Dome Camping Tents
Most tents are made into a dome structure. Another type of structure is a cabin tent, which typically has higher walls that have a very small vertical slant.
But dome camping tents are simpler to set up, are available in a wide variety of sizes, and prevent snow and rain from sagging the tent ceiling.
Most dome tents have only two poles that span the tent diagonally. Setting it up is simply a matter of sliding the poles into the appropriate slots, and then pushing the corners of the tent closer together to lift up the center of the tent. Some other tents have more than two poles; these are designed to provide more stability and to prevent snow from sagging the tent walls.
Since the dome tent is so popular, dome camping tents are available in a wide variety of sizes, ranging from a small 3 or 4 person tent, all the way up to a 10 or 12 person tent. Of course, larger size requires longer set up time, since there are more poles and stakes to put together. But with several people working at the same time, you can set up your tent in a very short period of time.
With a flat ceiling, snow can pile up quickly during the night. This can cause the tent to sag, possibly damaging the tent permanently, and maybe even causing the tent to collapse, which is not a good thing to happen when people are sound asleep inside.
Instead of risky flat ceilings, dome camping tents feature a curved top that allows snow and rain to slide gracefully down the sides of the tent, preventing tent damage and making it an overall safer tent to use during snow and heavy rain.
There are many different types of dome camping tents out there, so once you've decided that you like the dome feature, you will want to decide what size tent you want, what material it should be made of, and in what environment you will be using the tent. Then you will be well on your way to choosing the best tent for your next camping adventure.