Most campers are aware of the main drawback of the single-layer tent – condensation. Moisture formed by a person breathing inside the tent accumulates on the inside of the tent and forms droplets. Because of condensation, which may be quite severe when temperature changes (often in the morning, at sunrise), the camper may wake up in the morning in a wet sleeping bag, as if they’d been sleeping in the rain. This happens when the tent is made from a light synthetic non-breathable fabric (nylon, Oxford, etc.). These kinds of tents are sold in large quantities in sport and camping shops. Inexperienced campers only realise later that such a tent is not suitable for living in field conditions. To avoid making a mistake, have a look at the Tundra-4 which is suitable for camping and for hiking.
Fabric that prevents condensation
Single-layer tents that are suitable for living in (including the Tundra-4) are made from breathable canvas, consisting of 50/50 linen and cotton (with waterproofing). Air and evaporation pass relatively freely through such material and condensation is unable to form. The material is also treated with a special substance that prevents it from rotting.
The benefits of a single-layer tent when transporting it
One of the most important benefits of the single-layer tent is that it weighs significantly less. An inner tent may weigh tens of kilograms even if the tent is made of lightweight fabric. Its absence significantly lightens the load for travellers and also saves on transportation (as fuel consumption not only depends on distance but also on the weight of transported goods).
Reduced packaging size
You will also be pleased to note the volume of the transported goods; after all, it is easier to put a single-layer tent in, for example, a car’s boot than a double-layered tent for the same number of people.
Single-layer tent: the budget solution
The cost of buying a tent is also an important factor. A single-layer tent may be regarded as a budget camping option. Such tents are significantly cheaper than double-layer models, however, the basic functions of such a tent are often no worse. Single-layer tents can be about 70% cheaper than their double-layer equivalent.
Simple and easy to assemble
Compared to double-layer tents, single-layer tents are quicker and easier to assemble (which is quite important in difficult conditions such as in cold weather). This is another reason for choosing one.
Any tent can be made from a single layer
The inner tent is not an obligatory element for tents. Any canvas tent can be supplied without an inner tent, making it cheaper; everything depends on the wishes of the customer. In this case, the tent hardly loses any functionality and can be used to live in (with a heating device in winter). Some tents are produced without an inner layer (for example, conical Teepees). PVC coated fabric tents can also be supplied without an inner tent and are a good solution for non-residential structures. Such premises can be conveniently used as temporary warehouses, equipment shelters or somewhere to perform temporary works.