First decide what specific you need a tent for, what size, what conditions you will use it, what time year, etc. After all, not only the construction of the “hiking house” depends on all this, but also its cost. For example, by purchasing expeditionary class equipment designed for difficult climatic conditions and highlands for family trips to the forest or river bank, you will not only spend extra money, $ but will not be able to fully appreciate all the benefits of their acquisition.
Then define the financial framework: how much are willing to spend on buying. Explore proposals for selling tents. Be interested in feedback on manufacturers and quality of goods. Keep in mind that an expensive tent isn’t always the best. At the same time, don’t chase cheapness to the detriment of quality. Choose the optimal products for you in the price-quality ratio.
When choosing a tent, pay attention to the awning, as it primarily depends on it protection from bad weather. It is desirable that it be made of polyester or ripstop, because the nylon in the sun loses its strength. In addition, the nylon awning has another unpleasant property: stretching when wet, such as during long rain.
Examining your favorite product, don’t forget to check the stitches. They should be neat and well pasted. Find the waterproof indicator on the product. It is indicated by a four-digit digit figure in millimeters of a water column. Naturally, the higher it will be, the better. But the minimum value of this figure should not be lower than 2500 for the awning and 3000 for the floor.
Examine the frame. The stability and strength of the entire structure depends on the racks. It is more reliable if they are made of duraluminium rather than plastic and will be attached to the tent using pockets rather than ropes, hooks or Velcro. Note, the awning must not come into contact with the inner fabric (if the tent is double-layered), otherwise the moisture will penetrate inside.