Do you want to know how do we review a tent? Then keep reading!
If you are purchasing a tent, you may be browsing through tons of tent reviews online. It’s a wise move: comparing reviews can help you understand what tent is best for you and if the one you’re choosing is actually as good as it seems.
In this article, however, we’d like to provide you with an additional tool that can help you navigate the market for camping tents: we’d like to share how we review tents. This way, not only do we make our process 100% transparent, but we can also provide you with the required knowledge to understand on your own what tent is more suitable for you.
How do we review a Tent?
So, what are the main elements that we take into consideration & how do we review a tent? Let’s see!
The first thing you want to check is, of course, the tent’s dimensions. Usually, manufacturers specify if the tent is made for 1, 2, or 4 persons. Our recommendation is always to purchase a tent with some additional space: for example, if you’re camping on your own, a tent for 2 can provide a more comfortable environment. However, this is only true if you don’t have to carry your tent in your backpack: in this case, the lighter (and the smaller) the better.
2. Portability and weight
All tents are portable, but not everyone is made to be attached to a backpack. If you are going on a trip, make sure the tent you buy can be put inside a small case. Also, check the weight. This way, you can ensure you’ll be capable of bringing it on your shoulder with the rest of your belongings.
Tents are made of fabric, but not all fabrics are the same. Other than dimensions, the fabric type affects the price the most.
The cheapest tents would be the ones made of thin materials like cotton. However, cotton tents aren’t made for camping but just for creating some shades.
Opt for waterproof synthetic materials like nylon or polyester. They also have the advantage of being resistant and lightweight.
If you are going to a very hot or very cold place, you also want to get the best insulation possible: you can opt for a padded tent. However, in this case, the tent would be heavier.
Some tents are divided internally into more than one chamber. This is ideal for families, but make sure to check how to arrange the guests inside each chamber.
5. Ventilation system
The ventilation system is something that can make the price of the tent go up. However, some ventilation systems are very basic (for example, holes that you can open or close with a zip), and the price remains quite low. If you can opt for a tent with a ventilation system: not only you’ll need to cool or warm the tent, but also to let vapors, odors, or smoke flow out of the room.
6. Mounting system
Check the mounting system of your tent and make sure you’ll be able to mount your tent. If you know you’re going to build and fold your tent often, because you’ll be moving a lot, this aspect becomes very important.
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After completing her graduation in hospitality, Shefali decided to follow her passion and started writing. Shefali has been writing for two years now and contributes to our website as a skilled editor and content writer with strong research skills. Writing product and service reviews, biographies, and book reviews are some of her key areas, among many others in which she specializes.