Four-season tents for mountaineering, winter backpacking, and backcountry skiing tours need to be a good deal stronger than regular three season tents if you are camping in exposed windy terrain that is subject to heavy snow loads. The strongest and most wind-resistant tents are wedge or dome-shaped and freestanding, so they are completely self-supporting. You still need to secure them to the ground to keep them from blowing away in wind, but freestanding tents can be set up on any surface including open rock ledges or climber’s portaledges, providing added flexibility and increased safety because you can get out of the weather more quickly.
1. Black Diamond FirstLight Tent
The Black Diamond FirstLight is a wedge-shaped, freestanding, two-person tent with a single front door. It’s fast and easy to set up with two internal crossing poles. An optional front vestibule is also available. Weighing just 2 lbs 9 oz, the FirstLight is a single wall tent that’s large enough for two very friendly people, but lightweight enough for just one person if you prefer to sleep by yourself.
2. Black Diamond El Dorado
The Black Diamond El Dorado is similar to the BD FirstLight but it’s larger for taller individuals and has more interior space for gear storage. It’s also made with a waterproof/breathable fabric to help vent condensation while front and rear top vents promote greater airflow. Weighing 4 lbs 8 oz, the El Dorado has two crossed aluminum poles that are secured in the tent’s interior.
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3. NEMO Kunai 2
The NEMO Kunai 2 is a double-walled four-season tent that weighs 3 lbs 14 oz. It has a solid, breathable inner tent for greater warmth, with large pass-through vents that provide excellent airflow. An aggressive brow pole over the front door provides additional clearance inside the front vestibule, which provides a sheltered entrance and damp gear storage.
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4. Crua Duo Combo Tent
The patented TT insulation effectively blocks excess light, combats intrusive sounds, and prevents heat loss, ensuring you stay snug all night long. The extra protection offered by the Crua Duo further enhances the Crua Cocoon’s legendary blackout levels, noise reduction, and temperature regulation features. The result? You get to enjoy the best night’s sleep that you’ve had in the wild, ever. So good, in fact, that you might need to set the alarm on your phone, so you don’t miss the sunrise.
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5. NEMO Tenshi 2
Weighing in at 3 lbs 14 oz, the NEMO Tenshi 2 is a single wall, four-season tent made with a waterproof/breathable fabric to vent internal condensation. It has roof vents, a front and rear window that provide excellent ventilation, and is available with an optional vestibule with a transparent front window for gear storage and cooking in challenging weather.
6. Rakaia Designs 2 Person Tent
The 2 person backpacking tent comes in at 4 pounds and 6 ounces including the stakes and poles. The tent is easy to set up and the seams are taped and sealed to keep moisture at bay. It includes the tent, poles, rainfly, stakes, and a stuff sack.