Essential Aspects to Consider When Buying a Tent

Peak Height – The benefit of having a tent with high ceiling is the fact that it enables you to stand on your feet while changing your clothes and enjoy the spaciousness of the tent.

Cabin-style tents have nearly vertical walls that help maximizing the space and height of the tent. You also get tents with family friendly features, like room dividers, collapsible door or an awning.

Dome-style tents have greater strength to bear strong winds, thus proving more helpful in turbulent weather. Though the walls of such tents are a bit more inclined, resulting to slight reduction in area, they are high at the center.

Tent Floor Length

Usually tenets have a length of 84 to 88 inches. In case your height is six feet or more, you should be looking for a tent having a floor of ninety inches length.

Tent Doors

While selecting a tent, you should consider how many doors it should have, their shape, as well as the orientation. If you go camping with family, having more than one door helps avoiding disturbance to others when anybody wants to use the toilet at night. Tents designed like cabins prove outstanding in this regard. You should also check if the doors are noisy, and if they can easily be zipped open. Doors fitted with YKK zips don’t break or sag easily and quickly.

Tent Poles

The design of poles helps determining how convenient or difficult its erection would be. The majority of family tents made now are freestanding, meaning they don’t need stakes for setting them up. A significant benefit of such a design is the fact that you may pick up your tent and shift it to an alternate site before staking it. Moreover, you can easily shake off the dirt before bringing it down.

Fewer poles facilitate a quicker setup. It also becomes easier to connect poles to clips, compared to threading these through lengthy pole sleeves. Many tents make use of clips along with short-sleeved poles with the purpose of balancing the strength, airing and ease of installation. Setup is also facilitated with color coded pole chips and corners. Poles made from aluminum are sturdier and last longer, compared to fiberglass poles.


The rainfly refers to an additional, detachable cover that fits on the roof of the tents. It is meant to be used when dew or rain is expected, or whenever you wish to make the place a bit warmer. They come in two types. The roof only type permits extra light plus views, and simultaneously offers fairly good protection against rain. The full-coverage type provides an utmost protection against rain and wind.

Tent Materials

You should be aware that a rainfly or canopy made from higher-denier fabric is stronger than those made from single denier. Moreover, a tent floor made from high denier fabric and seam tape help reducing the chances of seepage.


The use of mesh panels in the windows, doors and ceiling of the tent enables you to view the exteriors and encourages cross ventilation which helps managing condensation. It is good to have mesh panels of larger dimensions for camping in a hot and humid climate.