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Choosing your tent

Tunnel tent or dome tent? Abisko, Keb or Polar?

Adventures | 4 Minutes read

In order to choose the right tent, it’s good to determine what your needs are. Where and when will you use your tent? How many people should it accommodate? Do you need your private space or are you ok with squeezing in with others? If you prioritize small, light packs you might choose lighter materials and a smaller living space. In more exposed conditions and snow, you might consider more robust materials and features that can be managed with thick gloves on. You are likely to also need more space, as your equipment will be bulkier. The more space you want, the more weight you have to carry (if you’re not in a kayak). And more stability and durability will of course also add weight. But weight could be a small price to pay for the comfort of a larger sleeping- and living-area or for the extra safety a more stable tent provides in remote areas. The Fjällräven tent collection is built on two basic tent constructions - Dome tents and Tunnel tents. Then we have divided our different models into three families - Abisko, Keb and Polar - to create a helpful distinction between their different features and purposes.

The Fjällräven tent collection is built on two basic tent constructions - Dome tents and Tunnel tents. Then we have divided our different models into three families - Abisko, Keb and Polar - to create a helpful distinction between their different features and purposes.

Dome tent

Dome tents are self-supporting and less dependant on guylines and pegs. This makes them easy to move about until you find the perfect place and easier to pitch where tent pegs are difficult to use – on slickrock or sand, for example. Thanks to their dome-like shape, they are less sensitive to changing wind directions. They have two entrances and more headroom than tunnel tents, which adds comfort, but they have smaller vestibules. Dome tents are slightly heavier because they require more poles. Although they are self-supporting, you should always secure the tent to the ground.

Tunnel tent

Tunnel tents have a great weight to space ratio. They are not self-supporting and need to be secured to the ground to be pitched. They have more spacious vestibules which divide the tent into one sleeping area and one area for storing equipment or preparing food in bad weather conditions. When aligned correctly, tunnel tents are extremely wind resistant. And when pitched in deep snow, the vestibule can be dug out to provide a space large enough to stand up in.

Abisko

Weight saving designs if you want to carry less but retain a high level of strength in your tent. Broad area of use. Many excellent features for extra ventilation and scenic views in warmer climates, however, less suitable for very exposed winter conditions.

Keb

Durable designs perfect if you appreciate “Extra Everything” regarding both strength and functionality for extra safety and comfort in challenging conditions.

Polar

The toughest of our tough. Developed for long expeditions in extremely challenging winter conditions. Superior strength and safety levels, and features specifically designed for winter expeditions in snowy or stormy winter conditions.

How important is low weight? How important is high endurance?

At a glance, our models in the Keb and Abisko families might look similar, but it is the details that determine which tent is the best choice for different conditions. The Keb series is made for tougher conditions than Abisko but this does not mean that Keb tents are just for experienced adventurers on long trips or demanding winter conditions.

When kayaking, the most appealing tent spots are often on a beach or on slickrock, where a dome tent is a good choice.

The Keb series could just as easily be the perfect choice for someone with less experience who wants good safety margins. Likewise, the Abisko series could be perfect for a super-experienced trekker who wants to carry as little weight as possible and knows exactly how to find the right tent site, even in exposed areas. The toughest of our tents is our Polar tent. It is an extra heavy-duty construction and will withstand the toughest use in the most demanding places on earth – like the Arctic for example. The Polar tent is designed primarily for winter use, and it is full of professional details and out-of-the-box solutions.

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