The ultimate buyer’s guide on the best camping tents and hammocks.

The ultimate buyer’s guide on the best camping tents and hammocks.

Camping tents and hammocks come in different types, sizes and make. These three factors are what determines the price, comfort and durability of the camping tents you buy.

Unlike what many people think, these tents do not have to be expensive, but cheap is, as expected, poor quality.

The trick lies in getting the right one for the right kind of job. When you are going camping, it is important to have a tent that will not disappoint.

What to look for when buying camping tents

1. Size and space

This is the very first thing you need to look into when you are buying a tent. Are you going camping alone, as a couple, family or group? You obviously do not need a very big tent if you are off to camp on your own. If you have a family, you might consider having a tent that has two rooms or so, for privacy purposes.

You would probably want to leave some space where you can have your meals, place a table and interact and such. As a group, the size of tent depends on the number of people in the group. Find a tent that can accommodate the whole lot of you comfortably. It is important to note that you will also have other items such as mattresses, sleeping bags or sleeping pads as well as utensils that can take up your space. Make sure you take this into consideration.

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2. Shape of the camping tents

Honestly, the shape of your camping tent doesn’t matter one bit. As long as that does not affect the functionality of a tent, I assume that you can have whatever shape you like. Luckily for most of us, tent makers tend to remain a bit rigid and it would be hard to find weird looking tents. If you are into such kind of weird stuff though, check this out (link).

3. Is the tent water resistant?

This is also a key factor to check out when deciding on the kind of camping tent to buy. You need to test how the tent handles moisture, both outside as well as inside the tent. You might not be expecting it to rain on a trip but it is vital that you be wholly prepared for such an eventuality. This is a factor that would make your trip very uncomfortable if not well checked. The best tents in this category are tents that are seam-taped with a waterproof top as this will be able to prevent water from leaking into the tent. You may also need to check tents that have a waterproof floor and waterproof treatment on the sides of the tent. It will be vital in ensuring that rain does not seep into the tent from the side, or edges of the tent. Look for a tent that has a double-walls or a ventilated rain fly.

4. Price of the camping tent/ Affordability

Price may determine how often you would like to go camping. The investment you make on camping tents will also be a factor of the frequency of camping that you have. If you are not a heavy camper (you do not go camping frequently), then you do not need to invest too much in a tent. Those who go camping more frequently are the ones who need to invest in tents that are more durable and designed to take care of all their camping needs. If you rarely go camping, then you do not need to invest into an expensive tent.

The size of the tent also determines the pricing. For instance, large tents, designed for group have a higher price tag compared to a single person’s tent. There are large Cabin tents for that purpose. If you are looking for excellence and stability without having to pay much, check out the Dome tents. If you want a tent that will shelter you from rain, wind, sun and insects but not designed for heavy camping, got for Screen tents.

CABIN CAMPING TENTS RECOMMENDATIONS

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cabin camping tent
cabin camping tent

DOME TENTS RECOMMENDAATIONS

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dome tent
dome tent

 

SCREEN TENTS RECOMMENDATIONS

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screen tent
screen tent

5. Portability of the camping tents

If there is a point in your journey where you have to walk and carry your items, it would be important to consider buying a smaller and lighter tent, designed for basic sleeping purposes. You do not need to drag a huge tent that will be cumbersome to carry around and manage. In most cases, the kind of activity that the camper is seeking to undertake during the camping period determines the kind of tent they buy. For instance, those who want to go hiking, mountain climbing, kayaking and rowing will prefer to have lighter tents that they can carry around with ease.

In the event that these campers are in a group and sharing a single tent, they would want to have the tent parts such as rain fly and poles divided among them for ease of transportation. These campers will also want a tent that they can pitch up and take down quickly and without much fuss.

Nylon tent fabrics are lighter than polyester and most preferred. However, note that they do not offer absolute protection from the sun’s UV rays. The fiberglass tent poles are heavier than aluminum, but less durable. The best combination therefore is a nylon tent with aluminum poles. This backpacking tent is a perfect example of that combination.

BACK PACKING TENTS

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backpacking tent
backpacking tent

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