What To Look For When Purchasing A New Tent?

This is from over a decade of working in a Camping Retail outlet, and from over 20 years’ experience of camping all over the Britain and a bit further afield. The size Is it just you going camping or is it the whole family going, are you using the tent for backing packing or will you be chucking it in the boot when camping.

If you’re only going away for weekend breaks don’t go buying a large 8 man tent for the two of you, you will spend too much time putting it up, that you won’t have that much time to relax, whereas if there are just two going away for a two week break, don’t purchase a small two man tent, as you won’t have enough space to put all your stuff.

Who’s putting it up If it’s just going to be you putting it up I would recommend a Dome tent, easily put the poles together and the tent goes up and stays up while you’re putting in the pegs. Whereas with a tunnel tents it helps to have someone to hold the poles while you peg it in.

Difference between tunnel and Dome

Tunnel tents are usually the same height in the whole tent, where as a dome tent usually has great height in the centre, but then slopes down around the edges, but stands up better against the wind. Hydrostatic Head This is the waterproofing level on the tent, the recommend level for Britain is 1500HH. We WONT sell any tent that is not at least to this level.

If you are planning on going camping for a weekend every summer then you are probably ok with a 1500HH level, whereas if you’re going away a few times a year for long weekend, weeks away you’re probably better spending a little more and got for a tent with at least 3000 to 5000. Well we all know how often it rains in Britain (Every time I’m camping, so if I’m camping I would stay at home lol). Groundsheet There are two types sewn in groundsheet and ones you can pull out.

This again depends on what type of camping and who and what your taking. If it’s just you and the other half. Then get a sewn in ground sheet stops the bugs and wind from getting in, whereas if you’re taking a dog then get a tent without a sewn in groundsheet to make it easy to clean.  If you need more information click here to be directed to our video