How to choose a tourist tent for recreation?
If you travel often or just for a weekend get out together with your family or friends on the nature, then for sure you perfectly know how much comfort depends on the tent. And how to choose it? What should I look for when choosing?
There are several types of tents. Let's list them:
- Camping tents are used for recreation and are distinguished by their comfort, comfort, spaciousness. If you decide to spend a few days on the nature or even a week, then this option will be optimal.
- Expedition tents are designed for extreme natural conditions. In such a tent you can survive the rain, wind and other vagaries of nature.
- Tourist tent is almost universal, it is perfect for trekking. It is easy to lay out, easy to fold. Some models assume installation on a complex relief.
- Lightweight tents are used for complex hikes. The main difference is that they can be deployed and installed almost anywhere.
There are many design options. Here are some of them:
- The frameless tent has no frame. It is attached and held by one or more racks( such a function can be performed by ordinary sticks or boards) or tree branches with strong ropes. This option is unpopular today, since for a normal fix special places are required( with trees and strong soil), but some of them are used.
- Frame tents can be installed on various surfaces. The frame is a certain design of prefabricated elements( for example, tubes), on which the awning will hold.
- Single-layer tents are easy to install. The design is such that the bottom is connected with the tent. Tambour( it serves as a kind of hallway or corridor) is absent. Installing such tents is much easier, they are much easier. But the thermal insulation is low. In addition, often on the inner surface of the canopy is formed condensate, which significantly degrades performance.
- Two-layer tent has a more complex construction. But it is warm thanks to the air layer formed between the layers. Condensation is not formed here. All models of this type have a vestibule in which you can arrange a kitchen or store things. Yes, such tents are much heavier than single-layer tents, but this option is practical and reliable.
- Tents of tunnel type are easy to install and represent a tent that is stretched to the arcs and fastened with stretch marks. Today such models are used quite rarely, although they are quite roomy and convenient. But they have one significant drawback - this is instability. For example, if the pegs were fixed in wet soil, then the design may simply not withstand the pressure of strong wind.
- The hemispheres are also quite capacious, but not as tunnel models. Fastening is carried out due to crossing arches. The shape and configuration of such a tent increases its stability.
- Hybrids combine the features of tunnel and hemispherical tents.
How to choose a tourist tent and not make a mistake? Determine its optimal size. Tents are single, double and multi-seat. If you are planning to spend a night in nature in splendid isolation, then there is no need for extra space( although some like space).
If you want to spend the night with a loved one, get a two-place tent. And if you expect a family holiday with children, it is better to choose a spacious multi-seat model. By the way, some models have even partitions, which allows you to place at once two couples or families.
The presence of a tambour, the number of inputs
Such moments are not too important, since the tambour is often unnecessary( you can cook in the open space, and things are often stored in cars).And one entrance will be enough, the second will be superfluous and unnecessary. But if the tent is divided by an inner partition, then a second entrance may be needed.
Materials of a tent
The strength of the tent depends on the material used to make the tent. Polyester and polyamide are most often used. The first is quite durable and serves a long time, but it is very heavy. But deformation due to wetting or exposure to the sun is almost impossible, which is very important.
Polyamide is easier, but it can be deformed: stretched after getting wet( stretching slightly), and also burn under the sun. This material, by the way, is more expensive than polyester. The inner awning( for two-layer tents) can be partially made of a mesh, which improves permeability and air circulation.
Also, the materials can be coated with various compositions that protect against fire or getting wet. The bottom of the tent can be made of polyethylene, but this option is not the best.
On the packaging you will surely find a lot of strange letters. That's what they can mean:
- T and the number next to it is the number of threads. The more of them, the fabric will be stronger.
- D( also with number) shows the thickness of the threads.
- Rip Stop - this is a special kind of weaving, implying the presence among the usual threads more durable.
- PU, SI - type of fabric treatment( silicone coating or polyurethane).
- The numbers from 3000 to 8000 determine the water resistance of the material.
Water resistance is measured in millimeters of water column. For example, at 1000 mm the tent will stand the rain, but here at a strong downpour it can get wet. So if you are planning a long trip and do not want to get wet, choose models with an indicator of at least 3000 mm. And if you decide to go on an extreme trip, it is best to prefer a tent with water resistance equal to 8000 mm. Such a model will withstand any downpour.
The frame of the tent consists of arcs, which are connected with each other by means of articulations. The strength of the structure will depend on the material of the arcs. In total, today there are two options:
- Aluminum arcs are strong and stable and fairly light, but still deformation is possible, which will worsen the characteristics of the tent. But to serve such a frame will be long. In addition, the arc can not be broken( they can only be bent, but it is very difficult).
- Also used for manufacturing fiberglass( fiberglass).Such material is heavier than aluminum, it has a lower cost. Service life is shorter, strength is lower( in the cold, the arc can crack).But such arcs will be more elastic and less prone to deformation.
As a rule, the seams are glued or steamed. If threads are used, they must be strong and waterproof, otherwise moisture may enter the rain during the rain. No protruding threads and uneven stitches should not be, such trifles indicate a low quality.
All fastenings must be strong and reliable, but not too complicated, otherwise the installation process will become more complicated. Pegs should be strong, not too heavy. Nowhere should there be any damage!
Useful advices for
Some useful tips:
- Evaluate the convenience, this is important.
- Remember that the price of a quality tent can not be low.
- Learn how to put a tent, try it in the store.
- The presence of a mosquito net is desirable.
- Check all zippers and fasteners.
- The inner pockets are very convenient.
- Cords should be strong and noticeable in the dark.
Successful purchase to you!