Equipment Design and Types


Tents are the most important and therefore the most expensive part of camping, however if the proper investment and care has been made, should last you multiple years. There are seven main types and shapes of tents.

Ridge Tents

Any tent which has a horizontal pole going across the top. The supporting upright poles may be a single or two sloping poles. Most of these style of tents are made from lightweight materials, and can be found in multiple sizes. These type of tents usually have an sewn-in groundsheet, however it is always best to check.

Partrol Tent

Mos commonly used for scout camps. These tents are made from heavy canvas material. This is a more traditional style tent with only the basics in mind. These tents do not have a sew-in groundsheet, one must be added desperately. These type of tents can hold up to six people, and normally require at least three to set up.

Bell Tent

Using a single upright pole in the center of the tent. There are few of these types of tents available, and most are made from the same heavier material as the Partol Tents. Also lacking a groundsheet these tents however do often have a 'bell end' which is used for storage of equipment.

Tunnel Tent

This tent is made up of two or more hoops along its length. These hoops are made of equal size, which gives the tent the appearance of a tunnel.
Not having a set front end, this is a lightweight tent with a large interior area. These tents are often made to fit 1-6 people.

Hoop Tent

A cross between the Tunnel and Ridge tents. Using a single hoop at the entrance and an upright pole at the far end. Having no ridge pole means that this tent takes up less space, but is also less ridged. The advantage however, is that these tents offer less resistance to wind and have better access areas to get in and out of.

These are usually smaller tents and is best used for lightweight camping. These tents are made to fit 1-3 people.

Dome Tent

This tent's design gives it a 'bubble' like shape. This is accomplished through the use of strong flexible materials. Consisting of several hoops going across the tent in different directions, this gives the tent a shape with no corners, sharper edgers, or flat surfaces. This design is more efficient withstanding rain and winds. Usually made for lightweight camping as they are made from lightweight materials.

Frame Tent

This tent is considered the 'family size' tent. It it's design is a basic frame which is built first and then covered by the material, often being canvas. Because of it's large size, this tent does take up a decent amount of space even when packed up. These tents offer larger, more comfortable spaces than most others.