Summer 2021

How to Choose the Right Tent for you

Whether you’re going camping for a weekend or on an extended adventure far from home, the right tent can make all the difference. Check out the advice from our experts below on how to select the perfect tent for all your getaways this summer.

Types:

Cabin Tents: Cabin Tents have walls that are vertical rather than sloped, providing more living space. Some models include room dividers for privacy or canopies for additional space. 

Dome Tents: Dome tents typically offer less livable interior space, due to sloping walls, but they are easier to set up and generally sturdier in windy conditions.

Tents with Screen Houses: Some tents have built-in screen houses that allow you to enjoy the weather without having to worry about bugs. These tents are handy for eating or relaxing on weekend adventures.

Backpacking Tents: Backpacking tents are designed with weight and superior durability in mind. They usually have a low profile and include aluminium poles and superior fabrics to reduce overall carrying weight.

Screen houses: Portable screen houses offer a welcomed escape from insects and weather conditions, providing both shelter and shade from summertime conditions. 

Inflatable Tents: Inflatable tents replace rigid poles with heavy-duty inflatable beams that be filled quickly with a pump, making set-up faster and easier than ever before. 

Instant Tents: Instant tents, or pop-ups, are lightweight and designed for ultra fast setup. 

Size

Tents are typically measured by number of occupants, such as a two-person or four-person tent. This number does not take into account space for gear or extra room for lounging, so it’s handy to have a tent that’s larger than you think you need. To stay organized, look for tents with integrated gear lofts or handy storage pockets.

Weather

Taped Seams: A taped seam is a seam coated with additional waterproof material to prevent moisture from leaking through the tent’s seams. 

Water-Resistant Coating: Water-resistant coatings (sometimes referred to as PU) are rated in millimetres based on approximately how much water the tent fabric can hold before it may leak into the tent. The higher the number, the greater the water resistance and rain protection that tent can carry in uncertain weather conditions. 

Welded Floors: Tents with welded floors have seams that have been heat welded together, eliminating stitch holes and possible leak points. 

Features

Room dividers: When camping with groups of people, tents with room dividers provide privacy and help separate living and sleeping areas. 

Air regulation: For maximum comfort, look for tents with options for controlling temperature and airflow through windows and vents. Tents with mesh are ideal since they offer maximum airflow and superior protection from insects. 

Electrical cord ports: Electrical cord ports allow for convenient, dry access to run electrical appliances in your tent.

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