Trying to decide which tent is best for you? Want to know the key differences between an air tent and a pole tent? We pitch Camping and Caravanning Club president and Peter Storm ambassador Julia Bradbury against our very own camping expert Ian, to see which will come out on top!
When it comes to camping, one of the essential decisions you’ll make is selecting the right tent. Among the various options available, two popular choices are air tents and pole tents. But what are the key differences between air tents and pole tents? Each type offers its unique advantages and considerations, catering to different camping preferences and needs. Below we’ll explore the characteristics of air tents and pole tents, helping you make an informed decision for your next camping adventure!
Pole tents, also known as frame tents or traditional tents, rely on a framework of rigid poles made of materials like aluminium, steel, or fiberglass. These poles create a structural framework that supports the tent fabric.
Air tents, also known as inflatable tents, utilise air-filled beams instead of traditional rigid poles for structural support. These tents typically have inflatable tubes made of durable materials such as PVC or TPU, which are inflated using a pump. The inflated beams create a stable structure that holds up the tent.
The decision between an air tent and a pole tent ultimately depends on your specific camping preferences and needs. Consider the following factors when making your choice:
1. Cost and Frequency: If you’re a frequent camper or embark on extended trips, the ease and efficiency of an air tent might be appealing and the higher cost may be more worthwhile. For occasional campers, or for those on a budget, a lower-cost pole tent could be a better fit.
2. Portability vs. Durability: Evaluate whether lightweight portability or robust durability is a higher priority for your camping adventures. Air tents are usually heavier, so consider this before purchasing. A small pole tent may be a better option if you’re a backpacker or a campers who is constantly on the move. Both tent types offer great durability, as you as you buy a high quality tent form a reputable retailer!
3. Setup Time and Familiarity: Remember air tents are much quicker to set up than pole tents, but you will need a pump. Our air tents all come equipped with a hand pump for pumping your air beams up, or some people like to use an electric pump for even more speediness! If you’re more of a traditional camper and prefer to stick to what you know, a pole tent may be more ideal.
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