Is It Time to Replace Your Tent?

Collapsed tentA well made tent will last for many years. Of course, it’s going to take a beating along the way. It will get grimy, dirty, and battered, and it may even have a few rips or tears when it’s all said and done. Camping is dirty business, though, and you should expect your gear to build up a few battle scars. However, it’s sometimes hard to tell the difference between cosmetic damage and damage that affects your gear’s performance. Is that rip unsightly, or is it letting rain in? Is your two door tent now a one door tent because of an irreparable zipper?

Here are five questions you should ask yourself to determine if it’s time to replace your tent.

Does everything still work like it should?

Damage may make your tent look shabby, but it doesn’t necessarily affect performance. If your tent keeps you dry and the animals out, it’s probably fine. Your tent is 20 years old and still holding up? Great! You don’t need to replace it.

Did you get a good return on your tent?

How much did your tent cost? How old is your tent? How many times did you use it? Replacing a $200 dollar tent after four years and eight uses won’t cut it for most folks. If you didn’t get your money’s worth, look to repair your tent before you replace your tent.

How easy would it be to repair your tent?

Things like leaky seems and small tears are inexpensive and easy tent repairs. A foot-long gash or ripped zipper are more difficult and time consuming. As with all outdoor gear, you should always look to repair your tent before you buy a new one. If your tent’s beyond repair, then look at replacement.

Does your tent meet your needs?

Outdoor recreation is a huge market and there’s a lot of research and development that goes into outdoor gear. Features, specs, and techs improve almost every year. For casual campers who get out in perfect conditions twice a year, your tent doesn’t need to be cutting edge. However, those who get out every weekend might need some of the improved features that come with modern tents. The more time you spend outside, the more you should expect from your equipment.

Hassle factor

Some tents are easier to set up than others. Some do a better job of keeping out the rain. Some are more spacious, and some are just flat out nicer. If you view your tent as nothing more than a place to sleep, and you don’t mind forcing poles through a finicky tent sleeve, keep your current shelter. If you go half-mad every time you pitch your tent, or hate the claustrophobia that sets in around bedtime, it could be time to invest in a new tent.

When you’re ready for a new tent, stop by and see us! We also have everything you need for minor tent repairs.

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