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Tents For Lightweight Campers And Ultralite Backpacking

Mar 12, 2008
On any camping or backpacking trip you want to be able to set up camp quickly when you arrive at your campsite, and also pack up just as quick when you are leaving. That is why choosing a tent designed for lightweight campers can be very helpful. A good tent has many characteristics, but if you are clueless about tents then read on to figure out what makes for a good tent choice.

There are many tents available on the market. There are certain ones, though, that seem to be the most popular for backpacking.

Dome tent: This type of tent has a lot of height and space. It uses only two poles, so it is easy to set up, but with only two poles there is not much support. This type of tent is best for calm weather conditions.

Modified dome tent: This is like a dome tent, but with more support. It has the same good qualities of a regular dome tent, but can work in more diverse weather conditions.

Tunnel tents: These tents do not have much height. They have two poles and need stakes to keep the tent secure. It is lightweight so it is easy to carry.

Teepee tent: This tent has one pole in the centre with the tent draped over it and then is staked. It does not have a floor, but provides great protection from the elements. It is also useful to cook in if the weather is bad outside, as it has no floor, your stove can be set up on the ground. Make sure of adequate ventilation when cooking though.

Freestanding tent: This is easy to set up and quite sturdy. It is very lightweight and should be staked so it does not blow away.

Single-skin construction tent: These tents do not have a fly. They are very easy to set up and do not require a lot of extra cords or stakes. They are lightweight, too. They do require ventilation because they acquire condensation easily.

Double-skin construction tent: Like a single-wall they are easy to set up. They have the outer layer or fly. They are well ventilated and protect against the elements. Plus they can be quite a bit warmer than a single skin tent, making them a better choice for colder weather.

In addition to the different styles of tents for lightweight campers there are seasonal tents. Some tents are made to work better in warm weather or cold weather. There are also tents that are designed to be used in every season. It is important to not only look at the design, but also the seasons for which the tent was designed to be used for.

Your tent is often going to be the only thing between you and the elements,so its vital to choose the right one for you. Obviously the price will be a fairly large considering factor on your final choice of a lightweight campers tent, but I would suggest buying the best one that you can afford within your budget. This way it should last you for many backpacking and camping trips in the future.
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