How to choose a tent for tourism

How to choose a travel tent? Among the huge variety of various shapes, sizes, capacity and water resistance, I do not want to get lost and to choose the one which is best suited for your journey. To avoid mistakes and not to regret the hasty choice while Hiking, away from civilization, take a few minutes and examine carefully presented on the basis of several factors. So, what better tent? Try to understand the points and make the right choice.

Tourist today is widely available on the market and differ from each other both in performance and price range. Below are some considerations that will help You navigate and make the best decision.

Manufacturer. Tourist and camping tents from manufacturers are more expensive than average, but we should not forget that these companies value their name and therefore can't afford to offer the customer products with low quality. Brand reputation is a guarantee of quality and reliability of the products. Because of the quality of equipment depends on Your safety!

Appointment. the Main selection criterion is the type of tent. If You accurately represent the purpose of his journey and future operating conditions of the tent, it is a guarantee that the choice will be made correctly. There are currently three basic classes of tents - extreme, trekking and camping. Extreme - tents for mountaineering and mountain trekking, trekking is the most versatile class of tents for Hiking , camping tents large and comfortable for outings.

Seasonality. a Fairly General setting, describing the purpose of the tent. Summer - sustainable zero temperature without prolonged rains and strong winds. Spring-fall temperature down to below zero, strong winds, prolonged rains, snow. Winter - all weather conditions.

Materials. depending on the appointment to design the tents using different materials and technologies. These major components make up the cost of the tent and its functional properties.

General appearance and workmanship of the individual elements

Modern is a technologically complex product that requires a fairly high technical level of production. Pay attention to the workmanship of the tent as a whole, individual elements and accessories. Lightning should not seize up, the seams must be neatly stitched and sealed. Loaded elements should be strengthened. Metal elements-eyelets should be performed gently and without burrs. If You see crooked seams, and sticking out all over threads, it is better to buy a tent from another manufacturer.

product Passport

Each piece is self-respecting and buyers the manufacturer has a passport (or the manual), which should be clearly stated in the product specifications, conditions of operation and maintenance, information on the materials used and warranty.
tourist tent And also must possess such a document is specified in the product specifications and operation conditions are the results of various tests conducted by the manufacturer. The implementation of the rules of operation guarantee a long and trouble-free service tents. The lack of data about materials and technical characteristics says about the poor quality maker! Notice on printing and workmanship of the passport.


Before you buy a tent you should pay attention to the designation of materials, for example:
  • Polyester 185 T, RipStop, waterproof 4000 mm water column
  • Polyester 185 T, water resistance 4,000 mm water column
  • 30D, 250 T, SI, RipStop, silicone-coated, waterproof 3000 mm water column
  • Lightweight breathable RipStop
  • Polyester P 150 D Oxford, waterproof 6000 mm water column
  • Polyethylene PE 10x12, 145 g/m2, water resistance 4,000 mm water column

technical characteristics:

  • 185Т, 250T (Thread Count) is the total number of threads per square inch in the longitudinal and transverse directions. The greater the number of threads, the denser the fabric.
  • 30D, 150D Den (So) - the thickness of the threads involved in weaving.
  • Polyester, nylon, polyethylene – chemical composition of the filaments
  • Rip Stop weaves of the fabric, where after a certain number of threads woven more thick thread. In this case, the fabric is more tear-resistant, with a slight increase of weight.
  • PU, SI – treatment fabric (polyurethane, silicone preda).
  • 3000 - the waterproof index of the tissue in mm of water column (up to 1500mm fabric cannot be considered waterproof, when the rain it will begin to leak; 2500mm and more - the fabric of the awning will withstand almost any weather conditions).

Correctly transcribe the names of materials, for example:
Nylon 30D, 250 T, SI, RipStop, waterproof 3000 mm water column a fabric made of a special polyamide thread with the type of weave RipStop, 30D thickness in longitudinal and in transverse directions, the density of the 250T, with a silicone coating, which keeps 3000mm water column. Fabric has water repellent upper treatment.

Tent. The thickness and density of the filaments of the tent is responsible for the strength. More thick filaments does not always give greater weight to the fabric, if the material of the awning using a special weaving thread. The density of the weave - not less important parameter. Spongy tissue warps, stretches badly and, as a rule, is not durable. Polyester and nylon are more resistant to UV radiation than other materials, which is very important for tents.

water-Resistant (the resistance) is a very important indicator, which is measured in mm water column. Camping tents, outdoor awning fabric has a score of 2500 or more, will confront almost any rain. It is important that the specified in the characteristics of the tents of the value of water resistance is accurate. 2500mm water resistance is achieved by a double application of polyurethane coating, 4000mm - with a triple coating and so on. Polyurethane impregnation tents PU is applied from the inner side of the tent, a special technology that it does not crumble and crack. The question arises: a need for such a high resistance? It's very simple: water droplet with a certain weight falling from a great height, has a kinetic energy (force of impact) and when it hit the awning can simply "punch" the material with low resistance. The second reason is the material will eventually wear out and over time begins to flow. Accordingly, the more the water resistance of the tent, the longer it will serve Your travel tents.

Silicone impregnation is usually applied to the top or bottom layer of material (can be applied on top and impregnation PU). This impregnation is very durable and functional: silicone prevents moisture from accumulating in the fibers of the fabric. When this silicone coating significantly increases the strength tissue in the gap and the elasticity of the material. When using weave fabric Rip Stop awning, the awning will be stronger with a slight weight gain. Pay attention to the sizing seams. They should be taped with special termrental. Other methods of gluing or stitch after a short operation will flow and stretch the seam.

Inner tent. The inner tent should be comfortable and functional, to have additional accessories, such as a ring for the lamp, pockets, a convenient double zipper, mosquito net. Preferable a light color inner tent. The fabric from which made the inner tent, must have the following properties: lightness, durability (preferably a Rip Stop weave), to have "breathing" properties.

the Bottom. The material of the tent bottom can be made of fabric of the outer tent or structural polyethylene. The fabric on the bottom of the tent should be waterproof (at least 2500) that the water does not penetrate inside the tent under extreme pressure. The seams of the floor, if it is made of polyethylene, should be boiled thoroughly, especially pay attention to the corner seams.

Arc is one of the important components of a tent. Arc travel tents are made of steel, aluminum alloys of varying quality, fibreglass and epoxy resins.

Fiberglass - the material of glass fibre epoxy resins. Relatively heavy and less durable (lifespan up to 5 years), but has a number of advantages: the absence of residual deformation, high strength and elasticity, low price.

Durapol (Plastic material consisting of fiberglass filler fastened with synthetic resin) has all the features of fibreglass arches, but even more durable and reliable.

Aluminievye alloys - the most modern materials for arcs. They are durable, not subject to deformation at low temperatures. Depending on the type of alloy can vary greatly in performance and, consequently, price.

Steel arc
are used, usually in large tents, weight does not matter. Very strong and durable.

Accessories and "stuff". Tourist tents should be not only comfortable, but also functional, that is why pay special attention to the little things! It is the accessories and small details will tell You about the quality of the tent.
- brass eyelets must be done efficiently and accurately;
- lightning should not eat during test opening of the tent in a sports shop;
- mosquito net with small cells;
- straps - lightweight and durable. They should pass easily through the adjusting buckle;
- cords for storm delays - the durable and thin, and also visible in the dark and day;
- pegs - light and strong, not bendable;
- the seams on the tent and bottom of tent should be properly taped.

what is the price of the tent . Identical at first glance, the tents can be quite different on price. It's not a trick of the seller, although it is not excluded, and significant differences in used in the manufacture of tent materials and technologies. The use of expensive materials increases the performance characteristics of the tent: light weight, durability, possibility of use in all weather conditions, durability, but also leads to a significant increase in the price, but if you really want to buy a tent that will last you a long time — don't skimp, because in this case the price always justifies itself!
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