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TENT BUYING GUIDE

TENT BUYING GUIDE

Our best tents for your greatest adventures

Camping is whatever you want it to be a weekend, a day, an afternoon but with Camping Tent Sales tents it’s always an adventure. No matter if you're staying at your favorite campground or deep in the back country, your tent is your home away from home. Let's take a look at some things to consider. Our tents are designed to give you shelter, coverage, and comfort, without compromising your journey. Whether you’re taking a solo day hike, or heading out with your favorite people for a weekend away in the woods, we’ve got you covered. Made to withstand the elements and set up easy, our tents are engineered to help you get the most out of every adventure. So, no matter what your plans are, go for the fun of it. And the right tent can make your stay more enjoyable. Whether this is your first tent or you're looking to upgrade, there are a few things to consider when choosing which tent to buy.

 

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND

TYPE OF CAMPING

 Car Camping
You love camping. And you also love the comfort that comes with having your car nearby. Pack a bag, grab a few friends, fill up the cooler let’s go car camping! Maximum space, durability, storage solutions, and simple setup are must-haves for tents in this category. So, grab what you need, hop in the car and drive until you find that perfect spot by the lake, at the base of a favorite peak, or in the middle of the forest. And be sure to bring a tent that’ll keep you covered.

Backpacking
You’re adventurous in spirit and action. So, you’ll need a tent that’ll stand up night after night, one that’s travel-ready easy to pack, lightweight and comfortable, allowing for a well-deserved night to recharge after a day in the wild. Camping tent Sales tents have traveled with everyone from first-time explorers to seasoned backpackers, and will cover you through your toughest adventures. These minimalist tents prioritize portability, making them lightweight and easy to fit in a pack. Ultralight tents are even lighter, and some models allow you to use your hiking poles to pitch the tent. Since these tents are both so light, there isn’t much elbow room.

Tents Seasonality

3-Season Tents

The most versatile from our arsenal, our 3 season tents are built for use in just about every condition: spring, summer and fall. They’re strong enough to shrug off any storm, and feature the breath ability and extensive ventilation you’ll need to keep cool during the summer months.

By far the most popular choice of tents, 3-season tents are lightweight shelters designed for the relatively temperate conditions of spring, summer and fall. They are usually equipped with ample mesh panels to boost air flow. Mesh panels keep out insects (but can still let in powdery blowing sand). Properly pitched with a taut rain-fly, 3-season tents can withstand downpours but are not the best choice for sustained exposure to harsh storms, violent winds or heavy snow.

The primary functions of 3-season tents:

  • Keep you dry during rain or light snow.
  • Shield you from bugs.
  • Provide privacy.

 

4-Season Tents

Made with durable fabrics and coatings, assembled with specialty poles for added strength and rigorously tested by mountain professionals; these tents can withstand the winds and weather associated with the harshest conditions. 

Engineered to withstand fierce winds and substantial snow loads, mountaineering tents can be used in any season. Their chief function, though, is to stand firm in the face of seriously inhospitable weather, principally in winter or above treeline.

They use more poles and heavier fabrics than 3-season tents. Their rounded dome designs eliminate flat roof spaces where snow can collect. They offer few mesh panels and rainflies that extend close to the ground. This hinders ventilation and can make them feel warm and stuffy in mild weather. But when foul winds begin to howl, a 4-season tent provides a reassuring place of refuge.

Tent Sleeping Capacity

When choosing your tent, first choose a model based on your group's size and whether or not you might need additional space for extra friends, gear or dogs. Keep in mind, however, that no industry standard exists that defines per-person tent dimensions.

When evaluating tent capacity ratings, our general advice is this: Assume a close fit. If you seek more room, consider upsizing your tent capacity by 1 person, particularly if you or your usual tent companion(s):

  • are large people
  • are claustrophobic
  • toss and turn at night
  • sleep better with more than average elbow room
  • are bringing a small child or a dog

 

Tent Construction

Free-Standing vs. Non-Free-Standing

Free-standing tents can stand on their own without the use of stakes or guy lines. As such, you can easily move them around once you've set them up, and you can always stake them down for added stability. Dome tents are the most common examples. Non-free-standing tents rely entirely on guy lines and stakes for support. Cabin tents often use this structure to ensure near-vertical walls.

Three Season vs. Four Season

Three-season tents are designed for camping in moderate conditions spring through fall. They often feature mesh windows or panels to maximize breathability and air circulation. Four-season tents are built to withstand high winds and heavy snow loads. This is the type you need if you’re camping in winter or scaling mountains. They’re less breathable but retain heat really well.

Single Wall vs. Double Wall

Double-wall tents feature a main tent body (waterproof floor, breathable roof) plus a rain fly. Single-wall tents are designed to shed snow rather than rain and are constructed of breathable fabrics that allow water vapor to escape.

Perimeter Floor vs. Bathtub Floor

With a perimeter floor, the waterproof floor sections and sidewalls are stitched together at the perimeter. This creates straight, taut edges along the tent’s borders, which maximizes floor space. A bathtub-style (or seamless) floor features rounded perimeter edges with no stitch marks that could possibly leak. However, edges may curl up on all sides in a loose manner, resulting in less floor space.

Pole Clips vs. Pole Sleeves

Pole clips and sleeves are used to set up a tent. Pole sleeves distribute tension across a larger area, resulting in less stress and a stronger pitch. However, it can be tough to thread poles through the sleeves in wet or low-light conditions. Pole clips are easy to attach and create larger gaps between the tent body and the rain fly, which improves ventilation and minimizes condensation. If you want a tent that is truly easy to setup, be sure to look for models that say only one person is needed to set up.

 

SIZE

So, you’re going camping. Now, who’s coming with you? And what about all of your stuff?

Key considerations when planning your trip matter when selecting a tent size. While smaller, lighter tents are great for solo backpacking trips, don’t forget to count every head in your group (especially for groups of 4 or more). And be sure to account for where you’ll put everyone’s gear before you catch some shut-eye. For those who can’t leave home without the dog (or maybe that queen-sized airbed), maximum space on the ground and above your happy campers’ sleeping quarters is a must.