Which is better: hammock or tent?
This article compares the use of hammocks and tents for camping and also discusses the characteristics of some models of tents for individual use: Fit Mini Pack, Cheetah Everest and trails and Paths Bivak 1; also discusses the network models with mosquito net: Kampa, Cheetah Amazon and Brazil Military Camp Type i. while reading you will find links to videos with detailed reviews of each equipment.
Like everything else in life, which is more suitable for some may not be so good for others. It is possible to buy a nylon NET reasonable spending few reais (picture), as much as there are better models. The tent may be improvised to settle for a good plastic canvas, as sportingology says. There are not many models of mosquito net for use on networks, but with a little ingenuity, you can produce your own mosquito equipment! There are also various colors and even masked networks.
Comparison of networks with mosquito net
Were analyzed for this article, three models of networks with mosquito net of different companies. The company Kampa, so far, produces exclusively nets, awnings and bed nets. Your equipments are made with good quality nylon, are sturdy and very well respected among adventurers. The advantage of this equipment is that you can buy the net, mosquito netting and awning separately. If you damage just one outfit, everything else will not be lost. The downside are the prices a bit high and the delay to set up camp with so many separate items. Kampa models have better finishing. The Cheetah imports a network with built-in mosquito net called Amazon. In this case, you must buy a Kampa awning or a tarp on agricultural houses, building materials or in camping shops. The network with built-in mosquito net makes the process of assembling the network quicker and easier. The Cheetah is a good equipment, even though the finish is not as fancy. Another network option with built-in mosquito net is the Brazil military company, a little heavier, but is the equipment with best price and also has a great finish. The Brazil Military also sells nets of jungle equal to those used by the army, which are focus of this article, among other products. You will get to know better all these networks by clicking on the pictures below.
Comparison of individual tents
Now a little about the tents. How networks are used by a single person, the fairer comparison would be with also stalls for lone adventurers. The tents easily found on national market aimed at a single person are very easy to assemble and several models have been evaluated by the site multiple ants, they are: Fit Mini Pack, Cheetah Everest and trails and Paths Bivak 1. Among all the models tested to Fit Mini-Pack is the easiest to set up and use good quality material. The only negative point is the position of the door, as in the case of rain there is no way to avoid the water when you come in and out of the tent. This is the tent that I currently use for ease of Assembly and for being very light. Already the Cheetah Everest, one of the tents for a person, is the heaviest, however, is more spacious and can behave a second person. The material used is more fragile and the finish isn’t as good as in other models, but has sufficient quality to protect it from the weather. The model of Cheetah’s main advantage the affordable price. Already the Bivak 1tent, Trails & Directions, have good quality material, is the lightest among the three models, however, is tighter. With minimums spaces, I wonder a day or two of rain that make him stay confined in the tent. On the model of the Trails & Directions you will have to lie all the time, but remember that the goal of this tent is have a light equipment for fast camps. You can meet all types of tents listed by clicking the images below.
When using tent or network?
Now the comparisons! In General, protection against the wind and the rain in tents and depends on the network, the correct assembling of the equipment. In the tents, the sobreteto needs to be well stretched, without touching down in the car and, to avoid the winds, the correct fixation of cuttings is necessary. With the networks, for a better protection against wind and rain, all you have to do is adjust the awning more around your body, the problem is to combine with the wind so it does not change direction. How networks are generally used in well-wooded areas, if the wind changes direction the problem may not be noticed.
For more than a tent is also fragile, for most people the feeling of insecurity is greater in a network. If you ride correctly your tent, you’ll be well protected from rain, since the networks need special care so that rain water does not soak the strings and consequently the entire network. A great advantage of using nets instead of tents is that you will be free from condensation of your equipment. To prevent rain water drain through the cords on the network, you must position the awning so that the water spend as little as possible by the ropes, though, is somewhat complicated to keep away from moisture only with this method. The best thing to do is use a connector between the rope which goes on tree and the handle of the network in this way, the water tends to escape by the site easier (tip Kampa). The Kampa produces specific handles to extend the network called tape fix. According to Kampa Island, with the use of this equipment is more difficult that you are bothered by water. The Cheetah model has metal hooks on the handles and the Brazil Military model comes with metal rings, then, in these last two models, no additional equipment is necessary to prevent water drain through the cords.
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Returning to comparisons between tents and hammocks. Wear your boots in the evening for a visit to the “Bush bathroom” can also be a bit tense. In this case, you may prefer to have the network your closest to the floor and keep your shoes in a plastic bag, to prevent the entry of poisonous animals. It’s a matter of adaptation. Stay overnight in a network can be somewhat cold, so it’s interesting to load, too, a thermal insulator, which ultimately eliminate some advantages of networks on the tents. On the network, enter the sleeping bag is not an experience so easy in the first attempts, but like everything in life, we adapt.
Any tent, one of the aforementioned, it is very easy to set up and the whole process for even the most inexperienced, doesn’t take more than 10 minutes. The fair comparison with the networks is when you use the complete set: NET, mosquito net and awning. In this case, the Assembly is not faster than the tents of the analysis. I’d say we have a technical draw. The process seems to be simpler networks, but in reality, set up camp takes a while like mounting a tent (I stress, again, that the fair comparison is if we use the net, mosquito netting and awning).
The option over the network or by the tent also needs to be planned according to the terrain of your adventure. With networks you will be depending on a place to stay overnight or wooded minimally somehow supports the network handles (depending on the situation, you can even use cracks in rocks using an eight node to put the string through some crack). Small tents already cited in this article can be installed in very small spaces. Some types of land are not very suitable to secure the stakes of the tents, in this case, using a network is somewhat attractive, though, some people use stakes to secure the awning. I prefer using the local vegetation for this task.
In volume, if you load only the network and the awning, you can take up less space in your backpack. If you made the choice to take a common canvas awning, the volume may be greater and will depend, of course, the size of the equipment. When you also take the mosquito net, then the volume is very similar to the use of individual stalls. If you opt for a complete set, as the Kampa, you will have a few less to carry, of course, always comparing to the barracks cited, but the difference in weight and volume is not blatantly obvious, unless you make the option of not taking the mosquito net or even the canopy, if you have a covered location to mount your camp.
Finally, stay overnight in a network is very different from just taking a NAP after lunch, many people simply don’t fit. Before discarding the tents of his adventures, try spending the whole night in a network in the comfort of your home, then you will know if the networks are a good alternative.
In my opinion, to spend the day venturing without an overnight stay, the networks are unsurpassed. To spend one or more nights, it is interesting to evaluate on a case-by-case.
I suggest following the topics below to guide your decision:
There are trees able to handle my weight? (the first and most obvious question that can resolve all the other);
I can spend the whole night in a network?
I will use the equipment in different terrains and climates? What are the locations and climates that face?
I feel more protected in a tent or in a network?
I like to have my equipment by hand or don’t care to let them outside?
And you? Prefer NET or tent? Share your experience!
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See other related posts:
How to set up a tent? Which tent to buy?
Planning a camping trip or adventure;
Fit Tent Mini Pack;
Tent Cheetah Everest;
Tent & Trails Directions Bivak 1;
Network with mosquito net Cheetah Amazon;
Network of Jungle Camp type I and II, of the military Brazil;
Kampa Products: Network Joy-Tarp-Stop Bug Mosquito Net Hollow;
Us for awning, canvas or tent straps;
Improvised or kill Chair network;
Network of strings artesnal;
How to choose a tent.
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