A Guide on Choosing Tents for Camping

A Guide on Choosing Tents for Camping

Many of us enjoy going camping with our families or friends during the summer. This article will help you pick the ideal camping tent—your home away from home—whether the campground is a major attraction or simply your base camp for local activities.

Sleeping Capacity in a Tent

When picking for a tent, consider the size of your group and whether or not you'll need extra space for more friends, goods, or dogs. Please remember, however, that there is no industry standard for tent measurements per person.

Our usual guideline when considering tent capacity ratings is to assume a tight fit. If you need additional space, consider increasing the capacity of your tent by one person, especially if you or your typical tent companion(s):

  • are big people 
  • have fear of closed spaces 
  • toss and turn at night 
  • Sleep better with more elbow room than average  
  • Toddler and dog

Seasonality of Tents

Tents for 3 Seasons

3-season camping tents are compact shelters built for the comparatively temperate temperatures of spring, summer, and fall. They are by far the most common option for tents. They usually include a lot of mesh panels to help with the airflow. Insects are kept out by mesh panels (but can still let in powdery blowing sand). 3-season tents can withstand downpours when properly pitched with a taut rainfly, but they are not the best choice for prolonged exposure to extreme storms, violent winds, or heavy snow.

Main functions of 3-season tent: 

  • Keeps you dry in case of light rain or snow. 
  • Protect yourself from insects. 
  • plan for privacy.

3-Season Tents 4-Season Tents

Extended-season (3+ season) tents are designed for extended 3-season use, making them ideal for journeys in the early springtime fall when moderate snow is likely. 

They usually have one or two extra poles and lesser net panels than pure three-season variants. This makes them more durable and toasty than their three-season counterparts. Extended-season campsites are a fantastic alternative for folks who travel to exposed, high-elevation locations regularly. While they are extremely durable, they are not as well-equipped for tough winter conditions as 4-season tents.

Tents for 4 Seasons

Mountaineering tents are designed to endure strong winds and heavy snow loads and can be used in any season. Their primary role, however, is to remain steadfast in the face of extremely unfavorable weather, which occurs primarily in the winter or above treetops.

4 season tents have additional poles and hard material than 3 season ones. Their circular dome designs eliminate the possibility of snow accumulation on flat roofs. They have a limited number of screen panels and rainfly that are close to the ground. A hindrance is posed at ventilation, where they appear heated even in suitable weather conditions. Complete protection from a 4 season tent is guaranteed on the contrary.

Tent Highlights

Height of the Peak

Look for a tent with a lofty peak height if you want to be able to stand up while getting dressed or enjoy the earthiness of a high ceiling (listed in the spec charts).

To increase overall peak height and usable space, cabin-style tents have near-vertical walls (and some models come with family-pleasing features such as room dividers and an awning, or a vestibule entrance that can be ignored).

On a windy night, you'll appreciate the improved strength and wind-shedding properties of dome-style tents. They are towering in the center, but their walls have a small incline, reducing the amount of habitable area.

Length of Tent Floor

Consider a campsite with a floor-length of 90 inches (rather than the more common 84–88 inches) if you're tall (over 6 feet) or prefer more space.

Doors for Tents

Consider the number of entrances you'll need, as well as their design and orientation while selecting your tent. Multiple doors assist you to avoid stumbling over each other for nocturnal bathroom breaks if you're camping with your family. Cabin-styled tents have the edge over here. Take note of how easy or noisy it is to open and close the doors. In general, YKK zippers can be exposed to harsh conditions without breaking than others.

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