Camping Tent Ratings Explained- Tentsforcouples

It is safe to presume we are all somewhat familiar with a 5 or 10 star rating system. The more stars the better of course. But not everyone offers an explanation to how or why a certain product has achieved a perfect score or why it may have rated so low.

Subjective perceptions and opinions are easy but cheap.

To gain credibility and maintain objectivity towards the items we review, we have created a  Camping Tent rating system based on the research of Tentsforcouples.com and many others of what You the customers perceive to be the most desirable features and what has evidence to support such claims. It is with this method we are able to gain the trust of our customers. We will rate all products fairly and objectively as we are not paid or sponsored to be favorable to any one brand or product.

Below is an explanation to how we will be reviewing our camping tents and how we will offer our score of confidence out of 100 to offer contrast against what customers have rated the same item online. Below you will find a list of what we believe to be important variable to consider when purchasing a new tent. Under each category you will see a brief explanation of how these variables are scored in percentages.

Price

Price is an important factor and is very handy to know when you are trying to figure out if the price matches the quality and features. Basically we have decided that a tent of good quality should only cost $100 per claimed person space. A 2 person tent should only be $200 and a tent that fits 4 people should cost no more than $400. Anything over this cost will detract .05% per $50 over. The same shall apply for ever $50 under, adding .05%.

General rule $100 per person space = 5%

every $50 over = -.05 %

every $50 under= +.05 %

Material

Tents are made of many materials. These materials all have their own strength and weaknesses to consider. Based on how well these materials perform we have allocated an appropriate percentage score %

What Is The Tent Made From?

 

canvas = 4%

polyester = 3%

nylon = 3%

polycotton = 5%

Other 1- 5 % depending on what it is and how it performs.

Further, explained here: Click

Denier and Threat Count

Denier and thread count are correlated. To obtain full points the material need to be either high of one and low of the other

If both the thread count and denier level is low than the tent is of cheap or poor quality. If the thread count and denier levels are both high than the product is going to be very strong, however it will become very heavy and lose practicality in other areas, including either added stresses upon the tents features and structures.

This can be countered with stronger frames and features which of course than adds to weight. The key is to score higher in either thread count or denier level and low in the respected opposite.

Denier Thread Count

 

Low Med High Low Med High

1% 2% 3% 4% 5% 1% 2% 3% 4% 5%

Thread Count Or Denier

 

Low Med High Low Med High

5% 4% 3% 2% 1% 5% 4% 3% 2% 1%

Further, Explained here: Click

Features

Features are great, they give your tent that something special whilst also adding to the value of your tent. Below we have added what we believe customers perceive to be the most desirable features. A tent will score 1% for every one of these features that the product has included.

By adding an extras variable, we are giving tent manufacturers an opportunity to show off their stuff. For every bonus feature a selected tent may come with an opportunity to gain more percentage points is available.

Everyone loves extra for their money after all.

Vestibule

yes/no =1%

Rain fly

yes/no =1%

No See-um Mesh

yes/no =1%

Windows

yes/no =1%

2 or more =2%

Doors

 

1 door =1%

2 or more =2%

vents

yes/no =1%

2 or more =2%

Emergency Exit

yes/no =1%

Dark Out Design

yes/no =1%

Extras

 

1% per extra up to and above 5 extras 5%

Explained further here : Click

Durability

Clearly there was no point in f your research and purchase if the product does not last. The durability of your product is very important. Below we have listed the areas of consideration to ensure the maximum longevity of your tent. Scores are as listed below.

Pole Type

 

Ratings do vary due to the type of structure and shape, eg. a design with a lot of curves or domes would do well with flexible fiberglass, in contrast a more rigid design would score better for using stronger less flexible poles such as metal or alloy. No matter the type of structure support, to obtain full points it must include shock cord.

Alloy =3%

Fiberglass =2%

Fiberglass with Alloy Support =4%

Plastic =1%

Metal =4%

Blow up Frames =3%

Shock Cord

yes/no =1%

Grommets/ Type

spin =0%

spur =1% point

reinforced

yes/no =1%

Stitching

 

Double or higher sew

yes/no =1%

Seam Type

strong method =1%

Weak method =0%

Reinforced

yes/no =1%

zips

heavy-duty

yes/no =1%

Reinforced

yes/no =1%

Rust proof

yes/no =1%

Moisture/Frost protection

yes/no =1%

Explained Further Here: Click

size

Whether size does matter is heavily contextual. Is the case of tents it most certainly does. 1% per person space is allocated for this variable.

1person =1%

2persons =2%

3 persons =3%

4persons =4%

5persons =5%

More on the importance of space here: Click

Manoevrability

A tent is kind of useless if you can’t carry it to your camp site to set it up.

Package size

small= 2%

med= 1%

large =0%

Weight

Light =2%

Moderate =1%

Heavy =0%

Ability to carry

Easy =2%

Moderate =1%

Difficult =0%

More information here: Click

Season rating

What you are looking for in regard to the number of seasons a tent can handle or the level of comfort it can provide in a variety of environments is heavily affected by the area you live in and its climate. however, as a general rule the higher the comfort level for those temperatures and the wider range of climates the tent can handle the higher the score.

1 season =1%

2 season =2%

3 season = 3%

4 season = 4%

Temperature Comfort 1-5 %

More Information Here: Click

Wind Resistance Rating

Guylines

yes/no =1%

Extra guy lines = 1%

Peg points

yes/no =1%

Extra peg points =1%

Stability system

yes/no =1%

Shape and design supporting wind resistance =1%

Water Resistance Rating

Water proofing coat

yes/no =1%

Hydrostatic level

Low =0%

Med =1%

High 2%

Sealed seams

yes/no 1%

Comes with sealant

yes/no =1%

More information Here: Click

Guarantee level

lifetime warranty =10%

zero or less than 1year =0%

1 year =1%

2 year =2%

3 year =3%

4 year =5%

5 years or higher but less than lifetime =5%

More Information Here: Click

Set up Time

Set up time is very important when you consider how unpredictable the weather can be. What we aim to score here is a comparison of what the manufacturers claim the item takes to erect vs the actual time customers have claimed on an average.

A Sample size of 30 (or maximum available if under 30) sample set up times will be presented as a mean average unless there is evidence of extreme outliers. In which case a median average will be substituted.

Claimed Time

 

Under 5 Minutes =5%

1% removed every Two Minutes after 5 minutes to Set up.

Actual time average claimed by customers

for every minutes over or under 1 point added or removed

More on the Importance of set up time here:

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The total and each sub division will be presented to you as bar of percentage as seen below. This will offer you a visual measurement of how well the particular tent has scored. A link to this page will also be provided on each review should you which to see things in more detailed manner.

 

Below is The table of variables we have considered to be the most important to ensure a well-informed high quality product purchase.

Variables Measured
Item This Items Score Maximum Score
PRICE 0% 5%
WHAT IS IT MADE FROM
MATERIAL 0% 5%
THREAD COUNT 0% 5%
DENIER 0% 5%
FEATURES
VESTIBULE 0% 1%
RAINFLY 0% 1%
NO SEEEM MESH 0% 1%
WINDOWS 0% 2%
ENTRIES 0% 2%
VENTS 0% 2%
EMERGENY EXIT 0% 2%
DARK OUT DESIGN 0% 1%
EXTRAS 0% 5%
DURABILITY
POLE TYPE 0% 5%
GROMMETS TYPE 0% 1%
REINFORCED? 0% 1%
STITCHING 0% 1%
SEAM TYPE 0% 1%
REINFORCMENT? 0% 1%
ZIPS 0% 1%
REINFORCED? 0% 1%
SIZE
NUMBER OF PEOPLE 0% 5%
MANOEVRABILITY
PACKAGE SIZE 0% 2%
WEIGHT 0% 2%
ABILITY TO CARRY 0% 2%
SEASON RATING
NUMBER OF SEASONS 0% 4%
TEMPRETURE COMFORT 0% 5%
WIND RESISTANCE
GUYLINES 0% 1%
EXTRA GUYLIE POINTS 0% 1%
PEGPOINTS 0% 1%
EXTRA PEG POINTS 0% 1%
STABILITY SYSTEM 0% 1%
SHAPE DESIGN 0% 1%
WATERPROOF
WATER RESISTANT COATING 0% 1%
HYDROSTATIC HEAD 0% 2%
SEALLED SEAMS 0% 1%
SEALANT SUPPLIED 0% 1%
GUARANTEE LEVEL
LIFETIME Y/N 0% 10%
NUMER OF YEARS 0% 5%
SET UP TIME
CLAIMED TIME 0% 5%
CUSTOMER CLAIMED TIME 0% 5%

* PLEASE NOTE: The highest obtainable score is 99%, allowing 1% for the endless possibility of potential that all tent manufacturers hold to improve their product. Scores and ratings are subject to change due to an ever evolving camping industry and what customers review suggest are desirable features etc. All tent scores and reviews will of course have their own score and justification to support the score given by tentsforcouples.com. The above tables etc are provided as a guide to allow transparency and higher comprehension for customers wishing to make informed purchases.

All Tables and rating methods provided above shall remain the property of Tentsforcouples.com and shall not be copied or duplicated in any form without obtaining written permission.

Should an error be made with our review system please contact us, as it is our intention is to offer honest, non favorable objective reviews.

Kind Regards

mr.morrow@tentsforcouples.com

 

 

 

 

5 Responses to “Camping Tent Ratings Explained- Tentsforcouples

  • Wow, very detailed rating system. You have certainly gone into great depth with your research. You are sure to make a name for yourself if you keep at it.

    • I think you would have to be my most common commenter. Its great to see you keep coming back to the site. more content to come. watch this space

  • Emmanuel Buysse
    8 months ago

    This is something I’ve actually never thought about, always bought a tent like: Oh it is a nice one, but never went deeper into it. But seeing like this now, when we buy a new one, I’ll make sure we pinpoint all these things you’ve mentioned!

    • Pretty and shiny is ok to buy if the warranty is lifelong, otherwise, research is required for an informed purchase =)

  • Wow, that is so much information that can really come in handy. Thanks for putting it into simple and understandable terms.

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