coating. The fly takes the most
wear & tear from UV, wind, tree sap and storms, etc.
These are the tents where no additional ropes or stakes are needed
for basic shelter set-up.
A gear loft is a piece of material or netting that dangles from
the ceiling of a tent. A gear loft is a safe place where one can
keep wallets, flashlights, watches, or any other small items.
In this design, the tension of the inner tent fabric is evenly spread,
compressing the pole configuration further and adding to the structural
strength. This design is extension of dome design. The poles used
in a dome tent cross over at different points, giving this exceptionally
strong and stable structure.
Grommets assists the tent in durable, fast set-ups, and easier adjustments
when tents change fabric and pole lengths. They are in the form
of little round metal sewn-in ring.
A guy line is a cord attached at one end to the tent or rainfly
and to a stake at the other. The guy line helps support the tent
No-See-Um netting is a fine mesh screening material designed to
keep out mosquitos, bugs and smallest of insects.
Rainfly is a water-resistant fabric covering which is usually placed
over the outside of a tent to keep out wind, rain, and sand. In
most of the tent designs, the rainfly is removable.
Seam sealing refers to waterproof coating of the sewn seam areas on
tents, backpacks, and other combined outdoor fabrics, to decrease
A shock cord is primarily a convenience feature. Tent poles come apart
in sections . Shock cord is the thin elastic cord which is threaded
through the hollow sections of fiberglass tent poles, holding the
sections together, but enabling them to be collapsed and folded for
A snow valance is an extension to the bottom of the flysheet, reaching
down to the ground and extending outwards to keep out draughts or
to pile snow for insulation.
Clips are the means through which tent body is attached to the poles.
These clips can allow for slightly quicker set up.
A vestibule is a tent feature that provides a covered area for entering
or exiting the tent and can also be used for gear storage.