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M Tunnel Tents Tutorial and State of the Market Report - Part 2: Details and Commercial Models

by Roger Caffin

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This series is part tutorial, part survey, and part opinion piece. I have allowed my opinions to come through a bit more strongly than normal here. Consider yourself warned! In Part 1 I defined the essentials of a tunnel tent and show how easy it is to pitch one in bad weather. In Part 2 I explore in more detail some features of a tunnel tent and list them for a number of tunnel tents from around the world. Part 3 consists of mini-reviews for each tent listed.

Many will start by asking what a tunnel tent weighs, then ask how much room there is inside one. As there are a reasonable number of different tunnels tents available there is obviously going to be a range of lengths, widths, and weights. Later on we will discuss commercial tunnels, but here I will use my own tunnels as examples. They are both MYOG jobs. The summer one is about version 10, while the winter one is about version 5. Evolution happens. The following table shows a few details, including groundsheet dimensions (G Length, G Width) and weight. Headroom in this case is simply the height inside the tent at the highest point on the roof. More useful measures of this will be introduced later. The weight does not include stakes, as they will vary depending on the conditions. Snow stakes are of course bigger and heavier than summer stakes, but all tents need something to hold them up - or down.

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