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4 Man Tent

Tents Camping have produced this small 4 man tent guide, highlighting areas which you should be mindful of when buying a 4 man tent.

4 Man Tent -suitability

So you are a family of 4 and you are looking online to buy a 4 man tent as this will be large enough to accommodate your family.  Large tents can be split into 2 categories, recreational campsite tents and utility, built for hiking tents.

The large recreational 4 man tents/family tents look almost like mini cottages, with a living room and bedrooms.  These tents are particularly big and heavy and can take a while to pitch.  In contrast when you’re out hiking in the wilds you need a 4 man tent which is light and can be erected quickly.  Consequently these tents are a lot smaller and lighter.

4 Man Tent – durability

The durability of a tent depends on two things, the quality of material used and the quality of workmanship in building the tent.  There are a lot of 4 man tents on the market which may appear cheap but these tents may not represent value for money as they’ll not stand up to the wear and tear of years of usage. Any seasoned camper will tell you that tents will be erected in all sorts of weather conditions, on different types of ground conditions so unless the tent is strong and well built it may tear if it is not handled correctly.  Even an expensive 4 man tent can be made of cheap material or even poorly designed or both.

The material used in well made tents will have an excellent hydrostatic head (waterproof rating) of at least 1,500mm for the UK, breathable, have taped seams and fire retardant.  A well designed tent will well constructed and thought out for the intended user eg a well made 4 man tent/family tent will have a lantern point.

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