Tent Sizes & Styles:
Dome Tent: dome tents are quick to set up and quick to take down. They usually feature shockcorded fiberglass poles that are threaded through loops or sleeves beginning at one corner of the tent and going up and over the opposite corner. The two pole sections at the top give the tent its dome shape and good stability, even in inclement weather. Dome tents have a center height that peaks at the center of the roof. An optional rainfly rests on the exterior frame providing shelter from precipitation while allowing for circulation. Dome tents are great for short stays with 2-3 people and for taking into remote locations or areas where setup space is limited.
Cabin Style: Cabin style requires more time to erect and take down but they are larger in overall floor size and the roof has more overall height allowing them to more easily accommodate several people comfortably.The doors also are larger allowing for easy mobility in entering and exiting and for setting up camping equipment inside. many of the cabin style tents have room dividers to create separate sleeping areas or to allow for sleeping/living areas to be separated. Cabin tents are ideal for camping excursions that go beyond a weekend stay and for situations that might require more than just sleeping space. Once you have narrowed down the tent style that would best suit your needs, use the following features to help sort out what makes a tent a good one.
Fabrics: This is one of the biggest factors to pay attention to in determining the value of a tent. Bass Pro line of tents are all constructed of polyester taffeta, a fabric that is abrasion resistant and has exceptional UV and acid rain resistance. Polyester retains more strength when wet, eliminating stretching and sagging and it dries as quickly as nylon. Tent fabric should be treated with a polyurethane coating. The heavier the coating the more waterproof it will be in driving rain. Tent floors that are made of lightweight polyurethane coating, or a heavy duty polyester, will wear longer since those fabrics are waterproof. tear resistant, mildew and abrasion resistant. We always recommend that a tarp be placed over the ground where the tent is to be set up to prevent punctures and to deep the floor clean.
Windows: A quality tent will utilize mesh window material that gives you clear visibility from the inside out. Windows should have storm flaps that are easy to open and close. Zippered flaps are fast and easy to open and close and seal the window completely when needed. They can also be left partially open to help with ventilation.
Rainflies: On a dome tent, a rainfly is a must. It provides an additional barrier from rain and from the hot sun. It can also help to hold in heat when the window and doors are closed. Rainflies should not completely cover windows and doors. A pitched fly over the door makes for easy entry and exit.
- Tarps - Using a heavy-duty tarp under your tent floor will protect it from abrasions and tears and will help guard against the effects of a heavy rain. The tarp should be slightly smaller than the floor of the tent to prevent pooling of water.
- Stakes - If you are considering using your tent in terrains where the ground consists of rocks you would do well to consider purchasing heavy-duty metal stakes. And it is always a good idea to purchase replacement stakes in case of loss or emergencies. The use of a mallet will be helpful in harder ground.
- Seam Sealers - The use of seam sealers will extend tent life and can save your camping vacation during heavy downpours.
See the knowledgeable associates at you local Bass Pro Shops in the Camping department for answers to your questions. They are always happy to give you information on tents and camping equipment to help you select the best equipment to fit your camping needs.