How to choose a tent
When will you use it?
Our tents are divided up into three-season (spring/summer/autumn) tents and four-season tents.
Three-season tents use lighter fabrics and have fewer reinforcements, whereas four-season tents have stronger guy-lines and poles, more reinforcements and thicker fabrics.
Our tents are divided into three ranges, or families as we call them. Our Abisko range comprises lighter tents, with streamlined details and mosquito-safe vents. Keb tents are a little stronger, more resistant to water and come with larger tent pegs. Our most technical tent is the Polar Endurance 3. This is designed for winter camping (although it can be used year-round). It comes with snow skirts and lockable snow vents. It’s also our strongest and most durable tent.
Where will you use it?
Dome tents are sturdy and free-standing, so they don’t need guy-lines and pegs to stay upright. But, of course, if it’s windy you’ll want to attach the tent. But this does give you options about where you camp; you can camp on rocky terrain, for example. And they are less sensitive to changes in wind direction, ideal if you’re camping in exposed areas. There’s also a little more headroom, giving dome tents a more spacious feel. However, the vestibule – the area at the front, outside of the inner tent, but covered by the outer tent – is smaller than in tunnel tents and because dome tents require more poles they’re generally a little heavier than tunnel tents, so less appealing for long treks.
Tunnel Tents on the other hand needs guy-lines and pegs to stay upright and in place, but they offer better weight to space ratios – largely because they have fewer poles – so ideal if you’re trekking as a group. And fewer poles doesn’t just help make them lighter. It ensures they’re easier to assemble too. While there is less head room in a tunnel tent compared to a dome tent, the vestibule is larger, which is ideal if you’ve got lots of gear. Some of our larger tents even come with two vestibules, one at the back and the other at the front. However, tunnel tents are more susceptible to changes in wind direction, so stormy nights can be ‘exciting’.
Who will use it?
The little extras (That make the difference)
A mesh inner tent is ideal in tropical, rain free locations. Of course, you can use it inside the tent as extra protection from insects (it is called an “inner tent” after all), but you can also use it as a stand-alone tent when it’s really warm. Air can flow freely, but pesky mosquitos are thankfully unable to get in.
A tent footprint is basically an extra tent floor that’s been reinforced. It therefore provides extra protection, ideal for rocky locations, and can help extend the lifetime of your tent.