Tunnel tents are exceptionally easy to erect and can be found in many different designs. As they are lightweight they are the perfect type of tent to take on an adventure holiday where lugging all your own equipment on your back is the order of the day. If there are only 2 or 3 of you going on your expedition then you may find that a lightweight 3 man tunnel tent is the perfect solution to your accommodation needs. I would personally recommend that you always get a size of tent that is bigger than what you think you need as it will give you that little bit of extra comfort and you won’t be too squashed up.
Three man tunnel tents are always pretty similar in design. They are long in length with the main sleeping area in the middle with access at either end through an entrance and associated porch. This is great as on a hot day you can get a lovely through draft but on a windy day you can use the entrance that faces away from the wind. The entrance that is not being used is perfect to utilise as a storage area which can free up space in the sleeping area meaning you can get more comfy and have a relaxed night’s sleep.
If you are looking to buy a lightweight tunnel tent then it is always useful to visit your local camping shop and compare different brands, prices and designs. Reputable brands include Coleman, North Face, Vango and Kyham. Prices can vary greatly depending on the brand and also what season rating the tent has. 1 season is normally a very light flimsy tent that would be no good for much apart from very light rain showers. 3 seasons would offer the casual camper all they would need in terms of weather protection and four seasons is for serious campers who want to be out in the elements in all weathers.
Tunnel tents are not the most comfortable of tents and are probably not a good idea if your camping trip is in one place for an extended period of time. They are however, a great solution for hiking trips that need taking down and putting up of tents in a daily basis at a new camp area. They are perfect as a lightweight option and give sufficient cover from the elements to just crawl in in the evening and have a peaceful nights rest.