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A useful Guide to Tent Terminology

Our useful guide to the most commonly used Tent Terminology. Referred to by Manufacturers , retailer and Reviewers . All the Tent Terminology you’ll need to help you choose the perfect Tent!  Need a little more advice? The Team @ IBEX Camping are here to Help.

Tent Terminology – A Campers Guide


Hydrostatic Head

Usually measured in mm , the Hydrostatic Head give the waterproof rating for modern polyester tents - a column of Water is placed on the Fabric - a reading is then taken at the point the water starts to penetrate the fabric.  We would usually recommend a minimum of 3000mm H/H for a family size tent looking to camp throughout the British Summer Months! For smaller tents less is fine , 1500mm is considered waterproof.  



Ring and Pin

Usually seen on Fibreglass & Steel Pole Tents – In line with the pole sleeve & attached to webbing / tape you’ll find a ring (similar to a Keyring) with pins. These pins are inserted into the bottom of your Tent Pole, they give your tent poles their shape and stability. More than one ring? Choose the ring that most comfortably fits into the pole end. Still a little Tight? Make sure that the webbing / Tape, running underneath the tent isn’t twisted or trapped.

Hint: Choose a tent with tension straps on the webbing/Tape – this saves excess pressure being needed to locate the Pin.

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Pitch As One

Often found in the descriptions of Outer First pitch tents , the