Hiking Camping Tent Buying Guide
Whether you go backpacking to view scenery that cannot be viewed from your car window, to get fit, or even just to be one with nature, you’ll find that it is a very fun experience. People have been backpacking for centuries and there are plenty of trails throughout the world for you to hike on.
I’ve been backpacking many times and have trekked for miles and miles throughout my life. Although I have a number of useful backpacking items, I think it is safe to say that a backpacker is nothing without his or her backpacking tents. Even the best hikers will not do well without a good night’s sleep at the end of each day. A few poor nights of sleep can quickly end a long hiking trip.
I wrote this article to discuss some of the main criteria for picking out a solid backpacking tent. I’ll go over the main things to look for so you can look through the backpacking tents at the store and easily choose one that meets all of your needs.
Finding a tent that is big enough to fit both you and your hiking gear should be one of the first things on your mind. You do not want to be in a tent that you cannot fully stretch out in. I have never been able to get a good night’s sleep in a tent that did not let me stretch out to my fullest. When you purchase a tent that does not fit all of your gear you will have to leave it outside of the tent which will expose it to the weather, thieves, and even animals.
Buying a tent that can hold its own against the weather is another important thing to do. Good hiking tents should protect you against extreme heat, extreme cold, water, and high winds. If you are sleeping in a very hot climate, you will need to get a tent with proper ventilation to keep you from suffering heat stroke.
Making sure that your tent is easy to setup and light enough to easily carry is yet another important job. Backpacking tents cannot be considered backpacking tents if you cannot easily carry them with you. The weight of the tent should be light enough that you can hike with it and the size should be small enough that it fits in your pack. This will of course differ based off of your particular strength, skill, and the terrain you will be navigating.
Ease of setup needs to be considered because you may not have the energy for a long and arduous tent setup at the end of your day of hiking. You’ll want something that you can put up in about five to ten minutes. Just be sure you do not sacrifice wind durability for ease of setup.
Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of backpacking tents and what to look for when purchasing them.