Backpacking tents are compact, and offer the right protection needed from the elements throughout the trail. Tents are as lightweight as 760 grams (less than 2 pounds) and can be setup almost instantly if needed.
When deciding on the tent you will take you will need to consider the temperature of the area you will be. The number of people, no you will not be purchasing a tent that sleeps 6 but if it is for two, it will add to the weight you will be carrying. Most people who backpack carry their own tent. The material of the tent is another consideration, protection from the elements and weight.
One type is the one-man tent, made out of the same materials as the larger ones. Just large enough for your sleeping bag, with storage at the foot or head. A one-man tent may or may not need ground protection. Hiking groups to put their tents close together, advantage being that this will add to the protection.
Two other types of tents are tree tents or a hammock style. These are safer because they are off the ground away from creatures of the night. Warm because they zip/seal up completely, keeping out the cold and the rain. Like the ground type, there will be enough room for a sleeping bag and a small area for storage.
In very few cases will you need extra protection from the ground moisture. This type of backpacking tents have a rugged woven polyester mesh built right in and this same material is what is used in heavy-duty tarps. However, should you know that your hiking environment would be inundated with a lot of rain, bringing along an additional tarp to act, as a shield is a good idea.
Some people start out with a tarp, fashioning it as shelter, which is ideal if the weather is accommodating. A tarp also works as a ground barrier or a cover over the campsite. When carrying a tarp, consider all the uses, ground cover, protection from elements for you and your gear. In short, a tarp should be use in addition to your tent.
As with any camping equipment, there is some yearly maintenance required to keep it functional year after year. When you are ending the season, set up the tent on a hard dry surface and inspect for any material damage. Repair as necessary and then apply two to three coats of any approved waterproofing agent to keep it usable for next year's outings.
Camping tents have for the most part been our preferred way to go camping and we have gained a lot of experience with them over the years. Through that time, we have developed a network of hiking experts that constantly update us in the latest trends in both hiking and trail conditions.
Now that you have a better understanding check out the Camping Store for one that will fit your needs.
If you have any questions at all about different tent styles or which one would be best for you, email us using the Contact Us page.