Which tent are you looking for?
What to look for when buying a tent
A camping vacation or outdoor adventure with overnight stay offers the maximum relaxation for many. In the great outdoors to pitch their tent and spend time far away from any civilization. But to enjoy this experience, it requires a certain equipment and also a certain basic knowledge to be able to use it properly.
A very important point in the category tents is the material. The material of the tent must be waterproof, so that after a small storm you do not have to cancel the outdoor trip immediately. In most cases, either polyurethane, silicone or cotton is used for tents. Since the polyurethane coating has a fairly high density and remains elastic in cold conditions, it is often used as the tent floor. The silicone coating, on the other hand, is usually only used for the outer tent. The silicone coating increases the UV protection as well. The water column is the value by which the waterproofness of the tent is indicated.
For example, if a tent has a water column of 3,000 mm, water will not penetrate until this amount hits the tent within a short time, which is very unlikely.
Outer tent: water column of at least 1,500 mm
Tent floor: Water column of at least 2,000 mm
The orientation and setup of the tent must also be carried out accordingly due to factors such as the wind. Depending on the model, the tents are to be aligned differently. Sturdy tunnel tents, for example, are good targets for the wind due to their long sides and narrow ends. In order to set up the tunnel tent as safely as possible, it should be set up with the lowest and narrowest side facing the direction of the wind in order to create the smallest possible attack surface.
There are different types of camping tents such as inflatable tents, throw tents, pop-up tents, igloo tents, tunnel tents, dome tents, awnings or tents for trekking. Dome tents are the best choice for short stays like weekend trips or for people at music festivals. In good weather, good ventilation can be provided in summer as long as only the inner tent is erected.
The tunnel tent is suitable for families and trekking tours due to its stability and comfortable space and low weight. The round tent is well suited when camping with several people. It is often found at vacation camps. Everyone must decide individually which Camping Tent is right for him and his use.
Doorout's online store offers a wide range of camping tents from Heusser, Kampa, Eureka, Exped, Force Ten and many other brands.
What types of tents are there and what they are suitable for:
Here is a brief comparison of what makes each type of tent and what they are suitable for:
- Family tents offer a good sleeping and living space for the whole family. Large family tents are just suitable for camping vacations with several people
- Trekking tents are very light, waterproof and practical to transport due to a small pack size. Tents for trekking offer a sleeping space for 1-2 people
- Pavilions can be set up in a few minutes and are easy to transport
- Beach Tents are quickly erected and thanks to their large shaded area suitable for camping on sunny days
- Accessories for all types of tents. Pegs, Poles, tent pads for hard ground etc.
- Group tents offer a large free space for several people
- Utility Tents are stable tents like: Toilet tents, shower tents, man tents or equipment tents
- Tarps are large cloths with small pack size, which are stretched and offer good protection against the sun
- Camping tents without headroom are easy to erect tents, which are equipped with a fiberglass Poles and an inlaid tent floor
- Tipi Tents are cone-shaped tents, which provide a cozy atmosphere while camping
- Awnings create more living space, storage or storage space when camping with a caravan or VW bus
In order to find just the right tent for any type of outdoor adventure, there are a few questions you should ask yourself before buying your new camping tent. Because Camping Tent is not equal to Camping Tent, it must be selected according to the particular requirements for the mobile home. The landscape and the climate zone (weather) as well have a decisive influence on the purchase of the appropriate tent.
Only those who have appropriate experience in this area and know their products very well, can also recommend the right tents for the vacation. This is the big advantage of doorout.com – we always try to test our products and offers ourselves.
Here it is not only about the assembly in the store, but also about the use directly in the outdoor area. Only in this way we can judge whether a new tent delivers what it promises. New products we look at directly at the manufacturers. We only recommend products with that we have gathered our own experience and with that we can identify.
Flexible outdoor housing for families, couples, groups & adventurers
Camping stands for adventure, freedom, flexibility, being close to nature and so much more!
Whether it's a trekking tour, a family vacation, a weekend getaway for two, or a vacation retreat – the tent for your adventure is already waiting for you.
- Why camping? That's what makes camping so unbeatable!
- Buying the right tent – this is how it works
- The different types of tents at a glance
- Securing the tent – from bears, mice and burglars
- Tent care: cleaning and waterproofing
- Putting up and taking down a tent – our instructions
- Camping or hotel? A comparison
Why camping? That's what makes camping so unbeatable!
- Sleeping under almost the open sky
- Being close to nature
- Enjoy silence
- Independence of time – the time for the continuation of your journey and your meals you determine yourself
- Flexible change of location
- Inexpensive alternative to package holidays
- Pet friendly vacations are suddenly very easy
- The kids can romp around and always have someone to play with
- Forced to be offline
- Be free
- You do more, are more adventurous
- Socialize quickly
- Appreciate comfort at home again
Buying the right tent – this is how it works
Buying a tent is not a science. However, to avoid frustration with your choice, you should ask yourself a few questions about its use:
- How many people are traveling with you?
- Will you be transporting the tent by car or on foot, bicycle, etc.?
- Are you camping in warm, rainy or cold regions?
- How comfortable do you want the tent to be?
Keep these questions in mind and check the tent of your choice as follows:
1. The material or fabric for the tent
The best material for the tent is of course waterproof, lightweight, breathable, durable and does not require much maintenance.
Synthetic fibers are strong, waterproof, lightweight and dry quickly.
On the other hand, the material is not very breathable and therefore ventilation possibilities should be provided. A simple wipe is sufficient as care.
Cotton is much more breathable, but it also requires more care and is more susceptible to damage from moisture because it dries slowly. The heavy material is ostensibly suitable for dry areas.
2. From this water column value the tent is considered waterproof
The water column shows you whether a tent is waterproof. If the value of the outer tent is about 1500 mm and the value of the tent floor is about 2000 mm, you can assume that you will be protected from rain.
If you often camp in particularly rainy areas, a value of 3000 mm is worthwhile.
3. Depending on the size of the tent, 2 - X people can fit in the tent
Depending on tent type and size, whole groups can fit in the tent.
Keep in mind that not only the number of people, but also what you are taking with you and what you want to do in the tent - cooking, lounge, etc. - is crucial for the appropriate tent size.
In your planning, consider that size affects tent weight.
4. Low tent weight for transport by foot or bicycle
A logical equation: the more people you want in the tent, the bigger it should be, but the heavier it will be.
If you are traveling on foot or by bicycle and want to attach your tent to your backpack, your tent should be especially light and weigh no more than 2 kg.
When transporting by car, on the other hand, you can achieve more comfort with a larger tent.
5. The right tent shape
Dome tents are very stable in wind. Practical: Their compact pack size and lightweight material makes them the ideal companion for (trekking) tours on foot or by bike. However, this is also noticeable in the lack of tent length.
Tunnel tents are especially comfortable for tall people. Only in terms of wind stability they perform worse due to their shape.
Pyramid tents / teepees are typical for camping with several people such as trips with the club or vacation camps. They offer a lot of space, but usually cannot be equipped with an awning.
Square family tents are also spacious. Unlike tipis, they can be easily divided with sleeping cabins.
6. Almost automatic or manual tent erection
Tents can be pitched manually with Poles, almost automatically if inflatable, or in seconds as a pop-up tent.
However, speed has its pitfalls. The throw tent is the fastest to set up, but usually also very small. The inflatable tent is particularly heavy and large in pack size.
7. Heating or ventilating the tent
You plan to use your tent in the cold season and want to heat it? Make sure that there is an opening for a stove in the floor as well as in the ceiling.
In hot temperatures, ventilation windows will save you from stuffy air.
The different types of tents at a glance
The many different types of tents can make you lose track of them all. Use the following overview to find the right tent for you:
- Camping tents are easy to set up and are usually equipped with poles – you can rarely stand in the tent here.
- Family tents are designed for family vacations with several people and can be divided with sleeping cabins.
- Trekking tents are characterized by their light weight, high waterproofness and a small pack size that makes them easy to transport. The size is suitable for 1-2 people.
- Tarps are large tarpaulins with small pack size, which can be erected in various forms and find grateful takers among trekkers.
- Group tents offer a large space for several people and are often used by clubs or vacation camps.
- Utility Tents are stable tents and can serve various practical purposes – toilet tents, shower tents, equipment tents.
- Pavilions can be used in many ways – meeting place, garden party, storage space - and are quickly erected.
- Beach Tents protect from the sun's rays thanks to a large shaded area and can be quickly taken anywhere thanks to their light weight.
- When camping with a caravan or VW bus, awnings create more living space, storage or stowage space.
- Rooftop Tents the awnings are attached to the bus or car and offer additional and flexible sleeping and living space.
Securing the tent – from bears, mice and burglars
Camping is great – yet depending on the region and the occasion, there are troublemakers that can make camping uncomfortable.
Protect your tent (and yourself) from bears
Depending on where you're camping (Canada), you could run the risk of getting bear visits.
In such signposted areas you can take a few measures to protect yourself from close contact.
First of all: Bears have fine noses, are eager to discover and consider everything – even things that do not really belong to the category of food – as potentially interesting or edible.
Do not store food or anything that smells in the tent. Toothpaste, deodorant, perfume, or clothing that smells like yesterday's dinner should also be stored elsewhere.
Hang these items very high up on a tree at a distance of at least 100 meters from the tent. You should also cook and eat in a place at the above distance.
If you are in a treeless area, you can just bury the food in a container under a pile of pots and pans, which should scare the bear away if they fall over.
Protect tent from mice
Mice are only interested in your tent for one reason: hunger. similar to protecting it from bears, you shouldn't store anything inside the tent that smells or pack the items so that no odor leaks out.
Plastic bags and tarpaulins are no obstacle for rodents.
So at best, pack food & co in nibble-proof containers.
You can also avoid tempting mice in the first place by hanging your supply high in the tree.
Here too, you should make sure that the packaging is tight so that other animals don't take advantage of the opportunity.
Also important: clean up food scraps and trash promptly and thoroughly.
Protect the tent from burglars
The bad news is that a tent cannot be properly protected from burglars. And a lock hung in front of the door usually attracts thieves' attention in the first place.
The motto here is – don't take anything too valuable with you. The expensive laptop, the costly watch or too much cash are better left at home or in the bank account.
You should take your car keys, cell phone and wallet into your sleeping bag at night when you are asleep.
If necessary, you can hide valuables in the car or attach a small alarm to the tent, the noise of which should scare away jumpy thieves.
Tent care: cleaning and waterproofing
To clean your tent, all you need is some soapy water and a soft cloth. Aggressive cleaners, alcohol or the washing machine would harm your tent.
Proceed as follows:
- Set up your tent.
- Sweep out coarse dirt inside and outside.
- Now vacuum out the tent.
- Then spray the outside of the tent with a garden hose.
- Now clean the tent inside first, then outside with soapy water and rags.
- In the last step, clean the floor of the tent.
- Allow the tent to dry completely before cleaning it up.
Waterproofing the tent – when and how?
Waterproofing your tent is worthwhile. Not only will you increase the life of your tent, but you will also ensure that it remains waterproof.
When you should impregnate your tent, you can easily determine with a test.
Pour a bucket of water over your tent. If the water beads up immediately, the protection is still there. However, if the moisture settles or penetrates through the fabric, you should urgently re-impregnate your tent.
But not only time and frequent use, but also UV rays affect the impregnation protection.
And how to impregnate the tent? First clean the tent and wait until it is completely dry.
Spray the agent thoroughly. Then use a brush to gently work the impregnation protection into the material.
Then let the agent work in according to the manufacturer's instructions. Then wipe off excess material and spray with water.
Putting up and taking down the tent – our instructions
It always takes you forever to put up the tent? And somehow your tent always looks a mess after dismantling it and does not fit into the tent bag?
Don't worry – there is another way.
We'll show you how to set up and take down your tent properly (and in a relaxed manner) with our instructions.
Pitching the tent
- First, remove large branches and stones from the area where you want to pitch your tent.
- If you want, lay out an additional tarp to protect against rain.
- Spread out the tent on the tarp.
- Now fasten the four corners of the tent with pegs and a hammer.
- Now open all tent openings to avoid a vacuum effect.
- Take the middle poles in hand.
- Fold them up and feed them through the tunnels provided.
- Insert the ends of the poles into the eyelets provided.
- Now attach the remaining poles as well.
- Now tighten all the lines and secure them with a hammer and peg.
- In the last step, check whether all lines are taut enough and adjust again if necessary.
Dismantle the tent
- Remove all items – luggage, blankets, pillows – from the tent.
- Check if your tent is dry and wipe off any dew drops with a cloth.
- Then open all tent openings again to avoid the vacuum effect.
- Roll up the doors and fasten them with the hooks provided.
- Now pull all pegs out of the ground – this is especially easy with a peg lifter or another peg.
- Wipe the pegs clean with a damp cloth if necessary.
- Roll up each line and tie them together so that the lines do not get tangled.
- Now push (don't pull) the Poles out of the tunnels and unfold them.
- Wipe off the ends if necessary.
- Wipe the underside of your tent with a cloth.
- Place the tent bag against your tent and fold your tent into a slightly narrower web than the bag is wide.
- Now roll up the sheet tightly and tuck it into the tent bag along with the Poles and pegs.
Camping or hotel? A comparison
Camping means to be free. Free in your decisions. Sleep in late or have an early breakfast at sunrise all by yourself? No problem.
You are close to nature, you can hear the crickets chirping and you can eat your dinner under the stars.
You can spontaneously change your location whenever you feel like it - without any fixed departure times.
The kids can run around, your dog enjoys being outdoors.
The downside: You have to share the "bathroom" with strangers and cook yourself. But only what you like. Also the comfort tends to be lower compared to good hotels, but it is also cheaper.
Vacationing in a hotel is something for those who do not want to lift a finger, but in return can live with some restrictions and significantly higher costs.
The bed is (usually) more comfortable, you have the bathroom to yourself and bad weather does not cause medium panic.
On the other hand, you have to eat at a set time, and your arrival and departure are also fixed. At the buffet you are annoyed by the bad behavior of other hotel guests.
Last but not least, the hotel room will cost you a lot more than a campsite.
|Proximity to nature||✓||✕|
|Independence in time||✓||✕|
|Make new contacts||High||Medium|
|Quality of sanitary facilities||Gambling||Gambling|
|Regardless of weather||✕||✓|
|Opportunities to discover new things||✓||✕|
|Child & animal friendly||✓||✕|
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