Outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, and mountaineering are becoming more and more popular.
Among them, tents are one of the indispensable pieces of equipment for outdoor travel.
So How do choose a tent? Tents are used for sleeping, resting, wind, rain, and snow outdoors! If you still can't choose a suitable tent, let us help you!
Type of Tent
Size of Tent
Generally, tents are marked with capacity. It is not the bigger the tent, the better. If you are traveling alone, you can choose a tent that can accommodate 1-2 people. The larger the tent, the larger the relative volume, weight, and structure. The largest tent can accommodate thousands of people. It is still necessary to choose a suitable size tent to travel.
If it’s a backpack camping trip, you can choose a tent with an average of 3 pounds per capital, otherwise, it will bring a certain burden to the trip; the weight requirement for the camping trip by car is not so important.
Season of Tent
Generally divided into:
- Three-season tents
- Four-season tents
- Alpine Tent
Three-season tents: Three-season tents refer to spring, summer, and autumn. Three-season tents are one of the most popular tents. Usually, three-season tents are light in weight, easy to carry, and have basic wind and waterproof functions. They can also adapt to ordinary cold climates and are suitable for surrounding cities. Use at seaside or places with average altitude.
Four seasons tents: Four seasons tents can well withstand all kinds of cold and alpine climates. But relatively speaking, the weight is heavier, the brackets are more, and it is inconvenient to carry.
Among them, the four-season Alpine tent is the most excellent against extreme climates, and the price is more expensive, which is not suitable for use in ordinary climates. Suitable for use in places with extreme weather such as high altitude, strong wind and snow.
Shape of Tent
There are various shapes of tents, generally divided into
- Triangular Tent
- Round Tent
- Hexagonal Tent
- Tunnel tents Tent
Triangular tents: mostly double-layer structures, with herringbone iron pipes as supports at the front and back, and a crossbar in the middle frame to support the inner tent and install the outer tent. The support is more complicated, but the wind resistance and warmth are relatively good. Well, it is the most common tent-style in the early days, suitable for mountaineering expeditions.
Round tent: It adopts double pole cross support, it is easy to disassemble and assemble, and the weight is very light, it is very convenient to carry, but the space is relatively small, it is currently the most popular on the market, suitable for leisure travel.
Hexagonal tent: Hexagonal tents adopt three-pole or four-pole cross support, and some adopt the six-pole design, which pays attention to the stability of the tent. It is a common style of "Alpine-type" tents, suitable for mountain travel.
Tunnel tent: After being propped up, it looks like a boat turned back, and can be divided into two-pole and three-pole different support methods. Generally, the middle is the bedroom and the two ends are the hall tents. The design pays attention to the wind flow line. It is also one of the common tent styles.
How to choose a tent?
For comfort, bigger is not the better, of course, it cannot be too small, just making full use of the space of the tent is the best.
The ventilation of the tent will affect the comfort. Generally, The comfortable tent ventilation performance is very good. The tents with poor ventilation will be very humid and the water vapor cannot be discharged in time. It will be very uncomfortable to stay in a tent.
Double-layer tents are more ventilated, and some tents are designed with vents.
If you are traveling with many people, choose a tent with doors on both sides or front, which will be more comfortable to use.
When used correctly, tents can generally be used for a long time. For example, you can buy an extra tent footprint or trap, and place it under the tent to protect the tent floor.
The surface material, thickness, and splicing method of the tent will also affect its durability.
Tent materials generally include nylon and Oxford cloth. Nylon materials are light and suitable for light travel. Oxford cloth is thicker and heavier, suitable for driving and family travel.
The coating of the outer fabric will also affect its durability. Like PVC coating and PU coating, PVC is more waterproof, but it will harden and become brittle in winter, prone to creases and breaks, but the price is lower. PU coating The layer can avoid the shortcomings of PVC, and the waterproof effect is also OK.
The materials of the inner account are generally cotton cloth and nylon. Cotton cloth has better air permeability, but if it is not dried well, cotton cloth is easy to mold, while nylon is easy to dry and not easy to mold.
The bottom material is also divided into PVC and PE, the bottom material is mainly considered waterproof, moisture-proof, and dust-proof. PVC is cheap but not durable, especially in winter. PE materials are excellent in all aspects, but the price is also higher.
Like the splicing release surface, there is usually press glue and expansion thread sewing. Press glue is more commonly used, the price is low, but it is not durable, and it will fall off after a long time. It is necessary to brush the glue regularly. The performance of the expansion line is better than that of the rubber in all aspects, and of course, the price is higher.
Nowadays, tents are light and durable, and tents of about 4P can be stored in a backpack. It is also very convenient to set up. It can be completed within 5 minutes.
For safety and durability, you can choose a tent with a better brand. A good brand means better quality and logistics services.
Therefore, when choosing a tent, the most important thing is to suit you. According to the use environment, the number of people, portability, comfort, durability, etc., you can judge which tent is the most suitable for your use.