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Tent Constructions

Each type of tent construction has its own particular characteristics that come into play, depending on where you are camping. How a tent is constructed is decisive in terms of wind stability, available space and tent weight. VAUDE offers a wide range of tents so that you can find the right tent for any terrain and any type of use.

TENT STYLES

 

The style of tent you choose should be based on your needs and the specific requirements of your activity. There’s a wide range of tent styles to choose from. Read on for an overview.

 

Dome Tents

Dome tents are the all-rounders of tent styles. They are versatile, quick and easy to set up, and offer high wind stability. Two pole arches cross at the highest point to form a hemispherical dome. The ratio of living space to floor space is therefore excellent. This freestanding tent style requires only a few pegs for tensioning.

Tunnel Tents

Tunnel tents are ideal for trekking tours. They offer the greatest spaciousness relative to weight. The steep walls make 90 % of the floor space usable. Pitching the parallel tent poles is quick and easy. In addition, tunnel tents have large vestibules for plenty of storage space.

Ridge Tunnel Tents

Ridge tunnel tents are a combination of a tunnel tent and a ridge tent. This hybrid construction offers increased stability and extended storage space. The roof ridge withstands high snow and wind loads, and offers rain-protected ventilation options. The construction is free-standing and offers a good balance between space and weight.

Tripod Tents

A tripod tent is a practical lightweight tent construction that makes the most of space and is easy to set up. The sloping dome construction is low at the foot and offers a comfortable sitting height in the head area.

Mark Tents

This special construction is used in all VAUDE Mark models and is very versatile. With self-supporting poles and elastic suspension of the flysheet, this tent construction offers high wind stability, generous space and enables quick erection. Tensioning in wet conditions is not necessary.

Powerframe Tents

Powerframe is VAUDE’s most wind-stable pole construction and is primarily used in our expedition tents. A freestanding frame and user-friendly power clips allow a fast set up. The poles are firmly attached to the tent and ensure an even distribution of force and increased wind stability. For the Powerframe construction, lighter poles can also be used which also helps bring the weight down.

Geodesic Tents

Geodesic tents have an extremely stable tent construction that can withstand snow loads and storms. They are a great choice for expeditions and challenging tours in all kinds of weather conditions. The tent poles cross several times to form small, extremely stable triangles.

Special Construction Tents

These tents have a special construction that is precisely matched to the specific functionality needed for their type of use.

Car Tents / Drive Series

Car tents offer a practical way to expand your space and are easy to set up. For those whose holiday includes car camping, VAUDE offers the Drive series of tents that can be easily attached to your own vehicle. They can either be docked on to your van or caravan or used as a freestanding tent.

SEAMS

There are different methods for joining tent materials together. Seam workmanship determines how waterproof your tent will be. VAUDE attaches great importance to highest quality workmanship and uses special processing for its tent seams.

Conventional Seam Workmanship

Normally, two layers of tent materials are sewn together. The drawback here is that waterproofness and stability can suffer due to perforations at the seams. At VAUDE, we therefore provide our outer tents with an additional PU coating or silicone coating (Si/PU). This makes the outer surface waterproof while maintaining breathability at the same time. This type of workmanship creates low maintenance outer materials at an excellent price to performance ratio. Eventually, however, it becomes necessary to manually reseal the seams using silicone seam sealers (Silicone Seam Sealer from Sil Net).

Swelling Yarn

The use of water-repellent swelling yarn seals the seams of the outer tent, which is siliconized on both sides. When it comes into contact with water, the yarn swells directly in the seam and seals the perforations made by sewing. In the event of heavy use or severe weather conditions (heavy and continuous rain), manual resealing using a silicone seam sealer (Silicone Seam Sealer from Sil Net) is necessary. You can order the repair kit here at Vaude.com.

Siliconized Bonded Seams

In this process, the two-sided siliconized fabric layers are bonded together with silicone. The material is joined without a sewn seam so there are no perforations and the joint is therefore 100 % waterproof. It’s not necessary to seal the seam by hand, and the tent fabrics are also more tear-resistant and UV-resistant. Only VAUDE offers you these advantages.

Silicone Tapes (Silicone Seam Seal)

Taping is a process in which two-sided siliconized tent materials are provided with a silicon seam tape at their connecting seam. This creates a 100% waterproof outer material that does not have to be resealed manually. This finish is also available exclusively for VAUDE tents.

SINGLE- OR DOUBLEPITCHING?

Basically we are offering two different ways to set up tents, both have certain advantages and are suitable for different areas of application:

Doublepitching, i.e. inner and outer tent are set up together

 

  • Advantage: the tent is easy to pitch even in windy conditions and the inner tent stays dry in rain

  • Field of use: Year-round camping, rainy weather

Doublepitching, here first the inner tent with poles is set up and then the outer tent is stretched over it

 

  • Advantage: very variable use, the inner tent can stand on its own
  • Field of use: summer camping, hot regions

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT “MADE IN GERMANY”

Our products developed in Germany and manufactured in Asia meet the highest quality standards, and are the result of many years of experience and our specialized manufacturing expertise. Therefore we grant a five year warranty on all of our “Made in Germany” products as well as tents of the categories Trekking Adventure Pro and Ultralight – read more in the warranty section.

We leave nothing to chance in the development of our products. First we create a model of the tent to check its construction. Then, we fine tune the product details using a 3D program. All materials are carefully tested in laboratory tests for waterproofness, tear resistance and water beading behavior. Last but not least, we create a prototype and plastic injection molds for the