Tunnel or dome tent?

While we originally built our reputation on our tunnel tents, we pay just as much attention to our dome tent designs, because both types offer their own advantages.

In general, our tunnel tents afford lighter weight and more useable space. Our dome tents, because of their crossed-pole structure, provide better static load stability and so withstand snow loading better – but at the price of extra weight. Both Hilleberg tunnel and dome models can be pitched easily by one person, even in high winds, in the dark, or while he or she is wearing bulky gloves or mittens. At the same time, dome tents – especially free standing ones like the Staika, Allak, Soulo and Unna – are often better choices where there are limited pitching possibilities, such as on rock slabs and in gravelly soil.

Both our dome and tunnel models offer superb stability in even the highest winds. Some tunnel designs can get pushed around by high winds, but ours have just the right blend of strength and flex to move with the wind without getting blown over – which is why our Keron and Nammatj are so popular for long arctic expeditions.

Similarly, we build our dome tents with the right amount of flex to ensure that they will ride out any storm without sacrificing any of their tremendous static, load-handling strength – which is why our Saivo, Staika, Jannu, and Soulo are ideal for base camp use, especially in winter.

Dome tents are excellent choices for tough pitching conditions.

Because it is truly free standing – and offers two entrances and two integrated vestibules – a Staika is the ultimate choice for rocky, exposed camp sites.

Tunnel tents are superb for mobile expeditions.

Winter adventurers and polar travelers choose Keron or Nammatj tunnel tents because they are exceptionally strong yet still lightweight, and offer outstanding space to weight ratios. They are also very easy and quick to pitch and take down. Here a Keron GT is the mobile home for a ski tour in northern Sweden.


There are also other tent types , for example the Swedish company www.tentipi.com produces tents with inspiration from the traditional Swedish "kata" which create an unique design combined with god quality.