Tents, Bivouacs, Hammocks, and Tarps - What Shelter Works Best for You!
Other interesting facts:
- Not all tents are created equal when it comes to per-person tent dimensions. No industry standard exists. Depending on the tent make, there can be a lot of variability. Usually, a two-person tent will fit two people snugly without any gear. Many single trekkers prefer using a two- person tent.
- Vestibules are key accessory to look for in a tent. Vestibules are extensions of the tent’s rain fly that create a sheltered dry zone outside your tent for storing footwear and other gear.
- Generally, more pole sections a tent has may lead to a complex setup. After a few setups erecting a tent will become an instinctive process.
- Most backpacking tents use aluminum poles due to their high strength-to-weight and durability. Fibreglass poles tend to be heavier and are susceptible to splintering when repeatedly arc over time
- Nylon and polyester is the standard in tent fabrics. Nylon is lighter, tougher and more abrasion-resistant. Polyester is more resistant to water and has a reputation for better withstanding Ultra violet rays . Polyester is commonly used for tent fly’s.
- Ripstop nylon normally woven with a doubled thread at regular intervals prevents tears from spreading It is used for floors and flys in low-weight tents.
- Tent floors and flies come with a waterproof coating (commonly polyurethane) applied to their interiors. SomeTent companies will apply a coating to both sides of the material.
- Ultralight tents use low-denier fabrics in floors and tent flys to reduce weight. Often silicon is used to treat such fabrics for waterproofness. Polyurethane (PU) is a fractionally better waterproofing agent, but silicon boosts the tear strength of lightweight fabrics.
- Because nylon has the capacity to absorb some water, polyester is commonly used as tent fly material. Yet silicon-coated nylon resists the absorption of water equally as well as PU-coated polyester.
- When breaking down tent poles to pack them for transport, make the first break in the center of a pole rather than starting at one end of the pole. Doing so lessens tension on the elastic cord connecting the sections.
- When packing up, avoid repeatedly folding a tent along the same crease lines; creases can weaken the fabric.
Stop in a Joe’s Sport and Surplus and let’s Talk Tents. We offer a range of styles including Hotcore, The NorthFace ,Outbound and Chinook Technical Outdoor,