Choosing the Right Backpacking Tents

When you go on a backpacking activity away from the comforts of your home, you are sure to experience the beauty of the wilderness and soak yourself in the pleasant charms of the Nature. But then, there are other nature-ly challenges awaiting you. High winds and bad weather at the altitudes are something that you need to protect yourself from. Again the bugs and insects that want to partner with you, is another worry. A little bit of privacy, as an individual or as a couple, from fellow campers is never too bad. A backpacking tent should offer you all the above features. Naturally, depending on your requirements for the excursion, you have a plethora of tent options. Choosing a right backpacking tent could involve thinking on varied lines. Let’s take a look at them here.

Backpacking Tent

Types of Tents

The classification relies on various factors. The number of people that it can accommodate in it will decide its capacity. You have right from solo – weighing 2-3 pounds weight – to 4-person models. Don’t miss out on adding your child’s or dog’s capacity if they are accompanying you. Weather conditions on where and when you camp – warm, humid or cold climes – also enhance the classification further. Further, the material used for the tent also makes each type different.

Backpacking Vs Conventional Tents

An ultra light backpacking tent clearly scores brownie points over a conventional tent due to a few of its key differences. As the name suggests, ultra light ones are made up of lighter materials. That makes them packable to an extremely small size. They contain minimal structural supports, too. This is a big plus point for the campers who carry them as the light weight saves them room for other camping activity related gear.

Seasons and Tents

A good tent must provide a great shelter to its inhabitants from seasonal vagaries. A three-season tent, suitable for temperate climates of spring, summer and fall is one of the most popular types among backpackers. When pitched with a firm rain fly, it can withstand downpours. Extended-season (more than 3 seasons) tent is engineered for sustained 3-season use and can also take up moderate snow in early spring and late fall. They are sturdier than 3-season ones as they generally include more poles and less mesh panels than the latter.

Material Used

Almost every tent has poles to pitch it. Poles are made of aluminum or carbon fiber. Floors and flies have either coated polyester, coated nylon, or cuben fiber as the main fabric. Nylon is stronger and more scratch resistant than polyester. A coating is required for both materials to become waterproof. Polyester formulations are great for mountaineering tents. Nylon being more slippery than polyester, is ideal in winter as snow slides off easily. Lightweight cuben fiber can be repaired easily and holds no water keeping the tent lighter.

Caring for Your Tent

Don’t stuff a wet tent. First dry it, else dampness can break down the fabric coating faster, subjecting it to abrasion. Then, with poles inside, fold and roll it up. When pitching, additional cords help elongate the mid-level guy lines. It makes sense to add extra cord to vestibule as well as ground level guy loops. If your tent is not strong enough to face the wild winds, better pull it down and take help of a rain fly to wrap yourself.

         Armed with reasonable information on backpacking tents, you may go ahead with your preparations for your upcoming camping adventure. Finally, while choosing a camping site, take help of a map before you start. Prefer a dry ground over a wet one and a durable one like gravel or granite slabs. A suitable tent coupled with suitable site is sure to make your excursion a memorable one.

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