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By Adrian Devin Subscribe to RSS | January 31st 2012 | Views:

4 man tents are perfect for small groups and are ideal for family camping. If you have been looking for information on 4 man tents, then this will be of help to you and may be, you will get enough facts to help you settle on the next 4 man tent you want to purchase.

On any camping trip, unless you find your tents having already been set up, setting up and down the tents is usually the most unpleasant part together with packing up to leave to leave. People are usually frustrated by this activity especially when each has to set up their own tents that is why 4 man tents is advisable as you will set it up and down together saving on time, energy, and space.

4 man tents also mean that you have a little less camping gear to carry with you which goes on to cut on the weight on your back, which is again a source of relief if you have to trek to the camping site.

These 4 man tents come in different structures. The tents consist of poles, the fabric is laid on the skeleton formed by the poles to form house like pockets. Some basic 4 man tent structures include:

Avian Tents: Set up with two poles directly opposite each other then the fabric is spread over to form a covered ground. Mostly used when there is light weather.

Pyramid tents: As the word suggests, these are 4 man tents that look like pyramids. One pole is in the center and the tent fabric is pulled and spread out around the pole to create a shape that resembles a pyramid. It is rarely used during hiking as the pole compartmentalizes the tent.

Hoop Tents: Uses between one to three hoops and the tent cover to form a pocket that looks like a tube or a semi circular pipe. The wall, which curves will give more space. These tents are stronger than they seem for the pressure is shared over the hoop’s full length.

Wedge Tents: Most popular for camping. Uses two hoops that cross over each other to form a rectangle or a square base depending on the size of the hoops then when the tent is laid on the hoops, you get a square or a round pocket. Wedged 4 man tents combine strength with minimal use of material and weight.

Dome Tents: Uses more intersecting hoops to give it that dome like shape. A minimum of three hoops are used. When the tent fabric is laid on, it gives the hoops a multi-faceted ground floor that has a dome. It is stronger that the hoop tent because the increased number of hoops gives it more stability. The one disadvantage they have over the hoop tent is that they are more difficult to erect.

Other hybrid structures try to blend the strength of each tent structure and their structural features to come up with super tent structures that are all inclusive.

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