Tracking tent: what is it and how to choose it?
No self-respecting hiking enthusiast can do without a tent. The tent is also indispensable for any picnics in nature or in the case of spending the night in the fresh air.
Such a tourist attribute of a tourist can be divided into several types:
- extreme view;
This article will talk about tracking models, their advantages and disadvantages.
What is a trekking tent
First you need to figure out what a trekking tent means. The name of this type of camping tent comes from the Dutch trekking and literally means “nomadic” or “relocation”.
The main advantage of tracking products is their weight.. Such models for tourists are very light, as they are mainly intended for hiking over short distances. The material for the production is nylon or other ultra-light materials, so such products are very compact. In addition, this type of tent is very convenient in transportation and use.
However, each coin has a downside. This type of model for tourists should be used only for outdoor recreation, sorties on the banks of a river or sea. You should not take such a tent on long routes or hiking in the mountains, where the weather changes for several hours. She is not able to protect from the weather. The frame structure of light products does not provide protection from wind or heavy rain.
By form, tents are divided into several subspecies.
- Tent form. The cone-shaped stand is centrally located. The tent-shaped model is quite high. Cons: some inconvenience inside the tent due to the presence of a rack, poor wind resistance. This type of form is rarely used.
- Gable form. The rib, from which two awnings diverge on both sides, is located at the base of the structure. Pros: good capacity and waterproof. Cons: inconvenient location of the frame supports inside the tent. Gable models are rare.
- The original form. Several types of forms are combined at the base of the frame design. So, hemisphere and half-barrel models are mainly used for the production of camping and tracking models.
- Hemispherical shape. At the heart of the design are two arcs that intersect each other. Pros: good wind resistance. Cons: there is little space inside.
- Half-barrel. Several arcs that make up the frame of the structure are parallel to each other. Pros: the presence of large space inside. Lack of low wind resistance.
Differences between camping and tracking models
Many people wonder how trekking differs from a camping tent. To begin with, it is worth noting the difference in the convenience of accommodation. Camping models have a high level of comfort. They have tall and large, spacious vestibules.
The very word "camping" in translation means rest near a parking lot. Also, "camping" can be translated as caravanning, that is, this value implies a trip to the designated place by car. The weight of such tents is significant: from 5 kg to 15 kg. Therefore, without a car in this case can not do.
In turn, the tracking model weighs up to 5 kg. It is very compact and can be carried in a backpack. As a rule, the design does not provide for the presence of a vestibule in such a tent. If it is, it is very small.
The capacity of these types of tents also has its own differences. Tracking is designed for 1-4 places. The campsite can accommodate from 4 to 12 people.
Tracking models are more designed for the summer season. These tents are well ventilated. Air circulates through light tissue, which provides good ventilation. Types of camping models are designed for all four seasons. The main advantage of such products is their resistance to any weather. Some tents have windows made of frost-resistant material.
The presence of racks made of thick aluminum and a glued bottom make the product windproof. You can also relax in a trekking tent in winter. Inside, heat is stored for a long time. Winter versions of such tents are made of waterproof material, and durable construction stands are made of dense, reliable aluminum. But unlike the summer version, winter tracking products weigh 2-3 kg more.
Another difference between the camping model and the tracking model is the degree of complexity of the assembly. It’s much easier to assemble a tracking one than a camping one. Assembling a camping tent takes a long time.
How to choose a 2- and 3-person tent
The number of placements in any tourist tent affects its weight. Walking 20-30 km per day with a four-seater or six-seater tent is not so simple. Many backpackers most often choose a double. 3-seater is suitable for companies from 3 to 5 people. It is quite roomy, with a wide vestibule, in which you can also sit. But keep in mind that such a design will weigh even more. With such a tent it is better to travel by car.
But if you have to go alone, you should pay attention to the double model. The weight of single and double is not too different. The difference is only 1 kg. But for a comfortable overnight stay, there is much more space.
When choosing a 2-seater or 3-seater design, you should pay attention to the following points:
The bottom of the product and the awning are made of the same material. The bottom must be strong, because it is for him that the greatest load is designed. When choosing, you should pay attention to the density of weaving of threads and their thickness. They should be designated as follows: 210T and 210D. It is also worth choosing a product whose bottom material withstands water pressure from 3000 mm water column. The water resistance of the tent depends on this indicator.
A skirt is called a strip of fabric near the lower edge of the awning. This strip extends the tent to the surface of the earth and protects it from moisture or strong winds. Tents with a skirt are often chosen for the winter type of tourism.
To select any model, you should correctly evaluate the quality of the arcs. The most durable can be called aluminum products. Such arcs are not so light, but they are strong and durable products.
The choice of both double and triple tents depends on the quality of the materials from which the product is made. Much attention should be paid to the seams. They should be well glued or boiled if the bottom of the tent is made of polyethylene. You should also consider the quality of lightning and pegs. Lightning should not jam, and the pegs should be light and not bend.
Manufacturers and cost
The most famous companies for the production of tracking models:
- Nova tour;
- Trek Planet.
The average cost of a hiking product varies in rubles from 2 to 5 thousand. Tents of this price category are considered mid-range products. But at the same time they have excellent functionality for a good rest and hike.
More expensive models - from 10 to 15 thousand - are considered premium products. They are wear-resistant, moisture-proof, characterized by increased wind resistance, can have up to several vestibules. Companies Nova tour and Quick hicker 3 just such models are produced.
Also, companies that produce premium hiking tracking models include VauDe and Marmot. In the production, manufacturers use the highest quality materials. The cost of such tents starts from 11 thousand rubles.
Anyway when choosing a camping tent, it is necessary to take into account the conditions of its operation. In addition, it is necessary to determine how many people the design will be designed for and how long the route will be. For a family outdoor recreation, for a picnic near the city and civilization, a tent of any weight is suitable. If you have a long walking route, then the weight of the product is of great importance. For such distances choose the lightest tent.
You should also take into account the range and weather conditions. In these cases, the choice depends on the season and should be based on the quality of materials, resistance to wind and moisture, as well as the density of the frame structure.
About what a camping tent is, see the next video.