Important Considerations for Camping Tents
Value – When you are camping outdoors by yourself, with family, or friends, it is not the time to have saved money by buying a cheaply built camping tent. You can find the best quality tent for your money and needs by focusing in on the considerations we suggest below.
Comfort – If you are looking at 4 person camping tents, you are most likely considering camping with your family or a small group. The comfort of your group is going to be important at the end of a long day of activities or if bad weather ruins your day. A 4 person camping tent will be a tight squeeze for 4 adults and you might consider getting a tent with an extra 2 person capacity. A 4 person camping tent is perfect for a family with 2 children and maybe 2 children and a dog. Also consider the number of vestibules and their size to store all your gear outside of the tent while still being protected from the elements.
Durability – Durability goes hand in hand with value and quality. All of our top camping tents are manufactured by companies who stand behind their products. They provide quality camping tents built to last. Choosing the right tent to match camping conditions and where you camp are extremely important to the life of the tent. In addition, using proper footprints and understanding that basic tears and holes are easier than ever to repair, will go a long way to extend tent lifespans.
Airflow and Ventilation – You’ll know it when you wake up inside a poorly ventilated tent. Condensation will collect overnight and you’ll wake up to damp and soggy sleeping bags and clothing. Not a nice way to begin the day. When you exhale while sleeping, your breath is giving off about 1 liter of water. For every other person you are dealing with extra liters of water each night. That water vapor needs to go somewhere otherwise it stays trapped inside the tent and can soak gear. Ventilation is an important aspect of a good quality tent so all of the take note of our indications on how well the tents vent and allow the flow of air.
Weather Performance – Many of the camping tents on our list were designed to perform well in most weather conditions, keeping you safe, dry and warm. They provide protection against rain, wind and blowing dust, provide airflow in hot weather, and will do quite well when night time temperatures get colder. We have made specific note for tents we feel should only be used when the weather is nice. If you are considering a camping tent for winter camping, you could consider expedition tents, but we feel our All-Weather recommendations are versatile enough for most campers considering taking on all 4 seasons.