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Glossary of Tent Terminology [A Review In 2021]

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

1-season tent

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Geertop Lightweight 1 Person 4 Season Tent for...
  • Ultralight Tent for Backpacking - NO TENT POLES - ultralight camping tent,...
  • One Person Backpacking Tent - Geertop tent has two side entrances, one...
  • Excellent Waterproof Tent - The tent consists of two components: a...

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

3-season Tent

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Clostnature Lightweight 2-Person Backpacking Tent...
  • WATERPROOF&DURABLE: We offer limited LIFETIME WARRANTY. 210T Polyester rain...
  • LARGE SIZE&LIGHTWEIGHT: Ultralight 2 person tent! Interior Size 7’3” x...
  • QUICK SETUP&COMPACT: Free-standing and two Aluminum poles design for...

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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Core 9 Person Instant Cabin Tent - 14' x 9', Green...
  • Instant 60 Second Setup; Sleeps 9 people; Fits two queen air mattresses;...
  • CORE H20 Block Technology and adjustable ground vent
  • Features room divider and wall storage pockets keep items neat and off the...
Bestseller No. 2
Coleman Steel Creek Fast Pitch Dome Tent with...
  • 6-person dome tent features a separate screen room for insect-free lounging...
  • Fast Pitch tent design sets up in about 7 minutes
  • WeatherTec system and rainfly keep tent interior dry and comfortable
Bestseller No. 3
CORE 12 Person Instant Cabin Tent - 18' x 10' …-...
  • INSTANT SETUP: Setups in 2 minutes or less! The poles are pre-attached to...
  • COMFORTABLE: The water repellent rainfly is removable in warmer weather to...
  • TWO ENTRYWAY AND THREE ROOM OPTIONS: Enter from the side D-Door or from the...
Bestseller No. 4
Coleman Cabin Tent with Instant Setup | Cabin Tent...
  • Weatherproof: Welded corners and inverted seams keep water from getting in;...
  • Built to last: Double-thick fabric stands up to the elements season after...
  • Instant setup: In as fast as 1 minute
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4-season Tent

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12'x10'x8'Dome Camping Tent 5-6 Person 4 Season...
  • MULTIFUNCTION USE:Conical appearance, with enough space and height inside,...
  • SUPERIOR CONSTRUCTION:The tipi family tent is made of anti-tear 190T...
  • COST PERFORMANCE:This tent has a capacity of 5-6 people! Perfect for family...

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
Stansport Scout A-Frame Backpackers Tent,...
  • Three-season, two-person A-frame tent sets up quickly with two sturdy yet...
  • No-see-um mesh door screens and 8,000-millimeter-rated, polyurethane-coated...
  • Proven A-frame design sheds rain and wind while still being lightweight,...

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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Oileus X-Large 4 Person Beach Tent Sun Shelter -...
  • Easy Setup and Portable - This instant beach tent features automatic...
  • Strong and Durable - Umbrella rated 3000mm PU coating by newest breathable...
  • Luxurious Space - XL Large size: 92" x 45" x 45" providing generous space...

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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Esky Emergency Sleeping Bag, 2 Packs Ultra...
  • 【A Life Saver in Emergencies】: This Emergency Sleeping Bag is an...
  • 【Durable Mylar】: The Mylar shell chases the chill out and provides...
  • 【Ultra-bright Reflective Surface】: Trapped in the dark? Let this...

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
ISILER Pop Up Beach Tent, 3-4 Person 86×57×47...
  • Quick Setup in Seconds: Instantly pops up thanks to the self-pitching...
  • Large Space for Your Family: The large size of 86×57×47 inches allows 2-3...
  • UV Protection & 360°Ventilation: Three mesh windows provide ideal...

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 4-Person Dome Tent for Camping | Sundome...
  • WEATHERPROOF: Welded corners and inverted seams keep water from getting in;...
  • WIND AND RAIN TESTED: Strong frame withstands 35+ mph winds
  • GREAT VENTILATION: Large windows and ground vent for enhanced airflow

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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Alynsehom Dream Catcher White Feather Light Up LED...
  • 【Light up Dream Catcher Size】Dia 6 inch/ 15cm. Total length: 31.5 inch/...
  • 【Material】Unique double metal circle, White natural feathers, Beads,...
  • 【Beautiful Decor】This white dream catcher with LED light creates a...

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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Rambo Protector Fly Sheet, Oatmeal/Navy White &...
  • New hood shape; close contact hood with an improved fit and extended chest...
  • V-Front closure allows your horse to graze comfortable. Removes pressure...
  • 65% UV protection.

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

Freestanding Tent

Bestseller No. 1
Coleman 4-Person Dome Tent for Camping | Sundome...
  • WEATHERPROOF: Welded corners and inverted seams keep water from getting in;...
  • WIND AND RAIN TESTED: Strong frame withstands 35+ mph winds
  • GREAT VENTILATION: Large windows and ground vent for enhanced airflow

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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Big Agnes Inc Unisex's Big Agnes Wall Gear Loft...
  • lightweight mesh gear loft
  • Keep your essentials within reach with a lightweight mesh gear loft that...
  • Check your tent for compatability

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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Pangda Grommet Tool Kit, Grommet Setting Tool and...
  • Diverse combinations: grommet kit set includes a hole cutter, a matched...
  • Grommet tool kit: provide an economic solution for repairing canvas, tarps,...
  • Easy to use: easy to set the grommets eyelets in place with the hole cutter...

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

Guy-Rope

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GEERTOP Reflective Guylines 4mm Lightweight Camp...
  • 【High Reflective Tent Lines】Highly reflective GEERTOP tent cord...
  • 【Heavy Duty & Extremely Strong】 The 4mm inner core is made from premium...
  • 【Portable & Ultra-light】Each camping line is 4 m. (13’) in length and...

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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No No-See-Um Natural Insect Repellent 4oz
  • Repels noseeums, mosquitoes, black flies and biting gnats
  • DEET-free, Picaridin-free and non-toxic
  • 100% plant-based ingredients and certified vegan

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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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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Liquid Rubber Textured Polyurethane Deck and Dock...
  • INNOVATIVE PROTECTIVE DECK COATINGS - Liquid Rubber Polyurethane Deck...
  • POLYURETHANE COATING FOR - Deck & dock protection, on concrete or wood...
  • EASY TO APPLY - Apply using a conventional brush, roller, or single...

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

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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Amazon Basics Waterproof Camping Tarp - 10 x 12...
  • Multi-purpose outdoor tarp is great for covering items or placement under a...
  • Waterproof design made of durable rip-stop fabric with polyethylene...
  • Rugged rust-resistant grommets along the outer edge for securely tying down...

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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REDCAMP Ultralight Tent Footprint, PU 2000...
  • 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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10-Piece Galvanized Steel Tent Pegs - Garden...
  • Perfect for anchoring tents, canopies, tarps, landscaping or garden plants
  • 4mm diameter steel rod with galvanized finish for superior rust-resistance
  • Lightweight strength - each peg weighs just 1 ounce - great for camping

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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Coleman Replacement Tent Pole Kit , Black, 27" x...
  • Convenient tent pole kit lets you replace a lost or broken pole instead of...
  • Includes four 27-inch fiberglass replacement poles with pre-attached...
  • 10 feet of shock cord and lead wire provide the perfect amount of tension

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

Tunnel tent

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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

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Outsunny 4-Person Camping Tent Backpacking Tent...
  • 3-4 PERSON TENT: This outdoor camping tent has a spacious interior room and...
  • VESTIBULE DESIGN: Independent of the sleeping area, the unique front...
  • CONVENIENT DESIGN: A zipper door on the vestibule and a D-shape door on the...

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

Bestseller No. 1
Hurley WT8SP Wedge Portable Beach Tent, 51"x51"...
  • 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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