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australia:tents [2021/06/18 23:34]
gary1 [Introduction]
australia:tents [2021/06/19 00:33]
gary1 [Introduction]
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     * **is it freestanding or does it need pegging and guy ropes?**     * **is it freestanding or does it need pegging and guy ropes?**
       * freestanding is important if you wish to be able to move it easily after setting up, or if you want to set up on concrete or wooden elevated camp sites which are becoming common in NZ, Grampians, and Tasmania.        * freestanding is important if you wish to be able to move it easily after setting up, or if you want to set up on concrete or wooden elevated camp sites which are becoming common in NZ, Grampians, and Tasmania. 
 +      * in general, trekking pole tents and tunnel tents are NOT freestanding, and not all dome tents are freestanding
     * **space and livability - how many people and much space do you want per person**     * **space and livability - how many people and much space do you want per person**
       * generally a 2P tent is best for one person and a 3P tent is best for 2 people, but if weight is critical and livability is not so critical, then a 1P is just OK for one person.       * generally a 2P tent is best for one person and a 3P tent is best for 2 people, but if weight is critical and livability is not so critical, then a 1P is just OK for one person.
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       * aerodynamic stability of tent design is an important factor as well as strength of poles and ability to attach guy ropes, especially at the wind end.        * aerodynamic stability of tent design is an important factor as well as strength of poles and ability to attach guy ropes, especially at the wind end. 
       * the taller the tent the more wind stress it needs to cope with       * the taller the tent the more wind stress it needs to cope with
 +    * **ability to cope with blizzards**
 +      * dome tents with crossover poles on the top generally provide best protection from snow weight and also are better when winds change direction
 +      * tunnel tents generally have poles crossing on the sides which offer best side wind protection but being rectangular will not be as good when the wind direction changes
 +      * your safety depends on the tent holding up and keeping you dry - it should be a 4 season tent with the fly being at least 30D nylon, and the floor at least 70D nylon with at least 10,000mm waterhead rating and sufficient guy points to keep it secure
 +      * each peg out point may require 2 or 3 pegs to create security in strong winds and perhaps reinforced by a large rock on top of the guy rope
 +      * if deep snow, then wider "sand" pegs may be needed
     * **ability to cope with heavy rain and water under the tent**     * **ability to cope with heavy rain and water under the tent**
       * PU nylon fly is better than silicon nylon flies for wet weather at the cost of more susceptibility to UV       * PU nylon fly is better than silicon nylon flies for wet weather at the cost of more susceptibility to UV
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     * **ability to minimise entry of dust or sand in wind storms**     * **ability to minimise entry of dust or sand in wind storms**
       * fully enclosed fabric inner canopies are probably the best bet       * fully enclosed fabric inner canopies are probably the best bet
 +    * **blackout tents to help you sleep at festivals**
 +      * some tents are designed to block out 99% of light but these are generally heavy tents designed fro car camping and not for hiking
 +      * the extra material may help to reduce temperatures during the day and keep you warmer at night
     * **luxury items such as:**     * **luxury items such as:**
       * internal pockets       * internal pockets
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