Top 10 Winter Camping Tents of 2020 to 2021

We’ve done the research, scoured the best sellers, and are proud to offer up to you our top 10 tents for winter camping.

Winter camping tent season is around the corner whether you like it or not, and its time to determine what winter camping tent works well in a cold environment.

Winter Tent Background

When it comes to winter camping tents, Let’s first determine what you are getting and where you will use your winter camping tent. This will greatly influence your purchase decision.

Winter camping is awesome. The crowds are non-existent, the scenery is outstanding and nothing beats hot cocoa in a natural winter wonderland.

Camping is an outdoor activity. When you put your self in the outdoors, you put yourself at the mercy of the weather surrounding you. Most tents you see when you are tent shopping are geared to the summer seasons, these are referred to as a 3-Seasn tent. 3-Season tents are built for Spring, Summer, and Fall, not the winter.

They are made of a thinner material and not equipped to handle the temperature drops the winter camping tents can manage. Traditional tents are equipped to handle standard elements such as light wind, rain, and an overall operation between you and the outside.

Once you start winter camping, you will realize a winter camping tent is an essential way to create an effective barrier between you and the winter elements of snow, sleet, and lower temperatures.

When Do You Need a Camping Winter Tent?

Your standard tent often referred to as a 3-Season Tent, is equipped to deal with mild temperatures and wind below 25MPH. Additionally, a 3-Season is capable of handling light snow.

Once you cross over mild temperatures (under 32 Degrees Fahrenheit) and increased wind speeds, its time to consider the 4-Season tent. Keep in mind, however, that snow has a weight factor that must be considered. If you are expecting anything over 1-2 inches of snow, its time to look for the 4-Season Tent for your winter camping.

Winter Tent Materials

A standard 3-Season tent is composed of a lighter material that lends itself well to packing into smaller, lighter scenarios. Backpackers often go with lightweight tents to reduce the physical fatigue associated with heavier packed items. Many 3-Season tents, on average, come with a material such as Denier Polyester with an associated thickness rating. Many in the 3-Season tent range have Denier Polyester ratings of under 25D or 25 Denier. This is effective at dealing with light rain, wind, and snow.

On the other hand, a winter camping tent will come equipped with much heavier Denier fabric such as a 40D or even 75D ripstop variation. Because of this, the tent will handle much harsher conditions of rain, wind, and heavier snow.

Your Camping Environment For a Winter Tent

One final consideration that will heavily narrow your choices is your environment. If you live in Florida, chances are you will not need a 4-Season tent. On the other hand, if you live in Alaska, you will definitely need a 4-Season tent. Do some research on average winter temperatures in your area and this will help you decide how far you go with your winter camping tent.

Top 10 Winter Camping Tents

  • Name: Alps Mountaineering Highland Tent
  • Weight: 8lb 10oz
  • Packed Dimension: 7 x 20 inches
  • Floor Area: 43.5 Square Feet
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Final Thoughts

Winter Camping is a blast but needs to be done right, which starts with winter camping tents. Depending on your environment, a 4 season tent may be the right choice to keep you protected from the harsher elements in the cold season. Any of the choices above are a good choice and are from name brands that can be trusted with years of quality outdoor gear.

Additionally, in winter, the days are shorter and night comes quicker. You may not have thought about it much lately, but the camping lantern industry has really evolved. Check out our write up on the latest camping lanterns hereOpens in a new tab., you might be as surprised as we were when we researched it.

There you have it! you’re all gamed up on what tent you need for winter camping. Now, go GET OUTSIDE!


Mike is a Colorado resident, a combat veteran, and a former Police Officer, and an avid outdoorsman. Mike has camped, hiked, and Overlanded all over the United States. From backpack Elk Hunts on Public Land, solo truck camping to Multi-week Overlanding adventures with his family, Mike is very familiar with these outdoor topics.

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