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March 23, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 138

When looking at tents it's very clear that you have lots of choices to choose from, matter of fact it's an overwhelming number of choices for many. This article will help you find the tent that is right for you so you can get out there and camp.

One of the first considerations when selecting a tent is what climate you are planning to camp in. If you are in the woods on the Oregon coast you'd most definitely want one able to work in a rainy, wet location. If you are camping outside of Phoenix you might want to consider something that has maybe an additional shade room and you'll want more windows. In Alaska you'll want something more rugged and weather resistant.

Now that you have figured that out your will want to consider what size of tent is ideal. As a tall guy at 6 foot tall a tent with a center height of 48 inches doesn't cut it. Also the floor space of an 8x8 camping tent is a bit limiting. Unless you are a fan of really close sleeping corners you are better off to select a tent that is at least 10x10. That will usually give you ample room for a blowup mattress or sleeping bags for 4 with a little room to move about.

Next you need to assess your skill level. Some tents are easy up and make setup a snap. These tents are great for new campers and experienced campers in that they are really easy to use. If you can setup your tent quickly you'll get to camping that much faster. However if you are someone who camps for a week at a time in rugged terrain you might go with something with more rigid poles. These take longer to setup but are often more sturdy. These days there are so many to choose from it'd be hard to go wrong on this category.

Next do you need a rain fly or not? Rain fly's are made to channel water away from the tent to keep the moisture at bay. If you are camping in a coastal area this is a must as even in summertime you'll wake up to a tent covered in dew so the rain fly is a good addition. If you are camping somewhere like Texas or Arizona this would be less important but it could also help with creating more shade so that you can stay cooler.

Price is also something you should look at. You can get a tent for $40 all the way up to $600. In this category you should look at how often you use it to decide what price range to stick with. I'd never recommend a tent that was under about $80 as they are usually really cheap. $120-$180 is about what you'll pay for a good tent.

The final consideration is weight, not all tents are created equal. There are tents that are from a few pounds like a hiking tent to ones that weight upwards of 40 pounds. If you are camping where you can park a vehicle this isn't an issue but if you have to hike in to your camp spot you won't want to lug a 40 pound tent for any distance. There are many good tent manufacturers out there including Coleman, Columbia, Eureka, Swisse Sport, Tex Sport and many others.

Now that you know what you are looking forth, go get your tent and happy camping!

This article is written by Steve McDaniel and brought to you by Here you will find products and reviews of tents, camp stoves and more.

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