this tent Glossary helps you with some of the terms commonly used by
tent companies to describe their tents and accessories. If you would
like additional information on Family
tents click here and for information on Specialist
tents click here.
An entry point at which an electric cable or "hook up" can come
into the tent. Many campsites have hook up facilities, which require a
separate lead with a round pin plug (available separately).
Mesh screens help prevent mosquito and bugs getting into the
tent and provide greater ventilation. These can be in the form of a full
door or window and are in addition to a fully weatherproof window or
Flaps or strips around the base of the outer flysheet used to
protect the tent from dirt and long wet grass. These can invariably be
secured to the ground with pegs or left loose for greater ventilation.
It should be noted they are not always needed due to different
constructions and designs and are sometimes only on the porch of the
Sewn In Groundsheets
Refers to the construction of a groundsheet that is
literally sewn onto the flysheet, which may cover all, or part of the
tent creating a sealed unit.
A large storage bag with wheels at one end and a handle at the
other for transporting heavier tents to and from the car.
A small weatherproof temperature gauge supplied with
many Outwell tents for this season.
A way of sealing the seams against water ingress
through the stitch holes, the tape is applied with a special heat
process to ensure a weather tight seal. Some fabrics may not be
compatible with taping e.g. cotton and rely on the natural swell of the
fabric when wet. Some silicone coated fabrics do not require tape but
use a special seam construction and thread that ensures a waterproof
Stand up height
Quick reference to show that this tent has stand up height for
the average height male. Further reference to dimensions of the tent can
be seen on the floor plans and Tech Spec's shown against each tent.
Terminology used for tent
fabric, which generally has a grid, style pattern running through the
fabric and helps prevent a rip or tear getting much larger.
DAC Combi Poles
thickness of the aluminium poles is varied to obtain the correct curve
of a pole when placed under tension in a tunnel or dome tent.
DAC Press Fit Poles
This term is
used to describe the method of which the ferrule or pole joint is
secured into the aluminium pole. The Press Fit method is designed to
eliminate gluing or crimping reducing the chances of failure at this
DAC Featherlite Poles
from lightweight aluminium the joints are swaged at one side and
expanded on the other, this saves weight and creates an even bend and a
constant stiffness when flexed.
A hollow fibreglass pole that has a further reinforced
sheath around the outside to help strengthen the pole and help prevent
unnecessary damage to the flysheet fabric in the case of a pole
hollow fibreglass pole that has a further plastic sheath around the
outside helping prevent unnecessary damage to the flysheet fabric in the
case of a pole breakage.
Band System from Vango braces the hoop pole system with webbing or cord
strap that spans from the pole end to the highest point of the pole in a
triangle shape. The removable strap adds stability in windy conditions.
used to describe the inner and the outer tent going up together which
can help save time when setting up or taking down.
Pitch as one
The same meaning as
An indication given to the area required to pitch this
tent on a campsite. Pitch sizes vary from campsite to campsite so we
have given this merely as a guide. If choosing the largest tents in our
range we recommend that you make enquiries with the campsites you may
have in mind.
The term used to measure how waterproof a fabric is and
is based on a column of water held above the fabric and identifies the
point at which the fabric may leak. For instance 3000mm HH is a
three-meter column of water and therefore a fabric measurement of 2000mm
is less waterproof.
However this should be used as a guide only
because there is no industry standard for carrying out the test. The
test is invariably carried out on new fabric and depending on the
quality of the fabric and coating this could alter in time.
Bathtub Groundsheet Protector
term used to describe a groundsheet that is raised at the sides creating
a dished or tray effect. This is shaped to fit the tent and often has a
higher and lower point of attachment to the tent to ensure a good fit.
Most often these extend the full length of the tent and offer further
protection to the inner tent groundsheet and provide a clean dry area in
the porch. If desired this can be left attached for setting up and
term used to describe the floor area of a tent. A footprint groundsheet
is a flat sheet designed to fit the shape of the floor area often
clipping onto the tent. This has some of the benefits as the bathtub
option only as a flat sheet.
Some suppliers will give a minimum and maximum
weight, in giving a minimum weight this refers to the tent as it could
be used without such luxuries as a tent, pole or peg bag and the minimum
pegs and guys that you could pitch the tent with.
Refers to Ultraviolet light,
which has adverse effects on fabrics and coatings and is one of the key
factors in the life span of a tent.
Refers to polyurethane coating used to
waterproof many of the flysheet and groundsheet fabrics. It is generally
the quality of this coating that will determine the hydrostatic head of
to the average length of time that it will take to put the tent up. It
worth noting that the given time may not include putting all the pegs
and guylines in place and we recommend that you take your time to put
the tent up.
It is always a good idea to put your new tent up prior
to going away to check you are familiar with it when get to your
destination. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have.