Choosing a Camping Tent - Is Costly Luxurious Tents Always Better?

Camping tents are as diversified as cars. They range from basic, no-frills models to high-end models loaded with features. What you opt will depend on your pocket and your specific needs. But when it comes to making a final decision, do you get more if you spend more?

The answer to that question depends on several variables. However, one general rule applies to camp tents as much as to any other product on the market: you get what you pay for. Assess your own needs. This will help you decide exactly what to buy. Then stick to comparing tents that meet those basic needs. There's no reason to compare economy models with luxury models. Be sure that you are paying for quality materials, not just brand names.

Where, how and how often you camp also can help you decide how much to spend on a tent. Use this short assessment to get started. If you camp:

Often(several times per year): The more you camp, the more your tent will be exposed to the weather. The more exposure it gets, the faster it will wear out. In this case, you should consider a tent that is weather-treated.

Mainly in campgrounds:Generally speaking, campgrounds are sheltered from weather extremes. Also, the terrain usually isn't rugged and you aren't as likely to encounter bugs and wild animals.

In the backwoods:Hunters and those who prefer to camp off the beaten path might consider stronger materials in a camping tent. The terrain is typically more rugged than one might find at the average campground. There may be rocky ground or high winds to contend with. Wild animals also can be a problem. Look for heavy-duty materials that will withstand wind and rain and that won't tear or snag easily.

The most important thing to remember when choosing a camping tent is to not compare apples to oranges. In other words, compare the economy to economy and luxury to luxury. Determine your needs, and then compare only the tents that meet those needs.

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