Camping tents come in a wide variety of styles, shapes, sizes and weights for different uses. Persons using a tent should consider what type of trips you will use your tent on. Will it be recreational camping, backpacking or even an expedition. The camping tent will have a season rating, 2 season, 3 season or 4 season. Choose your tent by what seasons you will be camping in and how many people will sleep inside.
Four Season Tents
A 4 season tent, also known as winter tents or all season tents, are made to provide shelter year round. Four season tents often have stronger poles and material to withstand the harsh conditions. These tents will have steeper pitched roofs to help snow and ice from building up. Heavier fabrics may be used to help retain warmth.
These tents are considered lightweight or ultra lightweight as weight is a common concern for backpackers and hikers. A Backpacking tent may have thinner fabric, small fiberglass or aluminum poles and are very compact for ease of carrying. Available as a solo tent or multi-person tent suitable for 2 – 3 persons. Backpacking tents may not stand up to strong winds or snow like a four season tent.
Car Camping Tents
These are large freestanding tents used for the family or large groups. Normally know as 3 season tent, these are good for placing at a site near your car or RV. A mid range priced tent, these can have multiple rooms, areas large enough to fit an entire table and awnings that extend over doors to provide shade or protection from rain. These types of tents do not provide enough support and protection for extreme wind or winter weather conditions.
Truck / SUV Tents
These are unique in the fact some will fit over your truck bed and others will be freestanding, but incorporate an opening on one side that attaches to the back of your SUV. The SUV tents can be detached and used as a standard tent, so take down is not required if you need to move your vehicle.