Backpacking tents, also known as ultralight tents, are lightweight and made for carrying. Consider weight, storage capacity, durability, and weather conditions when buying. Three-season tents are common, while four-season tents are rugged and heavier. Look for waterproof and well-constructed tents from quality manufacturers. Consider size and headroom when choosing a tent.
A backpacking tent is also known as an ultralight tent. Backpacking tents are lightweight and made for carrying rather than being transported in a vehicle. When buying a backpacking tent, you should consider the weight, but also the storage capacity, durability and suitability for weather conditions.
When shopping for a backpacking tent, consider the weather conditions each type of tent is made for, and make sure that the tent you choose will adequately protect you from the elements. A quality summer backpacking tent is ultralight and may have some mesh areas for airflow. Make sure the netting is small enough to keep even the smallest insects out of the tent.
A three-season hiking tent is the most common. These tents are made for summer, spring and fall and will usually hold up to a light snowfall. Only a four-season backpacking tent is rugged enough for the heaviest snow and harshest weather conditions. Four-season backpacking tents often weigh more than other types and usually don’t have mesh sections, but are often all nylon. Consider buying a four-season backpacking tent with a sloped roof because you don’t want snow to accumulate on the roof of the tent.
The travel tent you buy should be waterproof, not just water resistant. The seams of the tent should also be waterproof. A detachable rain fly is often a good addition to your tent.
When buying a backpacking tent, make sure that the tents you are considering are made by quality manufacturers and are well constructed. You want to avoid buying a cheap backpacking tent that’s barely good enough for a back garden. Instead, look for a durable tent that will protect you well. The nylon dome style of backpacking tent is considered by many backpackers to be the best choice for both durability and total capacity as nylon has a lightweight strength.
It’s a good idea to see the tent set up so you can check how strong the tent is when it’s set up. Freestanding travel tents are usually stronger than the type with stakes. Backpacking tents are available in sleeve or clip-on tent pole construction. Sleeve constructions are usually stronger, but can be more difficult to set up than a clip-on style backpacking tent.
Size is definitely an issue when choosing a backpacking tent due to the need for a lighter weight, but it’s a good idea to think ahead about your storage needs. You will need some room for your backpack. Also consider the height of your travel tent, especially if you want to change clothes with at least some comfort. Dome tents usually offer a decent amount of headroom and floor space.