What are frameless tents?
Frameless tents are those which are assembled using poles and guy ropes are fixed to the ground with stakes and pegs. The tent’s main supports are two central poles for large tents (like in the USB-56), or one central one for small tents. Some seasoned campers and soldiers are familiar with the «transition» type, the tent is stretched on a special machine (no longer available).
Should you choose a frameless tent for group camping?
If you are travelling with a group of two to four people and don’t intend to stay long in one place or do any extreme fishing or canoeing, then your best choice is the small frameless Tundra-4 tent. If you’re going on a long hiking trip with a larger group and intend to put up a temporary camp, then the choice between a frame and frameless tent is not so obvious.
A frameless tent is less susceptible to damage
The method for assembling frameless tents is much less reliable than that for frame tents. However, when you choose a tent for your camping trip, it is worth noting some of the features of the frame which mean it is not always convenient. For example, metal elements may become deformed and fibreglass ones may crack. If one of the many parts of the frame becomes deformed or lost, the tent may lose its shape and integrity and it may be impossible to assemble it. There is nothing to break in a frameless tent, except for the central pole.
The frame increases the weight of the tent
The tent frame is usually made from steel or aluminium. A steel frame adds significant weight and volume, which may be a significant factor on long trips. The metallic elements of a frameless tent have no significant effect. An alternative is to use aluminium poles, but such a design is much more expensive and less durable under mechanical loads.
You don’t need a flat area to pitch a frameless tent
Frameless tents can be pitched almost anywhere, unlike frame tents they don’t require a completely flat area. Uneven ground can be easily compensated for by using the guy ropes.
It is not always vital to have rigid frame fixing elements
Rigid frame fixing elements are not usually particularly important, unless you are travelling in strong winds, snow fall or heavy rain. Due to its soft structure, a frameless tent may sway slightly in the wind, thereby compensating for the wind load. If the central pole falls, it can be easily put back in place and, if it breaks, can be easily replaced by cutting a tree branch. Sometimes, the pole may go quite deep into the soil if the tent is very wet or is covered in snow. However, this does not affect the future functioning of the tent.
The Tundra tent will add some romance
Romance is always part of a camping trip. You can add to the romantic mood by choosing the correct camping lodgings. RPC OFT offers frameless designs including Tundra tents, which look like a wigwam or a teepee. They are easy to assemble on any sufficiently flat ground by using guy ropes and the central pole. This tent will undoubtedly provide you with new and unusual experiences!