1 Man Tent
If you are backpacking and solo traveling you should consider a 1 man tent. It is an essential piece of equipment to keep you cozy and safe during your adventures. The things you should be aware of when choosing the right tent for you are:
- The weight of the tent.
- How easily can it be set up?
- The type of the outdoor activity you will use it for and the season when you are going to use it.
- The budget you are planning to spend on your tent.
It is very important for you to choose a durable fabric for the tent. It is also important to choose the right colors on the tent because different colors spread the light differently inside the tent. This is very important when you use the tent in a certain season because dark colors attract light faster than the light colors.
You have to be very careful when choosing your tent because it is one of the key factors to make your trip pleasant and unforgettable! You have to remember that it will be your mobile house while traveling so it will have to suit your needs. In pre-historic times, nomadic people were using them as their homes.
Lots of Different Brands Are Available
There are many tent makers on the market and many of them can really offer you quality tents. Some of the most popular brands are Great Land, Coleman, Eddie Bauer, Wenger, Husky, Hannah, Bask and many more. But really the brand popularity depends on which your country you live in.
There are many advantages when you buy a 1 person tent. One of them is that it can save you some money because it is less expensive. It can also save you the trouble of bringing sleeping mats and ground sheets. It is also easier to assemble and dismantle. It is, of course, lighter in weight and it takes a smaller area for a surface.
Some of the tent makers have ongoing sales on their products from time to time. So it is always good to check the internet sites of these producers and be up to date on what they can offer for sale. This can also save you some money if you have a limited budget to spend. This can also help you in getting a great quality tent for less money. A little research always brings in good results and is always worth the time.
Solo camping is a great way to explore the outdoors and enjoy the nature to its maximum. So why not make that an extraordinary experience with choosing the right tent for you.
Buying a 1 Person Tent
If you like to go camping and you like to go alone, you will need to buy a 1 person tent to suit your solitary needs. There are many options that you have to choose from if you are looking into 1 person tents from season tents to backpacking tents. The best thing to do is to do some research before you purchase a tent.
It is best that when you are looking for your new tent to make sure that the tent is durable, comfortable, and easily portable. Durability is especially important if you go camping quite often. Because after multiple uses you do not want your tent to start falling apart.
Comfort is a must if you go camping often as well because you do not want to be uncomfortable while sleeping in your tent. You might mess up your back if you are not comfortable.
Ease of portability is always a definite must when it comes to buying your tent. Because you do not want to have trouble taking your tent from campsite to campsite. Thus, in this case, a bulky, heavy tent would be out of the question and it would be advisable to purchase a lightweight tent.
Tents for Four Season Use
Four season tents are suitable for all four seasons. This means that you can go camping in any season, whether it is fall, winter, spring, or summer. You can go out and enjoy the great outdoors anytime you want with this. However, it is much harder to find a 1 person 4 season tent on the market.
A 1 person backpacking tent is great if you are an avid fan of hiking and taking long camping trips. Backpacking tents are portable by putting them in a backpack. This not only makes it easier but also reduces the overall weight of the carrying load.
There is a multitude of choices that you can make when it comes to purchasing your new tent. Whether you are a fan of camping and go almost every week or an occasional camper who enjoys the solidarity of camping by yourself, you will need a durable, comfortable, and portable tent that works well for you.
So get out there and enjoy the outdoors with your brand new 1 person tent. Before long you’ll be inviting along your friends and moving to larger models such as the Vango 4 man tent or a 6 man tent.
2 Man Tent
There are two reasons that you may want to carry a 2 man tent when you are going camping or traveling. The first scenario is that you are traveling alone. Now, the immediate thought is that surely as an individual person, you should only need a 1 man tent.
To Keep Your Goods
However, if you are not traveling by car, this means that you have to keep all of your goods with you at all times for security reasons. Therefore you would have to store your backpack inside the tent with you at night.
Whilst this may not be much of a problem if you are of a small build, or if you aren’t carrying much, if instead, your frame takes up a lot of space inside the tent, it could be very uncomfortable indeed! In this scenario, you might think that it is better to carry a 2 person tent so that you are more comfortable at night.
After all, when you’re tired from a long day’s walk, you went to get a restful sleep. Of course, if you have traveled to your campsite by car, you can simply store your equipment inside the car. Which mean that a tent for an individual should suffice.
Shared by Two People
The other more obvious scenario for carrying a 2 man tent is when it is intended to be shared by two people.
Once again, this scenario is going to be a lot more comfortable if you have traveled by car and therefore can store your things inside at night. If traveling on foot like a pair, the main advantage is that there is only one piece of equipment to share between two people.
Hence, whilst one person is carrying the tent, the other could be carrying the cooking equipment such as a stove, or even the food and water. However, if you are anything above average stature, there is a very real chance that having two people sleeping in one tent could be very uncomfortable! So consider a 3 man tent instead.
Also bear in mind that if you are sharing a tent, then you only have one of them to put up and can share the job. This can be really important if the outdoor weather has taken a turn for the worse and you need shelter quickly!
Finally, if you are traveling in a pair, there is the question of personal privacy. If you are just friends and like your own personal space, you may prefer to sleep in your own tent.
Alternatively, you may like the social aspect that sharing a space involves, being able to chat and eat together etc. If you are traveling with a romantic partner, then you may be quite happy for there to be a lack of space and hence an increase in intimacy!
Should you wish to buy a tent suitable for two people, all of the major brands provide suitable models from cheap tents to deluxe ones. Such brands include Vango, Coleman, Robens, Outwell and Ozark trail amongst others.
Once you’ve seen a model that you like, you could go to your local store to actually try it out. If you’re going camping or traveling with a partner, then actually lie inside it with them to see if there is enough space!
Ask the store if you can place some dummy equipment such as a backpack or rucksack in the corner so that the scenario is more realistic.
Test the Weight
You can also try carrying the tent to see if you’re happy with the weight and compactness when walking around with it in your rucksack. Even ask if you can erect the tent so you are comfortable with how the tent pegs and suchlike work.
A final thing to consider when choosing the tent is the time of year that you will be camping. If you are going to be camping during winter or in cold temperatures, make sure that you choose a four season tent that is made out of material to help combat the low temperatures.
Overall, if you are traveling alone, the preference of a 2 person tent is going to reflect how much you will have to store inside at night and whether an individual tent would allow you enough space to sleep comfortably.
If you are traveling in a pair, the scenario is reflective of whether you like your own personal space, whether you want to share the load and again, your personal dimensions and how much you need to store within.
Of course, a way to increase the space for two people without needing another tent is to consider buying a 3 person or 4 man tent!
Alternatively, if you can envisage your camping trips becoming more social or family orientated in the future, you could begin to consider larger models such as a 6 man tent or 8 person tent.
3 Man Tent
There are some factors that should be considered by campers in search of a specific 3 man tent. These may include the desired quality, seasonal capability, size and weight of the tent in question.
In order to make a well-informed decision regarding which tent should ultimately be purchased, it can be helpful to read customer reviews and browse through a number of existing offers. This will simplify the search process and help campers to find a tent that suits their own needs and preferences.
There are many different types of 3 man tents available on the market. Some of these will be specifically designed for a particular occasion or activity such as mountain climbing or trail hiking, while others will be constructed for all-around base camping excursions.
Know the Difference
It is important for campers to know the difference between these tent types, as price ranges will vary significantly between them. In general, specially designed tents will be more expensive than generic types for camping.
This is because specialized tents are usually equipped with additional features related to mountain climbing, extreme sports, and trail hiking. These features include but are not limited to, higher durability, better insulation, and more sophisticated waterproofing materials.
Tents for 3 people are sold in different model types and geometrical shapes. These include tunnel tents and dome tents.
A 3 man tunnel tent is usually constructed so that the assembled structure presents a rectangular, tube-like shape. On the other hand, a 3 man dome tent will consist of a square-like structure at the base, which rises into an overall dome-like roof section.
Campers can choose a tent model according to their personal preferences, as differences in size and weight are not particularly noticeable between each model. Popular tent models include the Vango 3 man tent, the Coleman 3 man tent, the Confidence Mono 3 man tent, and Ozark Trail tents.
Other factors to consider include the stored size and weight of the tent in question. If campers are going to be backpacking or traveling between camping areas on foot, a lightweight tent that can be packed into a very small bag will be preferable.
3 Not Really for Three Persons
Although the term “3 man tent” implies that the tent is capable of supplying up to 3 individuals with sleeping space, keep in mind that the term is interchangeably used by tent manufacturers to describe its overall size.
Therefore this sized tent would be much better for 2 people than a 2 man tent would be. In order to achieve optimum levels of sleeping comfort for 3 adult-sized individuals, something like a 4 man tent will likely be required.
A 3 man tent can easily provide enough sleeping space for two adults and a young child. If you are on a camping trip with another family, instead of taking two tents for three people, you could choose a 6 man tent or even an 8 person tent.
4 Man Tent
When would you choose to use a 4 man tent? When you’re going camping, one of the most important things to consider is the type of tent to take with you.
Perhaps the most important consideration here is the actual size of the tent. This will be determined by whether you’re going alone, in a pair, or in a larger group and hence whether you want or need to share the tent.
Ideal for Average Height Persons
If you are in a group, then the question to ask is whether to take a bunch of single person tents, a 2 man tent, a 4 person tent or even a 6 man tent. If we take the example of a 4 man tent, it is important to consider that the number four reflects the maximum number of people that the tent can hold.
However, if the four people in your group are tall or large, obviously it is going to be rather cramped. Additionally, if you are carrying a lot of equipment that you need to store in the tent, you will need more room if you want to sleep well at night.
Therefore a tent made for four people may be just right for two people with lots of equipment. This is going to be more likely if you are backpacking and therefore have little choice but to store your equipment inside for security reasons.
Heavy Load For Backpacking
If you are traveling by car, then the bulk of your equipment can be stored in the car, hence freeing up more space in the tent. The Catch 22 scenario is that if you are backpacking, then it makes much more sense to share the load by only carrying, for example, one or two tents ( the other person can carry the food for two people etc). If you are in the car you actually have the space to carry more equipment even though you might not need it!
Assuming that you have chosen to buy a 4 man tent, the next question is which one?
In terms of brands, some popular ones(in no particular order) include Vango, Coleman, Robens, Easy Camp, Marechal, Lichfield, Eurohike, Outwell, Gelert, Nomad, and Sunncamp tents. Their prices range from around $100 for a Vango Zetes 400 tent to $600 for a Robens L Tent. As always, the choice of brand will be due to personal preference.
Three or Four Seasons?
Another thing to consider is the time of year and weather conditions in which you are likely to be using the tent. Most tents are marketed as being suitable for either three seasons or four seasons.
The four season tent includes suitability for winter or cold weather use. They tend to be a little bit more expensive, but unless you know that you are going to camp in fairly extreme cold, you don’t need to worry about having to choose one.
The structure of 4 person tents tends to be either of a ‘dome’ or ‘tunnel’ type. The dome type tends to be easier to put up and is, therefore, more suitable for those who want as little hassle as possible at the end of the day.
This can be particularly important when you’ve hiked a long way and are physically and mentally tired. The last thing you want is the frustrations of not being able to put up your tent during a sudden rainstorm because you can’t find your tent pegs!
The Height of the Tent
Another thing to consider in terms of structure is the height of the tent. This obviously depends on the heights of the people who are going to use it. Again, if four tall people are sharing the tent, a low tent height is going to make things very uncomfortable.
Also bear in mind that tents usually have some kind of slope on their walls. So the maximum height in the middle of the tent does not reflect the maximum height everywhere within. It may be an idea to test such a tent out with your camping buddies before purchase!
Ultimately, you are making a decision on what size tent is right for the number of people on your trip. This is going to be influenced by the size of each person sharing it. Also, it will get affected by the amount of equipment required to be stored within the tent whilst sleeping there. And the number of tents that you can comfortably carry as a group.
Always bear in mind that a good night sleep is a requisite for being able to enjoy life and that a good night’s sleep means being comfortable. Don’t cut corners on choosing the right sized tent, the nature of your whole camping experience may depend on it!
6 Man Tent
Unlike with smaller tents, if you are looking to buy a 6 man tent, you will discover that you have far less choice. This is obviously a result of the fact that there is less demand for such a tent.
When you think about it, most people go camping or traveling as an individual, pair or small group, so the choice of tents is skewed towards sizes like the 2 man tent for these particular people.
A 6 or 8 person tent, therefore, is more aimed at people traveling as families, or perhaps as part of a large social group.
If you are a group who has lots of things to store inside your tent, this size of the tent may actually only be suitable to accommodate say four people comfortably.
Cramped for 6 Persons
If you can imagine the space that six backpacks or canvas rucksacks would take, it’s common sense that sleeping six people would be rather cramped. Obviously, this depends on the status of the relationship the group members have with each other.
If people are camping with family members or a partner, they may be happier for it to be a little bit cozier. In this situation, there is also a chance that individuals would be carrying less equipment and therefore would have less to store in the tent. Similarly, family groups may be more likely to travel by car to the campground and hence be able to store equipment in their vehicle.
Tent With Compartments
Should you decide to buy a 6 person tent, there is still a variety of choices that you can make. For example, if you are camping with children, you may want to buy a tent that can be split into compartments. This type of tent can effectively create a couple of bedrooms.
This can be a good way of creating an amount of privacy, bearing in mind that adults may want to stay up longer chatting or drinking.
Do also bear in mind that tents are made of different materials, some of which are more durable than others. If you are likely to be out camping a lot, especially at times when the weather may not be so good, it would certainly pay to buy a tent with durable fabric.
Can be Hard to Erect
When you are using a larger tent, the extra size can mean that it is more difficult to erect quickly. If you are traveling with impatient children, it would be a good idea to take a tent that is easy to erect. By having such tent, you do not need to spend half an hour struggling in the pouring rain finding where your tent pegs go whilst the children moan and complain!
Alternatively, if your family is more adventurous and likes to work as a team, perhaps you would prefer the challenge of a more complicated piece of equipment!
As with most products, you can split your search for a tent into either internet shopping, or going to a specialist store. Personally, I find the internet is great for initial research on what brands and styles are available.
However, after narrowing down the choice, I like to go to the store to actually try one out. In this way, you can get a true idea of the space involved and whether it is likely to be adequate. Actually, after finding a tent that you like in the store, you could then actually go back home and buy it off the internet if you have seen it for a lower price!
Reliable Brands in Mind
In terms of the brands that you could choose, there are many manufacturers of tents. Most of which provide models of a larger size.
For example, a quick browse of one internet site paged more than ten by Vango, two by Gelert, two by Outwell, four by Robens and several more by Coleman. Folks in the USA may enjoy the Ozark trail tent.
Overall, the people who are most likely to need 6 man tents are family groups. Decide how much space you actually need for your group, and then go make a choice – why not even make it a family group project!
Make sure that you are not going to be cramped in a 4 man tent when you can have the extra space of a larger one.
8 Man Tent
An 8 person tent is ideal for large families or groups of individuals. It provides considerable space for individual rooming requirements.
It could be perfect for a group who were considering a 6 man tent but prefer a bit more space. It might also be seen as preferable to carrying a couple of 4 man tents, or several 2 man tents or 3 man tents.
8 person tents are typically assembled with one large tent-covering supported by several placed tent poles. Underneath the main covering structure, several separate compartments or “rooms” are assembled for multiple sleeping arrangements.
Having Additional Space
Some tent models feature additional space within their interiors. This helps to establish a less restrictive environment with more freedom of movement. Most models will also include a separate awning covering the tent’s entrance. This providing plenty of extra room for a small group of individuals.
There is a wide range of tent models offering the rooming capability for up to 8 people. They are sold in many different styles, colors, and geometrical shapes.
Additionally, there exists an assorted variety of materials used in the fabrication of these tents. Canvas is one of the more commonly used fabrics in tent design. It is renowned for its exceptional durability and resistance to adverse weather conditions. Other materials will include polypropylene, nylon, and other plastic-based fabrics.
Because tents are designed for outdoor use, it is important that they maintain a high standard of impermeability. A typical 8 person camping tent should be designed in a way that minimizes the amount of water to be absorbed into the surrounding area.
Not Afraid of Rain
8 person, dome tent structures are excellent because any rainwater that falls onto the roof area will effectively roll off onto the ground nearby. Although if the tent is assembled on an uneven surface it is possible that rainwater can collect within the interior area of the tent.
Dome tents are also easier to assemble, as to erect them only a small number of tent pegs and 2-3 tent poles are required.
However, if a camping event is going to take place over a longer time frame, a more-advanced structure might be beneficial to campers, as these are usually equipped with a number of additional features such as individual rooms and extra walking space.
Coleman is a tent manufacturer that offers a wide range of tent models. A Coleman 8 person tent would make a reasonable option for entry-level campers, as their models are usually well priced and easy to assemble.
On the other hand, hikers, trail runners, and mountain climbers may prefer more advanced models that are equipped with better insulation, impermeability, and resistance to adverse weather conditions. If you are in the USA, you might like an Ozark trail tent.
In any case, campers who are interested in purchasing a tent that can fit up to 8 individuals should perform thorough research and read a variety of product reviews before ultimately making a purchase decision.
10 Man Tent
Swiss Gear Montreaux
Finding a tent large enough for a big family or a lot of campers is not always easy. So finding a 10 person tent that is of good quality can be priceless. Tents are often smaller than what they advertise especially when you add all of your gear into the mix.
A lot of casual campers who aren’t backpacking into the site want a large tent. They want to be able to fit a queen size air mattress, plus some smaller ones and all of their stuff.
One very trusted brand is Swiss Gear and they have been able to produce a large 10 man tent that can deliver in size, quality, and durability.
You can get the Swiss Gear Montreaux Ten Person Family Dome Tent for just about $200, which is pretty inexpensive for a tent of this size and quality. It is a cabin tent and features two living spaces along with 2 side rooms off of the main rooms that be divided into separate areas to keep any extra gear you might have brought.
This provides some great options depending on your needs. Maybe you just want to have one very large room. Kids might relish the idea that they have their own private room in this tent. You could make one a game room or dining area, the possibilities are endless. This tent has 177 sq footage of living space.
One of the most important things you need to look for in a tent is its ability to keep out the rain. The Swiss Gear Montreaux has gotten high marks by users for its ability to so. With the help of its full-size rainfly, factory-taped fly seams and sonically sealed floors it does a great job of keeping you dry.
Both of the fly and wall fabrics are making from heavy swiss guard fabric coating. No matter how good of a job they do on sealing things, you should always consider getting a seam sealer and applying it yourself. It’s just an added safeguard.
Also, getting a separate footprint for your tent can also help from allowing the water to seep through the floors. The Montreux already seems to do a pretty good job of keeping the water from seeping through though.
The set up is relatively simple for a tent this size; however, because of its size, you might need more than one person to set it up. The tent poles are shock-corded fiberglass and steel and it uses a pin and ring system to help make it easy to put up.
Setting up the rainfly can prove to be a little more challenging than the rest of the tent. A practice run in setting it up before you get to your campsite will always help you set it up a lot easier when you arrive at your destination.
The main downfall of this swiss gear tent is that it is really heavy. Weighing close to 40 pounds you are not going to want to have to carry this when you are hiking into your campsite. This isn’t a problem unique to this tent. You will find this to be a problem with almost all the tents of this size.
Overall, despite the fact that this is an inexpensive tent considering its size, it still does a good job at being a great camping shelter. Definitely, consider this tent when finding a large tent to accommodate your family.