To choose your hiking tent, we offer a few tips ys that will help you in your purchase reflection in order to find the ideal tent. A hiking tent is used to protect against bad weather (rain, wind, snow) and offers a space of comfort and rest after a day of walking. According to your needs (camping, mountain, trekking, expedition …), the choice of a tent is important: need of space, lightness requirement, a notion of robustness …
Hiking tent: the selection criteria
The questions to ask yourself before buying your tent:
1) What will be the use of my future tent?
Depending on your bivouac program, ask yourself the type of tent to acquire: 2, 3 or 4 seasons?
Tent for a trek, to winter bivouac (4 seasons), ultra-light hiking or to sleep comfortably at the campsite?
Looking for a shelter to face the worst conditions at the base camp, an assault tent for the high mountain, a light tent for your future trip?
2) What means of transportation will I use to transport my tent to the bivouac?
Cycling, canoeing/kayaking, walking in rucksack, pulka, car …? Ask yourself the question of weight and volume (clutter) that you are able to carry.
3) What is the interior space I need?
To store bike bags, a pulka, several backpacks, to make a dog sleep, to enjoy the space with a child … This question is closely related to comfort and your need for space.
All the answers to these questions will influence the choice of your tent with regard to the following factors: weight (lightness), habitability (comfort), impermeability (seasonality) and solidity (robustness and durability). After answering these questions, here are 6 criteria to take into account to better choose your hiking tent:
1) Number of people: 1, 2, 3 people and more
- 2 seasons: use spring/summer
- 3 seasons: use spring / summer / autumn
- 4 seasons: use throughout the year, at all altitudes (difficult conditions, significant temperature differences …)
Weight is an important criterion to take into account. Plus it’s lightweight, the less you wear, but do not forget all the other criteria before you buy your tent. Lightness is certainly an interesting criterion because it is synonymous with carrying comfort but the choice must match your need. It depends on the number of places (s), the places of bivouacs and the climates encountered.
Example: on an altitude camp, it is preferable to use a 4-season tent (geodesic or dome) ultra-strong and resistant to wind and weather. On the way to Saint Jacques de Compostelle, you can afford to choose an ultra-light model … To go around the Mont Blanc, choose an intermediate model: not too heavy and offering a good technical and waterproof (mountain tent). On the expedition, choose a 4 seasons tent offering great comfort in case you should wait several days before the end of the storm.
Tunnel tents are very resistant to wind and snow. They offer an excellent habitability (interior space + apse). Their vertical walls offer a real comfort inside the tent. Their apses are often very large and functional: they allow to store all its material (ideal for cyclo-trekking, Nordic raid, expeditions …).
Dome and geodetic tents generally have a lower habitability than tunnel tents, but they have the advantage of being self-supporting. The apses are more generally reduced. The tents are mostly lighter than tunnels …
Depending on the brand of tents, price differences are important. The prices depend on the quality of the materials used (fabric, hoops), technicality and finishes but also other criteria: manufacturing locations, renowned brand, etc …
Here are some important features you should consider:
- with or without a double roof (single-seater)?
- Whether double roof, fabric interior or mesh?
- Freestanding tent or not?
According to the manufacturers, the choice of materials is very different: silicone or non-silicone fabric, aluminum quality of the poles, the diameter of the poles, impermeability of fabrics …
We have selected a wide range of tents for bivouacking in trekking, for expeditions, camping, ultralight hiking, altitude base camps and high mountains.
Our hiking tents selected on Aventure Nordique are designed by renowned manufacturers. For the 2015 season, our range is made up of 10 reference brands in the bivouac and trek area:
Big Agnes: American brand recognized for its know-how in the manufacture of ultra-light tents.
Msr: the American brand that we no longer need to present!
Vaude: German manufacturer that makes mountain tents and shelters dedicated to cycling.
Exped: the Swiss manufacturer offers ingenious tents offering the advantages of tunnel tents while being self-supporting like domes tents. The quality is there!
Hilleberg: the tents are thought to the smallest detail, weather resistance is far superior to all other brands. Made in Sweden!
Fjällräven: Swedish made, the brand offers tunnels of quality and very spacious.
WildCountry by Terra Nova: British brand whose reputation is no longer for ultra-light models. Wildcountry offers tents with a very good value for money.
Nemo: the American brand that innovates by offering models of inflatable tents and technical and innovative shelters.
Bergans of Norway: Norwegian manufacturer of teepees at excellent value for money.
Nigor: manufacturer of ultra-light tents and tipis!