How to buy a good tent?

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"I can't afford to buy cheap stuff"

It would seem that anyone could handle this question. However, to be honest, some people will buy an expensive tent just because it is branded, while some people will buy cheap because it is "just a tent" and there is no need to overpay. They may end up wake up to their ankles in the water one night because the tent gets wet or otherwise fails. A well-thought-out purchase will allow them to avoid this type of situation.

Quality usually goes hand in hand with price, so we should not save on it. A decent tent will serve us for years , not one season. Buying a new tent every year at the lowest price is far from economical.

Plans for the future

Not very original, but certainly the correct conclusion is that the golden mean is the best. If our trips are rather bargain, we can buy a good tent, but not necessarily the most expensive one. And if you plan to travel often and spend the night in various types of places (not only camping, but also "in the wild", on the beach, etc.), a high-class model will be a reasonable purchase. Made of decent material, with a flysheet made of maximally waterproof polyester (e.g. rip-stop PU 3000), bars made of aluminum stiffening the tent or a glass fiber frame ensuring flexibility. This flexibility is important during strong winds and quick pitching of the tent.

An important question to ask is how many people will travel with us . To allow everyone a comfortable sleep, it is reasonable to buy a larger tent - if we are visiting the world in a 2-bed, we will be comfortable in a 3-4-person model. The tent itself should be high enough to be able to stand upright in it. One person should handle it, so it is important that the structure of the tent allows for quick unfolding and folding. Channels through which construction masts are passed should not be too long. It is equally important that you can unfold the flysheet (outer shell) first, and then attach the bedroom. This is especially important for people who know they can often encounter a bad aura. Ventilation openings should be positioned as high as possible - this prevents condensation from condensing inside the tent.

Which type of tent should I choose?

There are many types of tents on the market today. Depending on the destination, the producers define them as: family, camping, trekking or expedition. During tourist trips, camping tents are optimal, but if 4-5 people take part in our trip, it is better to consider family tents with 2 or even 3 bedrooms.

For campers, a good tent is essential. Many people buy it based on the information provided by the seller, but in the meantime you have to think about what kind of tent a particular person needs. And choose the perfect one for yourself.

We wrote here about what, apart from the tent, we should take with us for camoing.


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