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How To Select Camping Tents

Selecting camping tents requires careful consideration and planning irrespective of whether your intention is to spend a night out in the backyard or an isolated weekend in a remote nature reserve.

First-time campers in search of tents are often overwhelmed by the sheer variety of designs available. You can also select the military tents online via

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Your own local sports and recreation store will have a number of options including:

  • The A-frame: The A-frame is one of the commonest and most recognizable of tent designs. It consists of a triangle at each end, a supporting pole across the middle and sometimes structures poles for the base.
  • The Hoop or tunnel tent: Hoop tents are the modern equivalent of the earlier pup tents and have a shape similar to a shallow tunnel. The design uses two or more parallel arched hoops to support the roof.

These camping tents usually have a single flexible pole and are often sold as lightweight single or two-seater tents. Different styles may have the pole going either along or across the tent. Consider the expected weather conditions carefully when deciding on the tent design.

For example, tents with screened windows that let in the air will help keep cool during summer camping trips while a snug, waterproof shelter is essential for damp weather. Once you've decided on the design, the next thing to do is to choose a suitable tent fabric and pole material.