How To Choose A Tent

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How To Choose A Tent

by Brian E. Rooney

What To Look For In A Camping Tent:

  • Non-metal zippers
  • Large openings
  • Floor covering 6 inches up
  • Rip stop material
  • Adequate ventilation
  • Sealed seams
  • Double stitching
  • Breathable sidewalls
  • Stake loops made from nylon
  • Gear loops inside to hang flashlights and more
  • One piece floors to add waterproofnes
  • Steep walls for increased space and to shed rain
  • Collapsible tent poles made from aluminum, carbon fiber, or tubular fiberglass

Recommended Camp Tents: 

The tents I recommend here are based on my own personal experiences over the past couple of years  This has included all season camping or fishing either by myself, fishing buddies, and my own family.

1-2 People:

North Face Tadpole 23(3-season)

For those of you who don’t need a large family tent, the Tadpole 23 is a good choice.The Tadpole 23 rates high in many tent reviews.It is light, small, and comfortable.It has good ventilation with mesh in the door and canopy.

Eureka Alpenlite2XT Tent(All-season)

Many all-season don’t do well in the summer because they don’t have enough vents to release the hot air to keep you cool. The Alpenlite 2XT is an exception to this situation.The Alpenlite 2XT has 2 roof vents, 4 wall vents, and a large door vent to make it flexible for year long use.The Alpenlite 2XT will set up quickly in extreme conditions with clips and post and gromment corner attachments.

3-4 People:

AirZone Osprey 4-Person Tent(3-season)

Airzone Recreation has replaced the traditional rigid tent poles for inflatabletent poles.The inflatable poles are zippered into the tent seams.It takes about 5minutes to inflate the poles with the included air compressor which plugs into your car cigarette lighter or directly to your car battery. With 2 large doors, 2 large windows, and 2 roof vents to provide ventilation. It is durable and has quality materials throughout.

MSR Wind 4 four-season tent(All-season)

The MSR Wind 4 has greater interior space and peak height than many other quad tents on the market.The Wind 4 is suited to extreme conditions.The tent has two doors and 2 vestibules for easy access.Rain will not drip in when the doors are opened due to an efficient design.For four people the MSR Wind offers strong durable construction to ensure comfort, security, and safety.Other features include:taped seams, reflective guy cords, and reinforced stress points.With reduced meshing, the tent is a good choice for early spring or late fall camping.

Family Tent:

Kelty Green River 6 Tent(3-season)

The Kelty Green River is perfect for larger families.The reduced mesh panels make it a good choice for early spring or late fall camping.A waterproof canopy will keep everyone dry during a rain storm.It is a very roomy tent with 83 sq. feet of area and can sleep up to six adults.You don’t have to hunch over to leave or enter the tent due to the large door.Interior side pockets provide plenty of space to store your essentials.

Coleman 3-Room Family Dome Tent(3-season)

The Coleman 3_room Family Dome is is the budget alternative to the Kelty Green River.You can separate the tent into three rooms and will sleep 8.Ventilation is excellent with the mesh venting and the rainfly will keep you dry.The Coleman is a good choice for those who only camp a couple of times a year.The Coleman is easy to setup.

Now that you bought the tent, consider buying a nylon ground tarp just a little smaller than the tent floor.This will extend the life of the floor by protecting the tent floor from abrasions from rocks and such.Consider buying a rubber mallet to drive the tent stakes.You might also want to buy some sturdy tents stakes to replace the flimsy ones which usually come with tents.

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