July 5, 2006 - Admin
T’is the Season for Tents
Yes, it is the season for tent sales. Summer vacation means camping season is in full swing and hunting season isn’t that far away. Eight of our top ten best selling items are tents; and looking at our top one hundred most popular selling? items, thirty are tents. So, if you or someone you know is in the market for a tent, read on!
There are a number of things to consider when looking for your first ever or a? replacement tent. The first item to review? should probably be size. You will find tents advertised by the number of people they? hold. Unfortunately, the numbers are based on either very small people or on zero extra space, meaning you have to crawl over someone’s bunk or sleeping bag to get to yours. If you want to be realistic, divide the advertised number by two. Unless you are backpacking and weight is a major concern, you will greatly appreciate the extra space.?
As a rule of thumb, a 10 foot by 10 foot tent is an ideal space for two adults. When family camping, children will obviously take less space. However, you may want to consider a separate tent or tents for the kids. They will enjoy the adventure and you will enjoy the extra privacy and the weatherproof space to stow gear. It may be the American way, but more is not always better. Pictures of? the larger? family size tents look good on our Web page, but in the wilderness it’s sometimes hard to find a nice level spot for tents larger than 10×10. Also, tents with straight sides (squares and rectangles) provide more usable interior space than round tents.
Most modern tents are equipped with quality aluminum or fiberglass poles. These poles sometimes take a beating so it’s important that replacements be available from your dealer, or as a last resort, the tent’s manufacturer. Most modern tents come with a floor. This is a very convenient feature, but you will probably want to purchase a “floor saver” to put under the tent. The floor saver protects the tent floor from sharp rocks and roots that might damage it. This accessory also keeps the bottom of the tent cleaner for the ride back home.
Another important part of the new tent buying decision is the weather you expect to face when camping. Most tents will easily weather a gentle rain or light winds. For summer use, cross ventilation is probably more important than other weather related options. However, if you plan to use the same tent for cold weather camping, you will want to look? for three season tents. The fourth season would include snow conditions requiring a more specialized mountaineering tent. The three season tent should be breathable, allowing the inside water vapor to escape.
Now for the big question, how much should I expect to pay for my tent? The quick and easy answer is, you get what you pay for. (Yep, sounds just like your dad, right?)? More expensive tents are constructed of heaver materials. The poles are easily replaced and the zippers, snaps, eyes? and ties are of heavier construction. If you are new to camping and you don’t know if tent camping will be a long term? interest for you, then lower cost tents may be an option. Our high quality tents by manufacturers like Eureka, Kelty, Coleman and Sierra Designs are designed to provide many long years of service.
Picking the perfect tent the very first time is? a definite? plus. But the most important decision is to enjoy the outdoors with your family this summer. Hiking, camping and enjoying nature creates memories that can last a lifetime. Oh, and remember to take lots of pictures.
Enjoy the outdoors.