Types of tents you can buy today
Once upon a time a tent was just a tent. The Toblerone chocolate bar shape was the classic tent for a very long time. For those of you not familiar with Toblerone, it’s a Swiss chocolate bar with a triangular cross section.
In this article we give a brief description of the most common types that you can buy today. As you will see the variety and choices have increased greatly. So let’s start.
Ridge tents – The ridge tent consists of two sturdy poles, one at each end. These form the center line of the tent and a canvas covering is stretched between the two poles, to form the classic triangle shape at each end. Ropes (called guylines) run beneath the canvas and out of each end. These are then fastened to stakes, driven in at each corner and creating that classic tent shape
Dome tents – These are free standing tents the poles, normally carbon fiber bend over from corner to corner. Two of these, which meet in the middle, form the structure of the tent.
Geodesic tents – are generally used in extreme conditions. Their bendy poles, These pole crisscross each other creating triangular shapes. Very hardy and strong in high winds.
Instant tents – these are relatively new on the scene the poles are connected to the fabric of the tent and they twist into a flat circular disc, for storing away. But a quick twist the other way produces an assembled tent.
Inflatable tents – not cheap but an air compressor does all the work. All you have to do is lay it out on the floor and wait
as the tent blows up like a balloon and forms the t
ent in front of you.
Khyam tents – these tents are named after the company that makes them. The covering material and poles are permanently attached to each other. The clever part is that the poles bend in sections and powerful springs at the joints of these sections help the poles straighten up when the tent is erected.
Tunnel tents – These are easy to set up and as the name suggests are in the shape of a shape of a large tube. Some can be entered from both ends and they can seem quite spacious inside. Just like ridge tents they need guylines to anchor them in place.