Price is an indicator of the quality of a tent. A
good quality tent exhibits the following features: Light-weight, durable,
stable in high winds, easy to set up, has no-see-um proof mesh netting
on doors and windows, a bathtub type waterproof floor (seam sealed)
and shock corded, aluminum (not fiberglass) external poles in no more
than two foot long segments (longer ones will not fit in a pack easily),
supporting a freestanding-type design. Freestanding tents are a great
convenience in the shallow soils of the Canoe Country because they do
not have to be completely staked down on calm days. Tents with three
or more roof support wands will be more stable in the wind.
Ideally, the tent size should be rated one person more than the party
size to allow for both gear and non-claustrophobic living space on wind-bound
days. Always place a ground protector under a tent that is cut somewhat
smaller than the floor of the tent or, as some recommend, a large sheet
of plastic placed partially up the walls on the inside of the tent.
If you are borrowing a tent, be sure to set the tent up and test for
leaks and the existence of all essential parts if the owner is uncertain
of the tents condition.
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