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How To Choose Tent For Picnic, Camping, Travel

How To Choose Tent For Picnic, Camping, Travel

How to choose the best camping tent for your trip or travel? we introduces you to the core tips for a professional camping tent.

camping tent

Tourist tents, picnics are no longer a strange item for locals, it is very important for the trip, a place to rest, avoid sunlight, rain and dew, wherever you are: Suburban, on the freeway, on the edge of a lake, by a stream or in the wilderness ... In other words, a tent is like a mobile home, in addition to combating weather elements that are harmful to backpackers, the tent is also against Unexpected factors when sleeping outdoors such as insects, reptiles, ... Imagine sleeping in the forest without a tent! You will face countless things that can fly, crawl, wiggle and even bite. Extremely terrible, right?

But to choose the right camping tent for your trip, don't simply go to the store and take one home. Because the tent has many types, with many characteristics, structures and different materials. In order to choose the most suitable tent, you need to have knowledge about your trip, understand your needs and knowledge of the characteristics of each tent, this article I will help you understand. That, guide you to distinguish and understand the characteristics of the popular tents on the market today.

1. HOW MUCH KIND OF TENT?

A lot of the writer's limited knowledge cannot tell all the types of tents currently in the world, even the criteria used to classify tents are endless, here we will talk about those The most basic type.

2. 3 SEASON TENT AND 4 SEASON TENT

3 season tent

- 3 SEASON TENT: A tent designed for use in spring, summer and autumn. With the design in favor of compact, lightweight. The characteristic of the 3-season tent is ventilation, the tent walls are usually designed to maximize the net area, enough to avoid direct wind on the user and help the air circulate in the tent. 3-season tent frames usually use lightweight priority materials like aluminum. The outer layer of the 3-season tent is often gaping design, when erected it is usually enough distance from the ground so that air and wind can still circulate while ensuring protection against rain and moisture. Material of 3-season tents are usually thin and light. The weight of a 3-season tent usually ranges from 1.5 to 3 kg.

4 season tent

- 4 SEASON TENT: Different from the name, this tent is usually only used for the winter (in temperate regions), other seasons nobody uses this type. To suit the harsh conditions of use such as strong winds, low temperatures, snow, ice, wet ... the 4-season tents are often sealed, with less mesh (but there are still some small mesh corners with shutters to cover Help regulate the atmosphere in the tent). The 4-season tent frame uses hard, strong-priority types such as aluminum alloy. 4-layer tent outside design sealed, close to the ground to prevent wind. 4-season tent material is usually thick, strong and heavy. Weights of 4-season tents are usually over 3 kg, some very heavy.


3. FREESTANDING TENT, NON-FREESTANDING TENT OR INSTANT TENT

- FREESTANDING TENT: The type of tent that when you put the frame on is a tent that can stand on its own (that is to use immediately) without the need to stretch and stake.

- NON-FREESTANDING TENT: In contrast to the above type, this type after assembling the frame will lie flat, want it to stand and use, you have to stretch the string and pile.

- INSTANT TENT: There is no need to do anything, just throw it out and it will burst into a tent for you to use. Of course it stands.

With my own experience I would recommend you to choose the first one: FREESTANDING TENT. This is the most popular type, because it obviously has more advantages than other types, more portable, more compact ... Imagine you want to camp along the highway, or you want to sleep thanks to the gas station, right on the concrete floor, or you simply want to pitch a tent on a very nice rock. This is not possible with NON-FREESTANDING TENT since it needs a soft ground where piles can be attached, otherwise it is not much different from a blanket, sometimes worse.

So, how about INSTANT TENT? It sounds full of technology and modernity, but slowly, along with convenience (or alternative complicity with laziness), it also has a terrible weakness, which is its large size. when folded. Because this type of feature is to integrate the die frame (usually plastic-wrapped steel wire) into the tent, so you cannot remove the frame but have to arrange the tent according to a predetermined method of the manufacturer, and trust me, type how easy it is to unfold, and when it's hard to fold it up, even if you don't have the manual on hand, it's almost impossible to fold it. And assuming you're smart enough to fit it, the size at the time of loading isn't for you if you're not a Carpenter.

4. SELECT SIZE (SIZE): 1 PERSON, 2 PERSON, 4 PERSON, 6 PERSON, 8 PERSON, 10 PERSON ...

camping tent

Any tent has its size, often converted by the manufacturer to the MAXIMUM who can fit in it. This makes it easier for customers to imagine and choose. However, there are a few points to note about the tent size that you need to know before choosing to buy.

       - Each manufacturer has a different way of redeeming. The same type of tent 4P (4 person - that is 4 people) but the tent of this company has a different size from the other company, sometimes the 4P tent of a company but 2 different product lines, the size is also different.

       -  Size parameters are important, if you know the size of the tent (Length x Width x Height) you do not need to care about the number of people converted.

       -  Number of people converted is the MAXIMUM number of people according to the manufacturer's design. It means that if a 2P tent can be used for 2 or 1 person, 4P tent is used for 4 or less 4 people, 6P tent is used for 6 or less 6 people‚Ķ. So do not save a little money, but buy a 4P tent for 5 users instead of a 6P tent. It will be very cramped and uncomfortable for all 5 people, not to mention the risk of damage to the tent due to the insertion of the tent wall.

5. DOES THE PLACEMENT FRAME ARE IMPORTANT?

      - When buying a tent, the biggest mistake is that we are only interested in design, style, color, then fabric quality, water resistance, but we do not care about its frame. This is a very fatal mistake that can only come when you have arrived at the campsite to realize it.

      - A good tent frame needs to meet the first criteria of durability, then come to be sure, supple. A weak, fragile tent frame is like a person with osteoporosis, unable to do anything, working hard and afraid of breaking. And once the frame of the tent is broken, the tent will be discarded and cannot be used. In my opinion, a poor waterproof tent is still more useful than a tent with a brittle frame.

    - Tent frame is weak and easy to break, it will be difficult for you to use in high wind, when erecting tent, it must be very gentle and careful, do not bend sharply. When storing, carrying, moving must also be careful, not toss, pent. Everything must be careful because if you accidentally stepped on the tent frame and it broke, your trip will be very pathetic.

    - From a manufacturer perspective, the cost to make a good frame with high quality materials is almost half the value of the whole tent. So, a good framework often comes with a high price.

Which frame should you choose?

         Currently on the picnic tent market there are 2 main types:

+ Fiberglass:
 This is the most common type on the Vietnamese market; the composition of this material is usually plastic fiberglass (plastic). This frame type is usually imported from China.

he advantages of this type of frame are inexpensive, flexible, highly elastic and easy to process.
The weakness is brittle, brittle, easy to split, when broken creates a lot of splinters (glass fibers) can lead deeply into the skin, causing pain if accidentally held on the broken section, and the weight of this type is very heavy.

+ ALUMINUM FRAME:
 is a very popular frame in the world especially in developed countries. The reason for this type of frame is more expensive, complex production. There are many types of aluminum frames, divided according to the composition and shape characteristics of the frame, but for simplicity we just need to distinguish the aluminum frame based on the aluminum alloy code used to produce the frame. But mainly there are 2 main series are aluminum 6xxx series and 7xxx series.

tent frame 6x

Aluminum frame 6xxx: (the most common is 6001, 6005, 6065) is relatively cheap price, flexible, lightweight, hard to break, does not lose quality over time. The weakness is that the hardness is not high and the elasticity is less than 7xxx aluminum, easy to bend so after using the frame will be shaped or bent, some types will be pre-shaped by the manufacturer before leaving the factory. This curvature does not affect the quality and usability of the aluminum frame.

tent frame

7xxx aluminum frame: (The most popular is 7001, 7075) very light but very hard, excellent durability, very good elasticity, so it is difficult to bend when used except in case of deliberate bending over the boundary limit of the frame. The new 7001 frame is bent. The weakness is that the price is quite high so it is usually only equipped with high-class tents.

With the helpful when traveling, trekking, camping, picnic aluminum frame also shows much superiority than fiberglass frame. When you encounter an accident such as accidentally stepping on or plugging in a strong wind where you forget to use wires and poles, the fiberglass frame may break, but the aluminum frame is often bent, after bending with your hands you still have Normal use and your trip can still continue.

Which frame should you choose?

As I said above, it depends on the circumstances and requirements of each trip. You must consider the necessary and unnecessary factors to choose the appropriate tent such as: Budget, weather, terrain of the campsite, ... But to save for the next trip, you should choose one. The tent can cater for many trips with different conditions. I myself own a MADFOX TREKKER - 3-season, 2-layer tent, aluminum frame and it very well meets my regular Trekking and Camping needs.