Saturday, 23 May 2015
Thinking About Tents
Pitching several tents together and comparing how they perform in wind and rain is quite instructive. Sit inside. How much does the fabric move? How noisy is it? Sit in the next one. Is it quieter, noisier, flappier?
Other aspects matter too. What about head room, floor length to stretch out in, storage space? Ease and speed of pitching? Cooking undercover?
I've been doing this testing on and off a fair bit recently, building up to writing a now nearly complete backpacking tent review for the July issue of The Great Outdoors. It began last autumn when the first models for the feature arrived. I mentioned it in this post in early April. The tents pictured then along with the one above and those below plus a couple more will all be reviewed.
Note how much greener the grass is in the above photo compared with the photos from April 3rd. Spring really has come, at least down here.