Winter is not a reason to give up outdoor recreation. However, when it comes to any long trip, you need to think about a comfortable and warm accommodation. In other words, you need a tent. But which one? It all depends on how you relax and what conditions you expect. Details are in our guide.
Many ice fishing enthusiasts take their tents with them. Special equipment and warm clothes are, of course, important, but in real frosts, there is no way without a portable “house”. What should you look for when choosing a fishing winter tent?
Wind protection and wind resistance . These are the most important parameters: in many areas, winter winds are much stronger than summer ones. But special warmth from such a tent is required: the fisherman, as a rule, sits well-dressed over the hole.
The quality of the material . The materials from which the tent is made must withstand low temperatures. With serious “minuses” nothing should break or crack.
Lightness and compactness . Sometimes you have to walk more than one kilometer from the parking lot to the fishing spot. Every extra kilogram will become extra, so a tent that is too heavy is not a fisherman’s choice.
Mobility. The fish does not stand in one place, sometimes you need to change heels or two holes before it starts to peck. If you fold and unfold the tent for half an hour every time, there will be no time left for fishing.
Dimensions. The tent should not be too low, otherwise it will be uncomfortable to sit and do something in it.
Perhaps the best option for fishing are single-layer automatic tents . They are lightweight, compact, inexpensive, quick and easy to assemble and fold.
When choosing a tent, pay attention to the material of the fabric and locks. The fabric must be sufficiently thick and water-resistant (minimum 2000 mm). Preferred materials: Oxford, Polyester , Nylon. Locks must be designed for winter use. Keep in mind that automatic tent locks are the weakest point. Often in cold weather they “crumble” even on branded winter models. So you should stock up on them in advance in case of emergency replacement.
There are tents without a bottom and with a bottom. The latter are much less blown through, and therefore less prone to independent flights. A model without a bottom should have a wide “skirt” – it can be covered with snow and prevent blowing along the bottom of the tent.
The main disadvantage of many automatic tents is their low height and not very comfortable shape. Cuba tents are devoid of this minus. They also unfold quickly, are lightweight and compact. A serious minus of the cubes is the shape of the roof, from which snow rolls down worse. Moreover, they are usually more roomy. However, such models are more expensive than simple machines.
If the dimensions of the automatic tent seem insufficient to you, pay attention to the booth tents. Their height allows you to sit comfortably, get up and go, get up when playing fish.
The cabins are light and compact, but they take longer to assemble and unfold than machines. In addition, due to their high altitude, they are less wind-resistant. It is desirable that the booth tent has special storm guards (especially if it does not have a bottom). Then, even on the windiest day, the tent can be securely fastened.
Some buyers purchase tents for short-term winter rest – halts on a hunt or on a short hike. The main requirements for such tents are: light weight, compactness, quick installation. A great height is not needed here – it is better to rest while lying down.
But the length of the tent must be at least two meters. Also, the requirements for the material of the bottom of the tent are increasing. It must be completely waterproof (water resistance at least 10,000 mm). The presence of the insulated bottom will speed up the preparation of the tent for use. However, such a bottom increases the weight and volume of the folded tent – this should be taken into account. In the end, the insulation (the same tourist mat) can always be taken separately.
Another reason to take a tent with you on a winter hike is to protect you from sudden bad weather. In this case, the speed of setting up the tent and its wind resistance are important.
Tall tents have greater windage and are less resistant to wind gusts. Therefore, ideally, they should have storm guards. Automatic tents with a waterproof bottom are well suited for winter recreation.
A single layer tent is not very suitable for a winter overnight stay. To retain heat well, you need at least two layers – an inner tent and an awning.
Green Glade Tent Zoro 3
In demi-season sleeping models, the inner tent is mesh, in the winter version this is not allowed. The inner layer should be solid and dense (eg polyester or oxford). Suitable materials for the awning of a winter tent are oxford, siliconized nylon, dense polyester.
Pay attention to the sequence of assembling the tent. In conventional models, the tent is first assembled, then an awning is put on it. For the winter model, it is better if the tent is first assembled, and then the tent is hung from the inside.
In the first case, any snowfall will be a real disaster. The tent will be covered with snow from the inside and will freeze. In the second case, there will be an empty space between the awning and the tent, which will allow you to keep warm. If the awning is, in addition, sprinkled on the bottom with snow, you can get really comfortable conditions.
An important element of a winter tent for sleeping is a wide “skirt”. It protects against wind blowing under the awning. Some tourists don’t like it – it gives extra weight and often freezes to the snow. However, consider before ditching this element. It is not always possible to add more snow around the perimeter of the awning to protect it from blowing out.
The frame of the winter tent must be reinforced to withstand strong winds. It is better to give preference to metal arcs (for example, aluminum). They are more expensive than fiberglass, but more reliable. Even more durable are carbon fiber and Kevlar, but they also cost an order of magnitude higher.
In the most extreme cold weather, three-layer tents are used (as an option – ordinary tents with arctic capes). In addition, there are heated tents with stoves. They will provide maximum warmth in all conditions.