Tent Buying Guide
Tent Buying 101: How to Choose a Tent
Types of Tents
Campsite Selection Tips:
• Clear the tent area, removing anything that could tear the floor or cause you discomfort while you sleep
• Ensure your tent is a safe distance from the fire pit
• Beware of pitching your tent directly under a tall tree that could attract lightening in a storm
• If your site is sloped, position the tent so your head will be higher than your feet
• Avoid camping in low-lying areas where water could pool easily
Flexible Tent Pole Materials +
The tent poles used in dome- and tunnel-style tents must be lightweight and flexible with strength to match the tent size. These poles are generally made from fibreglass or aluminum, each of which has pros and cons. Fiberglass poles are more economical, but wear out faster and become stiff and may shatter in cold weather. The flexibility of aluminum poles is unaffected by cold weather, but the aluminum corrodes unless the surface is protected.
Tent Materials +
Most tents are made of polyester or nylon. Polyester offers better resistance to moisture and sun exposure, but it's a bit heavier than nylon. Nylon is strong and durable and can be easily waterproofed.
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Tent Care Tips:
• Seal the tent seams for added water resistance
• Dry and vent your tent before packing it up (if you need to get on the road right away, air it out as soon as you get to your next destination)
• Pack a tent repair kit in case you need to patch holes, lose pegs, etc.
• Guard against damage to zippers by keeping them free of loose strings, dirt, etc. Be careful when unzipping and zipping your tent as damaged zippers are difficult to repair