How to Select a Backpacking Tent
|A lightweight backpacking tent, seen here is the Tadpole from The
If you plan on hiking in the backcountry, you will want to do yourself
a favor and leave your typical "car camping" tent at home. OK. You can
use your typical Wal-Mart tent on the trail. However, these tents are large,
bulky, and heavy. And trust me, they are absolutely no fun whatsoever to
carry on a long backpacking trips.
Instead, do yourself a favor and get a backpacking tent if you plan
on doing overnight hikes in the backcountry. As the name implies, backpacking
tents are used for camping in remote areas that only can
Since you will be the one carrying a backpacking tent - usually for
many miles over many days - a good backpacking tent is designed to
not too bulky, durable and not necessarily comfortable.
As a general
rule, a backpacking tent should compact into a very small stuff sack
and be light - not exceeding six pounds, and preferably
less, for a 2-person tent. A good backpacking tent will also have a
A vestibule is an " enclosed overhang" of the tent, so to
speak, that allows you to store stuff outside of your tent while still
it dry. A vestibule is also used for cooking in wet weather.
Suggested Backpacking Tents
Vestibules for Backpacking Tents
How important is a vestibule? It depends on where you
will be backpacking. If you will be backpacking in wet climates, a
large vestibule is very important since it expands
the amount of tent space you have. However, if you are
camping in a dry climate, a vestibule does little but keep the
dew off your things in the mornings. Generally, at least in my own
opinion, the bigger vestibule you have - the better.
Backpacking Tent Poles
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