CHOOSING A BIVOUAC TENT IS BASED ON DIFFERENT CRITERIA: WEIGHT, NUMBER OF TREKKERS, TENT LIFT, EASE OF PITCHING/DISMANTLING, HABITABILITY OF THE TENT.
If you are going trekking and sleeping in a bivouac then you will be carrying your tent for several hours a day. Therefore, you should buy a tent that is as light as possible. A lightweight or ultra lightweight tent weights around 1 kg, 1.5 kg per person that the tent can sleep.
As the tent is usually the heaviest item you will carry, position it close to your back in your bag or under your backpack with straps.
If there are several of you then you can always separate the different tent elements (canvas and poles) and share them amongst the trekkers!
NUMBER OF TREKKERS
You will choose the tent to suit you according to the number of trekkers travelling with you. Bivouac tents are usually for a maximum of 4 people, any bigger and pitching becomes complicated.
Some people like to have space in their tent and 2 people travel with a tent for 3!
The lift is the tent's ability to remain standing without its canvas being held by pegs. It's an important point, especially if you are travelling on terrain where you can’t pitch with pegs: in a rocky environment or on sandy ground for example.
SPEED OF PITCHING/DISMANTLING
All our tents are already pre-assembled: the bedroom is already attached to the flysheet fabric so you can pitch and dismantle your camp quickly. Semi-freestanding tents are extremely practical as they remain standing even without pegs! Once the tent is opened, you have finished pitching.
HABITABILITY OF THE TENT
Habitability is basically how easy it is to live in the tent. It's both the organisation of the space and the small accessories that help you to organise the tent. Some models of tent come with porches where you can store your shoes and backpack outside the bedroom and they are sheltered by the flysheet. More and more models come with hooks to install a "ceiling" lamp in the tent and reflective guy ropes to stop you tripping in the night on the ropes that hold the tent!
All these options make for a fantastic bivouac living experience!
REMEMBER TO TAKE WHAT YOU NEED TO REPAIR YOUR EQUIPMENT DURING YOUR TREK AND CHECK OUT OUR SOLUTIONS IF YOUR POLES BREAK!