Camping Equipment: 6 Of The Best Winter Tents
Just because summer is a distant memory doesn’t mean you should pack away your camping equipment. Check out these winter tents...
Winter camping is becoming increasingly popular with campers looking for a quiet night’s sleep under the stars. It might not be as warm but winter camping is just as enjoyable and even more adventurous. You need to be properly prepared when you go winter camping, which includes buying the right camping equipment such as a four-season winter tent.
What should you look for in a good four-season tent? As with all winter camping equipment, it needs to be able to withstand cold, damp weather conditions. You want to make sure your tent has a high waterproof rating. This is measured in hydrostatic head (HH) - most winter tents should be 4,000mm HH to 6,000mm HH.
It’s also important to have lots of space in your tent - not just for you but also to protect your kit from rain and snow. A decent-sized porch is a must. It’s also good to have a lightweight tent, especially if you are hiking with it.
Winter tents also should come with snow pegs, preferably two doors so you can get into your tent without letting snow inside, plus fully covered zipper vents.
HILLEBERG JANNU WINTER TENT
Hilleberg’s Jannu tent is highly regarded as one of the best winter tents. It is strong and among the most weather resistant tents on our list while also being light and compact. There is plenty of room for two people and their kit with a substantial porch and full length outer tent. The flysheet fabric is strong enough to cope with high winds and driving snow, making the Jannu a great choice for basecamp adventures as well as camping at altitude. You can see why it is the number one choice for alpine mountaineers.
VANGO NEMESIS 200 WINTER TENT
Vango make great affordable tents for all seasons - the Nemesis 200 is designed specifically for winter camping. It has a geodesic construction which is highly stable, making it great for withstanding extreme weather conditions. The flysheet is highly waterproof at 5,000mm, plus it has two doors to stop snow from blowing inside and two porches for storing your camping equipment. At 3.9kg, it’s not the lightest tent out there but it is one of the most reasonably priced and the buyer reviews are top notch.
TERRA NOVA BLIZZARD 2 WINTER TENT
If you are looking for a solid backcountry four-season tent, check out the Terra Nova Blizzard 2. The tunnel design makes it a sturdy but lightweight option, especially recommend for ski tourers or backpackers. The three pole design gives it a low profile, ideal for protecting you and your camping equipment from the wind. If you are looking for a little more space, the three-man Blizzard tent is only £50 more and comes with a ginormous porch to store your gear in.
VAUDE MARK TRAVEL WINTER TENT
If you want a fast-to-pitch winter tent, then the Vaude Mark Travel is the one for you. This spacious tent is great for mountaineers and winter trekkers. The aluminium tent poles are extra strong, made to weather any storm. The Vaude Mark Travel also has two entrances and excellent ventilation which is often lacking in four-season tents. It’s also PVC-free, a material that some consider to be harmful to your health.
ALPKIT KANGRI WINTER TENT
British brand Alpkit have a couple of four-season tents including the Kangri, a geodesic two-man tent for winter campers. As mentioned above, the geodesic design is often favoured for its stability in extreme weather conditions. Inside you’ll find large storage pockets, gear hangars and a porthole in the door so you can check the weather. The Kangri is large enough to fit two fully-grown men plus kit. It’s not the lightest of tents but it comes at a great price for an excellent quality piece of camping equipment.
FORCE TEN MTN 2 WINTER TENT
Force Ten’s MTN 2 tent is a popular four-pole geodesic design, great for winter camping at high altitude. It is quick to pitch in adverse weather conditions - you can pitch the inner first, the flysheet first or even the flysheet and footprint only. It’s highly stable and waterproof, thanks to the silicon coating which increases its strength and protects against UV degradation. There’s a reason the MTN 2 has won a number of awards.