Choose the Best Tent For Your Camping Trip

Choose the Best Tent For Your Camping Trip

(NUI)- Taking your family on a camping trip can be a fraction of the cost of a major theme park vacation, not to mention a lot of fun.
For first time campers and for those who haven't looked at family tents in 20 years, new comforts have been added to maximize your enjoyment. Today's tents include features like multiple rooms and entrances, headroom for comfortable standing, and poles that are pre-connected with cords for quick assembly.
Canvas and nylon family tents are out; the fabric used in most family tents is Polyester. Thus, today's tents are up to 20 percent to 25 percent lighter. Polyester also is more resistant to ultraviolet light than nylon.
In general, there are two primary types of family tents: domes and cabins.
Dome tents are usually self-supporting so the tent can be easily moved before staking down. Domes usually have less headroom than cabin tents and typically don't have canopies or separate screen rooms, but they are easier to set up.
Cabin tents usually offer more headroom and living area. Two- and three-room cabins with canopies allow for more social gathering within the tent.
Sir Edmund Hillary--who this year celebrates the 50th anniversary of his climb to the summit of the world's tallest peak, Mount Everest--has been Sears' camping equipment adviser for 40 years. A world renowned mountaineer and explorer, Hillary has gone on dozens of camping trips with Sears' camping equipment experts, testing gear and providing advice on how to improve it. His outdoor expertise is reflected in Hillary camping gear, which is available exclusively at Sears.
Hillary tents come in one, two, three or four rooms. Room dividers provide separate sleeping quarters and areas for storing gear. The room dividers are removable so owners can convert the tent to one big room. Larger tents, such as the Hillary Anniversary Summit tent--which is available only in 2003, have three doors so people don't have to climb over one another to get in and out.
The Hillary Grand Safari Party Tent is the largest tent Sears has ever offered. The 21-foot by 18-foot, three-room dome tent sleeps 10 to 12 people.