Choosing a tent is one of the most important steps for any camper. The security and comfort of this depend to a great extent, and since they are not economic articles, one must meditate well on the choice. If you still have questions, we may be able to assist you with this comprehensive guide of suggestions and recommendations.
Ask to recommend a tent is like asking to recommend a car … there are Ford and Chevrolet fans … the coupes and the 4 x 4. What we will present below are some tips that apply to all The tents, but in terms of brands and models must choose each buyer according to their budget, the activity to develop and even their taste for colors.
A tent is not an expense, it is an investment. Buying something low-quality tents by saving a few money does not make sense. The tent is usually our main refuge in outdoors. If it is good, it provides real and psychological security – as one trusts in it – and the investment is amortized because it will accompany us for many years.
Recognized brands provide greater confidence in their materials and quality controls, but this does not mean that they are no issue in any case. Also, do not believe everything the salesmen say. Asking and consulting with other campers to remove the doubts and make the best investment.
10 things to keep in mind to choose for a camping tent
1.Meditate well on the frequent use that you will. Four things are fundamental in this aspect: the most frequent place of use (if it will be a camping with all the services or wilderness areas without other types of protection of the weather); The most common climate of use (cold, wet, windy, sunny, etc.); The transport (if it will be loaded in the backpack or in the trunk of a car, for example) and what will be the average number of campers.
2. What about tent space. If it is possible, let it be for one or two more people than the one originally going to use it. Manufacturers always calculate them with very fair measurements, and more space comes in well to store equipment, etc.
3. Top of the tents. These tents keep the heat better and protect more from the rain. The color of the ceiling is not a minor fact: if it is clear, absorbs less solar radiation and therefore, it is less heated inside. If it is dark it absorbs more, but if we pitch it in the shade, it will be fresher and not so light.
4. If possible, have an eave or slope. Currently almost all igloos have it, and it is very useful to store equipment, cooking, change wet clothes without entering the cabin, etc. If the eave has floor, that would be better. If not, we can make one very easily.
5. The more duralumin, the better. The stability of a tent and its resistance to the wind is also high since they are the resistant structure. Those of duralumin are better than those of fiberglass but only come in high-end tents.
6. As with the brackets, the more “winds” they have, the greater their stability. All must always be placed, if necessary, even some more can be added (for example, taking out two winds instead of one of each grip).
7. The thickness of the fabric is fundamental, especially the tent floor, since it is the area most exposed to damages by footprints, stones, branches, etc. It is also important that the fabric compartment is breathable or cross-ventilation to avoid condensation. In igloo tents, there are three types of fabrics: common nylon, aluminized nylon, and ripstop (or anti-tear). The latter is best for being lighter than aluminized, it allows a much greater passage of light and with the armature, disarmed and wrinkled the equipment does not suffer the marks.
8. Nowadays all the tents support at least a waterproof of 1000 mm, because that is what resists the fabric with which they are made. But water is never through the fabric but through the seams. That is why it is necessary to see that the seams are waterproof, in which there is a small rubber film between the seams. If water is filtered, it can be quickly repaired by rubbing a candle, and then “painted” with a waterproofing liquid purchased at shoe stores.
9. The system of coupling of the brackets is more resistant if they are ferrites that are inserted inside of those, that if they are plastic tubes where the ends of the brackets are fitted.
10. You always have to see how the model is assembled, instead of just the pictures of the box. The overlay must be well stretched, without wrinkles or deformations. If it is one of those that fit above the brackets (there are other models in which the sobretecho is lifted first and the interior is hung inside) it is necessary to see that the seams imitate the form of the brackets and that it is not turned.
Personally – I think igloos are more appropriate for campers who want to be several days in each place and carry the tent in the backpack or the bike and for families who camp with several units (one or two tents and a dining room, for example). If the idea is to settle for 20 days in a camping and take to the refrigerator and 29 ‘TV, I need a Canadian tent of good quality serves perfectly.
Perhaps, as the last recommendation, it would be worth saying that there is no perfect tent. Everything happens by making a balance between what is in the market, what you want and need, and how much you can afford.