how to choose tent

how to choose tent

What tent is right for me? That’s a common question, which I asked myself many times before making the correct decision. Below is some information that should help you choose the right one for your needs. The time of year you’ll be camping is one of the primary factors to consider.

how to choose tent

Three-season Tents:

  • A three-season tent is generally built for warm climates. These tents are typically capable of withstanding light snow. The basic rule of thumb is that three-season correlates with Spring, Summer, and Autumn.
  • Three-season tents range from around 4 lbs. to 8lbs which will vary depending on materials used in their manufacture, and the number of oocupants the tent is designed for.

Four-season Tents:

  • These are often referred to as all-season tents, but still aren’t capable of withstanding extreme conditions and heavier snowfall.
  • Weight ranges from approximately 5lbs to 10lbs.

Mountaineering Tents:

  • This is really a subcategory of four-season tents. They are designed to withstand harsh winter conditions.
  • Often used specifically for winter camping.
  • You’ll notice in some product descriptions the use of phrases like “ideal for mountaineers/mountaineering.”
  • Range in weight from 5-10lbs which will vary depending on materials used in their manufacture.

3 and 4 Season Convertible Tents:

  • These tents are designed for year round use with the same weather blocking features as the 4 season.
  • The difference is convertible tents have removable ventilation covers for use in warmer months.
  • Slightly heavier than your typical 3 season tent.

Another consideration is obviously, how many people will be using the tent?

  • Tents are listed as 1-person(bivy sacks) 2-person, 3-person and so on.
  • If you’re looking for a 2-person tent, but like a little extra space, a 3-person may be more inline with your need for comfort.

Miscellaneous Considerations.

  • D-shaped doors now seem to be the standard which improves accessibility when entering and exiting the tent.
  • Look for a tent that comes with a rain fly.
  • Hikers generally prefer a more compact tent which is often referred to as a hoop style tent.
  • For family camping, choose a dome or cabin tent rated for the number of campers utilizing the tent