3 Person Tent (or 3 Man Tent)

A 3 man tent (or 3 person tent) should ideally house three people in comfort but are often chosen for two people to share with a little space left over for further comfort or storing of clothes and equipment. If you need a 3 man tent and plan to live in it for a while or have a fair amount of kit, you may want to check out the larger 3 man tents and maybe 4 man or bigger.

You need to consider what your requirements are for your tent – how much space do you need, how important is its waterproofing and the ease of use of your 3 man tent. How simple and quick is it to put up? Are you planning to camp whatever the weather will throw at you or is it needed for a week in the south of France?

The 3 man tents listed here are available in a fairly wide range of prices but even a cheap 3 man tent might be fine for what you need but you do tend to get what you pay for so if you want to get the best out of your tent it may be best to buy at the top end of your budget.

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(also see waterproofing and 2 man tents)

Taped Seams

The seams in the tent, where the fabric is joined, is prone to holes and weaknesses and even though the holes are tiny, they are still enough to allow moisture in when it rains. Leakage can be prevented by “taping” the seams. Taping means there is a strip of plastic melted along the length of the seam, completely sealing any hole and strengthening the join.

Ground Sheets

A ground sheet, as it suggest, is what separates the inside of your tent from the ground surface. Often these come as separate sheets that are placed inside, or underneath the tent but this can leave a gap at the base of the tent that can allow in drafts or even water if it rains. It can also let in those creepy crawlies or wildlife!
This can be prevented if the tent has a sewn in ground sheet. A sewn in ground sheet is attached to the outside skin of the tent, meaning there is no gap.  It eliminates those annoying drafts, keeps the water out, and helps to keep you warm and snug whilst inside.


Every tent needs ventilation of some kind to prevent condensation. Often people are confronted by wet bedding or find water inside their tent and assume they have a leak when in fact this is just a result of condensation – moisture from wet clothes or even breath in side the tent condensing on the cold surface.

Most tents have ventilation mecahniasm such as zippable windows or flaps that you should use to allow air to pass through minimising condensation.

Double Skin

A double skin tent means that it has two layers to the skin – often in the form of separate bedroom compartments inside the tent itself which dramatically reduces the amount of condensation created inside while you sleep.

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