I am trekking since 1998 (in India & specifically Maharashtra), during long treks, I did stay inside caves & temples or even without shelter ! That time there was no provision of tents which you can get today.
So couple of years back I bought first branded 2 persons tent Quechua Arpenaz and Last month bought non-branded 4 persons tent from Gadgetbucket, both are having differences for sure in terms of function, quality etc.
I am writing this review to guide you on which tent will be suitable for you during camping in Sahyadri mountain ranges.
Firstly in Sahyadris we do not camp during rainy season due to fear of snakes & leaches. So I do not insist to have fully waterproof tent (not to waste money on that)
Quencha tent is having thick base which protects it from puncturing due to stones below, where as Gadgetbucket tent have thin sheet.
For beginners, This tent selection guide shall help 🙂
My recommendation is to go with budget tent from Gadgetbucket (~950 to 1200 Rs for 4 person) with the following additional information
- Buy a Tarp sheet of 6 x 9 feet for @230 Rs which you can put under your tent (since the base is thin), now this have two fold advantage.
- It protects tent base from tearing due to sharp stones
- You can wash it independent of tent
- You can change it w.o changing tent in case of damage
- You can use it separately for lunch or evening sitouts during trek
- The load gets divided, you carry tent and your friend can carry the tarp 🙂
- With Quench tent, which has very good thick base I face following issues
- Difficult to wrap down due to thick base
- I can not wash the tent (base gets dirty during camping & I have to wipe it carefully), Vs this a tarp sheet can be separately washed
- Weight of tent is more & must be carried by single person
- if the base is damaged, the total tent is useless
- Although it says 4 person tent, the size practically permits 3 persons comfortably, so remember this before buying. Also note that it can’t accommodate 6 feet person comfortably due to size limits.
For beginners you have to keep in mind the following things before buying tent
- Don’t buy expensive tent, I bought my first tent and used it for camping after one year (in spite of active trekking group doing at least one trek per month!)
- Get cheap tent, add tarp to protect the base
- Once you are used to tent camping, and now do it frequently then think of going for costly and high quality tent.
Comparison chart 2 person, 3 person & 4 person tent
2 Person Tent
3 Person tent
4 Person tent
|Rs 1,999||Rs 4,500||Rs 950|
|Capacity||2 persons||3 persons||4 persons|
|Tent inner dimensions||4 x 6.5 feet||7 x 7 feet||6.5 x 6.5 feet|
|Weight||2.7 kg||3.7 kg||2 kg|
|Flysheet to protect you from condensation||Yes||Yes||No|
|Free standing structure||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Poles||Hollow fibreglass poles
(2 diameters Ø 7.9 and 8.5 mm)
|8.5 mm FRP poles||7 mm FRP poles|
|Floor & Tent material||Floor 1000D polyethylene||Polyester Pongee inner
Terylene Cloth bottom
|Electric access port||No||Yes||No|
|Features||NA||WeatherTec™ system with its patented welded floors and inverted seams||NA|
|??||adjustable Variflo ventilation||No|
|Check price on Amazon|
|Rs 1,999||Rs 4,500||Rs 950|
Few questions more frequently asked to me by fellow trekkers
How to deal with condensation in a tent?
Condensation is mainly caused due to your breath. (Single person exhale @ 1 liter water in night)
Storing Wet clothes, Wet gear will also contribute to condensation, even sleeping near a stream, lake or other wet area when it’s humid and there’s no wind at night.
So what is the best way ? Simply leave your rain fly open at night to allow ventilation. As the water vapors escape out, condensation will get significantly reduced.
What is use of rainfly ?
Now if you want to avoid condensation, we saw that you have to allow ventilation, however during rainy season it is not possible to keep vent open. In such case if you have rainfly, you get space in between rainfly and inner walls where you can keep the vent open. (Gadgetbucket tent do not have rainfly, but as said earlier we do not do camping in rainy season due to snake bites & leaches)
What is Tarp & why I need it for my tent ?
Before you lay down tent, you have to find out a flat space. Clean it our from rocks, sticks, bumps and lumps and possible ants nests etc.
After that also there are chances of tent base getting damaged, making the tent useless. Simple solution is use of plastic sheet (tarp) below tent, which is easily replaceable and washable
Also your tent base remains dry and easy to pack. Tarp can be separately dried/cleaned.
Most important thing is that Replacing a tarp is a lot cheaper than replacing your tent.
You can get Tarp sheet of 6 x 9 feet for @230 Rs on Amazon
Read my latest guide based on my practical experience