Best Four Season Tents
Camping is a great activity to spend some quality time with your friends this summer season. It is a time to create memories that will stay with you for a lifetime and brings you closer to mother nature at the same time. Now, when planning on going camping with some friends, there is some gear you will need to ensure you have the best time possible, and one of the most important pieces of gear is the tent. A tent will provide you with shelter and allow you to stay comfortable and warm so you can get a great night sleep and have enough energy to adventure the next day. Below, we have listed the top ten four-season tents, so you do not have to solely camp this summer and can continue the fun all year round.
In a Hurry? The test winner after 14 hrs of research
Lots of lots of interior space
A good number of storage pockets
- The Marmot Thor 2
- Moko Waterproof
- MSR Access 2
- Alps Mountaineering Extreme
- ALPS Mountaineering Tasmanian
- Black Diamond Eldorado
- Coleman Hooligan
- Naturehike Cloud-up
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Other Factors to Consider
- Frequently Asked Questions
Top Ten Four Season Tents
1. The Marmot Thor 2
Lots of lots of interior space
A good number of storage pockets
Vents are small
When talking about 4-season tents winter camping comes to mind, because it's the only season that a regular tent isn't generally made to stand up to. But some people may use their Marmot Thor more during other parts of the year.Read more
If you do more summer than winter camping in a 4-season tent, then you have no choice but to keep it ventilated nicely, because these tents are made to handle the winter months, and tend to hold more heat inside than other tents. And, without good ventilation in June or July, it would be uncomfortable to sit inside of it to put it lightly, even at night.
You expect a tent with 'Thor’ in the name to be pretty tough.
And, when it comes to wind protection, this 4-season tent delivers. The way this tent is shaped lets wind go over and around it, even on days with the hardest gusts. The DAC poles are what make this tent super strong, and this is one of the easiest units to set up and take down quickly.
This tent offers great water protection as when the fly is on it is completely sealed. If you are looking for a tent to keep you dry on your next camping trip, this may be the tent for you.
This particular tent has a door in the front and the back. So, if you're in an area that's dry, hot and/or humid, the tent itself will give you shade, but opening both doors on each end will render a nice constant breeze through the tent. It'll feel extra nice if you can position your tent to align with the wind so that you get even more of a cool breeze throughout the day.
Offers great protection
Easy to setup
This tent from Geertop was made for ultimate protection no matter the terrain or season you are planning on using it. If you are in the market for the ultimate tent for any season, you may want to take a closer look at this tent from Geertop.Read more
This tent offers maximum coverage and insulation all the way to the floor to ensure that if you find yourself in colder temperatures that your body heat will maintain in the tent to keep you warm and comfortable.
This tent is rainproof to ensure if you find yourself in some nasty weather, that you are protected and your gear will not get damaged while you are waiting out the rain storm in your tent. This tent also is quite secure and as it is secured to the ground nicely, will hold up great if high winds were to find you. Lastly, this tent is protected against UV rays to ensure you or the tent is not damaged by harmful UV rays.
As stated above, this tent is highly protected from the rain and snow. With its slippery surface, it will wash away any snow or rain that falls on it and will ensure that there are no leaks and you and your gear stay dry.
This tent offers great protection against the elements but could be a tad more breathable. Fresh air is only able to get in when the door is open.
3. Moko Waterproof
Size may not fit larger families
What makes the Moko such a great tent option for all seasons? First of all, it is easy to set up, it's waterproof, and it is well ventilated. In short, with this tent, you have all of your needs covered from season to season, whether it's the need for protection from the rain or more air flow on a summer night.Read more
This tent is great for a family of three on any outdoor camping trip. Its convenient setup means that within a short time, the Moko will be up and ready for you.
All together with this tent, you are getting a quality camping set up that will work throughout the seasons, fit three people, has additional storage, and is easy to set up and take down. Generally, this tent meets most of the camper's needs for a four season tent.
The shining feature of this tent is the three-foot vestibule for storage and added weather protection.
The base of this tent is water resistant, and it comes with a 2500mm water resistant fly.
For added weather friendly features, this tent comes with windows that are made of mesh, so that air can flow in and out keeping you cooler on warmer nights.
4. MSR Access 2
Only has room for two people
The MSR Access 2 is waterproof, windproof, controls pests, and is well ventilated. In short, if you are looking for a tent for you and one other to brave all four seasons elements with, this is a great choice.Read more
Because of this tent's 20D silicone coated fabric and aviation aluminum poles, the Access 2 is both light and stable. Having both of these great qualities makes it an ideal tent to have for four seasons.
The floor of this tent offers the classic, and very helpful, bathtub style, to prevent rain and moisture from getting in. Not to mention, the pole structure crosses over the domed shape, and this means that your tent will stand up under the snow.
Overall, this tent is durable and lightweight, which is not always easy to find. Along with these features, it stands up well to snow, and it's waterproof. If you are looking for a two-person tent that can be comfortably used in all four seasons, this is a fantastic option.
To prevent pests and to allow for maximum airflow, the tent has mesh doors.
5. Alps Mountaineering Extreme
Convenient two door entry
This Alps Mountaineering Extreme is very wind resistant and has grommets to help it stay tied down. If you're in an area with lots of constant heavier gusts, you can feel safe knowing that your tent will stay firmly in place.Read more
What makes it hard for tall people to get a good tent is the fact that it's very difficult for them to find one that can accommodate their size and allows them to stretch out comfortably without their head and/or feet touching the inside walls. If you're over 6ft tall, then getting a tent that could hold three people, such as this one, is probably the best way for you to go.
The inside floor area of the Alps Mountaineering Extreme is 8 ft. long and 6 ft. 8 in. wide. The center height inside the tent is also pretty high, 4 ft. 2 in. With a 42 sq. ft. tent area, no one's going to get in anyone else's way. There are also doors on both sides that make it easy to exit or enter the tent at night, so you don't have to hurdle over anyone who's trying to sleep.
This tent has fully sealed seams to prevent any nasty weather from getting into your tent. The fly is also made from polyester to give you that extra coating and keep you and your gear dry.
The polyester fly will keep you and your gear dry. This tent is great at being waterproof and will not let you down in nasty weather.
There are easy to open and close Velcro vents on each side of the tent, so if you're camping in the summertime the air will flow through nicely. There's also a small window near the vent so you can peek out to check on the weather. It's also good for getting light inside the tent. The window is not so large, but, because it doesn't open or close (it's built into the wall of the tent), some people still feel that having one limits their tent’s privacy. Others see it as a great feature that allows people inside the tent to not feel so closed off from nature.
6. ALPS Mountaineering Tasmanian
Fully protects you from rain and snow
No colors to choose from
This two-person tent from ALPS Mountaineering will make a great addition to your outdoor gear as it is fully protected from the weather and provides great ventilation while still keeping you warm and comfortable while you sleep.Read more
This tent will keep you warm with its completely sealed seams to allow for your body heat to stay within the tent during colder climates.
This tent is fully waterproof to ensure that if you get caught in the rain or in a snowstorm that you will be protected and stay dry. It also absorbs UV rays so you are protected from the sun and do not feel the heat if you are in an extremely hot climate.
Again, as stated above this tent has fully sealed seams to ensure that no water can penetrate this tent. It is fully waterproof and will keep you dry.
This tent comes with two doors that both have meshed windows to allow you to control the amount of air that comes in and out of the tent. This option is great as it allows you to bring in fresh air when needed.
7. Black Diamond Eldorado
Does it seem like you just can’t get warm in your tent, even when you’re in a sleeping bag? The Black Diamond Eldorado Tent holds a warm interior that’s based on the body heat of its occupants.Read more
This tent has what is called 3.5 Technology built into its fabric. Active particles that are embedded into the tent feed off your body heat and that is what actually keeps the inside of the tent warm. This tent will hold the heat for a while, as long as you don't open and close the door too much.
When extreme weather hits unexpectedly, you want to know that your tent will stand up to it. The Eldorado has an oversized stake out loops, which provide extra protection by being able to latch your tent on to anything stable. For example, if you have to pitch your tent in snowy windy weather, you could use one of your skis with the stakeout loops as an anchor in frozen snow.
This tent is built to be waterproof and will protect you from the rain and snow. This is not the most waterproof tent that is on our list but will hold up to mild weather. For extreme weather conditions, you may want to look at another tent on our list.
This tent could be more breathable. The only airflow that comes into your tent is through the main door which has a mesh opening.
8. Coleman Hooligan
Excellent protection from water
Storage pockets inside the tent
Could be more colors to choose from
Another great product from Coleman, and if you know Coleman than you know their products are built with quality in mind. This tent will not only last you many years to come with proper care but it also will keep you dry and comfortable on your next camping trip.Read more
This tent has sealed seams which ensures that when fully closed this tent will maintain your body heat and keep you warm in colder temperatures.
This tent is not only waterproof as it has a waterproof flooring, but it is highly protective against windy weather as well to ensure that while you are sleeping if you get caught in a wind and rain storm, you will not have to worry as this tent has you covered.
Not only is the tent waterproof but it also comes with a protective fly for extra protection against rain or snow. It also has a waterproof flooring to ensure that if a puddle does start to develop underneath you, you will have no leaks and your gear will not get wet.
This tent is breathable but not as breathable as others on our list. It has no windows but instead just a large mesh opening at the front of the tent.
Variety of colors to choose from
Assembly can give you some issues first couple times
This tent from Mier is not only built with high quality in mind but also to ensure that it will hold up all year round and allow you to continue camping no matter what the terrain or weather.Read more
This tent does a great job of maintaining heat if you plan on using it in colder weather. It has an extra nylon wall panel to keep heat in and you warm.
This tent comes with a nylon fly that offers complete coverage of your tent to ensure that no matter if you are using this tent in the rain or snow you will stay dry and protected without issue.
Again, as stated above this tent does a great job of protecting you against the rain and snow and you will not have to worry about waking up to find there is a puddle underneath you as this tent also comes with a footprint to give you extra protection from the ground.
This tent comes with vents that are angled so no water or snow can penetrate the tent but they still provide fresh air to breeze in and out of the tent to allow you to feel fresh and cool.
10. Naturehike Cloud-up
Easy to set up
Could offer more insulation
This four season tent is compact and easy to set up and also provides you with full protection no matter the terrain or weather you will find yourself in. It is also quite affordable and fits up to three people comfortably.Read more
This tent from Naturehike is a basic design that provides great protection from the elements. This tent could do a better job at maintaining heat but still protects you from any rain or snow that may find its way onto your tent.
The fly on this tent is really what offers the protection from the rain and snow. This fly is made from nylon and not only protects you from wet weather but also protects you from dangerous UV rays.
Again, as stated above this fly protects you from any rain or snow that may find its way onto your tent.
This tent comes with a variety of vents to allow you to have fresh air flowing through the tent and helping you feel refreshed and breathing easy.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
The reason someone normally chooses to get a 4-season tent is likely because they are thinking about maybe doing some winter camping, and they want it to be as warm on the inside of the tent as possible. A tent’s main purpose is to protect you from the elements. It may keep you somewhat warmer because the wind, snow, or rain won’t be physically hitting your body, but inside the tent will not be so much warmer than outside.
So, when trying to determine how warm a 4-season tent is, you should be looking at how good it holds up against the elements. You can pay attention to how thick or heavy it is, but you should also pay attention to how durable and strong it is. Do your research. Does the tent that you are about to buy have a history of not holding up good against hard winds? Is it a double or single layer tent? How good is it against rain, wi, d and snow? How much will the tent’s floor protect you from the wet ground during and after a thunderstorm?
Your tent may be strong, but you have to position it correctly if you can foresee bad weather conditions. When you pick a spot to set up camp, try to find areas that have natural windbreaks. For example, look for lines of trees that you can pitch a tent near that will help block the harsh wind. If possible try to put the door of your tent opposite the wind, so that it hits your tent from the rear. If the rain is being blown by hard winds into the door, then there’s a bigger chance of water seeping in through the zipper.
Some 4-season tents have two doors. If this is the type that you want you could protect your tent doors more from the wind (and rain) by getting one with an add-on vestibule. This is the part of your tent that covers the front entrance area, and some tents come with ones that can go over each door. People refer to them as a “porch” on their tent, and this cover is used for things such as providing a sheltered area where you can dig a hole to use for cooking so that you don’t accumulate all that heat inside of your tent. But they are also very effective in blocking the wind from your doors.
If you talk to any experienced camper or hunter (especially if they use a four-season tent regularly in cold conditions) they’ll tell you that precipitation is one of your worst enemies on an outdoor expedition. What you want to do is get a tent that has waterproof walls and roof.
Lots of 4-season tents come with a rain fly. This is an outer layer that is over your tent that doesn’t touch it but protects you from the rain. If you decided to get a single layer 4-season tent, then you are pretty much inside of a rain fly. The only difference is you have a floor and a rain fly that is added on to the tent does not. A rainfly allows you to open up a vent on, say, the roof of your tent, and let air flow through without any rain coming in.
You can also further waterproof your tent by utilizing a tarp. Lay the tarp down on the ground if it’s damp or wet, then pitch your tent (which already has its own water resistant floor) on top of that.
When you are at home, the way that you keep the house warm in the winter is to be sure the windows and doors are closed. But, in your 4-season tent, you have to do the opposite in order to stay warm when you’re out in those conditions. I know how it sounds, especially if you’re new to winter camping because it just doesn’t seem logical to open the window to make a tent more comfortable when it’s snowing outside. But, without letting a little air flow through that tent, you risk the chance of condensation that will show up in the form of frost the next morning on your inside walls.
You’ll probably still get a little bit of frost anyway inside the tent if it’s cold enough, whether it’s double or single layered. Still, you don’t want so much that it makes your sleeping bag and clothes wet – that could lead to hypothermia. Also, you should ventilate your mouth and nose while you sleep; don’t breathe down into your sleeping bag. Your breath creates water when coupled with your body heat. You can actually produce about a liter of water overnight if you don’t breathe outside of your sleeping bag. If you’re worried about your face being warm while you’re asleep, put on a knit ski mask.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
There are many reasons why you would choose to get a tent that is yellow, orange or white. If you spend a lot of days or weeks in a 4-season tent in a remote area, the color of the inside of that tent is a big determinant of your mood. Darker colors like brown or green can really darken and depress your mood, while brighter colors will make you feel brighter, happier, and more lively. Not only that, but a 4-season tent that’s brighter will provide more light inside the tent. Granted a darker color tent may have vents for airflow along with a window that will provide light, a darker color will still attract more heat from the sun when using the tent during the warmer parts of the year.
When looking for a tent that will be able to be used for all four seasons, you want to ensure that have the option for full coverage. Every season has its own types of weather and you want to be prepared for anything it throws at you. So just because a tent says that it is good for four seasons, make sure to check the coverage and protection you are getting from the tent to verify that it will be able to be used all year round.
Other Factors to Consider
Actually, it’s not the tent that keeps you warmer, it’s other things. If you have a good sleeping bag that’ll definitely get you through the coldest nights comfortably. And some people use sleeping pads instead of an air mattress, being that an air mattress will be filled up with cold air and the pad will absorb more of your body heat. Also, make sure you have on a knit hat, thick socks, and gloves if you have to sleep in the coldest conditions. Still, a 4-season tent is going to hold more heat on the inside than one with lower quality. So, in the warmer seasons of the year, campers keep it ventilated during hot summer nights, and they’d do the same thing in the winter to prevent condensation from forming inside of the tent, wetting their clothes, and making their body even colder.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: Will a 4-season tent be to warm in the summer?
The four-season tent in the winter will keep you warm and give you the protection you need to have an enjoyable time camping during the cold days the winter can bring. But do not let this make you think that in the summer you will be warmer than in a regular tent, as four-season tents are constructed to have great ventilation to ensure in the summer months that you are able to get the breeze inside your tent and cool you down, while at the same time offering you the protection you need from the sun and rain. If you are planning on camping during different seasons during the year, a four-season tent will be your best investment as it will save you money rather than buying multiple tents for the year and will offer you protection.
q: Should my 4-season tent be a certain color?
If you’ve been camping in all types of weather for many years, then that initial fear that anything bad could happen probably left you a long time ago. It’s natural to be a little nervous if you’ve never been winter camping before, but that’s a good thing because you should take every precaution and make sure that you’re fully prepared for the possibly very snowy, windy and cold expedition ahead of you. A tent with a bright color could be more easily seen by aircraft if you were to get lost.
q: How much should I spend on my 4-season tent?
As with many types of outdoor products, how much you are going to use a tent should determine how much money you spend on it. When new campers first see the prices, sometimes they say “Are you crazy? I’m not spending that much on a tent!”. But you don’t want to take a chance with a regular tent in an area where there could potentially be harsh winter conditions unless you want to create some bad camping memories.
A 4-season tent can serve you well in all seasons, hence the name. They’re just built more to handle hard winter weather, but as long as they’re ventilated correctly you’ll be just as comfortable in one in the spring, summer or fall. Most folks know for sure if they would camp in any season except winter. But if they are even considering buying a 4-season tent (instead of just purchasing a regular one), then doing a little winter camping has at least crossed their mind.
If you are one of these people, then you should not hesitate to spend at least $500 on a lightweight 4-season tent. It will have all of the qualities that you want in a summertime tent (lightness and easy portability) along with the ones that you want in a winter tent (strength and stability). This way, you’ll be ready for anything.
q: How heavy should my 4-season tent be?
Generally, a 4-season tent will provide you with more protection from the elements when the weather is harsh, wind, rain, or snow, and in many cases, they are heavier than other tents. A rule most avid campers follow is if they’re going to do a lot of hiking while carrying their tent, they get a lighter one.
This would apply more to campers who are, say, exploring a snowy Tundra area and are moving from place to place. They may be out there on that expedition for weeks and have to move their tent with them every place they go, unlike someone who drove their car, truck or SUV, and have their tent just a few feet away from the vehicle at a primary campsite that they will return to every day.
Some let the weather determine whether or not they will get a heavy tent versus a lighter one. Even though the lighter 4-season tents are more expensive, and are strong, many people feel that a heavier tent would naturally stand up better against heavy winds. This is somewhat logical, but in the strongest windstorms if something weighs anything between 4 and 8 lbs it’ll get blown away regardless, and those few pounds of difference won’t mean much. Overall, how stable your tent is during very windy weather will depend more on how good it’s pitched/staked and manufactured.
q: What’s the difference between a 4-season tent and a regular one?
A regular tent is made to stand up to three seasons out of the year, while a 4-season tent can handle the sometimes harsh winter. A 4-season tent is a lot heavier being that it’s made to withstand colder weather conditions, but there are many of these tents that are just as strong that are half as heavy. A beginning camper may feel like the beefier tent would always outdo a thinner one, but the truth is nowadays some of the one layers, lighter ones perform just as well. They can take just as much heavy, rain, snow or wind, depending on how strong it’s been manufactured.
If you don’t do any camping at all in the winter months, then there’s really no reason for you to get a four-season tent, unless you just see one that’s irresistible that you just have to have. You could get a lightweight one and be comfortable in the summertime, but it’s not recommended, is that if you’re hiking from your car to your campsite that’s more weight on your back with the sun beaming down on you.
That’s not to say that a 4-season tent isn’t ever used for certain parts of the world in the summertime. For example, let’s say that you are setting up camp near Seattle, a place that gets close to 40 inches of rain annually. If you live there you know the normal weather conditions, and if you love to camp you would need a 4-season tent because of all that precipitation.