Get ready for the trip - part II - the tent

2017-02-14
Get ready for the trip - part II - the tent

Camping trip is one of the best ways to spend your vacation. Whether you're traveling with friends or family, or just the two of you, camping is always associated with an unforgettable adventure. However, before you go to a camping site or nature, it is important to bring a good tent with you. By good, I mean a tent that will protect against rain in the event of bad weather and provide comfort during the day, and when the wind is strong, it will stand steadily. But how do you choose the right tent if you don't necessarily know it?

The answer is simple - use our summary. It will let you understand the entire specification and make it easier to choose the right tent, let's get started!

Before you buy a tent and read further information, you need to answer one awesome, very awesome question (3 questions in total):

  • Where are you going - mountains, forest, lake or tropics?
  • How many people or animals will sleep with you in the tent?
  • What means of transport do you choose: a car and a bike, public transport or on foot?

Phase I - Type of tourism

Type of tourism Basic features of the tent
trekking - lightweight design
- low weight (max. 4 kg)
- easy to unfold and fold
- high water resistance
fishing-sunbathing - construction without one wall or opening walls
- usually single-coat
- ultralight
extreme / high mountain
tourism
- extremely stable
- high level of water and wind resistance
- take up very little space
camping - extended interior (vestibules, bedrooms)
- stable construction
- act as a tourist home

Highlander Loch Lomond - see in the store

Highlander Sycamore 4 - see in the store

Phase II - Tent construction

construction The most important features
of the tent
tunnel - a structure based on
half-rounded bends
- easy to set up
igloo - vault structure based on
a crossed frame
- floor (most often) on a square plan
pop up - a few seconds to set up
- flexible / resilient frame
hybrid (tunnel + igloo) - large internal space
- extremely stable frame
hammock-tent - mounted on trees
- intended mainly for survival,
tropics and safari trips

Mil-Tec Igloo Super - see in the store

Highlander Oak 6 - see in the store

See how we pitched this tent

Phase III - Tent type

Type of tent Advantages (+) and disadvantages (-)
single coat + easy to set up
+ extremely light
+ ideal for trips on warm, sunny days
- susceptible to getting wet
double coat + waterproof tropic
+ extended bedroom
+ less susceptible to leakinge
- harder to set up
- heavier than single coat tents

Phase IV - Water resistance

Water resistance
index
Durability Use
less than 1000 mm - shelter from light rain - trips to sunny areas
with low rainfall
~ 1500 mm - protect
the inside of the tent
during heavy rain
- ideal for festivals
and trips during the summer
~ 2000 mm - protect the inside of the tent
even after a few hours
of heavy rain
- perfect for several days
of camping, kayaking and holiday travel
~ 3000 mm - perfectly suited to
moderate climate during
heavy downpours
- intended for camping, trekking expeditions,
scout camps and trips lasting several days
powyżej 4000 mm - full protection against
prolonged rainfall
- works well in any weather,
regardless of the direction of departure

Phase V – Frame

Frame type Advantages (+) and disadvantages (-)
fiberglass + is perfect for tents for family camping or trips in the warm season
+ works best in tents like igloo or tunnel
- the glass fiber may break at very low temperatures
aluminium + ideal for demanding, windy trips
+ high material strength at low temperature
- the material is more prone to bending
inflatable + construction does not require a large commitment of several people when setting up
+ fast unfolding time
- need to take a pump
- possibility of puncturing by placing in areas not adapted to this type of tents

In addition, tents with external and internal frames are distinguished. In most models of tents, the internal skeleton requires first setting up the bedroom, and then imposing the tropics. Therefore, tents with an external frame work better in very adverse conditions, e.g. when traveling to rainy areas.

Phase VI - Additional features

Feature Benefits
mosquito net protection against all kinds of insects, mosquitoes, ticks; this option is useful when traveling in hot weather - comfort during sleep ensured by better air flow, while protecting against mosquitoes
welded seams guarantee of better wind and water resistance of the tent
vestibule additional space for leaving luggage
entrance with
roofing option
it is possible to arrange a dining room, porch or play area for
children during rainy weather
pockets the ability to hide the important things at your fingertips
hooks placed in the upper part allow suspension of lighting
separate bedrooms ensuring privacy, mental and physical comfort
integrated floor seals the tent structure and protects against flooding
fireproof
threads / coating
special threads / coating extinguishes spontaneously after removal of the fire source
ventilation vents better air circulation
windows in the form
of transparent panels
transparent panels in the walls that allow you to see
the environment or check the weather
without leaving the tent
air flow
systems
ensure better air circulation inside the tent,
which results in better sleeping comfort
and everyday use
reflective elements in a crisis, it is easier for rescuers to find our tent
cover makes it easy to move and store the tent

Author: Joanna Rassmus

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