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Know Your Tent Material Before You Buy

The tent you carry for your outdoor recreational activity holds highest importance.

The poles, the covers, the fabric of the hiking tents, etc can decide the life of your tent. Hence, it is essential to choose a tent which would be prove long lasting. Let’s have a closer look at the features necessary to increase the lifeline of your tent.

  • Tent pole materials
  • Tent fabrics
  • Clubbing the tent along with the pole

Tent Pole materials:

Poles form the framework of a tent and thus it is essential to choose a strong, durable and a bendable pole material. The task is not to find a durable pole material but to reduce the extra load on a camper caused by the pole weights.

A few commonly used tent material are as follows

Fibreglass: This was the traditional pole material used until being replaced with the much stronger Aluminum-alloy tubing. Due to its less strength and heavy usage, it finds its place only in cheaper poles.

Aluminum-alloy tubing: This comprises of the present day pole materials. Most poles are either pre-curved to avoid breaking while bending or it comes with multiple sections clubbed through elastic shock cords. Due to its corrosion property, most tents come in anodized form.

Carbon Fiber: This fishing rod material forms the future of the tent poles. They are the strongest and most flexible, thus finding its place in the expensive technical tents.

Tent Construction:

The framework of the tent is constructed with either a single layer or a double layer of fabric.

Single Wall Construction: As the name speaks, there is only one layer of fabric covering the tent which takes the burden of fighting all the odds and as well as provide ventilation.

Double Wall Construction: This tent has an outer fly sheet along with an inner tent. This kind of construction gives the tent an added advantage as the fly sheet is waterproof and the inner tent does the work of transporting the moisture to the outer fly as it is made up of breathable fabric.

Tent Fabric:

The tent cloth does all the work of protection against wind and rain, acting breathable on the parallel lines, etc. Unlike the traditional tent cloths like leather and cotton, these days the tents are made up of much better and breathable fabrics like nylon and polyester taffeta.

A good tent material should have the following characteristics:

  • Water resistant: This determines the pressure of water on a square inch of fabric with zero leakage. A fly sheet with 80psi is idle to handle bad weather.
  • Color: This shows the stand apart quality of your tent against the surroundings.
  • Denier: Denier is the weighing mode of fabric in grams per 1000 meter length. A lightweight fabric should weigh around 50d.

Features of tent covers:

Double-needle stitching seam: To bear extra pressure and load, the fabric is given a double line of stitches.

Single-needle stitching seam: Here, you will find only one line of stitches.

Shed seam: This enables transporting the tent down the tent.

Clear Film: Along with windows, clear film finds its usage in skylights.

Waterproof/breathable laminates: A waterproof but breathable at the same time, is a must for any tent material. This laminates is a layering system. Examples: Gore Tex, Klimate, ToddText , etc.

Ripstop: Tents are prone to abrasion and a small tiny rip can get worse. To avoid this, a polyester taffeta with thicker threads are weaved into the material at regular intervals.

Polyurethane coating: This coating gives an extra protection against rain and wind as they are durable and waterproof. One can add any number of coatings at the cost of extra weight.

Clubbing the Tent with its Poles:

Here comes the biggest task, connecting the tent shell to the skeleton. It can be done in two ways

  • Sleeves: This enables you to slide the poles in the sleeves respectively which can get tough during a rainy season.
  • Clips: This gives you the liberty of clipping the tent to its pole with ease but at the cost of less strength.

You can also enjoy an added advantage by looking out for a tent with the above combination.

Grab your wallet and go shopping as you are now smart enough to choose the best tent for your intended purpose. You can also check out the accessories and gears, if needed.


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