Backpacker Magazine did a awesome test on some of the ideal winter tents readily available on the industry which will involve spraying the tent with water at 150 psi (pounds per square inch) strain for 3.five minutes. The tents examined involve Sierra Types Convert Tent, Golite Valhalla, Black Diamond's Stormtrack and Significant Agnes' String Ridge. None of the tents suffered ripped fabric or broken poles, that's how tough they are.
Sierra Types Convert 2 Tent
This do-it-all waterproof tent makes use of Drizone, which is a waterproof and breathable fabric. Not a drop of water leaked by all through the testing but it moved about fairly ultralite sleeping bags a bit. A couple of far more guy-out factors would probably be ideal.
Ventilation in this single-wall tent is excellent, even far better than several four-season tents. The mesh on both vents and door may have a important effect on the ventilation. The optional vestibule has a window that allows you to seem out without the need of finding moist. The vestibule provides you loads of space for storing you backpacking gear (boots, crampons, backpack, moist clothes, etc.)
The Convert tent can be set up with four tripod-like poles, named Jake's Corners, that tucks into the corners of the tent to give you far more livable space and tremendously improves the tent's stability. The Jake's Corners also help avoid pole rotation and significantly decrease the chances for pole failure in harsh weather.
Nonetheless, in the lengthy run, these Jake's Corners could punch a hole by the tent's fabric. Sierra Types may consider beefing up these regions in the close to future.
Set-up is rapid and quick. You may know how essential this is if you've struggled setting up a tent in large winds before. Furthermore, the Convert is quite quick to pack.
Bodyweight (with Vestibule): five lbs 7 oz
Bodyweight (without the need of Vestibule): four lbs 6 oz
Packed Bodyweight: 6 lb 10 oz
Packed Dimension: 22.five" x 7"
Quantity of Doors: one
Interior Location: 29 sq ft (45.five" x 85")
Vestibule Location: 8.five sq ft
Peak Height 45"
Poles: DAC Featherlite NSL
Quantity of Poles: 2 + one Vestibule, one Ridge
Floor Materials: 70D PU-coated Nylon Taffeta
Body Materials: Drizone 40D Nylon
Fly Materials: 70D Nylon Taffeta
Ventilation: AirFlow Vent Process
Seam Sealed: Yes
Proposed Use: four-season, 2-person camping, backpacking
GoLite Valhalla 2
Difficult, stable, roomy and light are what the Valhalla was described as. Like the Convert, it is also a single-wall that excels in all seasons.
Two enormous mesh doors and two vents encourage ventilation which prevents condensation from forming on the inside. Condensation is typically a challenge for single wall tents.
Even although the Valhalla was voted the All-Disorders Champ by Backpacker Magazine, it didn't do effectively in the testing. The strain was just as well significantly of the champ and water was leaking by the seams and zipper.
A further disappointment with the Valhalla is that the interior is exposed to falling rain when you exit and enter the tent.
Shelter Bodyweight: four lbs
Stakes Bodyweight: four oz
Poles Bodyweight: 14 oz
Total Bodyweight: five lbs 2 oz
No. of Doors: 2
Floor Area: 37 sq ft (90" x 60")
Vestibule Location: 19 sq ft
Interior Height: 42"
Pole Materials: Aluminum
No. of Poles: 2
Floor Materials: SilLite Nylon
Fly Materials: Epic Nylon
Clip/Sleeve: Internal Clips
Ventilation: Mesh Walls, Side Vents
Seam Sealed: Floor
Proposed Use: Light-weight four-season camping
Manufacturer Warranty: Lifetime
Black Diamond Storm Track
This is one particular of the toughest winter tent you can obtain. During the testing, not only did it remain dry, it also resisted the wind quite effectively. Contrary to all the other tents, the Storm Track is a boulder of a tent. It's one particular of the toughest tent you can obtain. With a roomy interior, it is also one particular of the most cozy tent to rest in.
The doors on both the front and back side of the tent helps make going in and out quick. Sad to say, the vestibule at the back of the tent is fairly smaller so when you have gear in it, there won't be ready to use the back door.
Ventilation is excellent, thanks to the adjustable front, rear and leading vents. It's also a double-wall tent and difficulties with condensation is not quite probably if you open up the vents.
Set-up is fairly quick. You may even be ready to pull it off without the need of ever searching at the intructions. Taking down the tent and packing it is also quite quick.
Minimal Bodyweight (no stakes, cords, stuff sack): 6 lbs 8 oz
Packaged Bodyweight: 7 lbs
Packed Dimension: 7" x 22"
No. of Doors: 2
Floor Area: 35.6 sq ft (89" x 61")
Vestibule Location: eleven sq ft and 6.7 sq ft
Peak Height: 46"
Pole Materials: Aluminum DAC FeatherLite
No. of Poles: 2 hubbed pole sets
Floor Materials: Coated Nylon
Canopy Materials: Nylon/Mesh
RainFly Materials: Coated Polyester
Ventilation: Adjustable front, rear and leading vents
Seam Sealed:Seam taped 2500 mm polyester fly and 5000 mm nylon floor
Proposed Use: Basecamp, Mountaineering
Manufacturer Warranty: one year
Significant Agnes String Ridge 2
This double-wall tent from Significant Agnes has verified to be fairly watertight by Backpacker Magazine. It received impacted by the wind a bit far more than the Storm Track but also stayed absolutely dry.
The large pockets on the String Ridge helps make it quite hassle-free for storing gear. This frees up far more space for the previously roomy interior.
Ventilation is not as well terrible even although there's not several venting options. Set-up and packing the tent is quick.
Minimal Bodyweight: five lbs
Packaged Bodyweight: five lbs eleven oz
Packed Dimension: 8" x twenty"
No. of Doors: one
Floor Area: 31.five sq ft (90" x 57")
Vestibule Location: eleven sq ft
Peak Height: 42"
Pole Materials: DAC Featherlite NSL (TH72M Aluminum)
No. of Poles: 2 Hub pole assembly + crossover + vestibule
Floor Materials: Coated Nylon
Canopy Materials: Nylon Ripstop
Rainfly Materials: Coated Ripstop Nylon
Clip/Sleeve: Twist and HClips
Ventilation: Fly vents
Seam Sealed: Seams taped with waterproof, solvent-cost-free polyurethane (no PVC or VOC's)