How Different Tent Shapes Could Affect Your Camping Experience

Like everything else in life, camping has changed and evolved with time. Camping gear has advanced, technology has found a second home in the camping environment, people have become more skillful and intelligent, and tents have diversified into new models and designs.

The traditional ridge tent has been in existence for centuries and has been convenient for so many campers over the years. However, more sleek designs have overshadowed it, by offering better portability, among other benefits. For more insights about larger tents, read the review here.

There is no tent design that can be prized as the greatest of them all. Each and every tent shape has its own benefits and drawbacks. Take a look at the listed tent shapes and familiarize yourself with their pros and cons

  1. The ridge tent

With a cross pole to form a trapezium-like shape, the ridge tent has proven to be remarkably steady and firm. More to that, it is easy to pitch and has a beautiful roof-like shape.

However, most campers and tent makers have avoided this kind of tent because of the reduction in interior volume. Even in the largest ridge tent, there is height limitation. Even though tents are mainly used for sleeping, you would still need to walk around inside.

  1. Dome Tent

The dome-shaped tent has been one of the trendiest tents on the market.  The fact that you can change the shape of the dome tent by increasing or reducing the number of poles at the base makes it intriguing. Two poles running through the middle would make it a square dome, while three of them would make it a hexagon.

From mountain fishing and seaside camping, this tent is pretty convenient, light-weight, easy to set up, and affordable. For the campers who love lone expeditions without so much camping gear, this would be perfect for you

The only limitation is space, as it would get uncomfortable and squeezed for two campers and their gear to use this tent. Other than that, the headroom is better and the floor space wider than the ridge tent.

  1. The tunnel tent

Also known as the quick-pitch tents, the tunnel tents don’t need any physical labor to set up. It is fitted with spring frames which trigger the amazing release of the whole tent onto the ground. You would be amazed how fast the instant tent erects itself.

If you are planning to camp with a lot of kids, this would be a good choice. Other than the fast pitching, it has adequate room for up to five people and can be easily packed.

  1. Geodesic tent

Mathematically, the term geodesic is used to refer to the shortest distance between two points. Similarly, the geodesic tent has 5 or more intersections of flexible poles that distribute the weight and pressure of the tent across the simple structure.

Due to this, it is among the few tents that can be used in the most extreme conditions and withstand any weather. It can stay firm on the ground and balance all the opposing forces.

All said and done, camping should be a time for reconnecting the mind with the natural environment, freeing up your soul, and feeling the utmost inner peace. There is no better way to have this than to choose the right tent!

Krissy Georgiadis

Written by Krissy Georgiadis

Law graduate and wanderlust sufferer. I like rum and beaches.