At Great Escape Camping we stock a large range of quality tents from popup tents, dome tents, instant up tents, traditional canvas tents, a hiking tent for 1 through to huge family tents all from leading brands such as Blackwolf, Coleman Tents, MSR, Outdoor Connection and OZtrail Tents.

Glossary of terms used in the tent world:

  • Polyester: Sag resistance, good UV resistance
  • Polyethylene (PE): A waterproof material that is tear and puncture resistant making this a strong material for tent floors
  • Polyurethane (PU): A coating used on tent fabric for water protection; PU coatings are rated in MM (millimeters), for example "PU coated to 450 mm"; a higher MM coating will increase water resistance
  • Fiberglass Frame: Strong and flexible, resilient in the wind
  • Aluminum Frame: Lightweight, strong, great for backpackers
  • Steel Frame: Creates upright walls, high strength
  • Guylines: Used to add structure to the tent; as the tent poles flex in the wind, guylines will keep it upright and sturdy
  • No-See-Um Mesh: Tightly woven mesh that provides a barrier against insects and allows for breathability and ventilation
  • Anti-Wicking Materials: Thread, webbing and zippers treated to repel water rather than absorb water
  • Shock-Corded: Elastic or wire cord run through the inside of the poles to keep the pole sections connected, thereby making tent assembly easier
  • Taped Seams: Plastic tape applied over the seam (where the fabric pieces meet), during the manufacturing process, to cover needle holes for increased weather protection
  • Doors: More common styles are "D" and "inverted T"; both generally have two layers, one fabric and one screen, and offer the ability to roll back the fabric and use the screen for ventilation and insect protection; tent doors feature zipper cuffs which add an additional layer of protection to the tent doo