Types and styles of tents
The dome tent has typically been the tent of
choice for backpackers and other campers where
space and weight are important. There are two
types of dome tents; the tunnel or half dome,
which is great for backpackers or those traveling
light, and the classic geodesic dome.
The dome tent provides a good deal of floor space
and is extremely stable in windy weather conditions.
Depending on the size of the dome tent there is
usually a good deal of head space, just not as
much as the Frame tent.
Vis a Vis Tents
These are tents with sleeping compartments on either side of a living area. The basic tent can be either ridge or dome style. Most are made in lightweight nylon or polyester and can vary widely in size and price
The Frame tent is popular with families who need
a lot of space for people and equipment. Ideal
for those into more luxury camping as opposed
to back to basics. The frame tent has a lot of
headroom throughout and has almost vertical walls.
The negatives to the frame tent are that they
are typically heavy, pitching the tent takes longer
and the height and design can be a problem if
the weather is windy. The frame tent is convenient
if you have a car and do not have to carry it
Ridge or A-Frame Tents
The Ridge tent looks an upside down V shape. It
is essentially two walls that form a triangle
with the ground. You may have seen old pictures
of Girl Guides and Boy Scouts camping with these
type of tents.
You probably won't consider this type of tent
if you are camping with more than two people.
Additionally, it's not a great choice if inclement
weather will be a concern.