Are Tents Worth the Trouble?

You are ready for an invigorating hike through a path with unbelievable scenery, and then a relaxing evening and night under the stars next to the lake … and then you remember … the pains of the tent. Have you ever wondered if tents were worth the trouble? Maybe you do not consider yourself a…

You are ready for an invigorating hike through a path with unbelievable scenery, and then a relaxing evening and night under the stars next to the lake … and then you remember … the pains of the tent. Have you ever wondered if tents were worth the trouble? Maybe you do not consider yourself a “tent” person. Take a look at an Alps Mountaineering backpacking tent, and maybe you'll decide to give it another chance.

Transporting the Tent

Although tents used to be cumbersome and heavy at times, in contrast, today many 2-person backpacking tents range from between 2-5 pounds, making them much easier to carry. Although they may be up to 35 square feet, they fit compactly into a small carrying bag. They are easy to transport, and easy to carry. You can enjoy the scenery of the hike, not the pains in your back!

Setting Up and Breaking Down the Tent

Now that you have finally reached your destination by the lake after a long day's hike, you have to deal with setting up the tent. A process that used to take up to an hour now takes only minutes. With features such as pole clips that clip over tent poles and shock corded fiberglass poles that connect easily in many new tents, setting up the tent is almost effortless and very quick. Likewise, breaking down the tent and storing it in the compact bag is also quick and simple. Setting up and breaking down camping tents and backpacking tents is no longer a difficult chore!

The Weather

Every tent camper's nightmare: the weather! The elements no longer play as large a role in camping as they used to new features in many tents, such as a full coverage fly, factory sealed floor seams, and extra guy-outs on the fly for stabilization during high winds. A fly is a piece of heavy weatherproof material that completely covers the tent and attaches to the floor. In many tents, flys contain windows or doors for ventilation. The sealed floor seams keep water from seeing through the floor, and the guy-outs allow the fly to attach more securely to the floor to increase stabilization of the tent. Although we all love a beautiful, clear, star-filled night, weather no longer has to determine whether or not we stay dry!

All in all, tents are now easy to assemble, essentially weatherproof, and extremely lightweight and compact for travel. Perhaps you will consider yourself a “tent” person after all!