Tips On How To Choose A Lightweight Backcountry Hunting Tent
Being able to choose a quality lightweight hunting tent is and will always be the wish of every seasoned hunter.
In fact, the difficulty in choosing the best hunting tent that would suit a person’s interests, lies in the truth that there are quite a number of tents out there that exist for people to choose from and this could bring about great difficulties for any person in need of a tent to purchase.
The different choices can be quite overwhelming for any one person, more so for individuals who might be purchasing a hunting tent for the first time ever.
Whatever choice you might make you should make sure that the tent you choose serves your every need or it suits your best interests.
Criteria for Choosing a Perfect Lightweight Tent
It might not be possible to find a tent that is best for all seasons and all hunts. There are particular tents that can work well in all seasons and for every hunt depending on how willing an individual is willing to spend on a tent.
The higher the price of the tent, the better the quality of the tent. If possible, and if your budget allows, you need to acquire more than one type of tent that would enable you to survive different seasons or different climatic conditions throughout your hunting experience.
Some of the factors that need to be looked into when choosing a light weight tent are as outlined below:
1. Floor vs. No Floor
On a number of occasions, you would not need a floor as part of the tent. In fact, more often, the floor as part of the tent added little to no value to the structure of the tent.
Some people still find it difficult to purchase a tent that does not have a floor, having developed the misconception that a floor-less tent is never a complete tent.
Value in having a tent with a floor would only be witnessed in a situation whereby the tent is setup in a location with human eating snakes, spiders and flies.
If the scenarios as outlined above are not considered then having a tent floor would not in any way prevent a bear or any other large animal for that matter from storming into your tent if they wish to and neither does it provide additional protection from creatures such as grizzles and many more living organisms that might pose a threat to human beings in the wild.
Just like a tent with a floor, a quality floor-less tent would equal protect its users from the adverse effects of snow and moisture by keeping moisture and snow out of the tent.
Besides, most of the hunting tents that are being manufactured, currently provide people with the option of fitting a nest that would help keep bugs or snakes away in regions whereby these creatures might be a huge issue of concern.
In addition, a floor-less tent can help individuals save on a lot of space and weight which they would have not been able to, if they went for the option of a tent with a floor.
It is important that we think extensively about what we plan to use our tents for such that if a tent with a floor is a necessity then we should not hesitate to try out such types of tents.
2. Size and Packability
Basically we do have two types of tents based on size and packability:
- the double wall tents
- the single wall types of tents
Single wall tents are often made of a single layer made of either cuben fiber or silnylon.
The double wall types of tents are often made up of a fly as the second wall, a mesh ceiling as well as a bathtub floor.
A single wall tent would be much lighter given its materials only takes up a small proportion of the packing bag.
Even with this being the case, people need not forget that there are particular times when the double wall tents come in handy.
For instance, condensation is always a major issue for people who use the single wall tents in as much as a good percentage of such tents are equipped by different kinds of ventilation structures.
3. Number of Poles
Tents that could be pitched using trekking poles without the use of tent poles always have minimal weight.
Most of the hunting tents that we use today would at least require a single pole to be pitched in the middle and most of these poles are made of carbon fiber.
You should remember that the tents that are pitched with a trekking pole extender or trekking poles are usually the best to carry as a backpack given their light weight.