Insider’s Guide to Different Types Of Tourist Tents – What Makes A Good Tent ?

If you love the idea of getting closer to nature once in a while, there is nothing better than packing your bags and living amongst the wildlife surrounded by mountains or lakes or forests, or oceans. And what better way to do that than to go camping? In our opinion, NOTHING!

A memorable and comfortable camping experience requires a good tent. It is the most essential part of camping. But you don’t just go and buy a tent. A luxury tent is a significant investment. But it’s a wise investment. Providing, of course, that you’re purchasing a high-end, luxurious tent. It would be unfortunate if the tent didn’t match your demands and the quality is not up to the mark. Therefore, it makes sense to consider several factors while purchasing a luxury tent.

In this article, we will discuss the different types of tents we provide that you can choose from based on your camping needs and tell you everything you need to look for in your tent.

What are the different types of tents available in the market? 

1) A-frame/ Ridge tent

This tent is quite popular because of its simple design, which when up resembles the letter ‘A’. The options in a Ridge tent, today, are lighter than when it was constructed of canvas and came with wooden or metal poles. Though it is simpler to set up than other styles, this tent lacks room and is heavy when packed. Hence, this kind of tent is perfect for permanent camping.

2) Dome tent

It is the most common type of tent. It comes with two poles, crisscrossed at a point forming two semi-circles running across the tent body. This is what gives the tent its dome shape.

What makes dome tents a great camping buddy?

  • Can accommodate 2-8 people depending on the size of the tent
  • Lighter than the other options
  • Have a decent amount of space
  • More breathable
  • Easy to pitch.

3) Pop-up tent

As the name suggests, These tents pop into shape as soon as they are opened. Their spring-loaded mechanism makes them super easy and quick to put up and take down. They are simple tents that are-

  • Inexpensive
  • Lightweight, which is ideal for summer camping
  • Can accommodate 1-6 people.

These, however, are not suitable for extreme temperatures and geographies.

4) Tunnel tent

They are similar to dome tents but are longer and symmetrical. Tunnel tents-

  • Provide lots of headroom and livable space for larger groups and families
  • Can withstand bad weather
  • Are heavy and bulky when packed
  • Ideal for car camping.

5) Geodesic tent

These are dome tents that are provided with more poles, giving them stability to withstand bad weather and geographic conditions. Geodesic tents

  • Are excellent for camping in the wilderness and under extreme weather conditions due to their strength and stability
  • Can accommodate 4 people at most
  • Being of higher quality, they come in a higher price range.

6) Cabin tent

  • Perfect choice for a cheap tent for family camping
  • Cabin-like frame
  • Made of aluminium poles, walled with waterproof polyester, nylon, or canvas
  • Good liveable space and headroom but not of good quality
  • Cannot withstand bad weather.

7) Car-top/ Roof-top tent

Designed for people who are road tripping on their cars, car-top tents are the easiest to set up and carry. They come with a ladder to provide access to the tent that is set up on the roof of the car. It is one of the most efficient ways of camping. 

8) Bivvy tent/Bivouac tent

They come with one additional layer of protection at most, for fairly rough weather conditions. They are small when packed and are light-weighted. Ideal for campers who do not wish to carry much load. 

9) Backpacking Tent

Backpacking tents are the smallest and lighter in weight. They can accommodate 1-2 people at maximum. They usually come in geodesic or tunnel shapes. Easy to pitch and take down, this comes in handy when traveling for multiple days.

Now that we have discussed the types of tents, let us see what are the basic requirements you should be looking for in a tent before you buy one. 

What makes a good tent?

Whatever your tent choice be, the following points must be checked on your list before you make that purchase.

  1. The material of the tent should be such that, it is durable and need not be replaced in a couple of years. A good ROI is very important in buying a tent because it doesn’t come cheap. So make sure your tent is made up of materials that make it long-lasting.
  2. Make it a must to check whether your tent is weatherproofed or not. You can certainly not take a cheap quality summer tent in a place where it rains cats and dogs!
  3. Another essential requirement to note is its breathability. Usually, tents made of synthetic fabrics lack breathability. Canvas, as a material, is the best when it comes to this.
  4. The best tents can prove to be the worst if their packed weight is too much to carry. Your comfort during a trip depends on how much load you have to lift and move from one place to another. The material needs to be as lightweight as possible so that the tent doesn’t become a burden for you.
  5. Make sure to check for gears like a stove, portable power, lighting, and decor as per your requirement.
  6. What use is a tent, if it cannot accommodate everyone you buy it for? Check the capacity of the tent according to your requirement

Now you know everything you need to know before your best vacation ever!

So buy the tent most compatible with your needs and tread into the arms of nature. To place your order, contact us today. And don’t forget to subscribe for more such content!

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