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Different types of tents.

When you decide that you want to go camping for the first time you will have a lot of questions. One of them will be what kind of tent should I buy. It might over whelming when you start searching because you might think that there is a ton of different kinds but there are only 4 types. So I will explain in this article the different types of tents out there.

There are 4 types

You can classify tents in many different ways. How many people you will have sleeping in it. How many rooms a tent has. The weight of it and by the price just to name a few. The most significant characteristic that set one tent apart from another is the shape.

  1. Dome Tents:  Dome tents are multiplex hoop tents, usually made up of four or more hoops that cross over the middle of the tent. There may be another smaller hoop to create a freestanding tent entrance. Dome tents are very strong and can withstand inclement conditions, but the intersecting poles can make them difficult to set up. If you have a tent supported by two hoops that cross in the middle–like the wedge tent, but creating a square “X” footprint instead of a rectangle–it is technically a dome tent, too. Two-hoop or “square” dome tents aren’t as sturdy than their more complex cousins.
  2. A-Frame Tents:  The A-frame or wedge tent is the classic style that many campers grew up with and is the most basic tent style.
    The support poles for these tents can be as simple as an upright pole at each end, with the tent guy-lines doing the job of holding the shape taut, or two upright end poles with a connecting ridge pole, the guy-lines still provide the tension for supporting the shape, or like the newer models that use shock-cord hoop-type poles to form the shape, and the guy-lines are more for anchoring the tent than shaping it.  Although there are large “modified” A-frame tents with shallow straight sides that can accommodate six or more campers and gear, the most common ones are still the small one or two-person versions.  These tents offer an efficient rectangular foot-print for sleeping arrangements, and simplicity of style, but don’t offer much headroom.
  3. Teepee Tents:  Teepee tents have several benefits; good headroom in the center, plenty of camping gear storage space around the perimeter, a simple design that usually has only a single long upright tent pole, the shape is held by staking the bottom, a tall entrance, and because they typically don’t have a floor, you can have a small campfire or camping stove in them. They also have a couple setbacks. Depending on your needs, not having a floor might not be a good thing, and they don’t stand-up well to extreme weather. Also they’re not good at keeping bugs out, flying or crawling. Teepee tents also have other uses; as a privacy tent for dressing, or showering, and even as a bathroom or portable camping toilet enclosure. Like the A-frame tent, there are even modified teepee tents that have shallow vertical walls around the base to add a little more space.
  4. Cabin Tents:  Cabin tents are usually just multi-room tents. Large tents with lots of interior space, and designed mostly for 3-season camping. Most have rigid aluminum tent poles and combine interior and exterior pole support. A common cabin tent arrangement includes a large center room for general use, and one or two side rooms for sleeping. They also combine the most camping conveniences, like; large entrances and windows, full mesh screening, and plenty of stand-up headroom. The biggest drawbacks of cabin tents are their weight and large foot-print. They might not fit very well in smaller campsites.So when you want to start your research these will be the 4 types of tents you will be looking at. So you won’t get over whelmed anymore thinking there are millions of tents. Please feel free to leave comments and questions in the comments section below.

 

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