Quality Tents – What to Look For !

So you’ve decided to give camping a go, but you do not own a tent. Perhaps the last tent you purchased was not up to the task of your adventure’s needs.

Purchasing good quality tents can be difficult, but buying the wrong tent holds the potential to ruin your adventures and leave you feeling disappointed, not only in your heart and mind, but also for your wallet. In hindsight, you begin to realize, perhaps you should have used more research and less impulse.

If it is research on key areas for purchasing your new tent you want, look no further. We have done the hard work for you. Sit back, relax and allow this post to guide you and your decisions with what we believe to be a short comprehensive list of what to look for when buying quality tents.

The Elephant in the Tent (room)

OK, so the first key point to look when purchasing new quality tents is the number of people it claims to fit. Forget about what the box claims, you want to consider doubling it. If the tent is for two people. Make sure you buy a tent that is designed to fit 3-4 people.

What you need to consider here for an enjoyable camping experience is space. The tent you want needs to be more than just room for your sleeping bag. If that is what you are after I would consider buying a swag instead. Think about it. What do you need to have inside the tent and what would you like to protect or store away from the elements or the friendly but curious and hungry wildlife? Food? Clothes and shoes to name a few, and let’s not forget that everyone needs to fit in the tent with all of those belongings during the night or if the weather turns for the worst.

The best way to approach this dilemma is to first consider the size of the equipment you are using and of course the size of yourself. A very large basketball player on a stretched bed frame is going to take up more room than the average sized adult/child in a sleeping bag etc.

Once you have accounted for these situations, it is time to move onto the second most important point.

Location – Location

When buying a beautiful new tent, it is very important to consider where you plan to go camping. If you plan to camp locally, then you are your own expert. You know the weather conditions better than any catchy ad campaign. Is there a lot of snow, wind, extreme temperatures?

Keep in mind not all tents are designed with the same materials for all types of weather. What truly makes your tent good quality in this situation is not just the price or material it is made of, but the experience you have with the tent. If you have purchased an expensive tent that does not ventilate well or can  not protect you from wind or cold temperatures, you will not perceive your tent to be of good quality.

Know where you plan to camp and its weather conditions. Having considered this, you will be one step closer to setting off and having the time of your life and creating good memories, all because you chose the right tent for the occasion.

Mother- nature and her unpredictable behavior is also the key focus of our next focus point

Set up Time

It is all to easy to be enjoying yourself at your new camp location, exploring and site seeing when suddenly the weather changes for the worst. How quickly can you set up your camp ?

Quality tents consider this variable.

The Quicker, the better.

This is where you need to put some of that critical thought into play. Forget everything you are told or read. Most reviews on branded tents are not reliable. They have their own interests in mind.

“But it looked easy in the video!”

Forget about those videos. Again, they are professionally recorded with multiple takes and cuts.

The only way you are going to know how fast you can set up your tent is if you set it up yourself. Walk into a store and ask to set up a tent for yourself. If the sales rep refuses, play hard ball and look elsewhere. It is their loss. It’s better they miss out on the sale then you getting wet or being exposed to nasty weather conditions because setting up the tent was to complicated or inefficient. Play it safe; the weather can be unpredictable and unforgiving.

Which brings us to our final point.


We have already considered how to buy the right sized tent when it is set up, but you need to consider maneuverability. Firstly, A quality tent has all the features but also increases in size and weight when disassembled and packed away. When considering this, also think about your means of transport and your ability to carry the tent.

What kind of vehicle will be transporting the tent? Do you own a big 4×4 or two-door hatchback? What other equipment will you be taking along on the journey? Space and ease of transport is very important. It is also important to remember that once a tent has been opened and packed away again, it is rarely the same size it was when originally contained.

Secondly, how many people will you be camping with? Big tents can be rather heavy. Consider your own strength, the landscape and distance you have to carry the item.

You do not want to spend your camping adventures injured, sorry and sore. Be safe!

Ready to Play

This review has considered a number of important areas when buying quality tents. Now you can have the correct sized tent for yourself and all of your treasures, and can rest assured knowing you and your belongings will be safe and secure in Mother Nature’s many weather conditions, and to reduce wasted time and chance of injuries, you can carry and set up your tent with ease. Now there is only one thing left to do.

Sit back and relax!

Know that you have done your research and purchased the best quality tent for yourself and your personal conditions. As mentioned previously, it is the good times and experiences that truly allow you to appreciate your tent as being of good quality.

2 thoughts on “Quality Tents – What to Look For !

  1. Wonderful website Steve. Thanks for taking the time to research and to share such interesting information. My wife and myself have done our share of camping in our time, in various parts of the world: the Everglades (USA), South Africa, Australia, France… but unfortunately now, due to our ages and squeaking joints we can only dream when watching camping programs on television, but we still have the burning desire in us and great memories.

    I love visiting your website as I always find something new and useful.

    I look forward to your next article.

    Best wishes,

    John ツ

  2. You make a really good point Steve. You have to make sure that your tent is appropriate for whatever weather condition you expect to use for it. If you are going to go to Thailand you want to get a light airy tent, if you are going to go camping in the mountains in the snow, well… buddy you better get a durable tent that is made of a thick material. Also it is a good idea to ask in the store “May I attempt to set this up? Just so I don’t get stuck out in the woods trying to put this together and its too complicated for me” I guess if you explain this to the store clerks, it becomes more understandable. You had a lot of great points here and I appreciate you putting this together for all of us adventurous people out there looking for a quality temporary shelter for ourselves.

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