Please note that our site is neither part of nor related to the “Consumer Reports” trademark belonging to Consumer Reports, Inc.

Best Camping Tents Consumer Ratings & Reports

Best Camping Tents Consumer Ratings & Reports

How to choose the tent

How to choose a camping tent? Among the huge variety of different shapes, sizes, capacity and water resistance you want not to get lost and choose the one that is best suited for your trip. In order not to make a mistake and not to regret a hasty choice during the hike, away from civilization, it is worth spending a few minutes and study carefully presented tents based on several factors. So, what is the best tent? Let’s try to understand the points and make the right choice.

Tourist tents today are quite widely represented in the market and differ from each other both in performance characteristics and in the price range. Below are a number of considerations that will help you navigate and make the best decision.


Tourist and camping tents from well-known manufacturers cost more than average, but you should not forget that such companies value their name, and therefore cannot afford to offer the buyer goods with low quality. Brand reputation is a guarantee of quality and reliability of products. After all, the quality of equipment depends on your safety!


The main criterion for choosing – the type of tent. If you know exactly the purpose of your trip and the future conditions of use of the tent, it is a guarantee that the choice will be made correctly. Currently, there are three basic classes of tents – extreme, trekking and camping. Extreme – is a tent for mountain climbing and mountain trekking, trekking – the most versatile class of tents for tourism, camping tents are large and comfortable for trips to the countryside.


Rather general parameter, which characterizes the purpose of the tent. Summer – stable positive temperatures without heavy rains and strong winds. In spring and autumn the temperature can drop below zero, there is a strong wind, prolonged rain and snow. Winter – any weather conditions.


Depending on the purpose, different materials and technologies are used in the construction of tents. It is from these major components is formed by the cost of the tent and its functional properties.

General appearance and quality of manufacture of individual elements

A modern tent is a technologically complex product that requires a fairly high technical level of production. Pay attention to the quality of manufacture of the tent as a whole, individual elements and fittings. Zippers must not jam, seams must be neatly stitched and sealed. Loaded elements must be reinforced. Metal eyelets should be made neatly and without burrs. If you see crooked seams and threads sticking out in different directions, you’d better buy a tent from another manufacturer.

Product passport

Every product by a manufacturer that respects itself and its customers has a passport (or instruction manual), which should clearly spelled out the characteristics of the product, conditions of use and care, information about the materials used and warranty obligations.

And the tourist tent as must have such a document – specified in it the characteristics of the product and operating conditions are the results of various tests conducted by the manufacturer. Compliance with the rules of operation ensures a long and trouble-free service of the tent. Lack of data on materials and technical characteristics indicates poor quality of the manufacturer! Please note that information about the tent can be presented in different media, including electronic, or posted on the official website.


Before you buy a tent, you should pay attention to the designation of materials, for example:

Polyester PU 185 T, RipStop, 4,000 mm water column waterproof

Polyester PU 185 T, waterproof 4000 mm water column

Nylon 30D, 250 T, SI, RipStop, silicone-coated, water-resistant to 3,000 mm water column

Lightweight, breathable polyester RipStop

Polyester PU Oxford P 150 D, water resistance 6000 mm water column

Polyethylene PE 10×12, 145 g/m2, watertight to 4000 mm water column

Technological Specifications:

185T, 250T (Thread Count) is the total number of threads per square inch in the longitudinal and transverse directions. The higher the number of threads, the denser the fabric.

30D, 150D Denie is the thickness of the threads involved in the weave.

Polyester, nylon, polyethylene – chemical composition of yarns

Rip Stop – a type of weave fabric, where a thicker thread is woven through a certain number of threads. In this case the fabric will be more tensile strength with a slight increase in weight.

PU, SI – type of fabric treatment (polyurethane coating, silicone impregnation).

Fabric water resistance in millimeters of water column (up to 1500mm – the fabric can not be considered as watertight, in the rain it will start to leak, 2500mm and more – cloth can withstand practically all weather conditions).

For example: Nylon 30D, 250 T, SI, RipStop, water resistance 3000 mm – cloth made of special polyamide threads of RipStop type, 30D thickness in longitudinal and transverse directions, density 250T, with silicon coating, which “holds” 3000 mm of water column. The fabric has a top water repellent treatment.


The thickness and density of the tent’s yarns are responsible for durability. Thicker yarns do not always give more weight to the fabric if the tent material uses a special yarn weave. The density of the yarn weave is an equally important parameter. A loose fabric will warp, stretch a lot, and is generally not durable. Polyester and nylon are more resistant to UV radiation than other materials, which is very important for awnings.

Water resistance (waterproofing) .

A very important indicator, which is measured in mm of water column. Camping tents, whose outer tent fabric has a value of 2500mm or more, will resist almost any rain. It is important that the water resistance value indicated in the specifications of the tent corresponds to reality. Water resistance 2500mm is achieved with a double application of polyurethane impregnation, 4000mm with a triple application, and so on. Polyurethane PU tent impregnation is applied on the inside of the tent, using a special technology so that it does not crumble and crack. The question arises: why do we need such a high water resistance? Very simple: a drop of water with a certain weight falling from a great height, has kinetic energy (impact force) and hitting the tent can simply “break through” the material with low water resistance. The second reason is that the material gradually wears out and over time begins to leak. Accordingly, the greater the water resistance of the tent, the longer your camping tents will last.

Silicone impregnation is usually applied to the top or bottom layer of the material (it can also be applied over the PU impregnation). This impregnation is very durable and functional: silicone does not allow moisture to accumulate in the fabric fibers. At the same time silicone coating significantly increases the tensile strength and elasticity of the fabric. If you use Rip Stop weave fabric, the tent will be stronger with a slight increase in weight. Pay attention to the gluing of the seams. They must be glued with special thermal tape. Other ways of gluing or stitching the seams after a short use will leak and stretch on the seam.

Inner tent.

The inner tent should be comfortable and functional, have additional accessories, such as a ring for a light, pockets, convenient double zippers, mosquito net. Preferably the light color of the inner tent. The fabric, from which the inner tent is made, should have the following properties: lightness, durability (preferably Rip Stop weave), have “breathing” properties.


The material of the tent bottom can be made of the fabric of the outer tent or of structural polyethylene. The fabric on the bottom of the tent must be waterproof (at least 2500), so that water does not penetrate inside the tent when there is a lot of pressure. The seams of the floor, if it is made of polyethylene, must be welded, especially pay attention to the corner seams.

Arcs .

One of the most important components of a tent. The arcs for camping tents are made of steel, aluminum alloys of different quality, fiberglass and epoxy resins.

Fiberglass is a material based on fiberglass epoxy resins. Relatively heavy and less durable (service life up to 5 years), but also has a number of advantages: the absence of permanent deformation, high strength and elasticity, low price.

Durapol (Plastic material consisting of fiberglass filler bonded by synthetic resin) has all the characteristics of fiberglass arcs, but even more durable and reliable.

Aluminum alloys are the most advanced materials for arcs. They are durable, not subject to deformation at low temperatures. Depending on the type of alloy can vary greatly in performance and, accordingly, in price. Steel arcs are usually used in large camping tents, when weight is not of fundamental importance. They are very durable and long-lasting. Fittings and “little things”. Tourist tents should be not only comfortable, but also functional, which is why pay special attention to the little things! It is additional accessories and small details that will tell you about the quality of your tent!

  • Brass eyelets must be made qualitatively and accurately;
  • zippers should not jam when trying to open the tent in a sports store;
  • mosquito netting with small cells;
  • The straps should be lightweight and sturdy. They should pass easily through the adjustment buckles;
  • cords for storm pulls
  • sturdy and thin, and visible in the dark and during the day;
  • pegs lightweight and strong, not bendable;
  • seams on the tent and the bottom of the tent must be well glued.

What does the tent price consist of?

Identical at first glance tents can vary quite a lot in price. This is not a salesman’s trick, although it is not excluded, but significant differences in the materials and technologies used in the production of the tent. The use of expensive materials increases the operational properties of a tent: low weight, durability, ability to use in all weather conditions, durability, but also leads to a significant price increase, but if you really want to buy a tent, which will serve you long – do not skimp, because in this case, the price is always justified!

Image Product Details  
tent Coleman Tent for Camping | Elite Montana Tent with Easy Setup Color: Green

How useful was this post?

Click on a star to rate it!

Average rating 5 / 5. Vote count: 1

No votes so far! Be the first to rate this post.

We will be happy to hear your thoughts

Leave a reply

The Consumer Guide
Enable registration in settings - general