Several considerations should be keenly made when selecting the ultimate camping tent so as to give a perfect camping experience. Below are the most important points to take note.
- Tent Capacity. The number of people intended to camp in that tent will probably be the first thing to have to consider. Ensure the tent you select will provide maximum comfort to the campers without strain.
- Seasons fit for the tent. Is the tent only usable in one type of season? The best tents will be usable over all 4 seasons without any extreme challenges. Some tents are one-season tents, others two to three seasons while others are 4 season tents.
- Height of the tent. All tents have different height allowances. If you like being able to stand up comfortably or enjoy the airiness of a high ceiling, then look for a tent with a tall peak height.
How To Select A Camping Tent?
Some tips you may use when considering the height are:
Cabin-style tents feature near-vertical walls to maximize overall peak height and livable space, and some models come with family-pleasing features such as room dividers and an awning, or a vestibule door that can be staked out as such.
Strength and Wind-shedding
Dome-style tents offer superior strength and wind-shedding abilities, both of which you’ll appreciate on a stormy night. They stand tall in the center, but their walls have more of a slope which slightly reduces livable space.
Ease of setting up and transporting.
You don’t want to spend the entire camping period setting up a tent! Choose a tent that is easy to assemble and also, to carry to your destination.
More than sure you want a tent that will serve for a long without looking old and rugged after two camps. The material of the tent will give you a hint of the durability of the tent and also the workmanship.
Tent Floor Length.
You definitely don’t want a minimal floor area that strains the user’s freedom to move around and pack their belongings in an organized manner to fit. The more the floor length, the more the area hence better freedom and comfortability.
Number, shape, and orientation of doors.
If several people are camping in the same tent, multiple doors will help avoid climbing over each other for bathroom times. Cabin-style tents tend to shine in this area. Also, consider how easy or noisy the doors are to zip open and shut.
Structure, position, and a number of tent poles.
Tents structure help determine how easy or hard it is to set up and also carry to the destination of camping. Often, family tents are freestanding meaning they will not require stakes to set up.
The big advantage of this is that you can pick the tent up and move it to a different location prior to staking. You can also easily shake the dirt out of it before taking it down. Fewer poles allow quicker and easier setups. It’s also easier to attach poles to clips than it is to thread them through long pole sleeves.
Many tents use both clips and short pole sleeves in an effort to balance strength, ventilation, and setup ease. Color-coded corners and pole clips also make setup faster. Aluminum poles are stronger and more durable than fiber.
Material or fabric used to manufacture the tent.
By now, you should already know that some tent fabrics are made of fabric that favors all kinds of weather while others are trouble using during some harsh conditions. Heavier fabrics are perfect for all seasons.
Other materials will also be treated for waterproofing while others will leak water in the dewy seasons. It’s also important to note that higher-denier fabric canopies and rain flies are more rugged than lower-denier ones. Also, seam tape and high-denier fabrics on tent floors reduce the odds of leakage.
In-tent air circulation and breathability.
The ventilation of a tent is extremely important and probably one of the major things to consider when choosing a tent. Mesh panels are often used in the ceiling, doors, and windows of tents. This allows cross-ventilation to help manage condensation. For hot, humid climates, seek out larger mesh panels. Ensure your tent is equipped with ventilation features for breathability.
Tent loops, pockets, and added storage features.
A lantern loop is often placed at the top center of a tent’s ceiling for hanging a lantern. Loops on interior tent walls can be used to attach a gear loft, sold separately to keep small items off of the tent floor. Interior pockets help keep your tent organized. Higher-quality tents will have loops on the outside of the tent body for attaching guy lines. Guy lines allow you to batten down the hatches—no flapping fabric—during high winds.