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Tunnel vs. dome

Two types of tents, tunnel vs. dome

Fjällräven makes two types of tents: tunnel tents and dome tents. Both have their own advantages and disadvantages, and the one that is right for you depends on what you will use it for.

Tunnel tents

Tunnel tents provide a lot of space in relation to their weight. The vestibule, the extra area outside the inner tent's sleeping compartment that is still protected by the flysheet, provides storage, a place to dry your equipment and even somewhere to cook your food when the weather is not the best. A tunnel tent requires stakes and guylines to stand upright, but Fjällräven's models are easy to pitch thanks to smart foxfeet and line adjustments with one-hand grips.

Tunnel tents have an entrance on the short end but it is often possible to enter from both sides of the vestibule. Really large tunnel tents, for example Fjällräven's 4-person models, have two vestibules to facilitate both storage and logistics when there are several people in the tent.

+ low weight
+ easy and fast to pitch
+ spacious vestibules
– requires more attachment points
– more sensitive to strong side winds, which push down the tent

Dome tents

Dome tents can stand on their own, which means that they only need their poles to stand - not guylines or ground pegs. This makes them well-suited for terrain where it is difficult to use stakes, e.g. rocky cliffs. The tent walls are rather tight and, with several ground attachments, the tent will stand in place without blowing away. Dome tents in general have a more sturdy construction than tunnel tents with regard to resisting the wind, and they are less sensitive to changes in the direction of the wind. Dome tents are also slightly wider at the top and therefore easier to sit in comfortably.

+ self-standing without ground attachments
+ can withstand changes in direction of wind
+ airy, spacious feel
– slightly smaller vestibule
– slightly heavier (particularly smaller tents) since they require more poles