If you are thinking about ski tours or mountaineering, your tough tents to accompany you throughout the trip. Regardless of the situation or the location, you need tents that can stand against harsh weather. That’s why choosing a 4-season tent is an essential addition to your backpack. 4 season tents are stronger than their 3 season counterparts. It has less mesh and enough canopies and rain flies. The poles are tough and can withstand pressure from the bad wind. Based on these we have selected these 3 tents to choose from.
1. Mountain Hardwear Trango 2
Cost: $720 approximately
Tent Category: Good for basecamping
Tough as a base camping tent should be, Hardwear is made with non-toxic and fire-resistant materials. The design is fairly sturdy with double-wall, the fly connects the poles and the body of the tent. It consists of two doors and two vestibules which makes it a two people tent. The floor area is 40 square feet with a roomy interior. For some, the weight of the tent can be an issue but other than that this 4 season one makes a good camping tent.
2. MSR Access 2
Cost: $600 approximately
Tent Category: Treeline
If you are choosing a tent to take it with you during mild winter, MSR Access 2 is your answer. The double-walled tent provides protection against the wind and is much sturdier than a 3 season model. The 29 square feet of floor, designed with two doors and vestibules can easily take two people inside. In spite of being super light, the tent is pretty strong and survives pretty tough weather situations. However, being lightweight has its disadvantages. The tent can’t stand heavy rain or snow falls which is bummer! If the chilly weather is on full blast then it would be very hard for the tent to stand still. Overall, the tent is a good option for seasonal trips during mild winters. Access 2 makes great 4 season family tents.
3. The North Face Assault 2 Futurelight
If you are going for mountaineering, Assault 2 is the one you should pick. Assault 2 is made with waterproof but breathable technology called Futurelight fabric. So, it can withstand hard weather including winter conditions and rain. It’s decently lightweight which means it wouldn’t shy away from facing bad weather conditions but not cause much strain on your back. The tent’s multiple air vents ensure successful airflow in spite of having 27 square feet floor. However, there’s one concern regarding the tent. While the fabric is good at resisting rain and snow, the fabric is quite thin and therefore can’t provide full protection against rainstorms. But compared to other mountaineering tents, Assault 2 is within the budget.
These are my list of top 3 tents under $800. While choosing your tent make sure to keep in mind the weather condition, the area, and people you are going to take with you. Keeping a budget will help you choose the perfect model and category of tents.