Important Terms to Know About Tents
Tents are essential shelters made from various fabrics or materials, which are then draped over support frames to form a barrier between occupants and the outdoor elements. There are many types of tents, not just those for use in camping, but also for those used in festivals, a circus, weddings and other outdoor events. You can purchase tents from retailers in stores or online. Plus, you can purchase all the necessary components that go with the tent, such as flexible poles, rigid, poles, flysheets and groundsheets. Here are some important terms to know when it comes to retail tents:
Rain Fly: A canvas flap on a tent that you can draw back to allow entrance or exit. It keeps out rain and other elements.
Flysheet: A piece of fabric, usually nylon or canvas, that you can pitch over a tent to keep out bad weather such as downpours.
Tent Peg: A spike with a hook at one end, usually made of metal, that you can push into the ground to keep a tent pitched. This can be done via ropes attached to the tent, or directly to the tent material itself. Pegs usually are included in the purchase a tent kit, along with the proper tools.
Anchor: Bags or slings you can fill with heavy rocks or sand to keep your tent grounded in place.
A-frame: The most basic of tent configurations, where the cross section looks like the letter A.
Baffle: Fabric panels within the shell of a sleeping bag to keep insulation in place.