What type of tent is the best one for today’s campers to take with them? Of the 9 types of modern tents, which one is the most convenient and comfortable? Someone deciding to purchase a new tent to take on their next camping trip will need to consider all those available and compare features and prices. Having the right tent will make the camping experience more fun.
Types of Tents To consider
- One new type of tent is the roof top tent. This tent fits onto the roof rack and crossbars of a car. It looks like an aerodynamic box until it is unbuckled and the gas struts make it pop up. The tent has waterproof canvas walls and an ABS fiberglass roof or top.
When folded up the tent is less than a foot tall cutting down on gas waste. This two-person tent is small but nice and safe on top of the car rather than on the ground. A ladder is used to access the tent.
- The second type of tent is the dome tent. This type of tent is the most traditional and commonly used tent. It sits on the ground with a floor and sides that also form the roof. This type of tent comes in bigger sizes and is stable in winds. A dome tent can be up to seven feet tall at the highest point.
- The third type of tent is the cabin tent. This tent has nearly vertical walls and high ceilings. The tent can be as large as eight feet by eight feet with a seven-foot ceiling. There are even larger sizes available for a cost.
- Vehicle tents wrap around the back of small SUVs or trucks allowing the cargo space of the car to be part of the tent. The tent detaches quickly when the need arises.
- The A-frame or the wedged tent is shaped like a capital A. They are not as popular now but still a viable choice. They were originally made of canvas with a steel pole at either end to support them. The rest of the support is ropes that attach to stakes pounded into the ground. These tents are bulky when packed and they are heavy. A variation of this is the TeePee tent which is cone-shaped with one center pole and ropes for support.
- There are now multi-room tents with two to five rooms. They give more space while camping but are heavy and bulky. They can be unstable in high winds.
- Backpacking tents are smaller and easier to carry but they are small with low ceilings. These are tents meant to be carried on long hikes so they are very lightweight.
- The Semi-Geodesic and Geodesic tents are similar to dome tents with increased support and stability. They are often used by hikers and climbers who are prepared for high winds, snow or rain on their trecks.
- Pop up tents are easy to set up as they are designed with spring-loaded poles that pop into shape in minutes. This type of tent is not for extended camping or windy conditions. An inflatable tent is a variation on this theme. Their air beams are inflated by an air pump.
Go for Quality And Matching Needs
When shopping for a tent consider the number of people using the tent, the quality of materials, the ease of set up, the headroom, and the weight when transporting it. Will the vehicle go to the campsite or will the campers be hiking some distance carrying the tent and camping supplies? The right choice will enhance the camping experience.