Backpacking Tents - Tent Characteristics and Top Brands

Tips for Buying a Backpacking Tent

Backpacking tents

Backpacking tents often substitute comfort for being compact and lightweight. But if you are the one who is carrying it, for a couple of days over a long distance, you’ll probably agree the lighter the better.

When looking for a backpacking tent try to find one that doesn’t weigh more than six pounds (2.7 kg) or even less if you are looking for a tent that sleeps two.

Tips for Buying a Backpacking Tent

To help keep the overall weight to a minimum look for a tent that uses aluminum poles, rather than fiberglass. Aluminum poles (those made from aircraft quality aluminum) tend to be lighter and stronger than fiberglass ones they won’t bend over time like the fiberglass poles can do over time.

Tents with fewer poles are usually lighter but they also tend to be smaller. The number of poles and the layout of the tent will also help to determine whether the tent is a freestanding one or whether it needs to be staked down so it can stay upright.

When it comes to backpacking tents, it is usually a good idea to look for one that has a decent sized vestibule. A vestibule provides a covered porch area where you can store your back overnight so it doesn’t take up room in the sleeping quarters. If you are out in the rain the vestibule also provides an area where you can take your wet clothes off before entering into the dry area inside your tent. The only time they’re not really necessary is when you are camping in an extremely dry climate.

If you are going to be backpacking and hiking in a primarily warm climate, look for a lightweight tent that has plenty of mesh as this helps keep your tent ventilated. Try to find one that has mesh in the tent walls as well as the entrance as this will keep it cooler. On the other hand if you are planning on braving cooler climates you will want tents that have solid walls to keep the warmth inside.

Good lightweight tents for backpackers are worth that extra bit of money - quality is important especially if you plan to use it in a remote or isolated area. There is nothing worse than being stuck in the middle of no where feeling wet, cold and miserable because your tent is leaking like a sieve, ripped or broken.

Some of the popular brands of mountaineering and backpacking tents include: Khyam, Coleman, Kelty, Eureka, Gelert and Vango.

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