Buying a tent
Here are a few hints when choosing the tent just right for you or your loved ones.
Two person tents are usually comfortable for only one person, a three person tent is comfortable for two people and so on.
Should you not pick something big enough, you’ll end up cramped, claustrophobic and uncomfortable.
Pick something that will give you a little room to move and some space for some of your gear as well.
Each person needs about 3 feet to stretch out. You’ll need extra room to dress etc..
Remember, if the weather is not good, you will be stuck in whatever you’ve picked. .
You do not want to be sitting cramped and hunched over feeling unhappy.
In deciding what you need, decide whether you will be summer or winter camping, and if you’ll be backpacking.
Tents aren’t waterproof. They’re made of breathable ripstop nylon.
This means you will need a rainfly. They are waterproof. It fits over the roof of the tent and is meant to carry away rainwater out of the tent sides.
Make certain the fly is large enough to substantially cover the tent walls.
Applying a sealant to the tent seams is a good idea. Apply sealer as needed throughout the tents life.
Most tents have a fine mesh screen over the door and window designed to keep out insects.
All netting is not alike. Standard netting is made from nylon.
They are usually zippered at the entry with a flap which zippers over the doorway and door for privacy.
Due to the nature of the cloth used in making tents, being porous, very few tents are designed to help keep you warm.
They are intended to protect you from the weather and from insects. They will protect you from the wind and rain, snow and sun.
To look after your tent, nylon is virtually maintenance free. The only thing which needs to be done is sealant occasionally.
Of coarse never store your tent when it’s wet, or even slightly damp. Always put it up when you are finished your trip and dry it out completely.
Also sponge off any dirt or mud inside using a very mild liquid detergent or a baking soda and water solution.
Be sure to make any repairs if you’ve had the misfortune to burn or damage your tent in some way.
You can buy repair kits that come in various colors and are simple to use. Store your tent in a cool, dry place in its storage bag.
The basic style of the dome tent is hexagonal. The fabric usually used is nylon.
The tent is usually free-standing or self supporting. This means no lines or stakes are needed under normal circumstances.
However you shouldn’t leave it unoccupied without staking it down because the wind can send this lightweight tent tumbling off.
The dome tent is great for backpackers and canoeists. Its the choice of winter campers and mountaineers in bigger sizes. The reason is because of its aerodynamic shape.
It resists gusts of wind well and is easy to set up and dismantle. The only problem with this kind of tent is that it is not well ventilated. Moisture tends to gather at the top of the dome.
This type of tent is mainly a backpacker’s shelter. It can weigh as little as one and one-half pounds.
The sort of material used is generally nylon. It isn’t very spacious. The best thing about this tent is how compact it becomes.
It can be rolled into a tight package no bigger than a football. It’s a free standing tent, not having any stakes or lines unless a fly is added.
It’s lightweight, making it ideal for the backpacker or canoeist. Due to its design the wind flows off of it easily and makes it great for winter camping.
It’s a screened opening at one end and can be closed against severe weather. It is easily erected and dismantled. It also ventilates well.
The A-Frame Tent The frame of this tent can be fitted to ribbons or standing independently of the shelter.
Gone are the days of the upright pole that used to hold it up in the center of the opening. They are generally made out of nylon. Weights vary from about 3 pounds to about 6.
These tents are ideal for canoe trips, climbers, hunters and anglers. They are relatively lightweight and spacious.
A vestibule can be added to the front opening adding very little weight and adding an additional 10 to 20 square feet. This makes it perfect for storing your equipment and giving you extra sleeping area.