There are a large variety of tents on the market. It is important to think through what the tent will be used for before buying, as which one is best for you depends on this.
Some of the things that will affect the choice of tent you make, can include what terrain it will be used on, how many people need to fit inside it and what kind of camping it will be used for. For people who walk shorter distances and don’t need to carry it far, such as a family who who needs space for children, a dog and a lot of stuff, it is good to have a tent with large porch and good head height. For those who will hike a long way and want to reduce the number of grams they are carrying as much as possible, priorities will be based upon a tent that is as light and small as possible.
Tarp – Easy to carry and gives maximum closeness to nature
Sleeping under a tarp (eg. Hilleberg and Primus) is to really sleep outdoors, though under protection. The tarp can be set up in many different ways and is versatile to use, can come in handy during hiking breaks and has very low weight.
VIDEO: How you can set up your tarp – step by step (You Tube)
Dome Tent – Self-erecting for stony environments
The dome tent (eg Fjällräven Dome) is good in mountain environments and for those who paddle a lot in the archipelago where it is rocky and difficult to find a spot for pegs. Dome tents are self-supporting.
Advantages: Do not need to be attached to the ground but stand by themselves. Spacious feeling inside the tent. Opposes strong winds well.
Cons: A little heavier tent. Small space.
Tunnel tent – More space for stuff in the porch
Tunnel tents (ex Hilleberg) are good alternatives for hikers who travel where it is possible to put pegs in the ground. These tents often have good storage possibilities in the porch.
Advantages: Low weight in relation to space. Easy to carry.
Cons: May have a hard time resisting very strong winds. Requires many attachment points for the tent lines.
Tipi – Basecamp for long-term adventurers
Tentipi is a good alternative for those who stay in one place for a period of time and wants to be able to have a stove in the tent to heat the tent and gather people around in the warm. There are slightly lighter variants that can be carried by 2 people but there are almost endless possibilities for those who want a different overnight stay. Read about
- Detailed guide for those who want to buy tents (Addnature)
- Small course in a storm tent (Vandringsbloggen)
- Test: Lightweight Tents MSR (Vandringsbloggen)
Checklist when buying a tent:
- Which terrain will you be camping on? Forest, mountain or rocky archipelago?
- How many people should be accommodated?
- What kind of space and storage do you need?
- Light and small or large and spacious?
- Season? Only summer or even winter / autumn?
- Tunnel tent or dome tent?