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​Winter Gear: Four-Season Tents

Posted by Sharon Harrington on

Cold temperatures are fast-approaching and now is the time to make sure you’ve got everything you need to continue to enjoy the outdoors all year long. Staying warm while you’re moving is (relatively) easy; your body is doing all the work, making its own heat. But how do you stay warm once you’ve stopped exploring for the night? The first step is to have the right tent.

Most tents are made to withstand three seasons: summer, spring and autumn. If you expect a tent to perform well in winter, it will need a few additional features. Oftentimes, if you won’t be in extreme weather conditions, you can make a quality three-season tent work with a few extra pieces. Whether you opt for the add-ons of a three-season tent or buying a four-season tent depends on how often you’ll be sleeping under the winter stars and how wintry your weather will be.

What to look for

A top-quality, four-season tent will be double-walled, to help hold all of your body heat inside the tent. It will often be made of a waterproof (not just water resistant) material and not include any mesh. Because these wall conditions are not breathable, you’ll want to make sure your tent has an excellent venting system so that moisture (most often from your breath) does not get trapped inside the tent.

What you can adjust

If you want to make your three-season tent a bit more hardy, some features of four-season tents can be purchased as add-ons. A footprint is a great way to add insulation to your tent, while also protecting its underside. Most tent systems have unique footprints, but as long as you get one the correct size and shape of your tent, they can be interchangeable. Tent stakes are another easy way to add durability to your three-season tent. The tent stakes that come along with four-season tents are often stronger, longer and more resilient than those of three-season tents. This allows the tent to break through frozen ground and remain secure in high winds. If you will be at a campground, you can even add a tent heating system to your three-season tent to overcome the lack of double walls.

Whether you’re looking to upgrade to a four-season tent or outfit your current three-season setup to meet your winter needs, Camper Chris has everything you need! Check out our selection of tents, footprints, tent stakes and heaters today.