How To Choose The Best Backpacking Tent?

As backpackers we put a lot of thought into exactly what kind of gear we should choose. The tent is a really peculiar piece of gear for a backpacker, as it is the gear that gives you shelte for the night, so you might use it for half or even the third of the time of your backpacking trip.

First of all, what determines how good a backpacking tent is its weight. You need to find a light tent, as such a product will be easy to carry with you even to alonger trip. The less the tent weights, the more gear you can take with yourself.

It is also important that the tent is a double wall tent. This means that there is an inner wall inside the tent, and there is another layer, a waterpoof rainfly that protects the tent from the outside. Both layers can be made of polyester or silynylon, but the inner wall can also be made of mesh, which would allow the air to circulate better. If the inner wall is made of mesh you can take off the rainfly in dry weather and look out of the tent.

It is very important the the tent is made of durable material. Nobody wants to buy a lousy product that falls apart if you use it, and a tent is not different. I have already wrote that the walls can be made of polyester or silynylon, or the inner wall can be made of mesh. The poles of the best backpacking tents are usually made of fiberglass, which is a lightweight, yet quite durable material. However fiberglass can break if you use it for a long time. The more durable material that they use for manufacturing poles is aluminium. Aluminium is heavier, so it is not ideal for manufacturing poles for backpacking tents.

The stakes are used for securing the tent and putting it into the ground. Most stakes are made of stainless steel, or aluminium. Both are pretty good materials for this use, but some stakes are made of wood or plastic. Neither of the last two materials are durable enough to make stakes out of, and they are not solid enough to put into rocky, solid ground.

If you want the best waterproof backpacking tent you need a product that has a vestibule. It gives you the chance to put your gear in it, and store a few things inside. The tent also needs to have multiple doors. The more doors there are, the more vestibules the tent has, the more space there is in the tent, and the more ways there are for you to enter the tent.


There are many tents out there, but there are a few guidelines for choosing the right backpacking tent. The rrrright one has to be lightweight, durable, it needs to have multiple doors and vestibules, but it also must have two walls. You only need to make sure your choice meets these guidelines and you will have the best backpacking tent you can have.


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