The type of tent a camper uses can have a drastic impact on his or her sleeping experience. Fortunately, sporting goods and outdoor activity stores have many different tent options that suit a variety of campers. For adventurers who require a tent that is quick to pitch and has a large sleeping capacity, a tunnel tent may be an excellent option. Also known as tube or hoop tents, these products also give occupants more headroom as the maximum height is along the center line. Because these tents feature simple construction and tend to be easier to pitch, they are popular among beginners and experienced campers.
In addition to maximum headroom and interior space, tunnel tents are also relatively lightweight because they require fewer poles. For this reason, they may not be the best choice for extreme weather with high winds. It is possible to purchase an extreme weather tunnel tent; however, extra poles and lines may be required for setup.
Tunnel tents may range in size, sleeping two people or even as many as ten. They may have privacy curtains and built-in windows. When deciding on the right tent size, it is best to see an in-store model of the pitched tent prior to purchase if possible. Examining a tent in person can allow the purchaser to determine whether the tent will meet the exact needs of the intended occupants as catalog descriptions may not totally match the actual product.
Tent purchasers will also need to consider the material of which they would like their tent to be made. Cotton canvas tents are classic and provide warmth in colder weather as well as coolness during the summer months. Because cotton is breathable, these tents tend to collect less condensation. Canvas tents are also waterproof if they have been weather-treated or allowed to get wet prior to use to enable the fibers to swell and form a seal. Polyester and nylon tents do not absorb water and can be very lightweight. Polyester is the most popular tent fabric as it does not get baggy or shrink when wet, and it is less affected by sunlight. The most inexpensive tents tend to be made of nylon; however, expensive expedition tents may also be made from the material. Polyester and nylon tents are available in with a variety of coatings, depending on the manufacturer. More expensive tents will have breathable, waterproof, high quality coatings.