Glossary of Tent Terminology [A Review In 2021]

Below are some of the camping terms and phrases that are commonly used in camping.

1-season tent

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GEERTOP Ultralight Backpacking Tent for 1 Person 4...
  • 【Ultralight Backpacking Tent】GEERTOP backpacking tent only weigh about...
  • 【Breathable Double Layer Tent】Double Layer camping tent for 1 man,...
  • 【Large Space for 1 Man】The inner tent size is about 80.7(L) x 37.4 (W)...

A tent for summer use only, and may only be capable of coping with light showers.

3-season Tent

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Winterial Three Person Tent - Lightweight 3 Season...
  • 3 SEASON TENT - The Winterial Three Person Tent is the perfect tent for...
  • FAST & EASY SETUP - Simply stake down the corners of the tent and install...
  • FEATURES - The Winterial 3 Person Tent features a convenient internal...

A tent that’s intended for spring, summer and autumn uses. This type of tent should be capable of withstanding fairly heavy rain, or very light snow.

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Bestseller No. 1
Coleman 2-Person Sundome Tent, Navy
  • Dome tent with a sturdy frame that withstands 35+ mph winds
  • Easy setup in only 10 minutes. Good for backpacking
  • Weathertec system with patented welded floors and inverted seams to keep...
Bestseller No. 2
UNP Tents 6 Person Waterproof Windproof Easy...
  • 【Weatherproof &High-Quality Material】 Made with 185T polyester. With...
  • 【Roomy Interior】10ft x 9ft with 78in Center Height, fit 6 sleeping...
  • 【Multiple Interior Storage Options】Electrical Access Port lets you run...
Bestseller No. 3
Coleman Camping Tent with Screen Room | 8 Person...
  • Weatherproof; Welded corners and inverted seams keep water from getting in;...
  • Conventional Pitch: Sets Up in 15 Minutes
  • Roomy interior: 15 x 12 ft. With 6 ft. Center height; fits 2 queen-size air...
Limited Time DealBestseller No. 4
KAZOO 2 Person Camping Tent Outdoor Waterproof...
  • ✔KAZOO Outdoors camping tent provides spacious and durable tents with...
  • ✔KAZOO outdoor camping tent consists of 2 functional layers. The liner is...
  • ✔KAZOO outdoor camping tent has 2 doors for easy entrance to be a 2...
Bestseller No. 5
Coleman Octagon 98 8-Person Outdoor Tent , Blue
  • Camping tent with octagon design fits 2 queen air beds or 8 people on...
  • Sets up easily in only 15 minutes
  • WeatherTec system with patented welded floors and inverted seams to keep...

4-season Tent

Bestseller No. 1
CAMPPAL Professional 3-4 Person 4 Season Mountain...
  • 4 persons tent Inner backpacking tent: 6.9ft * 5.9ft * 4.3ft; Outer fly:...
  • ♚【Rain/Storm/Waterproof/Windproof】: This 4 season backpacking tent,...
  • ♚【Camping Tent With Front Vestibule】: The porch area offers the...

A 4-season tent is used for winter camping. The tent should be able to withstand the harshest conditions, strong enough to cope with heavy snow, strong winds, as well as heavy rain.

A-frame Tent

Bestseller No. 1
HearthSong Wooden Canvas A-Frame Tent, in Brown
  • Wooden Canvas A-frame play tent for indoor and outdoor play
  • Natural color polyester canvas cover with coordinating border
  • Two windows

A simple, light, and often inexpensive tent. A-frame design has a pole supporting the middle of the tent and the tent walls drape over the pole in an A shape.

Bathtub Floor

Bestseller No. 1
MIER Ultralight Tent 3-Season Backpacking Tent for...
  • Ultralight & Portable Tent---- Package weight is only 2.2lb and packed...
  • Waterproof Tent---- Water-repellant, seam-taped rainfly(15D nylon,...
  • Easy to Set Up------ You must have a trekking pole to use with the tent....

Bathtub Floor Or tub floor is a seamless tent floor that extends a few inches up the sides of the tent before connecting with the tent walls.

Bivy sack or Bivouac

Bestseller No. 1
Outdoor Research Helium Bivy
  • Waterproof
  • UPPER: Pertex Shield 2.5L 100% nylon 30D ripstop LOWER: 100% nylon 40D with...

Also called a bivy bag or bivy shelter. A Bivouac is an extremely lightweight alternative to a traditional tent. It’s just big enough to accommodate one person and a sleeping bag.

Cabana

Bestseller No. 1
Qipi Beach Cabana - Easy to Set Up Canopy,...
  • SET UP, TAKE DOWN & CARRYING IS A BREEZE - Enjoy easy set up and take down...
  • ATTACHABLE WALL FOR EXTRA SHADE - Get full shade under the roof with the...
  • FEATURES A POCKET ON EACH CORNER - Inside pockets on every corner of the...

A cabana is a small shelter designed to provide temporary or permanent shade. Cabanas are typically used at the beach or alongside swimming pools. Apart from providing shade, cabanas are used as dressing rooms and even for cooking meals at seaside picnic. Most cabanas are freestanding.

Convertible Tent

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Mylatech Survival XL Emergency Tube Tent (3 Color...
  • THE MYLATECH SURVIVAL STANDARD - We are 100% focused on authentic...
  • BEST VALUE FOR YOUR MONEY! - World class quality, double the insulating...
  • STAY ALIVE & SURVIVE! - Lightweight & reflective emergency protection from...

A type of tent that aims at campers who dabble in all types of conditions. It’s a hybrid design that features pole, vestibule, and rainfly options that allow the camper to strip it down for summer trips or fortify it for stormy adventures. Convertible tents are typically heavier than other options.

Dome Tent

Bestseller No. 1
Coleman Dome Camping Tent | Sundome Outdoor Tent...
  • WeatherTec System patented welded floors and inverted seams keep water out,...
  • Dome design makes setup quick and easy, 10 minutes , Snag-free, continuous...
  • Floor vent for maximum ventilation, Large windows help cool the tent,...

A round or oval tent with two or more flexible poles looping over the
tent in a crisscross fashion. Dome tents offer good stability in wind, and good interior space.

Double-wall Tent

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DANCHEL OUTDOOR Double Wall Full Mesh Cotton...
  • SIZE AND FABRIC : Diameter 4m =13.1ft with top stove hole(4.3inch dia.),...
  • FOUR SEASON TENT: This is the new style of four season tent, full mesh...
  • FULL MESH AROUND THE WALL: It has all high density white mesh around,...

A double-wall tent uses an inner canopy and a rainfly (to keep water out). Double-walls tend to be less Expensive, Drier in Wet Conditions, And Have Better Ventilation.

Flysheet

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Horseware Ireland Amigo Mio Combo Flysheet 69
  • Ultra Breathable
  • Patented From Leg Arch
  • Integrated Neck Cover

A flysheet consists of a single rectangular sheet with two opposite sides held up in the middle by poles.

Freestanding Tent

Bestseller No. 1
2 Person Backpacking Tent with Footprint -...
  • LIGHTWEIGHT and DURABLE - ultra light weight no-see-um mesh walls,...
  • EASY TO SET UP - 2 poles with Clip-pole attachment for lighter weight,...
  • FOOTPRINT and GEAR LOFT INCLUDED - PU 5000 footprint and mesh detachable...

A tent that can be erected without the use of stakes. A freestanding tent is easier to pitch and move around camp to find the perfect flat spot.

Gear Loft

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A piece of net that ties to loops suspended from the top of a tent to serve as a small storage. Many different shapes and designs (such as square, triangular, trapezoid, etc).

Grommet

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General Tools 71264 Grommet Kit with 12 Solid...
  • RUSTPROOF: Solid brass grommets will never rust for years of durability and...
  • ALL-IN-ONE: This easy-to-use grommet kit set includes hole cutter, hardwood...
  • COMFORT: The grommet setting tool features a knurled body for greater...

A reinforced metal eyelet used for securing the ends of tent poles.

Guy-Rope

Bestseller No. 1
5mm Reflective Cord 164 Feet(50m) Long High...
  • ✔CORD INFORMATION:Cord Length: 50 meters/164 feet , Cord Diameter: 5 mm.
  • ✔MATERIAL:Environmentally friendly polyester yarn + polypropylene (pp) +...
  • ✔HIGHLY REFLECTIVE:For easy camp visibility and safety, sturdy rope...

A guy-rope, guy-wire or a guy, is a tensioned cable designed to add stability to tents as well as other structures.

No-see-Ums

Bestseller No. 1
Anti Mosquito Net Repellent Clothing, Lightweight...
  • [ Breathable Translucent Mosquito Net Suit ] - Anti mosquito netting...
  • [ Adjustable Drawcord & Zippered Head Cover ] - Unisex jacket has a...
  • [ Portable Carry Bag ] - Anti mosquito suits can be stored in a free...

Very small two-winged flies found world-wide, known as biting midges, including no-see-ums, midgies, sand flies, punkies, and other tiny bugs. They belong to a family of small flies found in almost any aquatic habitat throughout the world.

No-see-um Netting

Bestseller No. 1
Skeeta No-see-um Netting 54 Wide X 5 Yards -...
  • Durable ultra-fine no-see-um mesh
  • 100% polyester light weight netting material
  • 54" wide x 5 yards long

A kind of netting that has 625 holes per inch to keep out mosquitos, bugs other tiny insects.

Polyurethane Coating

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RUST-OLEUM 6081 Aerosol Semi Gloss Interior Oil...
  • The product is 12oz aero sg clr finish
  • Elegant and smooth finish
  • The product is manufactured in United states

A kind of material coating for waterproofing a tent floor and rainfly.

Rainfly

Bestseller No. 1
Coleman Accy Rainfly Instant 8 Person Tent...
  • Rainfly accessory offers added protection from bad weather
  • Fits 14 x 10 feet; Coleman 8 person instant tents (sold separately)
  • Over hanging design allows you to open windows during a storm and still...

A water-resistant covering (mostly removable) that’s placed over the outside of a tent to provide additional protection against the elements (wind, rain, and sand, etc.) outside, keeping you dry and comfortable inside.

Rips top nylon

A kind of fabric material used in tent walls. Ripstop material possess favorable strength-to-weight ratio. Fabrics used to make ripstop include polyester, and polypropylene, cotton and silk, with nylon content limited to the crosshatched threads that make it tear-resistant.

Shock-corded poles

Bestseller No. 1
Stansport Shock Corded Poles for 722-200 & 723-200
  • Fits Stansport #722-200
  • Fits #723-200 mesh back pack tents
  • Replacement for existing fiberglass poles

Tent poles that come in sections and are held together by an elastic cord that runs the length of the pole. Can be collapsed and folded for easy packing.

Single-wall tent

Bestseller No. 1
OneTigris Iron Wall Stove Tent, Lightweight Teepee...
  • Quality Material: 20D Sil-Coated Nylon fabric shelter that's lightweight,...
  • Tipi Hot Tent: Bottom diameter in 10.5ft (3.2m) with height in 5.2ft...
  • Tent for Stove: Designed with a stove pipe hole for stove jack and locate...

A single-wall tent uses only one layer of waterproof fabric, which makes them lighter and often easier to set up. However, condensation can be a problem, so look for vents or a hybrid design that uses a partial rainfly, often over the front door to help reduce condensation.

Tarp tent

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KALINCO 10X10FT/10X15FT,Tent Tarp,Picnic Mat...
  • [MULTIFUNCTION TARP]The camping tarp is a multi-functional shelter which...
  • WATERPROOF: The waterproof camping tarp tent is made from 210T polyester...
  • EASY TO CARRY and USE: Compactly in its carrying bag, making it convenient...

A tarp is one solid nylon or polyester sheet that can be rigged to trees, boulders or trekking poles, used in place of a tent. Ultralight backpackers prefer tarp tents because they are lightweight compared to other backpacking shelters.

Tent footprint

Bestseller No. 1
Gold Armour Tent Footprint, Camping Tarp...
  • ✔ MULTIFUNCTIONAL TARP - The Gold Armour tent footprint can be used as a...
  • ✔ DURABLE & WATERPROOF - The ultra lightweight camping tarp gear is made...
  • ✔ EASY TO USE - Unfold the camping tarp and lay it on ground as a tent...

The tent footprint is groundsheet protector, a separate flat groundsheet placed under the main groundsheet. It is used for protecting the main groundsheet, especially when camping on rough terrain. It is much cheaper to replace a separate footprint groundsheet than it is to replace a sewn-in groundsheet.

Tent peg or stakes

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FANBX F Tent Pegs - 12Pcs Aluminium Tent Stakes...
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FANBX F Tent Pegs - 12Pcs Aluminium Tent Stakes...
  • ✔Compatibility : 12 – pack tent peg stakes with carrying bag; Diameter...
  • ✔ Durability: Light weight and durability aluminium alloy, corrosion...
  • ✔Ease of use : Designed for pitching your tent on hard ground.

A spike with a hook or hole on the top end, typically made from wood, metal, plastic, or composite material, for holding a tent to the ground.

Tent poles

Bestseller No. 1
Green Elephant Telescoping Tarp Poles | Adjustable...
  • IMPROVED, BLACK ALUMINUM POLES – Support temporary tarps, awnings, and...
  • TEAR AND SLIP-FREE TARP POLES – Uniquely designed stainless steel tips...
  • COLLAPSE-PROOF DESIGN – Our improved, twist and lock mechanism interlocks...

Poles used for erecting tents. Usually made of aluminum or fiberglass.

Tunnel tent

Bestseller No. 1
8 Persons Tunnel Tent, Oxford Cloth Double Layer...
  • LARGE SPACE TUNNEL TENT - It can accommodate 7-8 people in the outdoor...
  • MULTIFUCTIONAL OUTDOOR CAMPING TENTS - The external account is made of 210D...
  • DURABLE - Waterproof, wind and rain, with waterproof polyester cloth. Large...

Also known as a hoop or tube tent. Tunnel tents offer a good combination of weight and weather-resistance. However, they are not freestanding — which means that adequate staking is required to achieve their shape.

Vestibule

Bestseller No. 1
ayamaya Pop Up Tents with Vestibule for 4 to 6...
  • [ Roomy Enough for 4-6 Person with Vestibule ] – This pop up tent has...
  • [ Unique Double Layer – Prevent Condensation ] – This camping tents...
  • [ Easy Setup with Smaller Package ] – This quick setup tent with...

The vestibule is a floorless covered area located outside a tent door. It is very much like a foyer where you make a pit stop to ditch wet boots and drop your pack before getting into the dry inner area of your tent. A vestibule can either be included as a removable attachment or integrated into the tent itself.

Wedge tent

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E-Z UP WT8SP, 51"x51" Entrance with 3 Roll-Up...
  • PORTABLE & FUN: This Beach Tent is ready for any adventure in the sun....
  • FEATURES: The Beach Tent Portable Sun Shelter offers 33.65 square feet of...
  • E-Z SETUP: The Auto-Hub one-pull locking center for E-Z set-up. Roll-Up...

A tent that’s higher at the head end and lower towards the foot. Wedge tents are aerodynamic and lightweight. The disadvantage is lesser interior space, especially headroom.

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