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4 tips for choosing a tent

4 tips for choosing a tent

When considering which tent you should buy and you are not sure what to look for in a tent, use these pro tips.  We wrote these pro tips specifically for those who are looking into buying a tent. Expected reading time: 3 minutes.

4 tips for choosing a tent

When considering which tent you should buy and you are not sure what to look for in a tent, use these tips. We wrote these tips specifically for those who are looking into buying a tent. Expected reading time: 3 minutes.

If you lack the time to read the full article, maybe you can read the summary:

  1. Check with how many people you want to use the tent; A tent is designed for a certain number of people, but sometimes you want something bigger. If you transport a lot of equipment or for example move a lot when you sleep, you will want a bigger tent. Look into the specifications for the right size
  2. Check at what time of the year you will be using the tent mostly; 3-season tents are ideal for late spring to early autumn. 3/4-season tents last longer in storms and torrential downpour. 4-season  tents are specifically designed for winter.
  3. Check how you want to transport the tent; Packing size matters if you want to stow your tent away in your backpack, but not if you travel by car.
  4. Check the features; A footprint for example can greatly increase the durability and lifespan of your tent. See or ask if this is included.

 

Tip #1; Check with how many people you want to use the tent

If you are looking into buying a tent, you should ask yourself with how many persons you will be using the tent. Logically more persons means buying a bigger tent, but sometimes there are other considerations which could also mean buying a bigger tent.

If you want enough room inside the inner tent to store your gear, you should consider using for example a 3-persons tent with 2 persons. This is something which is actually done a lot. Also, if one of the persons in the tent is large or turns a lot at night or claustrophobic or any of the before mentioned you should consider upgrading the size.

Finally, you can look into the number of doors a tent has. If you are using a dome-style tent with more than one person an extra entrance can help. It can help by you not having to crawl silently over your partner when you have to go to the toilet at night, which I am sure will be much appreciated.

 

Tip #2; Check at what time of the year you will be using the tent mostly

Considering this will help you determine the waterproofness of the tent, the capacity to carry a snow load and or how much ventilation a tent needs to have. Ideally you check the number of seasons you will use the tent in. Tent are grouped for 3-seasons, 3/4-seasons and 4-seasons usage.

3-seasons tents are the most used because they provide a good shelter for moderate climates from spring to autumn. With mesh panels the inner tent provides enough ventilation for warmer days and it helps keeping out the insects. The 3-seasons tents are waterproof enough to keep out the rain, but for stormier weather and heavy snow these are not the best choice.

3/4-seasons tents are just like the 3-seasons tents, but can withstand more rain, snow and wind. They usually have more poles and could be heavier than their 3-season counterpart.

4-seasons tents can withstand an impressively amount of rain, wind and snow. They are the strongest and are mostly used for mountaineering or expeditions in extreme conditions. With less ventilation the 4-season tents are also warmer.

 

Tip #3; Check how you want to transport the tent

How you would like to transport the tent can greatly affect which kind of tent you will end up buying. For instance, if you would like to carry the tent with you in your backpack you should look for a really compact, close fitting and lightweight tent. If you go on a camping trip with your family and you transport the tent in your car, weight and packing volume become less important. You might then look for maximizing the amount of space you have inside the tent and the height of the tent (so you are able to standup in the tent).

 

Tip #4; Check the features

Among the features of the tent, there are a couple that can be of greater influence when you choose your tent.

Footprint; Check if the footprint is included or separately sold. A footprint can greatly increase the durability of your tent and is cheaper to replace than the whole tent.

Gear Loft; Most tents have these. A gear loft can be really useful to store your headlamp at night or your phone and other small gear.

Check out our Kelty Tents.

Examples

Here’s a great example of a 2-persons tent for hiking trips with 3-season usage:

KELTY TN3

Kelty TN3

And here’s a great example of a 4-persons tent with 3-season usage and also for hiking trips:

Kelty Acadia 4

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