Key Tent Features

Key Tent Features

15/07/2021 Off By chadmin

Peak Height

 

If you like being able to stand up when changing clothes or enjoy the airiness of a high ceiling, then look for a tent with a tall peak height (listed in the spec charts).
Cabin-style tents feature near-vertical walls to maximize overall peak height and livable space, (and some models come with family-pleasing features such as room dividers and an awning, or a vestibule door that can be staked out as such).
Dome-style tents offer superior strength and wind-shedding abilities, both of which you’ll appreciate on a stormy night. They stand tall in the centre, but their walls have more of a slope which slightly reduces livable space.

 

Tent Floor Length

If you’re tall (over 6 feet) or as additional space, consider a tent with a floor length of 90 inches (rather than the more typical 84 – 88 inches).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tent Doors

When choosing your tent, think about the number of doors you need as well as their shape and orientation. If you’re camping with your family, multiple doors help you avoid climbing over each other for midnight bathroom breaks. Cabin-style tents tend to shine in this area. Also, note how easy or noisy the doors are to zip open and shut. YKK zippers on the doors resist snagging and breaking better than others.

 

 

 

 

Tent Poles

 

A tent’s pole structure helps determines how easy or hard it is to pitch. Virtually all family tents these days are freestanding. This means they do not require stakes to set up. The big advantage of this is that you can pick the tent up and move it to a different location prior to staking. You can also easily shake dirt out of it before taking it down.
Fewer poles allow faster setups. It’s also easier to attach poles to clips than it is to thread them through long pole sleeves. Many tents use both clips and short pole sleeves in an effort to balance strength, ventilation and setup ease. Colour-coded corners and pole clips also make setup faster. Aluminium poles are stronger and more durable than fibreglass.

 

Rainfly

A rainfly is a separate waterproof cover designed to fit over the roof of your tent. Use it whenever rain or dew is expected, or any time you want to retain a little extra warmth. Two rainfly types are common. Roof-only rainflies allow more light and views while offering fair rain protection. Full-coverage rainflies offer maximum protection from wind and rain.

 

 

 

 

 

Tent Materials

When you’re shopping, be aware that higher-denier fabric canopies and rainflies are more rugged than lower-denier ones. Also, seam tape and high-denier fabrics on tent floors reduce the odds of leakage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vestibules / Garage

Shelters or awnings attach to your tent for the purpose of storing or sheltering your muddy or dusty boots or keeping your packs out of the rain. They can be an integral part of the rainfly or add-on items that are sold separately.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ventilation

Mesh panels are often used in the ceiling, doors and windows of tents. This allows views and enhances cross-ventilation to help manage condensation. For hot, humid climates, seek out larger mesh panels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interior Loops and Pockets

A lantern loop is often placed at the top centre of a tent’s ceiling for hanging a lantern. Loops on interior tent walls can be used to attach a mesh shelf (called a gear loft, sold separately) to keep small items off of the tent floor. Similarly, interior pockets help keep your tent organized.

 

 

 

 

 

Guy-Out Loops

Higher-quality tents will include loops on the outside of the tent body for attaching guy lines. Guy lines allow you to batten down the hatches – no flapping fabric – during high winds.