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

3-season Tent

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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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  • Conventional pitch: Sets up in 15 minutes
  • Bug-free lounging: 10 x 5 feet full-floor screen room
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  • Dome tent with a sturdy frame that withstands 35+ mph winds
  • Easy setup in only 10 minutes. Good for backpacking
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  • Features room divider and wall storage pockets keep items neat and off the...
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4-season Tent

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WHITEDUCK Regatta Canvas Bell Tent - w/Stove Jack,...
  • BREATHABLE FABRIC: 100% cotton 8.5 oz. Army Duck Canvas in beige color,...
  • COMPLETE PACKAGE: includes High Quality Sewn-in PE groundsheet, 5” wide...
  • 4 FOUR SEASON TENT: All of our bell tents are waterproof as we have used...

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

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  • Made of durable Cotton canvas
  • Comes with carrycase and measures 43.3" L (frame pole to frame pole) x 45"...
  • Fabric not treated specifically with flame retardants

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

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  • Weatherproof: Welded corners and inverted seams keep water from getting in;...
  • Conventional pitch: Sets up in 15 minutes
  • Bug-free lounging: 10 x 5 feet full-floor screen room

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

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  • Sleeping bag cover - NOT a sleeping bag

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

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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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  • Removable seam-sealed fly provides versatility
  • Mesh roof vents, 2 zippered side windows with inside flaps

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

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  • Weatherproof: Welded corners and inverted seams keep water from getting in;...
  • Conventional pitch: Sets up in 15 minutes
  • Bug-free lounging: 10 x 5 feet full-floor screen room

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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  • Materials: double-layer waterproof polyester, High density mesh, The tent...
  • Function: Waterproof, windproof, mosquito-proof.

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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  • Integrated Neck Cover

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

Freestanding Tent

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

Guy-Rope

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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

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  • Repels noseeums, mosquitoes, biting gnats and most biting insects
  • DEET-free, Picaridin-free and non-toxic
  • Non-greasy and non-irritating

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

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  • 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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  • Water based formula dries fast and cleans up with soap and water
  • Dries to the touch in 30 minutes with coverage up to 31.25 sq. ft., recoat...

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

Rainfly

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

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  • 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

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  • 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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  • STRONG & STABLE - This Camping Awnings using heat sealing and melting...
  • HEAVY DUTY & PORTABLE - Large size in 118" × 126" when expended, enough...

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

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  • DURABLE: REDCAMP waterproof tarp is made from 210T ripstop polyester fabric...
  • LARGE: 140cmx220cm/55''x87", perfect for 1-2 person. You can place the camp...
  • MULTIPURPOSE TENT TARP FOR UNDER TENT: The outdoor tent footprint is ideal...

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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  • ✔ 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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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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  • 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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