The right Tent
When you’re traveling with a tent, you can be truly self-reliant and can fully experience the beauty of nature and the power of our planet. Whether your plans include an adventure atop a mountain in the Alps or a camping holiday with the whole family – VAUDE offers a tent that will meet your specific needs.
Each of our tents is designed for a specific type of activity. Depending on how you’ll be transporting it and what kind of adventure you’ll be using it for, there will be different requirements on its materials and workmanship, construction and shape, size and weight as well as features and accessories. Before buying a tent, you should consider what exactly you’ll be using it for: When will you be traveling? Where? How long will your trips likely be? And how many people will be involved?
It makes a big difference whether you’ll be using the tent year round, for extreme adventures only, or for a summer vacation camping trip with the family. Another important aspect is the climate zone that you’re most likely to use the tent in – whether it will be hot and humid, cold and dry, or any other combination. The location you choose to set your tent up in will affect how stable and robust it needs to be. How often you’ll be setting the tent up, how long it will stay there, and what kind of transportation you’ll be using also plays a role. Tent construction is key when it comes to how easy it is to set up and how comfortable it is to sleep in. And of course, you also have to consider your own personal needs for special features or functionality.
The intended area of use is one of the most important criteria for the sensible choice of a VAUDE tent. Our tent categories give you a simple overview of which models are suitable for the different areas of use and which features and functions they have.
We offer a large selection of tents for trekking, hiking or camping. Expedition tents and car tents are also included. So we have the right companion for every need and every field of application.
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A tent has to meet different challenges depending on where you’ll be using it. There are basically three different climate zones to consider: Rivers and lakes, mountainous regions, and arid zones.
Rivers and Lakes
VAUDE tents feature exceptional ventilation for use near water in order to prevent excessive condensation from collecting inside the tent. In warm weather, there can be a lot of mosquitoes when you’re camping near water. Mosquito netting in a tent provides protection from insects while also promoting excellent ventilation.
Weather in the mountains can be very unpredictable. You should choose a tent that can be set up as quickly as possible and that is stormproof enough to withstand strong winds. On long trips that involve carrying all of your gear yourself, every gram counts. Lightweight tents are an excellent choice for these kinds of trips.
In really dry weather, taut tent walls are vital for sufficient ventilation. VAUDE tents with internal poles can be set up separately without the outer fly. The inner tent alone offers effective protection from insects and best possible ventilation.
WEIGHT OF THE TENT
A very important feature of the tent is of course its total weight. Depending on how you travel on your tour, the weight can decide if it is fun or frustrating. The following points can help you to make your choice:
- Are you by foot? Then keep the tent weight under 2kg.
- Are you riding a bike? The tent should not weigh more than 4kg.
- If you are travelling by canoe, SUP or even motorbike, then pay more attention to the pack size of your tent. The weight is not so important here.
Wind is your worst enemy when you’re trying to sleep in a tent. The taller your tent is, the more susceptible it is to wind.
Always set up your tent in a place that’s as sheltered from the wind as possible. The entrance of the tent should be on the side facing away from the wind (the lee side) unless, of course, it’s so hot that you need the extra ventilation. In strong winds, it’s especially important that the tent walls are taut.
VAUDE tents go through extensive wind-stability testing during the product development phase. This is done in a wind tunnel. In the following video you can see how this testing is carried out. And you can find wind tunnel tests for almost all of our tent models on our VAUDE YouTube channel.
Water column specifications provide information about the water resistance (waterproofness) of a fabric. It is listed in millimeters, and fabrics are considered waterproof by the DIN Standard starting at a water column of 1,300 mm. All VAUDE outer tents have a water column of at least 3,000 mm or higher.
This measurement is made by stretching a fabric under a 10 cm diameter cylinder filled with water. The point at which the water begins to seep its way through the fabric, determines the height of the material’s water column or waterproof rating.
It’s especially important that the tent fly and tent floor are absolutely waterproof so that no moisture can penetrate into the tent from the outside, even in wet weather conditions.
One source of condensation is the moisture that the people in the tent produce (breathing, sweating, wet jackets and other gear also contribute). Our bodies are constantly producing water vapor – especially while we’re sleeping. In cold temperatures – especially at night – this vapor collects and condenses on the inner surface of your tent. When your tent is pitched near a river or lake, this effect is intensified by the higher humidity levels there.
Condensation is a completely natural process and has nothing to do with how waterproof your tent is. Good ventilation in your tent is vital. Double-wall tents offer an advantage when it comes to condensation, because the moisture collects on the outer fly and doesn’t penetrate into the inner tent. A good tent footprint can also help.
Standing room and sleeping area varies in our different tent models. How much room you’ll have to stretch out in is a significant factor in choosing a tent. The sleeping area should fit your height and never be too short. We therefore recommend that you try out each tent you’re considering, using both a sleeping pad and sleeping bag. You should also consider how you prefer to lay in your tent: You can choose between the entrance being at the side of the tent while you sleep, or at the head or foot of your sleeping position.
Please note that the size of the tents (1, 2, etc. person) does not include luggage. Especially on trekking tours you should think about where you want to store your backpack and other equipment during the night. Should you take them into your tent? Then your space requirement will increase by one person. Alternatively, tents with a spacious apside are also available – here the “anteroom” can be used ideally as storage space.
If you’re not quite sure what kind of tent you’d like, or you haven’t seen your top choices set up, we have the optimal solution: Every year we have a number of tent exhibitions or trade fairs for tents and outdoor gear in various regions where you can see different tents set up or set them up yourself, try them out and compare them with each other first hand.