Geodesic tents are domed-shaped enclosures perfect for bad weather conditions, especially winter camping. The popularity of the ancient, structural design was incorporated into tents in the 1970s. Over the last several decades, engineers perfected the design and created the highest weight-to-strength ratio available in a tent. The tent has no weak points because the curved shape minimizes the number of unsupported fabric pieces, also referred to as fly sheets. The sheets that cover the tent are separated into smaller pieces, increasing the security of the tent.
Geodesic tents are perfect for camping in extreme conditions. The tent’s snow-bearing abilities allow for safe camping. The fly sheets are typically light in color, which admits a great deal of natural light. Dome-shaped tents provide excellent wind resistance, especially because they are only four to five feet in height. Because the tents can be erected easily, they often require little to no pegs to anchor them. Additionally, because the dome-shaped is incredibly wind resistant, it is ideal for open-space camping, such as in a field, tundra, or open plain.
Geodesic tents are easy to set up. They can have as little as three intersecting poles, depending on the size of the tent. 14 to 20 foot wide tents can be erected by one person in as little as a half an hour and dissembled in as quickly as five minutes. The lightweight design of the tents makes them perfect for expeditions that require significant handling of equipment. Some geodesic tents are entirely inflatable, requiring only a bicycle pump to assemble. These inflatable tents have no poles and can withstand winds up to 75 miles per hour. A downside of the inflatable geodesic tent is that a bicycle pump must be used, which can be burdensome to carry, especially on long, arduous expeditions.
Geodesic tents are made from superior-grade material suitable for the worst weather conditions. High quality tents come with shock-corded, fiberglass poles and 100 percent ripstop nylon. They also include ultra-violet resistant, 100 percent polyester fly sheets and Oxford nylon door flaps. 2,000mm-rated polyurethane coating is available on many tents to combat pelting rain and snow squalls. 3,000mm-rated polyurethane is used for the floor of the tent to ensure ground moisture does not penetrate the tent.
Geodesic Tents can be used for other occasions aside from camping, such as:
- Fair pavilions
- Emergency shelters
- Play areas
- Research enclosures
- Expedition tents
- Living spaces