Tents Come in All Shapes And Sizes
Seasoned hikers and campers have their favorite tents that they have been using for years. If you are just starting, one of your goals would be to find a suitable tent that meets your needs and preference. With many tent options on the market, it can be a real challenge.
Backpacking tents are available in a range of sizes and setup configurations, each having advantages and disadvantages. There are tents designed for a different number of people from single cot style to a six-person tent. Besides, you also need to consider whether you want a tarp tent, a freestanding, or a semi-free standing setup. How does one choose a tent from this many tent selections?
What To Look For In A Tent
If you're browsing a wide range of tents, you need a guide that can help you narrow down your choices. Let’s go with four basic factors: capacity, weight, durability, and livability.
How many people will use the tent? Are you going solo? By pair? Or with a large group? Even if you’re going solo, you can opt for a 2-person tent since it will give enough room for all your gear. It is important to check the size for a 1-person or 2-person tent as it can vary across different brands.
As the weight of your hiking tent contributes significantly to your entire burden, tent manufacturers make a special effort to minimize weight. Look at the minimum trail weight, packed size, and packaged weight.
Durability is crucial when looking for the best hiking tent on a budget. See to it that the tent you get is composed of weather-resistant materials like coated nylon or waterproof textiles. Keep an eye out for sturdy construction, such as waterproof seams, taped seams, and other elements that offer additional protection.
When we say livability, we mean all the tent features that will make your stay in the tent enjoyable. How spacious or congested a tent feels to you has a significant role in how livable it is. What you want is an airy and welcoming atmosphere which you can get from its materials and designs. The rainfly color, vestibule, doors, and ventilation also contribute to this.
Despite your budget constraints, you can still find a high-quality tent that will suit you on your adventures for a long time.