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Cold Weather Tents: The Best Winter Tents in 2023

Cold weather tents in the snow with northern lights

Camping in winter requires a whole different set of gear and equipment to camping during the summer. And one of the most crucial things you’ll need is a winter tent that will stand up to the elements. Cold weather tents are designed with high winds, heavy rainfall, snowfall and condensation control in mind. So, although a three season backpacking tent may suffice in more moderate winter conditions, opting for a specific cold weather tent in more extreme temperatures and climates is essential.

As with all outdoor equipment, choosing a winter tent that is suitable to the conditions as well as the type of camping you’ll  be doing, can be a bit of a minefield. There are loads of different types of cold weather tents out there that are all designed for very different winter camping scenarios.

Whether it is a night or two enduring the storms of high altitude mountaineering, or a week of wilderness living deep in the backcountry, this selection of some of the best cold weather tents in 2023 will have you covered. Take a quick look at your options and read on for more information on each type of winter tent.

Summary of cold weather tents

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ProductType of tentWeightPerson capacityCost
MSR Access 2Winter expedition tent1.86kg (3.6 lbs)2$
Big Agnes Battle Mountain 2 TentWinter expedition tent3kg (6.6 lbs)2$$
The North Face VE 25Winter expedition tent4.7kg (10.3 lbs)3$$
Hilleberg Jannu 2Winter expedition tent3.2kg (7 lbs)2$$$$
NEMO Kunai 2P TentWinter expedition tent2.2 kg (4.8 lbs)2$$$
Black Diamond EldoradoLightweight mountaineering tent2.3kg (5 lbs)2$$$
MSR Advance ProLightweight mountaineering tent1.3kg (2.8 lbs)

2$
Rab LatokLightweight mountaineering tent1.4kg (3 lbs)2$$$
REI Co-op Base Camp 6 TentFamily/base camp tent9.3kg (20.6 lbs)6$
Mountain Hardwear Trango 4Family/base camp tent5.8kg (12.8 lbs)4$$$$
The North Face 2-meter DomeFamily/base camp tent23.13kg
(51 lbs)
10$$$$$$$$
REI Arete ASL 2Budget winter tent2.8kg (6.3 lbs)2$$
ALPS Mountaineering Tasmanian 2Budget winter tent3.5kg
(7.7 lbs)
2$$
Geartop 4 SeasonBudget winter tent2.6kg
(5.75 lbs)
2$
Seek Outside 4 Person TipiStove compatible tent1.96kg
(4.3 lbs)
2$$$
Playdo 4-Season Bell TentStove compatible tent37kg
(81.5 lbs)
6-8$$$

Types of cold weather tents

Choosing the right tent for your winter camping capers really comes down to what you are going to be using it for. And there are a number of different routes to go down, with each one covering a number of different camping scenarios. But to keep things simple, the main two types of winter tents are:

  1. Double-wall tents – have a rainfly (also known as an outer tent) that fends off the elements and covers the inner tent. The inner tent is the main sleeping area and is usually sealed off from the outside world thanks to a built-in groundsheet and zippered doors. The rainfly often extends over the inner tent to create vestibules or porches in which extra gear can be stored. 
  2. Single-wall tents –as the name suggests, comprise a single layer of fabric protection between the sleeper and the outside world. This type of winter tent is essentially an inner tent but constructed from the tough, waterproof fabric of a rainfly. They are designed with low weight in mind to allow mountaineers to move quickly, whilst providing just enough protection from the elements to keep them alive and maybe even grab some much-needed zzzz’s whilst there in there! As such, most single-wall tents don’t score highly when it come to liveability and comfort. They are minimal and do their job just well enough. They also struggle to deal with condensation in the same way that double-wall tents do. 

Unless you’re in the market for a winter tent whose primary function is to enable you to travel quickly through extreme mountain conditions, then you’ll most likely only be considering double-wall designs. There is, however, an exception to this, in the form of stove-compatible tents. You can read more about these in the cold weather tents with stoves section.


Cold weather tents by use

Now that we’ve established the difference between single- and double-wall tents, it’s time to look at the winter tent options based on the intended use.

Our list of winter camping tents include:

Winter tents for alpine expeditions

Winter expedition tents need to be light enough to carry for a day or two of trekking, but big enough to be comfortable for extended periods of mountain living. They are also suitable for those doing multi-day winter backpacking trips and wanting a little more comfort than super lightweight winter camping tents (below) provide.

Features to look for include:

  • Low weight

  • Good liveable space
  • Vestibules
  • Internal storage features 
  • Easy and quick set up
  • Vents
MSR Access 2

MSR Access 2

Weighing in at under 2 kg, the MSR Access 2 is one of the lightest four-season tents on our list. Like the Nemo Tenshi, this tent is very versatile. It has a double-wall design that holds up to moderate snow loads and handles condensation reasonably well. It’s suitable for use on winter expeditions under light snowfall, as well as summertime alpine expeditions, and damp shoulder seasons.

When it comes to liveability, this is a fairly spacious 2-person expedition tent. It’s easily wide enough to fit two sleeping mattresses plus small gear. Plus, there are two entrances with outer vestibules on either side of the tent where you can store boots, poles and wet gear.

Pros

  • Versatile usage
  • Quick to pitch
  • Spacious
  • Lightweight and compact pack size
  • Mid-range price

Cons

  • Outer vestibules have little weather protection (your kit may get wet)

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REI | Backcountry


Big Agnes Battle Mountain 2 Tent

Big Agnes Battle Mountain 2 Tent

The Big Agnes Battle Mountain 2 is built to tackle the toughest weather conditions in alpine scenery. But it’s also spacious and easy to set up. The tent has a 1,200 mm waterproof flysheet with storm flaps on the outer zippers. Two closable vents in the flysheet help to reduce condensation while dual-zippered windows with mesh offer additional ventilation.

Inside the inner wall, the tent is spacious enough for two sleeping mats. We like that the inner also comes with a generous amount of wall and ceiling pockets and gear attachment points. You can keep most of your kit inside the main hub without sacrificing sleeping space. Outside, the tent has two entrances and two vestibules, one of which has a clear window and double zip door that can be staked out a small porch.

Pros

  • Extremely strong
  • Two entrances
  • Plenty of inside storage

Cons

  • Set up takes some practice

Find the latest price at:
REI | Big Agnes | Backcountry


The North Face VE 25 Tent

The North Face VE 25 Tent

Boasting 48 sq. ft. of floor space, the VE 25 Tent by The North Face is a superbly spacious three person cold weather tent. And although it is the heaviest winter expedition tent on our list, the extra weight is well worth it for mountaineers who value liveable comfort to ride out the storms in. The front vestibule has two doors with a poled middle section to provide stability. Plus, there is a rear entrance for extra convenience when living in close quarters with two other bodies!

Additionally, the configuration of four lightweight DAC poles provide a strength-to-weight ratio that is hard to beat. There are also multiple venting options to keep condensation levels under control, further adding to the relative luxury offered by this super sturdy tent for winter camping.

Pros

  • Excellent ability to deal with high winds and snow
  • Highly liveable
  • Two entrances

Cons

  • On the heavy side

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REI


Hilleberg Jannu 2 Person Tent

Hilleberg Jannu 2 Person Tent

The Hilleberg Jannu may be a touch on the pricey side for a two person tent, but for those looking for a reliable, durable and super strong alpine expedition tent, the extra cost is well worth it. With a tiny footprint of 4.4m2 (47.3ft2), including the single vestibule, this double walled tent is ideal for pitching in spots where space is limited. The strong Kerlon 1200 outer has a minimum tear strength of 12 kg (26.5 lbs), which, when supported by the four 9mm poles, creates a dome-style tent that is exceptionally adept at dealing with the odd storm or two!

With the ability to pitch both the inner and the outer at the same time, the Jannu offers a tent that is slightly more suitable to alpine climbers and mountaineers, as well as winter trekkers, backpackers and explorers – if you can stomach the extra spend!

Pros

  • Exceptionally strong
  • Small footprint
  • Inner and outer pitch as one

Cons

  • Very pricey
  • Only one entrance

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Feathered Friends | Alpine Trek

Looking for something more lightweight?


Lightweight mountaineering tents

For alpine climbers and mountaineers, a lightweight tent is essential, and many opt for a single-wall design to keep the weight to a minimum. Ideally, it should be freestanding to enable it to be pitched in small and awkward spaces, with steep sides to shed snow effectively.

Features to look for include:

  • Very low weight

  • Easy and quick set up
  • Freestanding
  • Small footprint
  • Steep sides
  • Vents
Black Diamond Eldorado mountaineering tent

Black Diamond Eldorado

The Eldorado is an incredibly durable and weatherproof lightweight winter camping tent. The fabric of the single wall is coated with PTFE, putting it ahead of the game compared with other single wall tents that use a PU coated fabric. The simple design of this two pole tent creates a steep-sided and highly stable shelter that excels in windy and snowy conditions.

At 2.3kg (81oz), there are lighter tent options in this category, but the Eldorado provides a more liveable space to ride out the storm in, despite its lack of vestibule and second entrance. It is generous in length, allowing for tall inhabitants to spread out, or for gear storage, and the zippered vents keep air flowing well enough.

At 30.8 sq ft, the footprint of this compact and simple setup is highly appealing for those on ‘sleep where you can’ type expeditions, but the winter specific design makes it less versatile for year round camping.

Pros

  • Highly waterproof
  • Small footprint

Cons

  • Not as light as competitors
  • Only one entrance

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Black Diamond | REI


MSR Advance Pro

MSR Advance Pro

At a weight of just 1.3 kg, the MSR Advance Pro is one of the lightest mountaineering tents for cold weather on our list. This single-wall, dome-shaped tent with a small footprint is exactly what you need when weight, pack size, and weather protection are your top priorities. Ultralight Easton Syclone Poles are sturdy enough to withstand strong winds and heavy snow. And, reinforced guy rope attachments allow you to really anchor the tent on rough nights. Meanwhile, the tent itself is quick and easy to set up on your own.

Inside there are no bells or whistles. This winter tent is designed to protect you from the elements without weighing down your pack, so don’t expect much comfort. Also, due to the lack of ventilation (just one small vent), it doesn’t perform very well at lower elevations.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Small footprint
  • Very strong
  • Can be pitched solo

Cons

  • Not very versatile
  • Uncomfortable for taller people

Find the latest price on:
Amazon | Backcountry

Looking for another great lightweight single wall winter tent option?

  • Rab Latok tent for mountaineering

    Rab Latok

    • 2.1kg (4.64lbs)
    • Sleeps 2-3
    • Single wall
    • No vestibule

Winter camping tents for family camping and base camp

The weight of your tent is not so much of an issue when it comes to car camping, and although you don’t want to be hauling a marquee out of your car, you can afford to prioritise a bit of luxury. Smart tent design becomes even more essential when you are dealing with larger tents, as they are much more easily affected by high winds.

Features to look for include:

  • Strong pole construction and design

  • Good liveable space
  • Vestibules
  • Internal storage features 
  • Vents
REI Co-op Base Camp 6 Tent

REI Co-op Base Camp 6 Tent

Large enough for all the family or a group of friends, the REI Co-op Base Camp 6 Tent is a 6-person tent with a strong geodesic-dome structure. With a generous head height of 74 inches, this is one of the few winter base camp tents that you can stand up inside. For easy entrance and exit, there are two wide roll-away entrance doors on either side – every camper can get in and out without waking anyone up! Two zippered side vents, roof vents, and mesh on the upper section of each door help to minimise condensation when camping in warmer seasons. Inside there are large mesh wall pockets for storing gear. There are also two outer vestibules, one staked and one pole-supported for your shoes and wet gear. Although it’s not the best tent for winter camping in heavy snow or extreme winds, the REI Co-op Base Camp 6 Tent is a spacious tent that’s tough enough for all four seasons in moderate conditions.

Pros

  • Spacious interior
  • Multiple internal storage pockets
  • Easy setup

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Not the best for extreme winter weather
  • Minimal ventilation in the flysheet

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REI


Mountain Hardwear Trango 4 Tent

Mountain Hardwear Trango 4 Tent

With a generous inside space, a small outer vestibule and large dry-entry vestibule, the Mountain Hardwear Trango 4 Tent is a popular choice for extended trips in cold conditions, family camping, and base camps. The Trango 4 features a classic 4-pole geodesic design with DAC Featherlite aluminium poles. It’s extremely stable in harsh winter weather and is one of the best cold weather family tents for expeditions.

Inside there’s enough space for four people to sleep, head to toe, and just enough headroom for you to sit up inside. Mesh pockets help you keep your gear organised and off of the tent floor.

One disadvantage is that the Trango 4 is inner-pitch first. You’ll need to pitch fast if you arrive at your camping spot in rain or snow. However, the coded colour system does make it quick to pitch. It’s also freestanding, and you have the option of pitching it without the flysheet at lower elevations or in warmer seasons.

Pros

  • Spacious interior
  • Two vestibules
  • Extremely strong

Cons

  • Inner pitch first
  • On the heavy side

Find the latest price at:
REI | Backcountry | Mountain Hardwear

Need something even bigger?


Budget winter tents

Most four season two person mountaineering and winter backpacking tents are around $600-$700 with some well over $800. And unless you plan on embarking upon regular winter expeditions and camping trips, many of those tents will be overkill for what you need. Thankfully, there are some really excellent quality four season winter tents that won’t break the bank but will still perform in the way that they should.

Features to look for include:

  • Strong pole construction and design

  • Heavier materials usually make things cheaper
  • Good liveable space
  • Vestibules
  • Lots of guy out options to help stabilise
  • Vents
REI Arete ASL 2 winter tent

REI Co-op Arete ASL 2 Tent

Eco conscious: Contains materials that meet the Bluesign criteria

This updated version of the Arete may struggle to compete with its higher end counterparts when it comes durability and strength, but it still offers superb protection when under attack from snow and wind. Its has a siliconised 30D nylon fly which is a little thinner than many of the other options on our list, however, the improved fourDAC Featherlite Combi poles ensure high levels of structural stability to make up for it.

At only 2.8kg (6.3 lbs), the Arete is much lighter than The North Face VE 25 and only marginally heavier than the Eldorado. And impressively, that includes a 8.7 sq ft vestibule with improved internal living space. Along with two ceiling vents, the double wall tent has air flow well under control. And to top it off, this excellent value tent for cold weather tent camping also has multiple storage options including corner pockets, hooks and roof pockets.

Pros

  • Highly liveable
  • Decently strong in the wind and snow
  • Is suitable for year-round camping

Cons

  • Not as strong and durable as other higher end options
  • Poles can be a little problematic to assemble

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REI


ALPS Mountaineering Tasmanian 2

ALPS Mountaineering Tasmanian 2

With two doors and two vestibules, the ALPS Mountaineering Tasmanian 2 offers really excellent liveability for a two person winter tent and a 8ft2 more floor space than the Arete, making it a superb introductory winter camping tent with a very competitive price tag. It’s a little heavier than its competitors but shared between two people is no drama at all.

The unusual pole configuration provides a good amount of headroom in the centre of the tent, as well as really excellent stabilisation in high winds and steep sides. And with a tough 75D polyester fly the Tasmanian 2 just pips the Arete to the post when it comes to suitability as a winter tent.

Pros

  • Stable in high winds
  • Two vestibules
  • Good liveable space

Cons

  • Heavier than its competitors

Find the latest price on:
Amazon | Backcountry

Got a really tiny budget?


Cold weather tents with stoves

Choosing a ‘hot tent’ that is compatible with a stove, opens up a whole different kind of cold weather tent camping. It is suitable either for car campers, or for those hauling their gear into the wilderness on sleds. It is also not out of the questions for backpackers, as there are some very lightweight tents available if you also have a lightweight stove.

It’s super important to know what you’re doing before you go lighting up underneath flammable nylon. But when done properly, hot tent camping provides a rustic yet highly comfortable way to enjoy getting out into the wild right through the snowy season.

Features to look for include:

  • Stove port

  • High ceilings
  • Good liveable space
  • Vents
  • Strong fabrics and design
  • Usually single-wall design
Seek Outside Tipi with tent stove

Seek Outside 4 Person Tipi

At only 1.96kg (69oz) this single wall tent is impressively light, even compared with 2 person three season tents. It may not look as stable as modern mountaineering and winter backpacking tent designs, but this Seek Outside Tipi will deal with high winds without a problem, if put up correctly. Adding a tent footprint (not included) will add a little extra weight, but the ability to set up the stove inside the tent and comfortably sleep two people (four without the stove), makes this a really appealing option as a base camp tent in the backcountry.

The nylon 30D fly, although relatively thin, is impregnated with Ultralight silicone and has a waterproof rating of 3000mm. Whilst its single carbon pole seems somewhat spartan on the stability front, the tent shape and guy outs provide enough toughness to weather the storm with confidence.

The tent also provides a whopping 115 sq ft of floor space and 6’10” of headroom at the tallest point, and of course features a stove port and vents to prevent condensation build up.

Pros

  • Incredibly lightweight
  • Good head room
  • Accommodates a stove

Cons

  • Only sleeps 2
  • Doesn’t come with groundsheet

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Seek Outside


Playdo 4-Season Bell Tent

Playdo 4-Season Bell Tent

At 37kg (81.5lb), the Playdo 4-Season Bell Tent may be almost as heavy as all the above winter tents put together, but it offers a highly luxurious option for those determined to get out camping, whatever the weather! The thick cotton canvas is waterproof treated and connected to the PVC floor with taped seams for a completely draft-free, drip-free camping experience. At 5m wide and 3m tall, this is the largest winter tent in our review. And, like the Seek Outside Tipi, its height doesn’t equate to instability in bad weather – quite the opposite in fact. When put up well, bell tents are exceptionally robust in bad weather and their steep sides deal with excess snowfall well.

Bell tents offer a really great winter camping tent alternative for families, groups, glampers, car campers and hunters. And with a 5 inch port to vent your wood stove out of, and enough space to sleep up to 8 people, you’ll be glad for the mesh vents in the roof and tent sides!

Find the latest price on:
Amazon

Pros

  • Super spacious and luxurious
  • Stable in bad weather
  • Has stove port

Cons

  • Very heavy
  • Only suited to car campers

Need a stove to keep the temperature up?


What to look for in a great winter tent

Many of the cold weather tents for winter camping in this article look pretty much the same as tents you may already own, or ones you see all the time during the summer. But there are some key differences that make them that much more suited to cold weather tent camping than their fair weather cousins.

What’s the difference between three and four season tents?

Before we go any further, let’s talk about three and four season tents. After all, you may already have a great three season tent sitting at home that will cope perfectly well in less severe winter conditions. Here’s the difference:

Three season tents

Three season tents are designed for camping in spring, summer and fall, and are usually lighter in weight than four season tents. Although many of the best three season tents will hold up perfectly well in high winds and bad weather, their durability and strength will struggle to compete with cold weather tents, especially in snowy conditions. Additionally, even if it’s very cold but very little chance of snow and gale-force winds, the fabrics of three season tents may not be adequate enough to keep their inhabitants cosy. Most three season tents have inner tents that feature large mesh panels, designed to keep air flowing in and out and to be as lightweight as possible. In very cold conditions, this mesh will allow cold air straight into your sleeping space and prevent your own body heat from warming the air inside the inner tent.

That said, in less cold or extreme winter conditions, a high quality three season tent should cope perfectly well. Check out your options for the best three season backpacking tents.

Four season tents

Also known as cold weather tents, or winter tents, four season tents are designed to withstand high winds and heavy snowfall in cold winter conditions. Compared with three season tents, a good four season tent will:

  • Usually be heavier
  • Have steep sided walls to help prevent snow from settling
  • Have stronger poles – usually aluminium
  • Usually have more poles and more pole crossings
  • Be made from tougher and more durable fabrics
  • Usually cost more

Although designed with winter camping in mind, good four season tents should also be versatile enough to perform well during the spring and fall and not just in the snow. You could also get away with camping in a winter tent during the summer. However, the thicker fabrics, limited ventilation and minimal mesh panels would make for a fairly hot and sticky experience. 


Important features of winter camping tents

Any great tent should be well made and fit for purpose. But there are also a load of other things to consider when investing in a cold weather tent.

Livability

Generally speaking, winter tents need to be a little more liveable than three season tents. If a storm hits, then spending a couple of days at a time stuck in your tent can become unfun very quickly. Unless, of course, you have a great book, some entertaining card games and an awesome cold weather tent. In which case, you should expect said tent to have the following:

  • A vestibule

    A vestibule (also known as a porch) is a section of tent that is outside the inner sleeping area but still covered and protected by the rainfly. It provides extra space to store your outerwear (boots and jackets etc), and space where you can change into and out of your boots without bringing them into the main tent. The less damp stuff you bring into the main part of the tent the better. This prevents condensation buildup and internal frosting. Vestibules provide space to cook in, too. 

  • Good ventilation

    Having good ventilation is essential to keep on top of condensation and internal frosting, which occurs as the internal tent temperature rises and the outside temperature drops. Double-wall tents generally deal with condensation much better than single-wall tents as they designed to have better air circulation. Additionally, vents on the rainfly of double-wall tents help air flow in without risking opening up the tent to rain and snow too.

  • Space

    As with any tent, the more space there is, the more comfortable you will be. However, there is a limit! Too much space in your sleeping compartment will make it more difficult to warm up the air with your body heat. On the other hand, there needs to be enough room to comfortably carry out the tasks that you need to carry out, especially if you are spending more hours in your tent than you might have planned. Enough headspace to sit up and get changed etc and enough floor space to lay your sleeping pads down should be the minimum.

  • Storage

    Even the most lightweight tents will have some internal storage options which should include pockets, hooks, loops and even a gear loft. Some tents come with minimal storage options but have attachment points should you want to buy add-ins like gear lofts. The number and design of the pockets and hooks comes down to personal preference. However, any means to stay organised when camping in the cold should be adopted. You don’t want to be spending time searching for items like gloves and hats that you really should be wearing to stay warm.

  • Two entrances, if possible

    If you are sharing a two person tent, then having a second entrance makes things so much easier. Constantly having your buddy climb over you and all your stuff to get out of the tent can soon become tiresome, for both of you. It is a less important feature for larger tents, but will for sure make things more convenient. That said, there will be times when you won’t be able to open one of the entrances due to the wind direction. This makes the entrance redundant, as well as adding a potential point of weakness against the elements.

Man sitting in entrance of cold weather tents

Strength and weather resistance

The most important features of cold weather tents are their ability to endure strong winds and deal with heavy snowfall effectively. Primarily, this comes down to tent design. But using the right materials for the job also contribute to the robustness of winter tents and their ability to stand up to bad weather time and time again.

Tent poles

For maximal stability, the more poles the better (in general). And things get even more stable if there are multiple poles crossing each other. Most winter tents have poles constructed of aluminium to balance weight and strength. The poles also should be thicker with stronger connection points than their three season counterparts to help prevent breakages due to extreme cold temperatures, as well as wind.

Some high end four season tents have carbon fibre poles for superior weight to strength ratio. However, this will increase the overall cost of the tent.

Tent fabric

The fabric of four season tents should be stronger than that of three season tents. The thickness of fabric is measured in Denier (D) with the higher number denier being thicker and usually stronger. And the thread count (T) is the number of threads used in a square inch. Again, the higher the thread count, the stronger the fabric is.

However, there are also different types of fabric construction that don’t need such a high denier or thread count rating to provide the same degree of strength. An example of this is Ripstop fabric where a stronger thread is incorporated into the weave at intervals. This construction helps to stop tears from spreading, should they occur.

Tent fabric waterproofing

To get a good idea of how waterproof a tent is, the outer rainfly fabric should come with an Hydrostatic Head (HH) rating. This measures (in mm) the amount of water that the fabric can withstand when under the pressure of a column of water. The higher the HH rating, the more waterproof the fabric will be.

Additionally, all cold weather tent rainflies should have a DWR (durable water repellent) coating; either impregnated with silicone, coated with PU (polyurethane) and silicone, or coated with PTFE (a non-toxic waterproof membrane).

Read more about the above ratings in our outdoor jargon article!

Weight

Due to the strong materials used, winter tents usually weigh more than three season tents. When it comes to backpacking, mountaineering and alpine expeditions, keeping things as light as possible can often be higher up on the priority list than comfort and livability. This is especially important when everything being carried weighs more than during summer expeditions; more food, more fuel, thicker sleeping bag, more layers, warmer sleeping pad etc. However, for those setting up their winter camp straight from the car, the weight of your tent is less of an issue.

Ease of set up

How easy a tent is to set up is an easily overlooked feature of a winter tent and is actually really crucial. The chances of having to put your tent up in the middle of a wind, rain or snow storm are actually pretty high. So the last thing you need is a tent that take ages to set up or is super fiddly when wearing gloves.

Ideally, a good winter tent should be designed so that the rainfly gets set up before the inner tent. This creates a dry space to store you gear as soon as possible and also prevents the inner tent from becoming wet. Additionally, the attachment points for the guy lines, stake out points and the inner tent should be easy and straightforward to use. A well designed four season tent will have these features covered.

Versatility

Just because a four season tent is designed for winter conditions, doesn’t mean that it is totally inappropriate for use during the rest of the year. In the ideal world, one tent would be suited to all our camping needs. But as this is a pretty tall order, it makes sense to choose a tent that will also perform well enough for the majority of the year. Versatile tents tend to be the most liveable, with a double wall set up being preferable to a single wall tent.

Cost

High quality and durable materials come at a price, and as mentioned, cold weather tents are usually more expensive than other tents. But picture yourself waking up in the middle of a snow storm with half your tent collapsed onto your face, and it’s easy to appreciate the importance of paying for that quality.


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About the author

author-joey

Joey Holmes is based in Cornwall, UK, and runs Cool of the Wild. She can’t get enough of being outdoors – whether that’s lounging around the campfire cooking up a feast, hitting the trail in her running shoes, or attempting to conquer the waves on her surfboard – she lives for it. Camping is what she loves to do the most, but has also spent many hours clinging to the side of a rock face, cycling about the place, cruising the ski-slopes on her snowboard, and hiking small mountains and big hills.

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