4 Man Tent: The Ultimate GuideA 4 man tent is ideal if you’re planning on a camping trip with your family as there are a lot of different styles, shapes and colors to choose from. But if you are a first time buyer, deciding what to buy can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be that way as this guide will provide you with all the information necessary to find exactly what you are looking for.
How Large Must the Tent Be?This is not as clear cut as it seems, as tents for four people do not have the same specs or dimensions, and the needs of families also varies. For a family of four with two small kids, a tent for four people will do fine, and it should also suit the needs of a family of three if you have an older child with you. However, camping out with two grown kids might be too much for 4 man tents so you might be better off with a bigger tent.
A tent deigned for four people might also be to your liking and preference even if it is just you and a single companion. As it is there are couples who like to camp with a lot of gear, and if you belong to that category you will benefit from a larger tent.
Weight and CeilingThese tents may be all designed for four, but their specifications differ in particular the weight and the peak height. If you’re camping with others coping with the extra weight probably won’t be a problem, but it won’t hurt to find one as light as possible because that makes setting up and putting down easier.
The ceiling inside is another matter to consider: maybe you can stand up straight inside with plenty of headroom to spare, but what about your companions? The general rule when it comes to tents is the smaller they are the lower the ceiling, so a tent for four should provide enough space for you and your companions. Whenever possible, check the product dimensions of the tent so you will know beforehand if there are going to be problems with the ceiling.
What about the Fabric Layers?The best 4 man tent today has two fabric layers. Small, lightweight layers only have one, and some of the larger ones that use 100% cotton have just one layer. However if you’re serious about camping you should not settle for anything less than two layers for your tent.
Aside from making certain the tent has two layers, there needs to be a gap between the two so rain and condensation do not set in. A gap sufficient to put your fist in ought to suffice, and again, never buy a tent where the inner and outer layers touch because they are vulnerable to leaks. In a typical 4 man pop up tent the setup has been simplified so there’s no need for separate configurations of the inner and outer layers.
The GroundsheetAlmost all tents for four people and above have a groundsheet. Sometimes the groundsheet is just one piece but in other tents, every compartment has its own groundsheet. It’s better to have separate ones because the majority of campsite owners prefer this, and the reason is you can in theory lift the groundsheet at some point and let the grass under it breathe, preventing the groundsheet from leaving any marks on the grass.
Of course you will probably want a groundsheet that is sewn in so the creepy crawlies don’t find a way inside your tent. A compromise between the two designs is the zipped in groundsheet that you can zip open so the grass can breathe and seal up again. Regardless of the type of groundsheet you buy, make certain that it’s strong enough to withstand regular use.
4 person tents are made from any number of materials including nylon, polycotton, cotton canvas and polyester. Well-designed poles are made of steel, aluminum or other composite materials, so there’s no lacking in options for you. However, just because two brands use the same materials does not mean the tents will perform the same way as the weight and construction could be different.
Windows and DoorsDoors and windows are important for ventilation purposes, especially if you’re camping with your family during summer. Before buying any tent make it a point to check the number of windows installed and their size, and do the same with the doors.
Some of these tents have doors that double up as a windbreak or a canopy and provide additional space with cover while still keeping you in open air, suitable for cooking. You should also look for tents that come with double zips for easy opening, and as you go looking for a tent, you’re going to see that some have porches. Whether you need one or not is something only you can decide but if you do want one, check if the space is sufficient for you and your companions.Windows on a three season tent needs to be large so the inside of the tent is airy and light. To prevent mosquito bites and other bugs from getting in, most of them have mosquito nets even when open so everyone inside can sleep comfortably.
Assessing the door and window quality, indeed the quality of the whole tent, can be difficult but not impossible. The features mentioned here will help you get started but you also need to consider the price as well as your family’s personal preference. One way to check is to read product reviews and by examining the tent closely once you buy it.