Camping Tents: Needs, top brands and considerations
Camping tents fall into two main categories, those that are suitable for backpacking campers or those that make great family camping tents. The backpacking variety is big on being lightweight but usually light on being comfortable.
Family and Backpacking Tents
Whereas, some large family sized tents can be too heavy to carry on your back but they’re like a home away from home providing plenty of sleeping space, privacy and room for camping gadgets.
Family camping tents can also be broken down into a further two groups, these include: Dome or cabin style tents.
Cabin ones are ideal for campers who enjoy all the comforts of home while still enjoying the outdoors. The straighter walls provide more headroom, so you don’t need to stoop while inside, as well as providing more space for tables, chairs or chillers etc. Cabin tents can also come with large windows and curtains or room dividers for added privacy. These models are usually heavier than a dome as the poles can be made from heavy steel and the fabric used is often heavy canvas. This does make them very strong and durable but also very cumbersome and bulky to store making them best suited to longer stays in an established camping ground.
Dome style camping tents are now the most popular style on the market. They have the added bonus of being lightweight, easy to assemble as well as being generally less expensive than the cabin style. One of the few negatives of a dome is they don’t utilize space as efficiently as a cabin tent due to their dome shaped walls.
The two main considerations when backpacking are weight and pack size. If you’re carrying your tent on your back for several weeks you’ll want it to be as light and compact as possible. However, it is worth making sure your tent has a decent sized vestibule to store you packs and equipment. Another good tip is to make sure your tent has aluminum alloy poles as these are usually lighter and stronger than the fiberglass variety.
Some of the popular brands of camping tents include: Coleman, Eureka, Hillary, Wenzel and Kelty.