and tarps & bivys
last for many, many years, especially if you use a footprint
and sleeping bags
can do double duty as home away from home on a backpack, ski or paddling trip, a family camping vacation, shelter at a rave, or an extra guest room in the back yard. Typically tents are either 3 season or 4 season (winter adapted), and one, two, three or more capacity. Key features to consider include: room inside and headroom, front and/or back entrances, vestibule(s) size, roof slope under snow load, tautness to remain quiet during a wind storm, ventilation, and pole strength / weight. Check weights carefully: some are all-in, while others exclude packaging and tent pegs. Some designs have flies that can function on their own which provides an ultralight solution if there are no bugs.