In essence the best tents all have similar traits. What makes them different is that they were designed with different uses in mind. These different uses require different features from the tents. The best camping tents all need to have large doors.
The more doors a tent has the easier it is to get in and out of it. Obviously a one person tent is going to be fine with only one door. However a two person tent must have two doors. If the tent only has one door one person will have to crawl over the other person every time he or she wants to get out of the tent. This will be very unpleasant, and it is not a good experience for the other person involved either. Tents with three doors are quite rare, and off the top of my head I can’t think of tents with four doors. Every additional door adds weight to the tent so the designer of the tent has to be very savvy and must not add doors off a whimsy.
There are different door designs, some are more advantageous than others. The simplest door is a hole in the wall of the tent that can be covered up with a piece of nylon. A more sophisticated design is a hole in the tent that can be zipped together. These doors are hard to close as the wall of the tent can be hard to zipped together. The best design -and the most common- is a D-shaped door with a zipper. The reason why this design is so popular is that it is the most waterproof one, and it allows the tent to have a bathroom-style floor. The con to such a door is that it doesn’t reach the floor, so you might trip over when entering the tent or coming out of the tent.
Most camping tents have vestibules. These are little rooms that extend over the door and it is where you can store your shoes and clothes. This is a good way to store your gear and save a bit of space. Tent manufacturers always want to save on materials and use as little amount of material as possible for the manufacturing of their tents. This is great because this incentive makes the tents very light and cheap as well, but it results in small tents that don’t really have enough space. The tent that has the best vestibule in my opinion is the Ledge Tarantula. It has two huge vestibules that add a lot to the overall experience of camping in the tent.
The best camping tents definitely need to have vestibules. Even the best four season tents have vestibules, as in this case it will allow you to prevent condensation by not bringing snow into the tent.
There are so many traits that the best waterproof tents need to have, but they can be guessed by using common sense. The most important thing is to decide what you are going to use the tent for, how many people you are going to use it with, and where you are going to use it. If you got the answers to these questions, you only need to make sure that your tent complies with the few pieces of advice above, and you have got yourself a great camping tent.
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