It’s a challenge for the backpackers, campers, mountaineers and skiers to survive in the winter. Because, the frozen temperature isn’t friendly for the survivalists. They need some different plans to make it enjoyable. You might primarily want an efficiently insulated jacket and sleeping bag to save you from the harshest conditions. Basically, you can find lots of tricks to strongly survive in the winter. With an insulated jacket and sleeping bag, a perfect winter tent should be added to your backpack.
So, whenever you enter into it, you would feel like you are staying in a secured and warmed room. A three season tent may make your day great in other seasons. But it is tough to depend on it in the winter. Because, a winter tent is differently crafted to withstand the coldness and snows. It would come with different fabrics that might use the specific coat to withstand the water and wind. Sometimes the poles would be reinforced to take the extra pressure while the design would be a little bit different to withstand the snow.
Basically a winter or four season tent works in all seasons and you could control the vents. So, in the summer you can keep the inside breathable while in winter you can keep it warm through closing the vents. We went for a depth research to find the 15 tents that would help you to make your temporary residence for mountaineering, skiing, backpacking and camping. We have made a list of the 15 best cold weather tents that would let you become succeeded in your goal to stay in the harshest conditions.
- 1 15 Best Cold Weather Tents- Our Picks & Ratings
- 1.1 1)ALPS Mountaineering Tasmanian 2
- 1.2 2)RhinoWolf Camping Tent
- 1.3 3)Black Diamond Eldorado
- 1.4 4)Mountain Hardwear Unisex Trango
- 1.5 5)Geertop 2-Person 4
- 1.6 6)Naturehike Cloud-Up
- 1.7 7)Diamond Brand Gear Combat II
- 1.8 8)MSR Access 2
- 1.9 9)Eureka Assault Outfitter
- 1.10 10)Eureka K-2 XT
- 1.11 11)Crua Tri Luxury Winter Tent
- 1.12 12)Luxe Tempo 2
- 1.13 13)MSR Access 1
- 1.14 14)Big Agnes Copper Spur HV
- 1.15 15)Geertop 1
- 2 Things To Consider
15 Best Cold Weather Tents- Our Picks & Ratings
ALPS Mountaineering Tasmanian 2
|2 Person||7.9 Pounds||Double Wall||Moderate||4.8|
RhinoWolf Camping Tent
|1 Person||6 Pounds||Double Wall||Moderate||4.7|
Black Diamond Eldorado
|2 Person||5.1 Pounds||Single Wall||Extreme||4.8|
Mountain Hardwear Unisex Trango
|2 Person||9 Pounds||Double Wall||Extreme||5.0|
Geertop 2-Person 4
|2 Person||5.8 Pounds||Double Wall||Lightweight||4.5|
|2 Person||4 Pounds||Double Wall||Lightweight||4.7|
Diamond Brand Gear Combat II
|2 Person||6 Pounds||Double Wall||Moderate||4.7|
MSR Access 2
|2 Person||4 Pounds||Double Wall||Extreme||4.9|
Eureka Assault Outfitter
|4 Person||16 Pounds||Double Wall||Moderate||5.0|
Eureka K-2 XT
|3 Person||11 Pounds||Double Wall||Moderate||4.7|
Crua Tri Luxury Winter Tent
|3 Person||66 Pounds||Single Wall||Extreme||4.8|
Luxe Tempo 2
|2 Person||8 Pounds||Double Wall||Lightweight||4.6|
MSR Access 1
|1 Person||2.5 Pounds||Double Wall||Extreme||4.8|
Big Agnes Copper Spur HV
|2 Person||5.5 Pounds||Double Wall||Moderate||4.8|
|1 Person||2.2 Pounds||Double Wall||Lightweight||4.6|
A popular tent for lightweight camping in the winter. This might not efficiently protect you when the winter goes freezing. But, in a moderate and dried temperature of the winter, you can depend on the things whatever it offers. First of all, the roomy space creates an interior like a family tent offers. You can stretch out your body without getting limited in the length while the wideness ensures a free and easy move. The 46 inches height makes something like a room while you can open up the vestibules if you take the service of it in summer.
The ample mesh pockets ensure there is a zero lack of storage space when you need to get your gears in the tent. The five feet two inches wideness also aids to keep your gears secured. When it is without rain fly, there is a huge vent for you. But when you cover it up by the weatherproof rain fly, it’s going to make a warmed room for you. Although, the heavier weight can be a little bit problematic for the backpackers. But, the strong 7000 series aluminum poles and the thickened fabric make it a winner to build up your shelter.
What We Like:
- Not for frozen days, but the dried and modest temperature in the late winter can’t overcome its efficiencies.
- Roomy space makes it friendly for the campers to live in comfort while it can provide a secured space for your large gears.
- Weather proof rain fly that prevents the water and wind to retain the warmness.
- Easy accessible door for a quick access.
- Strong aluminum poles create an efficient and strong structure to live under perfection.
So, have you ever dreamed to camp with a large team under the same ceiling? This is something that can make your dream true. Although, the 7.8” wideness can’t accommodate your large team. But, the attachable camping unit adjusts to its brother and you can adjust it to other units as much as you can. So, the guys can make their temporary residence in the same place while it would add more warmth. Whether it is summer, rains, winter or spring, you can discover the advantages you literally need.
The enlarged doors ensure a simple and hassle free access to the large room and the bug nets can block the bugs from getting an access. In winter literally you shouldn’t have any fear of the coldness. Because, -10 degree C temperature (as they advertised, I guess it might be perfect for +1 to +5 degree C) ratings protect the camper from being cold. The sturdy rain fly or perfectly strengthened cover also protects against the heavy wind, rains and fogs. Aside the strengthened poles, the thickened 15D nylon polyester also makes it truly wise.
What We Like:
- Pricey, but the included sleeping bag and pad can save from the expensiveness. The V shaped mattress ensures an extra comfort.
- Can shelter a person in the inclement weather and the attachable camping unit builds up more space for the whole unit.
- Rain fly with thickened 15D nylon that is wind resistant and it builds up a perfect shelter with the sturdy poles.
- 6 pounds weight to become backpackable.
If the winter goes very windy and the nature gets covered by the snows, we found a tent for you. There are lots of pros and it scored really good on the Outdoorgearlab test what helped us to put the trust on it. Either it’s a summertime mountaineering or having the adventure in the heavy snow of your neighbor campground, the Toddtex three layered fabric ultimately stops the huge strikes of the wind and cold snow. Although, the internal space isn’t too roomy, but you can simply install two sleeping pads.
Although, it’s a single walled tent, but, the multiple layers of the fabric make it extremely rainproof and durable. If you want to compare its stability with other tents of the frozen winter, it might not show that sturdiness of the three pole based tents. But it can still overcome the heavy winds and the pressure of the snow. It is less than five pounds and this could amazingly aid to a mountaineer when he really wants a lightly loaded backpack. The easy access door can be closed either with the mesh or thickened Toddtex fabric. Consider the weather conditions you can use the vents.
What We Like:
- Either it’s an extreme frozen winter or hot summer, the door with the mesh and weatherproof fabric can provide the most needed support.
- Not too roomy, but has been adequately spaced to place two therm a rests.
- Zippered vents if you just need the minimal warmness in summer or closed it to create warmth in winter.
- Less than five pounds weight for the simplicity of portage.
If you want a specious two person tent that truly accommodates two survivors and letting the secured space for your gears, you should choose it. If you don’t reserve the space for your gears, you can reserve that space for another survivor. Because, the 40 Square feet interior won’t show that character while the large pockets on each side can hold a bunch of gears. It’s a double walled tent while the polyurethane coat amazingly blocks the wind and water. It’s also durable and thickened to stay protected under huge snow.
It is something dome shaped and you would like the numerous poles that hold the inner tent strongly. So, it would have a huge benefit when the snow covered the rain fly. On the other hand, the large vestibule must aid you when you want a temporary storage room or to cook some newly fresh foods. Although the teardrop shaped door isn’t widened to provide an easy accessible door. But, when it is extremely cold, it can offer a warmed interior for your small team. It is bulky and the thickened fabric and lots of poles increase the weight. But, you would basically need it for the perfect performance.
What We Like:
- Double walled and the fabric with polyurethane coat can extremely block the wind and water.
- Perfectly structured to beat the huge pressure of the wind and the frozen snow.
- 40 square feet internal space to accommodate almost three survivors while the large adjusted pockets offer a storage space.
- Large vestibule for cooking or making an ample temporary store room.
We aren’t everyone adventurous campers and if you are an amature camper who just heads to favorite campgrounds in minimally challenged conditions, the Geertop 2 should be yours. To be honest, it is more efficient to shelter you in summer than winter. But, that doesn’t mean, it can’t make a warmed room for you. I think it’s a good pick to easily survive under 3 to 10 degree Celsius in the winter. Because, the 210T nylon with PU3000MM on the flyshit ensures it’s wear, abrasion and water resistant.
The 210T fabric of the inner tent also provides a secondary protection against the coldness. The ventilations in the flysheet and inner tent hold the natural air flow and enter the oxygen. Moreover, the seams are taped to keep the interior dry and the snow skirt would aid you to get a perfect interior. The doors are wide and accessible and it is something to work in all seasons. You can just use the inner tent when it is summer and the huge vents won’t sweat you. You won’t see something like the color is faded of the fabric after months of use as it is UV resistant.
What We Like:
- 3000MM water resistant finish makes a barrier between the water and your tent. You can enjoy its efficient service in winter, summer and rains.
- 210T nylon is wear and abrasion resistant while it’s able to overcome the inclement weather.
- Taped seams and snow skirt to add warmth and protect the inside from rains.
- Performable in four seasons while you can afford the price it offers.
Aside the space of the vestibule, the silicone coating on the rainfly and 20D nylon in the inner tent determine there would have the dependable protection for you. Basically, the vestibule builds up a space to contain your loaded backpacks while you can access into the tent through this door. Although, the inner tent has been equipped with the anti scratch mesh that actually makes a superior air contact. So, in summer it would be helpful. But, in winter you should place the rainfly over it to build up a distance with the coldness. That’s why, you would have the advantages of the 20D nylon and silicone coat to prevent the coldness.
Although, there is no snow skirt and it can be uncomfortable when the snow covers the campground. But, the welded floor can protect you from the snow and soaked water. The 7001 aluminum poles on all corners build up a remarkable structure what makes this freestanding tent stable. On the other hand, the 50+ sun protection protects the fabric from sun effects and being damaged. Overall, for lightweight backpacking in winter and other season the Naturehike Cloud-Up is the dependable choice.
What We Like:
- A little bit of space can be created by the rainfly that would work as a vestibule for a temporary secured store room.
- Anti scratch mesh on all over the inner tent forces the natural air to get in.
- The seams and floor are welded for the maximum prevention of water.
- UV protection protects the rainfly from any UV damages and the silicone coat features PU4000MM water resistant.
The Gear Combat II is praisable as it is crafted from military grade materials. It’s a four season tent to become your companion in any condition of the weather. When it goes summer there you’ll have the mesh doors that work as a ventilation. On the other hand, the 70D nylon with uncoated ripstop on the core body ensures the air won’t get blocked to keep you cool in summer. The military grade rain fly with a water resistant coating efficiently works to stop sweating and sipping into it. You would have the full dependability on this rainfly when the snow or rain hits.
When the snow loads over the rain fly or the rain hits heavily, it is able to overcome the pressure. Because, the tent depends on the aluminum anodized poles to beat these difficulties. There is a small vestibule area that can contain the stuffs you put on the backpack. You shouldn’t be worried about the soaked rain, because they can’t sip into the tent’s floor as the floor is welded. There are a also few kits the Combat II includes to repair the damages.
What We Like:
- Military grade fabrics and poles what would show up the real efficiencies and provide a value for your money.
- Uncoated 70D nylon on the inner tent ensures the interior would remain amazingly cool in summer.
- Water resistant coat with the 70D nylon on the rainfly ultimately stops sweating.
- Zippered doors for a secured closing and a small vestibule to create a little storage space.
The MSR Access 2 would work like a fighter when the extreme coldness hits you. Unlike other winter tents you won’t see the loaded snow in the center of the tent. Literally, you won’t have to wake up in the midnight for a very necessary clean up. Because, the central support frame keeps the center arisen to force the snow fall off elsewhere. On the other hand, the easton cyclone pole efficiently overcomes huge pressure what would keep you confident in the harsh weather condition. I am not sure how effective it would be for summer camping.
But, in winter it is truly able to generate the warmth. Because, the limited mesh on the body decreases the access of the coldness. Instead, including a single door, the doors on both sides ensure a quick access while two vestibules confirm that both persons can use the separated doors even when the rainfly stays installed. Either it’s a huge hit of the rain or snows The Durashield Polyurethane and silicone coat on the rainfly provide the amazing waterproofness. The Durashield coat on the floor also prevents the water from sweating or sipping when you keep it pitched in the rain.
What We Like:
- Specific central support frame that keeps the center arisen to force the snow the snow fall off elsewhere.
- Easton syclone poles single handedly beat the abuses of the harsh condition.
- Limited mesh on the body eliminates the coldness to make a limitless access.
- Double vestibule to get into it from both sides and make double the storage space.
- Usable for all seasons and the specific coat on the rainfly for a warmed interior.
Probably the 16 pounds weight of the Eureka Assault Outfitter is heavier and uncomfortable for backpacking. But, you may need to consider this weight if you want to get something perfect on the backcountry for your small team. It’s a four season and four person tent with the 7’6” in width and 8’6” in length. The high sturdy poles are designed to prevent heavy airflow, rain and the loaded snow. The poles on all crucial points allow you to confidently spend a frozen night. Whenever the people shelter in it the internal temperature won’t be exceeded.
Because, there you can discover the multiple ways to control the ventilations. Aside, the meshed doors, the high low air exchange venting won’t let the inside become hotter. The 1500MM fabric coat on the rainfly efficiently keeps the rain and snow out. As a larger tent for multiple people you would have two vestibules instead the one. Because, you team would have lots of things to store securely and the vestibule on both sides can do it for you. It can be a perfect cooking space to reheat the frozen foods or boil the water.
What We Like:
- The sturdy poles on all crucial points keep the structure strong when the air and snow hits excessively.
- High low air vents let you to control the internal temperature.
- 1500MM coat efficiently keeps the water and snow out and offers you a warmed interior.
- Double vestibules to create a huge space for all the people it shelters.
Instead trusting their advertisement we have researched out several reviews of the Eureka K-2 XT. I would say the K-2 XT should be suitable for the light winter. Because, it doesn’t go right under the heavy snowfall and this is what could be problematic for a camper. But everything should go right for the light winter as there won’t have the huge pressure of the snow. Moreover, in light winter the temperature remains something better than the heavier winter. So, with the Eureka K-2 XT you can beat those simple hits.
The 7001-T6 aluminum poles also can go under the hits of the winds and it allows the Eureka K-2 XT to stay in place. If you want the serious camping in summer, you might thank to the meshes on multiple corners. Although, you can put the control on those vents and in the winter and it should helpful to trap the warmth. It is roomy as if you don’t have to hit on the tent’s wall when you move in it. The K-2 XT also comes with two vestibules to maximize the protection from winds and make a large room to contain your loaded backpack.
What We Like:
- The air control on the ventilation should be great to increase or decrease the internal temperature.
- Aluminum poles don’t go down for the pressure of heavy winds.
- Roomy to accommodate two persons and make a non complicated space for sleeping.
- Double vestibules to save the tents from heavy winds and provide a huge room for storing.
The most heavier tent we have listed on our top picks. If you are a camper or backpacker, the lighter stuffs should be your things to comfortably carry a loaded backpack. Although, the Crua Tri Luxury would break that goal as the 66 pounds weight of it is bulky. But, in the frozen winter, you would feel the power of it. The specific inner insulated layer provides an amazing protection in summer and winter. Because it warms up the inside in coldness and cools it down in summer. So, no plan required to get the perfect internal temperature as it does the job easily.
For a breathable inside, the DuraBreathe technology eliminates the condensation and it can wisely beat the abuses. The waterproof outer layer ultimately blocks the access of water to make your day great even in the rains. The outer layer also includes the loops to tie down the tent with stakes as if the storm can’t destruct it. Although, the aero grade poles strongly hold this up, but the loops with ropes and stakes make it incredibly strong on the surface.
What We Like:
- Insulated inner layer what works against the condition of the weather and makes the inside very user friendly.
- It prevents the condensation to keep the interior breathable while the waterproof coating prevents even zero percent access of the water.
- Aero grade poles to keep it strong under heavy winds while the loops also aid to tie it down with the stakes.
- The insulation also dampens the noise and reduces the impact of the light.
12)Luxe Tempo 2
To be honest the Luxe Tempo 2 isn’t a surprise for winter camping and I wouldn’t personally want it for the frozen weather. But, as a wallet friendly four season tent, you can expect some great service in the moderate temperature of the light winter. Because, there are two large mesh doors, but you can take the full control over the ventilation. If you need to increase the warmth, you can use the flap to block the air. Both doors have the 210T polyester flap to prevent the natural air. Although, in summer you could enjoy the amazing service of those meshed doors.
The mesh slash pouch inside the tent holds the essentials. On the other hand, if you want a space for the backpacks and other camping stuff, the two vestibules can make a space you want. You can also keep it partially open, if you want some air or use it as a sun shade or make a space for cooking. Aside these efficiencies, the taped bathtub keeps out the soaked water and the rainfly with 3000MM pu coated also keeps the water out. This coat also prevents the ultraviolet rays and holds the sleekness and efficiency of the rainfly.
What We Like:
- Large meshed doors with the flaps can be useful in winter to add the warmth.
- Ventilations on the center and doors keep the inside cool in summer.
- 3000MM pu coat for the waterproofness and preventing the damages of uv rays.
- Taped floor to save you from the negative impact of the soaked ground.
13)MSR Access 1
A single person tent for the skier and mountaineer who want a warm shelter even in the extreme condition. It is unlike the ordinary creation as the poles won’t bow down because of the heaviness of the snow. These poles can simply withstand 25 pounds of snow loading. On the other hand, these poles are nearly unbreakable and you can bend them a lot. These easton cylon poles are lightweight like the aluminum while they are effective like a carbon fiber. The central support poles also force the snow to fall off and make a better interior space.
It efficiently aims to prevent the impact of cold season and that’s why there is a minimal ventilation. So, you won’t lose your hard earned warmth while the rainfly eliminates accessing the cold air. The tough 20D fabric with durashield waterproofing made the rainfly waterproof to beat the impact of the snow and rain. The waterproof and taped bathtub floor can do a good job to properly shelter a user. We have watched several videos of the users and there are lots of positive experiences of the users that helped us to put a trust on it.
What We Like:
- Easton Syclone poles can bend a lot and they combinedly take the pressure of 25 pound snow.
- Central support to force the snow to fall off and make the maintenance easier.
- Limited mesh to hold the warmth and nearly minimize the coldness.
- DuraShield waterproofing eliminates accessing the coldness of winter.
The Copper Spur HV is a remarkable creation of the Big Agnes that aims to overcome the toughest conditions. The four way high volume hub design with bomber architecture takes the abuses of wind and loaded snow easily. On the other hand, it makes a wide and user friendly breathable interior. The DAC featherlite poles are strong and reinforced to overcome the pressure while it remains lighter. The freestanding structure and pre-built efficient design also allow you to set this up in minutes.
As usual, the zippered doors can be opened up in seconds for a quick entry. The meshed doors also have the nylon layers that can be zipped or unzipped like the way you open up the door. So, the warmth in winter wouldn’t be lost and you would stay in warm. There are also ten internal storage pockets to hold your essentials and the waterproof floor with welded seams ensures a dependable protection. The 10,000 mm PU coating on the floor provides the perfect waterproofness. The rainfly also coated with 1,200 mm PU that prevents the weather’s impacts.
What We Like:
- Bomber architecture for a user friendly interior and maximizing the strength of the structure.
- Featherlite DAC poles to add strength and decrease the weight.
- Nylon layers with the meshed doors mean you can maintain the entry of the natural air.
- 10,000 mm PU coating on the bathtub for the highest protection from the water.
Crafted to work in some harsh conditions and in winter +1 to +5 degree Celsius can be the right temperature it can overcome. The limited side of the Geertop 1 is, it can’t accommodate more than one person. But, it is able to do the appropriate job. From an easy set up to a quick entry, the simple usability of it would impress any camper. It is crafted with two doors, that means you can get a quick access from both sides. Moreover, from being stuffed in a small sack, the 2.2lbs weight means it won’t be responsible to increase the weight of your overloaded backpack.
Aside the silicone coated nylon rainfly, the 20D and 360T nylon woven fabric combinedly warm the interior. Although, you can control the vents in summer and the welded bathtub floor with 5000 mm PU coat keeps the water out. The flysheet is also made with 3000 mm PU coat for the same protection. There are also ten aluminum stakes come with this tent that can help you to set this up in the heavy wind. Those stakes with the ropes as usual would help to establish the tent on the ground.
What We Like:
- Minimal weight and size aim to not occupy the space of your backpack.
- Easy to setup and the double doors make your entry into the tent amazingly easier.
- 3000 mm PU coat on the rainfly that needs to prevent the water and UV rays.
- Welded bathtub floor and enhanced room to give the most needed comfortable space.
Things To Consider
Considering the temperature and your goal of camping, you should pick up the tents. If you want the one for mountaineering and camping at the base camp, I wouldn’t want you to choose the one that only works for medium or minimal coldness. Although, we have specified this on the comparison list. But, with considering the ability to generate the warmness, you should also focus on the fabrics and other parts of the constructions.
It’s difficult to suggest and specify the weight. Because, the weight mostly varies with the size and the type of the tent. Undoubtedly, a single person tent won’t hold that monastery weight of a 8 person family or an insulated layer based tent. Although, the 4 season or winter tent mostly weighs higher than a 3 season and single wall based tent. You can find the single wall based tent that would properly warm you in winter. But, in most cases the winter tents are double wall based to prevent the condensation, extra coldness and winds.
So, there would have a rainfly that brings extra weight and to prevent the wind the frames would be thickened that also can be responsible to increase the weight. That’s why, it is tough to specify the weight and it simply varies with the size and the type of the tent. But, to achieve a little bit advantage, you may focus on the lightweight poles. Mostly, the manufacturer reinforces the aluminum to enhance the sturdiness and reduce the weight. There are also more effective technologies to enhance the toughness and keep it lighter. So, focus on them to achieve some extra advantages.
Ability To Keep You Warm
If it is unable to warm up the interior, you will sleep in discomfort in the winter. In summer, you might wish to have the access of the natural air, but in winter you require the warmth. So, you must ensure that you can easily earn the warmth. Sometimes, the single wall tent can’t beat the abuses of winter and you would probably see the appearance of condensations. So, mostly the double wall tent would do a good job when it comes to keeping you warm. Because, the rainfly over the tent prevents the heavy air and saves the inner tent from condensations and negative impacts.
Although, the fabric quality and the technologies to prevent the water and snow define everything. The polyurethane and silicone coat over the nylon have been used to prevent the weather’s impacts. But, they rate it by the number what defines the quality of the waterproofness. I mean a rainfly with 5000MM polyurethane would have more water protection than a rainfly with 3000MM polyurethane. You can find a good explanation here.
Withstanding the loads of the snow and heavy winds isn’t easy unless your tent has the strong structure. The plastic or other low quality poles aren’t an option to have in a four season tent. Even I wouldn’t accept the low quality aluminum poles. In a quality four season tent, you would discover the reinforced aluminum poles. Basically, nowadays the aluminum can be reinforced in different ways to enhance the sturdiness and cut the weight. So, your tent poles should be molded from quality and reinforced aluminum as if it can beat the abuses.
The four season tents would have several ways to reduce the moisture and make an entry of the natural air. In most cases, you would get the full control over the ventilations. Because, with the mesh there should have a layer with zippers as if you can close the vents whenever you want. Literally, it is sometimes as necessary in winter as it was required in summer. Because, to prevent the internal condensation you need ventilations. The inner layer mostly comes with the vents. But, if the rainfly doesn’t have the vents, there would still appear the same problem.
The vestibules aren’t only necessary for a secured space, but also, it can secure the inner layer from the weather’s impacts. Because of the vestibule the wind wouldn’t be able to hit the inner layer. It ensures the wind and snow would stay from the inner layer. You can use this protected space as your temporary store room. It also ensures that you can put the bad smelled socks out of the interior. The loaded backpack and also other camping kits you can put there to get a very user friendly interior.