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Best Double Wall 4-Season Tent

Hilleberg Jannu

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  • Weather and Storm Resistance9.0

  • Ease of Use8.0

  • Weight7.0

  • Quality of Construction9.0

  • Versatility8.0

Measured Weight: 6.87 lbs | Floor Dimensions (L x W): 93 x 57 in


Very stormworthy

Highly resistant to snow loading

Pitches quickly from outside

Great ventilation

Multiple setup configurations


Small zippers are slightly harder to grab

Less headroom than other models

A bit heavy


The Hilleberg Jannu is a versatile shelter for mountaineering and alpine climbing. It strikes a nice balance between something that is expedition-worthy but is still light enough to take into your local mountain range. Our testers love the ease of setup, bombproof storm protection, and respectable weight, making this our highest-rated overall tent for good reason.

Made for high-altitude climbing and mountaineering, the Jannu does have a few disadvantages; it's considerably less comfortable to hang out in than other full-blown expedition-focused tents, and it's expensive. Also, while not nearly as heavy as full-blown expedition models, it is still a bit heavier than most lighter-duty 4-season models. But if you're looking for a time-tested stormproof shelter that's a breeze to set up and cost and/or weight savings aren't as critical, you won't be disappointed with this tent's performance. If you like the idea of this tent but need to save a few bucks, The North Face Mountain 25 is a totally decent alternative.

Read more: Hilleberg Jannu review

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Best Single Wall 4-Season Tent




  • Weather and Storm Resistance8.0

  • Ease of Use7.0

  • Weight8.8

  • Quality of Construction10.0

  • Versatility7.0

Measured Weight: 3.61 lbs (w/o vestibule) | Floor Dimensions (L x W): 87 x 43 in


Waterproof single wall

Good condensation management

Lightweight and small

High-tech materials and quality construction

Easy to set up and break down

Optional vestibule available


Less roomy than other models

Poles catch on sleeves during setup


The Samaya2.0 is one of the market's lightest, truly waterproof 4-season tent options, and it is setting a new standard for high-level alpinism internationally. Traditionally, single-wall shelters were compact and saved weight, but they performed poorly in the rain. Advances in materials technology have spawned the next generation of single-wall tents, and Samaya is leading the charge.

The Samaya2.0 performed exceptionally well during an intense late autumn storm in the Tetons that began with rain and transitioned to sub-freezing temps followed by heavy snow. Not a drop of moisture entered this cozy shelter. While it is a bit tight for two, it's also just the right size for that high-alpine bivy site that won't accommodate a larger footprint. If you're ready to step up your single-wall tent game, the Samaya is a game changer. We also like the lightweight and minimalist Hyperlite Mountain Gear Ultamid 2, but many of its components are sold separately.

Read more: Samaya2.0 review

Best Overall Value

The North Face Mountain 25



  • Weather and Storm Resistance9.0

  • Ease of Use9.0

  • Weight6.1

  • Quality of Construction8.0

  • Versatility7.0

Measured Weight: 8.50 lbs | Floor Dimensions (L x W): 86 x 54 in


Great price point

Strong and livable design

Above average versatility


Not as light as other double-wall tents

Pole sleeves aren't as quick to set up

The The North Face Mountain 25 is a great expedition and winter camping tent with a robust design. For the price, it's hard to find something as spacious and livable that's also well-made and easy to use. Its niches include general and high-altitude mountaineering, winter camping, and base camping.

The Mountain 25 performs superbly in inclement weather conditions. Heavier than many double-wall 4-season tents, the low cost and stormworthy construction make this tent a favorite for many mountaineers and guide services. If you want something you can climb with but that's also a little more comfortable for winter camping, and you have greater mountain range ambitions, we recommend this tent. In the same price range, the SlingFin CrossBow 2 is a decent option and much lighter weight, but it's more complex to pitch.

Read more: The North Face Mountain 25 review

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Best Ultralight Mid

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Ultamid 2



  • Weather and Storm Resistance7.0

  • Ease of Use8.0

  • Weight10.0

  • Quality of Construction9.0

  • Versatility7.0

Measured Weight: 1.49 lbs (w/o insert, stakes, or pole)| Floor Dimensions (L x W): 83 x 107 in


Very lightweight

Good at managing condensation


Packs down small

Excellent quality and design


Stakes, insert, and pole are sold separately

Time-consuming setup

Must be anchored very well to withstand strong winds

The Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 2 is extremely lightweight, especially if you use your own trekking poles strapped together to create its central support. It is also highly waterproof, with not a drop of water or flake of snow getting inside during our testing in a multi-day rain and snow storm. On top of that, it is very roomy for two people and their gear. It's not cheap, and many aspects are sold separately (like a bug net insert and floor), but for the right user, the customizable nature will be appealing, and the high-quality materials ensure you'll get years, if not decades, of use.

The UltaMid 2 performs well in the wind, but only if you spend a fair amount of time anchoring it. While it comes with plenty of cord for that purpose, it does not come with other accessories, like stakes, an insert or tent body, or a central pole — typical for a mid or “pyramid tarp.” Those are available for purchase separately, but it would be nice if at least stakes were included. If you know you'll be camping somewhere with pesky insects, you'll want to purchase an insert with bug netting. The UltaMid2 is a niche option, but for those who need to travel ultralight and fast, it's excellent. We also love the Samaya2.0 for going ultralight, but it'll cost a bit more.

Read more: Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 2 review

Best for a Spacious Basecamp

MSR Remote 2



Measured Weight: 7.13 lbs | Floor Dimensions (L x W): 87 x 55 in


Spacious floor area and headroom

Quick to set up and break down

Two side entry doors with nice vestibules

Colorful ambiance


Doesn't come with enough stakes or cord

Tedious rainfly attachment

Mesh storage is too big and loose

The MSR Remote 2 is one of the most comfortable tents in our lineup. It strikes a nice balance between an ultralight single-wall tent and a full-on expedition tent, which tends to be heavier and bulkier. The best feature of the Remote 2 is how spacious it is. It was plenty long enough for our 5'10" tester, with room to spare from head to toe, and the shape and height of the ceiling make it easy to sit up and adjust your clothing layers. Double-sided doors and vestibules offer two people their own storage space and entrance, and the amber-hued indoor ambiance is quite relaxing.

While the Remote 2 is faster than most to set up and break down, the rain fly attachment system isn't the slickest. It consists of grommets that hook onto the pole ends, and, without a pull tab, we had to remove our gloves to attach and disassemble the rainfly. On the other hand, the tent stakes are awesome, with a round loop of cord woven through a hole in the end, making them some of the easiest stakes we've ever pulled out of the ground. Unfortunately, MSR doesn't include enough of them, or enough cord, to sufficiently anchor the tent in high winds. That said, the condensation issue of past models of the Remote has been addressed with an effective venting system. Overall, if you're looking for a really great all-around tent that performs well while base camping, ski touring, river running, or general mountaineering, this is certainly one of our favorites. However, our favorite double-wall expedition tent is the Hilleberg Jannu, which earns a few extra points for its storm resistance, construction quality, and versatility.

Read more: MSR Remote 2 review

Best for Expeditions

Mountain Hardwear Trango 2



  • Weather and Storm Resistance9.0

  • Ease of Use9.0

  • Weight5.8

  • Quality of Construction8.0

  • Versatility6.0

Measured Weight: 9.09 lbs | Floor Dimensions (L x W): 85 x 64 in


Strong and proven in the world's most extreme places

Incredibly spacious

Great pockets

Easy to pitch in higher winds

Big vestibule


Not the best headroom despite roomy dimensions


Okay condensation performance

The Mountain Hardwear Trango 2 is one of the most expedition-worthy 4-season tents ever built. It's perfect for harsh weather or extended base camp adventures. It has been from Antarctica to Mt. Everest to the North Pole and has accompanied people on some of the most remote expeditions to the ends of the earth. While it's overkill for more modest summertime mountaineering, it's worth every bit of weight when the conditions turn gnarly. With its 4-pole design (not including the 5th hooped vestibule pole), the Trango 2 is easily one of the strongest shelters on the market and is as easy as it gets to pitch in high winds. It's also the roomiest two-person shelter in our review, and the spacious vestibule will store plenty of gear or provide a place to cook when you can't hang outside any longer.

The Trango is 100% designed for expedition use, and these attributes make it great for nuclear wind or dumping snow; however, it's a little on the heavy side for multi-day ski touring or summertime mountaineering. If your excursions lean more towards modest alpine objectives, you should choose a lighter and more packable tent like the Samaya2.0 or the more affordable Mountain Hardwear AC 2. But for those looking to shelter from high winds and heavy snowfall, the Trango is a tank of a tent that acts as an excellent home away from home in the world's most extreme environments.

Read more: Mountain Hardwear Trango 2 review

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How We Test 4 Season Tents

Our review process starts with combining our expertise with thorough research into the market. Once we decide on our lineup, we purchase each tent at full cost, and create a test plan determined by the most important factors in the functionality of a 4-season tent. With years of ongoing testing for many tent models and various sources of information, we gain valuable insight into things like ease of use and quality of construction and can assess which models fare better or worse in a diverse range of weather conditions. The tents in this review have seen high winds and countless snowy, rainy, stormy, and sunny days. We weigh each model and examine their construction quality, and we time how long they take to set up. We also consider how difficult each tent is to set up in challenging conditions like blowing wind, rain, or blizzard conditions. We've been testing tents continuously for over a decade in various locations, like Alberta and British Columbia, Alaska, Patagonia, Antarctica, Peru, Bolivia, Aconcagua, and other locations worldwide. For more on our testing procedures, check out our How We Test article.

Our testing of 4-season tents is divided across five rating metrics:

  • Weather and Storm Resistance (30% weighting)
  • Ease of Use (30% weighting)
  • Weight (20% weighting)
  • Quality of Construction (10% weighting)
  • Versatility (10% weighting)

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Why Trust GearLab

This review has been crafted by long-time GearLab contributors and professional mountain guides Brian Smith and Ian Nicholson. Brian is an internationally licensed IFMGA/UIAGM mountain guide who has guided and lived in tents in Alaska, Peru, Canada, Europe, and throughout the United States, including the Tetons, the Winds, the Cascades, the Sierras, and the desert southwest. Living in a tent throughout such a wide range of environments and spending time camping in all four seasons over more than 30 years has given Brian a wealth of experiential knowledge to help you find the right tent for your objectives.

Ian is also an IFMGA/UIAGM guide who has spent almost 2,000 nights sleeping in a tent over the last two decades. He is also a member of the AMGA (American Mountain Guides Association) and an AIARE National Instructor, teaching professional-level courses for both professional training bodies. Ian has guided ten Denali expeditions and completed five more trips to other areas of Alaska ranges in addition to first ascents in Patagonia, the Waddington Range, the North Cascades, and more than 30 week-plus long ski traverses around the world. As a result, few people can offer the level of expertise and insight he can regarding 4-season shelters.

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Analysis and Test Results

We've selected a wide variety of 4-season tents for this review. We test super lightweight to heavy and mega stormworthy. All the options in this review can withstand a host of environments, from super sunny conditions to cutting winds. Each is scored against all the others in every metric to help you filter out [buying advice|which tent buying considerations] are most important to you and your objective.


If you've been searching for a 4-season tent, you know they generally aren't cheap. But we're here to help you assess these shelters without overpaying for your needs. Standing out among the rest for value is The North Face Mountain 25. It's a solid double-wall tent at a reasonable price and performed at the top of the pack. The Hyperlite UltaMid 2 has an initial price lower than many, but keep in mind that many components are not included (stakes, floor, bug net/insert, etc.). That said, for the ultralight aficionado, it could be perfect.

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The Alps Mountaineering Tasmanian 2 is an outlier in our lineup, ringing up for hundreds of dollars less than anything else. It's got great weather resistance and is spacious, but the overall quality just isn't in the same ballpark. But if you want to dip your toes in four-season camping and won't be out a ton or abusing your gear, it's a viable entry point. On the flip side, if you know you want something that is built to last, the Hilleberg Jannu is expensive but a great long-term investment.

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Weather and Storm Resistance

This is the most important metric for a 4-season shelter. We assessed each tent's ability to protect its occupants from the elements and the outside environment. The best models will keep you dry without bending, changing shape, or excessively flapping in high winds.

We pitched each model on breezy, exposed ridges and in driving snow and rain. Once pitched, we compared each one and assessed how well they kept us dry. We looked at pole design and construction, double-wall and single-wall fabrics, vestibules, tie-down systems, and other features that affect each shelter's strength. Some of the largest contributing factors include the number of pole intersections, the number of pole points, and the mechanism for attaching the inner tent to the poles, along with the number of points and mechanisms for attaching the rainfly. Finally, we looked at the number, location, and quality of guy points. We learned from our testing that pole design and quality are the most significant factors influencing wind resistance and overall strength.

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The most significant factors contributing to a tent's strength are the number of poles, their layout/design, and the number of pole crossings relative to the tent's size and external height. More full-length poles and more crossings equate to more strength. How strong do you need your tent to be? All the models we reviewed are robust enough for use in at least moderate four season conditions. These tents should withstand strong winds greater than 35 mph with little protection and modest snowfall. Every tent we reviewed also works above treeline for summertime mountaineering objectives, multi-day ski touring adventures, and modest mid-winter use.

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While all the shelters we tested qualify as 4-season tents, not every tent can handle all 4-season conditions. Some of them won't excel in the “Great Ranges,” like the Alaska Range, Antarctica, the Karakoram, or extended time above treeline in strong winds and/or with heavy snow loads. If you are going into serious conditions, choose one of the more robust models with more poles and pole crossings. Tent poles used in the tents we tested range from 8mm to 13mm in diameter. Except for a few exceptions, the thicker the pole, the stronger it is. DAC Featherlite NSL Green poles are some of the best aluminum poles and are found on some of the top contenders in this metric, like the Jannu, Mountain 25, and Samaya2.0. We also like Easton's new Syclone composite pole used on all the MSR tents, as they can flex much further before breaking.

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Fabrics range from light and robust silicone-coated nylon, found on the Hilleberg Nammatj 2 and Hilleberg Jannu to air-permeable materials similar to what you might find on a waterproof jacket in the case of The North Face Assault 2 Futurelight to specialized and robust Nanovent 3-layer fabric with a Dyneema composite floor and removable roof cover found in the single-wall Samaya2.0. We break down each tent's specific fabric in their reviews. There is a difference between a tent covered on both sides with silicone, called silnylon, and fabric coated on the outside with silicone and the inside with polyurethane (PU). The latter is cheaper but not as durable and strong. The most robust fly fabric used on a 4-season tent is the Hilleberg Kerlon 1800, which has a breaking strength of 40 pounds.

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The Mountain Hardwear Trango 2 and North Face Mountain 25 offer some of the greatest strength and weather resistance in our lineup. They are very popular on expeditions to Vinson, Everest, and Denali. These tents have a 4-pole design, plus an additional pole for the vestibule, and are the most common pole design among four-season shelters because they maximize strength and pole crossings for the given weight.

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Among non-4-pole designs, the Hilleberg Jannu checked in as the strongest amongst 3-pole designs. All of these models are worthy of being taken to big remote ranges like the Alaska Range or the Himalayas. If you're looking for a Denali stormworthy model or something equivalent, we recommend looking specifically at the double-wall contenders that scored at the top, namely the Jannu, Trango, Mountain 25, and The North Face VE 25. The Alps Mountaineering Tasmanian 2 got an excellent score in this metric as well, but it's not as high-quality overall.

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Tents like the Samaya2.0 and The North Face Assault 2 Futurelight have 2.5 poles and are not as sturdy. The half-length pole creates more headroom but doesn't add strength. At times, the awning created by this third pole can actually act as a sail and further stress the poles. These models offer respectably strong 4-season shelter but aren't models we'd take to Denali or any place we'd expect really fierce winds.

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Ease of Use

This metric includes livability as well as ease of setup and breakdown. We assess how pleasant (or, in some cases, just tolerable) spending time in each tent was. We looked at interior space, headroom, door and vestibule design, zipper quality, the number of pockets, peak height, and vestibule space. From there, we assessed the overall vibe of how pleasant it was to share each model with another person. Was it dark and gloomy or bright and cheerful? Did the tent get wet when someone entered while it rained or snowed? Do the pockets hold what you want them to hold? How well do two full-sized pads fit? Can you sit up, face your partner, and play cards?

A key “livability” spec is the number of square feet of interior space. These tents ranged from 24-48 square feet, not including the vestibules, which ranged from non-existent to 22 additional square feet. As a reference, the average sleeping pad is 20 x 72 inches or 10 square feet. Tents that are 24-27 square feet feel a little tight since two full-length pads barely fit. Tents with 28-34 square feet feel comfortable for most people, and 35-40 square foot tents feel spacious and could borderline fit an average-sized third person.

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The most livable tents in our current lineup are the Trango 2, Jannu, Mountain 25, and Remote 2. All of these offer two doors, pleasant interior height, and a fair amount of square footage.

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When we consider ease of setup and breakdown, we look at whether or not the tent uses pole clips, sleeves, or internal poles. We also evaluate the time and how easy each is to set up or break down in poor weather conditions. Pole clips are the quickest and easiest way to set up a tent. On double-wall tents, they let moisture move and prevent condensation. The disadvantage of clips is that they are heavier and don't spread the force of wind or snow as evenly along the pole's length compared with pole sleeves. Pole sleeves are more supportive than clips, as they spread the weight evenly across a wider area. However, they are challenging to use when it's windy. In a gust, the tent acts like a kite until setup is complete. Clips are slightly faster to set up.

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Lighter-weight 4-season tents use internal poles, and you typically have to set them up from the inside. This is the lightest design because the tent's body supports the poles, and no real clips or sleeves are needed. Some designs use small pieces of velcro or twist-tie features to keep the poles in place. The weight shavings from forgoing clips and extra materials mean that internal pole tents are often lighter. Internal pole design is also as strong or even stronger than models that use sleeves with a similar pole structure. The primary disadvantage is that internal pole setups are the most challenging and time-consuming to pitch. If it's windy, it's an even bigger pain, as you have to crawl inside to set them up. The North Face Assault 2 Futurelight has this internal pole design. The learning curve is hardly extreme, but it is worth setting up in a park or backyard a few times before dealing with it on a trip. A tip: stand and start from the back corners, working towards the door.

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The MSR Advance Pro and the Mountain Hardwear AC 2 use exterior sleeves with one closed end. Since you can assemble these while standing outside of the tent, these are much easier to pitch than tents with interior poles.

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Among double-wall models, the Hilleberg models were by far the easiest to pitch. Unlike most double-wall tents, where you pitch the body with the poles and then throw the fly over the top of everything, the Hilleberg tents are suspended from the fly, and you erect the entire thing from the outside. This minimizes the amount of time your tent could become damaged by the wind or filled with snow. For more traditional double-wall designs, we found the MSR Remote 2 was easier and faster than others.

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We weighed each tent ourselves, and we also measured both the minimum and “packed weight” for comparison and used these measurements to compare each model accurately. The minimum weight is the tent, fly, and poles; no guylines, poles, stuff sacks, etc. The measured weight is the weight of each tent where it is usable, which is generally everything included in the minimum weight, plus guylines, poles, stuff sack, and an appropriate number of stakes. The measured weight is the primary number we used for our comparison. A lightweight tent is one of the best ways to minimize weight in your pack (or on your horse, bicycle, canoe, or burro). The tents we tested have a huge weight range from a pound and a half to over 12 pounds.

The Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 2 is the lightest tent we tested, with a measured weight of just 1.49 pounds. However, since this tent is a “mid” (short for a pyramid tarp), that weight does not include an optional pole. The lightest way to go is to simply strap your poles together to create the central pole support. Hyperlite also offers a carbon fiber tent pole that weighs an additional .57 pounds. The MSR Advance Pro 2 is also quite light, at 3.31 pounds, though it achieves this low weight by having no bug mesh (a deal breaker if camping below treeline), the smallest interior space, and the least breathable fabric. For just a little more weight, the 3.97-pound Mountain Hardwear AC 2 has a bug mesh door and is more waterproof than the Advance Pro.

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The Samaya2.0 weighs in at 3.61 pounds, is waterproof, has a removable mesh door and window, and an optional vestibule. You can go even lighter by bringing only the tent and poles—leaving the mesh, stakes, and stuff sacks behind—which brings its weight down to only 2.94 pounds.

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We also like the MSR Access 2, SlingFin CrossBow 2, and the Hilleberg Nallo 2. They weigh just over 4 to just over 5 pounds and are significantly more versatile and comfortable than tents that weigh a pound or two less. For most people, these hit a sweet spot of weight, comfort, strength, and livability.

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Regarding packed size, some of the most compact models we tested are the Samaya2.0 and the Hyperlite UltaMid 2, both of which compress down to approximately 6 x 8 inches, or slightly larger than a 1-liter water bottle. The next most packable models were as much as 40-50% bigger, though they do provide more comfort and versatility. Comparably, the least packable models offer more interior space and greater strength but are roughly 2-3 times the size of other tents in our lineup.

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Quality of Construction

We assessed construction quality by looking at the type of fabric used for the tent body and fly, the quality of the poles, attachment points, anchoring systems, and even the design of the stuff sacks. Silnylon is the fabric of choice for double-wall tents. Most PU formulations used on fly fabric coatings are more prone to hydrolysis (chemical breakup) than silnylon. They can wear out faster, particularly in wet environments, and aren't as resistant to UV degradation.

Tent floors have high-grade PU formulations that resist hydrolysis — the breakdown of materials and their coatings. A handful of the double-wall tents in our lineup tested have a tough 70-denier floor, though the Hilleberg Nammatj uses a 100-denier fabric that is burly. Single-wall tents often use lighter floor materials that aren't as durable. However, the Samaya2.0 uses a Dyneema composite fabric that is quite tough — and thusly expensive.

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Specific features can also have a significant impact on construction quality. The big three here are zippers, clips, and webbing adjustments. More prominent zippers last longer and can handle expeditions because they continue to work even when exposed to lots of dust and grit. The most durable double-wall tent we tested is the Hilleberg Jannu, which features mega high-quality poles and fabric.

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A tent's versatility refers to its performance across various conditions and climates. All 4-season tent options are designed with stormy conditions in mind, but we also compared them across the spectrum of common uses, such as alpine climbing, bivy tent climbing, snow camping, multi-day ski-touring, expedition climbing, and just regular old camping in the forest. We also compared how well each model performed in the rain and in warmer three-season travel and desert climates.

More versatile tents are generally a better value. As a whole, most double-wall tents scored better than single-wall tents because they performed better in warmer conditions with and without moisture.

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A tent scored higher in this category when it had features that allowed us to use it differently. For example, a removable inner tent allows you to use and pitch your tent in different ways. We also appreciate models like The North Face Assault 2 Futurelight, which have a removable vestibule, adding to its versatility.

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All the Hilleberg tents have removable inner tents that give you a lighter, floorless shelter for summer backpacking and fast and light winter trips. The floorless option is excellent for mountaineering because you can dig into the snow to create a cooking area. The Hyperlite UltaMid comes floorless, and you can add a floor and insert/bug net supplementally.

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Ventilation can have a dramatic influence on a tent's versatility and livability. Double-wall tents often have better air circulation and less condensation than single-wall options. The Hilleberg tents and The North Face Mountain 25 have some of the best ventilation and moisture management of all the double-wall tents we tested. The top vents on dome tents are useful in moving air around and mitigating the “it's snowing inside” effect when moisture vapor from your breath freezes, hits the roof, and then falls back on you.

Unlike most 3-season models, not all 4-season tents have a bug screen. A bug screen is essential if you are not on an expedition-style climb. It lets you leave the door open for ventilation and defends against mosquitos or flies.

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We understand that the 4-season tent market is vast, and the investment is large. We hope that our experiences of exploring, sleeping, and living in each tent helps you find the best option for your next adventure.

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