The most popular type of tent by a country mile, dome tents are lightweight, easy to set up and come in a huge range of sizes and styles. With so much choice available on Outdoria, you’ll be able to find the right dome tent for your next camping trip with ease.
Dome tents are such a popular choice among keen Australian campers because they are just so versatile. Depending on make and model, they are suitable for camping in sun, rain and even snow. They range in sleeping capacities from cosy two person shelters to gigantic ten person tents.
Dome tents use two or more ‘U’ shaped flexible poles to create the dome structure. They don’t require many parts which makes for a very speedy setup time. Some modern dome tents also feature quick set up systems where poles contract and fold up without leaving the structure of the tent. Although these tents do cost more, they offer great value for the time saved when setting up.
Being one of the most popular choices of tents for campers, weight and size is an important factor to consider if you wish to take your dome tent hiking or away from the established campsite.
In terms of size, larger dome tents will be heavier than smaller ones and may require their parts to be distributed amongst travellers to fit in their packs. Bringing several smaller tents is another solution if a larger tent becomes too cumbersome to carry.
The materials of the tent also play a role in its weight. Thicker, more waterproof exterior shells will weigh more than thinner, breathable materials. Quick setup mechanisms will also increase the weight of the tent. If you plan on carrying your dome tent, check the weight of the tent before you purchase it. The retailer you love may have another model or brand with reduced weight better suited to your needs.
Hiking Tents are another great option for adventurers looking to keep their backpack weight down.
If weight isn’t a concern and will be transporting your tent with a vehicle, look for the most durable and weatherproof dome tent your budget allows or possibly a larger cabin tent to house your group.