How to Choose a Tent

Here are a few tips on choosing your new tent

How many people will be using the tent? Your tent should have at least 2′ x 6′ of room for each adult.

How will you use your tent? If you are using your tent for fair weather, no rain & mild temperatures, a 2 or 3 season tent will be best. When using your tent in rainy or harsh weather, a 3 or 4 season tent will be best for you.

How often will you be using your tent? If you are using your tent several times a year, you should have a tent that is strong and durable.

How much interior space do you need? This will depend on the number of people that will occupy the tent and how much gear you need to store.

Will weight be an issue? Weight usually will only be a factor if you are a backpacker or hiker. You will enjoy having a light weight tent.

Styles of Tents

Dome: Usually rounded or dome shaped. Provides good wind resistance, stable, quick, easy set up.
Cabin: Usually square or rectangle. Provides more upright room. Stable, quick, easy set up.
A Frame: Simple A style. Excellent wind, rain & snow protection. Exceptionally stable, quick, easy set up.

Different Seasons of Tents

2 Season Tents: Fair weather tent. Usually least expensive.
3 Season Tents: Rain and light snow, mild wind. Most popular.
4 Season Tents: High winds, heavy snow or rain. Full coverage flys & vestibules. Can be used year round.

Sizes Of Tents:

Solo: One person tents.
Backpacking: 2 – 3 person tents that are light weight for easy carry.
Family: 4 + person tents.


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Canvas: A closely woven, heavy cloth of cotton or linen, used for tents, sails, etc.


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Steel: A heavy metal usually coated for rust resistance.