For every tour you need a roof over your head
A successful tour also depends on the selection of the right tent // The tent experts at Tatonka know this and have developed the perfect tent for each challenge - from small and light to big and comfortable.
The days when a tent consisted simply of a floor, roof and a few tent pegs are long gone. Tatonka tents are highly functional high-tech products, perfectly designed in construction and materials for their particular purposes. The selection is large, making the right decision isn't. If you have any questions, our consultants in your specialist outdoor shop will be happy to help you at any time so that you will always be sure to have the right roof over your head.
In order to utilise our tents to the full and enjoy them for a long time, it is essential that the instructions and care information be observed - as is always the case with any technical "appliance". This site contains the main information on using and handling our tents.
Tatonka offers a total of three tent lines in various sizes. The tent lines differ in materials and features:
Tatonka Allround tents are light and very strong, and are perfect for camping in normal weather conditions. There's a tremendous selection, ranging from one-person tents to family tents you can stand up in. The smaller versions will even fit in a trekking rucksack..
The material characteristics of the outer tent are such that the Advanced tents are more UV stable and durable. They are also longer with a longer inner tent and spacious vestibules. We recommend these tents for people who camp several times a year, people who are very tall and people who don't necessarily travel light.
The Expert tents are particularly tear-resistant, extremely durable and very light. We recommend them to people who camp a lot, including under extreme weather conditions, and/or who want a particularly light tent.
Before you buy a tent, give some thought to when and how you want to use it. Consider the following points to help you find the optimum tent:
Number of people
Will you be using it on your own, with your family or with a group?
Weight / packed size
Do you need a particularly light tent that packs down small because you will be carrying it yourself on long treks, or perhaps because you're planning to take it on a cycle or canoe trip?
Easy to use
Will you be putting it up and taking it down in a different place every day?
Lying comfort / storage:
Are you looking for a tent that is relatively comfortable, or will you be happy in a small space? For instance, will you want to keep your bikes in the vestibule?
Got everything you need?
- Nothing is more annoying than not finding out that you haven’t got enough tent pegs or guy ropes – or even that you have forgotten the groundsheets or the outer tent! – until you arrive at your holiday destination. So check your tent very carefully before you set off.
- When you buy a new tent, put it up at least once in peace and quiet at home to familiarise yourself with it.
Choose the right spot for your tent
- Do not erect your tent in a hollow because of the risk of flooding when it rains.
- Always put your tent up in a shady spot if you can in order to reduce the effects of UV rays on the tent material.
- Choose a spot with "a bit of a breeze". You tent will not be properly ventilated if it is completely out of the wind. Then heat will build up inside the tent in hot weather, and it will also develop more condensation.
- Do not erect your tent under a large solitary tree because of the risk of a lightning strike.
- If you position your tent under a tree, the resin might contaminate the outer tent. Although this won’t impair the function of the tent, it is very difficult to remove it without damaging the outer membrane of the tent.
- Remove any sharp items, stones etc. before you assemble the tent, and use a groundsheet to protect the tent floor.
- Ideally, position the tent with the front facing the dominant wind direction. This will give you the best possible ventilation, and in the extreme case you can utilize the tent’s stability.
- Do take the time to secure your tent at all the tension points, as this will make it more stable and secure.
- Never put your tent away while it is still damp – the material can discolour and mould can start to develop after just two days. If you (have to) pack up your tent while it is still wet, be sure to erect it again on the same day so it can dry. If that is not possible, at least take it out of its bag and spread it out in a dry place. But you really must put it up on the next day at the latest.
- Dry your tent after every trip because condensation will develop in any weather.
- To protect the tent against condensation, it is usually enough to lie it on the ground or hang it over a washing line for about 30 minutes. Separate the inner and outer tents to make sure that the fabrics aren’t touching each other.
- If the air is very humid or after rain, be sure that the material is absolutely dry before you put the tent away, especially if it is to be stored for a long time.
- If necessary, clean the tent by hand (up to 30°C) with a mild soap solution and a soft sponge.
- Do not use a wash-in waterproofing product or any other chemicals.
- Rinse the tent fabric carefully with clean water.
Guy ropes will secure your tent against wind and weather. The advantage with a Tatonka tent: they have a roll-up device for guy ropes that makes it much easier to set them up and prevents knots.
For greater visibility in the dark, the ropes on the Allround series are identified by reflective sleeves, while on the Advanced and Expert lines the whole rope is reflective.
A vestibule is a storage area between the inner tent and entrance where you can keep your luggage. It is a clean, dry place for anything that you don’t want to keep in the inner tent.
The frames must be of the highest possible quality. Tatonka uses YUNAN tent frames because this manufacturer cares about sustainability as much as quality. YUNAN provides frames in two different aluminium alloys; the choice is determined by the tent category. Both are unbreakable and hollow on the inside, and they are connected by rubber bands so they fit together easily.
Our tents come with a sufficient quantity of standard tent pegs. This will cover at least 90 percent of all requirements. If necessary, you can ask your dealer about special tent pegs, for instance for sandy, hard, stony or snowcovered ground.
Vents are covered openings in the outer membrane of the tent that allow the air to circulate. They can be guyed separately, and with Tatonka are made to be waterproof. Thanks to a stiff fabric band, Tatonka vents can still be positioned easily even after long use. All Tatonka tents have plenty of vents for the optimum air circulation. The vents on the Alaska and Expert series tents can even be locked on the inside.
The entrances to the Tatonka inner tents have mosquito windows that close separately, and can be kept in a pocket on the side. They are used to provide additional ventilation.
Please make sure your tent is absolutely dry when you store it after a trip to prevent damage to the coating. Tents should only ever be washed by hand; never in the washing machine. Shady pitches and groundsheets will protect the material on your trips.
Side bags at head height (when lying down) are perfect for storing items such as reading glasses. Lots of models also have pockets at the foot end that are easy to reach when upright. The Polar and Alaska tents also have a removable vestibule bag plus a roof bag for small items such as a book, insect spray and so on.
All tent materials, especially the outer fabric, undergo an ageing process, and their resistance to tearing declines over the course of time. The main reason for this is UV radiation. Tents with a silicone coating are far more resistant than those with a PU coating. In order to reduce the risk, tents should be erected in the shade if at all possible.
Depending on the size of the inner tent, the number of occupants, the weather and the ground, a greater or lesser amount of condensation will occur on the inside of the outer tent. This doesn’t mean your tent is leaking! Nor will touching the outer tent make it leak. You can often use simple means to reduce the amount of condensation.
No tent is 100 percent waterproof because water can penetrate joints, seams and zips, but it can also be diverted to outside – essential when it comes to condensation.
The water column indicates how high the water pressure can be before the fabric starts to allow moisture through. According to the DIN standard, a figure of 1.500 mm is considered waterproof. Loads and wear are just some of the things that a ground sheet has to be able to cope with. Although the water column is lower on a silicone-coated outer tent than with a pure PU coating, it is more than compensated for by the much higher and longer-lasting beading effect. You will find the full details for each model in the overview.