Buying a tent: what you should know about tents
A good trekking tent defies wind and weather and offers enough space. What you should pay attention to when buying a tent and what types of tent there are, we show here…
Camping is the ultimate in every outdoor trip. But before you set off, you should think carefully about which tent shape makes sense for you and for what purpose you need the tent. Our video guide on buying a tent (above) gives you a first overview.
A good trekking tent should definitely have:
1 – The construction
Modern trekking tents have a waterproof outer skin (polyester or nylon) and a breathable inner tent (nylon). Mosquito net inserts on the inner tent must be able to be closed together with the inner tent fabric.
2 – The anteroom
At least one large vestibule is required for trekking tents. It serves as a luggage rack and covered kitchen – provided that the fabric is at least 50cm away from the stove flame.
3 – The entrances
Two entrances are convenient and practical: in summer you can switch to a draft, in stormy conditions an entrance is usually in the slipstream. Look out for lockable mosquito nets on the inner tent.
4 – Fan
Fans reduce the formation of condensation. Pay attention to two opposing scoops. They have to be completely lockable – ideally this works out from the inner tent!
5 – storm lines
Storm bracing is essential for the rock-solid stand of a tent. They work best when they are connected to the boom and there is a guy point on the lower third of the boom.
6 – tent floor
The tent floor should be made of a slightly thicker, sturdy nylon. The sides should be raised at least eight centimeters around so that no water runs into puddles.
7 – linkage
Good tent poles are made of aluminum, the segments are connected by an elastic band. But do not let the sections snap together! They can break. Even better and above all lighter: tent poles made of carbon. However, these are usually considerably more expensive.
8 – Longitudinal or transverse
If you lie across the entrances, you speak of a cross-bed. This type of tent offers the most comfort, but longitudinal beds are usually a bit lighter.
Which tent suits me? – There are these types of tent:
Dome tents are suitable for treks and mountain tours: They stand with just a few pegs and are wind-stable. Many tents offer two people more than enough space and weighs only 2.4 kilos. A good tent does not always have to be expensive, we have listed below the best tents for your next camping holiday.
Tunnel tents offer the most space for weight and brave storms thoroughly. Use: treks where every gram counts.
Geodesic tents are the most stable because the poles support each other through many crossing points. Disadvantage: the quite high weight. Geodesists are deployed on expeditions or in storm-swept areas.
Family tents or comfort tents
When it comes to biking, paddling or climbing during the day, there is a large comfort tent as a base camp. Ideal for this: a tent that is large enough for a small family with a folding table, cooking and leisure equipment.
Also good as base camp tents, but relatively expensive: teepee tents. The biggest disadvantage of tipis has been their weight. We have a tent for five people that weighs less than five kilos and has plenty of space with seven square meters. Due to their construction, teepee tents can also cope with snow loads and are also very suitable as winter tents with a built-in stove.
What makes a good trekking tent?
The majority of the tents in our tests offer two people comfortable shelter even in dirty weather. In addition, the vestibules (apses) of modern trekking tents offer enough storage space for large trekking backpacks. With the necessary caution (distance from the stove flame to the tent wall at least 50 centimeters and half to fully open outer tent doors) you can even cook in the vestibules protected from the rain and wind.
“There are two types of construction for classic trekking tents,” says tent expert Boris Gnielka. In the case of one type, the inner tent is first set up and the outer skin is only placed over it when necessary – practical in fine weather. It rains and storms, but it takes patience and experience to set up, often soaking the interior. Here, tents with a coupled inner and outer tent have a clear advantage. They can be set up with a little practice even under such adverse conditions. But one thing you should note: If the inside of the outer tent drips with condensation, you should dry it with a cloth before dismantling – otherwise the inner tent is also wet in the evening.
We have put together a selection of good and not too expensive tents and accessories for you. The Campers-Shop company has specialized in tents and accessories for years and knows exactly that a good tent doesn’t have to be expensive.