Different trips, types of terrain and weather conditions require different tents. We develop tents for all types of trips and expeditions. What they all have in common are solutions and details that make it easy and quick to set up and dismantle a camp. We divide our tents into three categories:
The tunnel tent is the most common design used in Norway. It is simple, functional, has generous baggage space and is often lightweight in relation to its size. Most often it comprises 2 to 3 poles that bend together to form a tunnel. This is a very simple design that offers generous space and good protection from the elements. Given its good ventilation and abundance of guy lines, it can work well as a year-round tent.
The dome tent has a more robust design, with poles that cross each other diagonally. Most commonly there are 2 to 4 poles which provide a number of crossing points and higher stability. This design is frequently chosen for extreme conditions, e.g. in the Polar Regions or in the mountains. The advantage is that once the poles are assembled, the tent is firm and tight. All you need then is to anchor it to the ground firmly enough so that it doesn’t blow away.
In Wiglo® tents we have further developed the characteristics of the lavvo and added three poles that stretch the sides outwards. This provides more space and enables you to roll up the outer tent on all three side for a panoramic view.
Hints and tips
A FEW TIPS ON THE CHOICE OF A CAMPSITE
- Choose a pitch that is sheltered from the wind. A fairly good pitch that is sheltered is better than a very good flat pitch in an exposed area!
- Clear the pitch of sharp stones and twigs.
- Remember that bushes and thickets next to the tent do not just provide shelter, they can also cut the tent if it gets windy.
- Be respectful of both the nature and the landowner. Do not disturb any vegetation unnecessarily. Collect wood with moderation, and remove all waste from the area when you leave. This ensures that others can enjoy an equally lovely trip to the same area!
- Respect seasonal restrictions with regards to the use of open flames.
Ventilate the tent thoroughly
People use a lot of oxygen, converting it to vapor and CO₂ gas that needs to be dispersed. The moisture goes largely through the breathable inner tent. Ensure that the tent is sufficiently ventilated, by keeping the vents open when you’re spending time in the tent. Insufficient ventilation may be harmful to your health.
Cooking can also generate a lot of vapor that needs to be dispersed. If possible, you should use cooking equipment outside the tent.
If condensation forms on the outside of the tent during the night, shake the tent carefully while it is still assembled. This will ensure that most of the moisture will run down inside of the outer tent wall, and prevent the inner walls from becoming unnecessarily damp.
Use of flames
Avoid open flames in the inner tent. All equipment should be lit outside the tent. Be particularly careful with open flames near the mosquito net doors. This material is more flammable that the other materials in the tent. Pitch the tent far from fires or open flames! Remember that the wind can change.
Maintenance of a Bergans tent
Bergans tents are made from polyester or nylon and have a long useful life. Nevertheless, it still pays to handle a tent with care.
Wipe dust and dirt off the tent with a moist cloth when the trip is over. Tents should always be aired thoroughly after use. If there has been a lot of condensation inside the tent, it should be turned inside out and dried on the inside as well.
A Bergans tent is washable. The best way to wash a tent is by hand in a large tub with water no warmer than 40°C/104°F. Do not use detergent unless the tent is very dirty. If you need to use a detergent, choose the mildest possible type. Enzyme-based detergents can damage the coating on the outer fabric and should be avoided.
Remember to always ensure sufficient ventilation of the tent. Keep the vents open when you’re spending time in the tent. Insufficient ventilation can be detrimental to your health.