Updated Jan 19th, 2018:
We have recently reviewed our 3 and 4 season tent selections and determined that the Winterial lightweight tent is the best selection if you're looking for 3 season tent. We also highly recommend looking into MountainSmith tent due to it's great reviews. Both of these tents are fairly priced and extremely durable.
Geertop and ALPS tents top our list for 4 season tents. They are excellent brands that have a great reputation. Below you'll find other options that will be worth looking into for your next adventure.
Find the right tent for your needs by doing a little research. Get the best value by taking the time to do a little comparison shopping. Start doing your research by thinking about utility. Decide whether you will need to use your tent for a few hours, overnight, or for more than a few days. This post will outline our favorite 3 and 4 season tents in 2016.
If you are looking for sun protection, determine how the tent is coated to protect against UV rays. Unless you are only planning to use it for a few hours, research how well the tent protects against the wind and rain. Beyond that, it’s a matter of size, storage potential, and personal preference.
3 and 4 Season Tents vs. 2 Season Tents
2 season tents make wonderful tents for indoor use or for backyard fun. They provide an imaginative play space for kids and they can provide semi-shade for adults while spending time at the beach, sporting events, or at the park. They were not designed to keep out heavy rains or strong sunrays for long periods. 2 season tent alternatives include lighter options and even lightweight tarp shelters or even the best dome tents. Dome tents and pop up camping tents are easy to set up and great options when the weather isn't too cold.
3 and 4 season tents were designed to protect from the elements for long periods of time—anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. These tents have special coatings that allow air to flow through, but still keep you dry on rainy days. They are also designed to withstand repeated set-ups and take-downs without tearing. Getting organized can really be a problem when you have multiple campers sharing a small space. Interior storage pockets and gear lofts help keep personal items like wallets and purses high and dry. Backpacking tents will be water-resistant, and they are light enough to pack and carry.
Getting the right tent, for the right use, during the right season, makes your picnicking or camping trip worry-free.
Best 3 and 4 Season Tent Reviews
DEKINMAX 4 Person, 3 Season Dome Tent—Read Product Reviews
DEKINMAX designed this tent with a gauze inner-layer to protect from mosquitos and insects during the summer. The outer tent is made of high-density dacron which makes it waterproof and windproof. The inner and outer tents have two doors and the outer tent has two closeable skylights. It is easy to set up and take down, and stores away in a carry bag.
Weanas 2-3 person, 4 Season Dome Tent—Read Product Reviews
This tent has many nice features. It’s durable, large, and can be used all year long. It has high-strength poles that can withstand high pressure, yet it’s very lightweight. It has a waterproof index of over 5000 mm. The strong skeleton makes it windproof. The outer layer can be used as a storage area for shoes and camping gear.
Semoo 3-4 Person, 4 Season Dome Tent—Read Product Reviews
Semoo makes this lightweight sport dome tent that holds up all year long. It’s large enough for a family of four and has a roomy front vestibule which is perfect for storing extra gear. It has a double layer and the inner tent offers all-around ventilation. It has a D-shaped, zippered door and has an affordable price.
Mountainsmith 2-Person, 3 Season Tent—Read Product Reviews
This tent was recognized as the 2011 Backpacker Gear Guide “Killer Deal” and “Killer Value” and it lives up to its reputation. It has a bathtub floor design with taped seams to maintain a dry interior. It has a two-pole design and color-coded fly attachment system which makes for easy set-up. With 35 square feet of main floor space, it’s roomy enough for two people.
High Peak 3-person, 4 Season Backpacking Tent—Read Product Reviews
This is a high-quality, durable 4-season tent for up to three backpackers. It has been tested worldwide and been given perfect ratings for protection from high winds, driving rains, and snow load. It’s surprising how easy this tent is to set up and take down, considering its strength. It’s a great value for the price.
ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 3-person, 3 Season Tent—Read Product Reviews
This tent is a freestanding design with two aluminum poles and pole clips that snap quickly over the poles. It has an inner mesh layer for full ventilation or cover with the polyester taffeta outer layer for a little privacy. It comes with a polyester fly that resists UV damage and protects from the rain.
3 and 4-season tents are the ultimate in versatility. Many of the 3 and 4 season tents have double layers that allow you to be inside, away from insects, and yet have full ventilation, as if you were fully outdoors. Wrap the tent in the outer layer for extra coverage from the elements, or for added privacy.