Best Cold Weather Tent: Reviewed and Recommended

When camping in freezing temperatures having the best cold weather tent is not a luxury. It’s a necessity. Having spent many nights camping in sub-zero temperatures we can tell you we were grateful beyond belief for having a well-insulated, dry and comfortable tent.

At Cool Wilderness, we know the importance of having the best cold weather tent when camping in extreme weather. This is not something to get wrong. So we have reviewed our top picks. All of these recommendations are tents we would use ourselves so you can be assured that we are providing you with tents which will withstand the cold.

So let’s get going!

Best Cold Weather Tent: At a Glance

  • Top Pick
  • Best Value
Top PickBest Value
Price$$$$
Key FeatureInsulated Cocoon-like layer which you put inside the tent is a neat feature and is made for comfort and worth.Double layering makes this a great 4 season tent.
Easy to Pitch
Buy NowBuy Now

The Crua Duo Cocoon Maxx combo has patented insulation which provides temperature regulation which will keep you toasty warm on a cold night camping. The insulation in this tent is so sophisticated that it also blocks out sound in busy campsites. If the insulation isn’t enough to convince you this is a great tent it has a breathtaking HH of 5,000mm which means this tent will keep you dry; even in heavy rain. This tent works using a modular system where you combine the Crua Duo Cocoon (this is the insulation) and the Crua Duo Maxx (the outer Tent).

Features

Specifications

  • You combine the Cocoon and Maxx to create the ultimate cold weather tent. You can also just use the Maxx in summer which is a ‘standard’ tent. 
  • Patented insulation technology will keep you warm on cold evenings. 
  • Sound-proof.
  • HH of 5,000mm which will keep you dry even in heavy rain.
  • 3 person tent. 
  • 4 season tent offers great versatility. 
  • Will block out sunlight so you can sleep in past sunrise.
Crua Duo Maxx 
  • Width: 9.8ft / 295cm
  • Length: 7.3ft / 221cm
  • Height: 4.1ft / 125cm
  • Total floor space: 71.5 sq. ft / 6.6 sq. m
  • Breathable polyester with water-resistant outer layer HH5000mm
  •  8.5mm Aluminum frame
  • Trail Weight: 2.5kg. 

Crua Duo Cocoon

  • Width: 6.4ft / 193cm
  • Length: 6.8ft / 203cm
  • Height: 4ft / 122cm
  • Total floor space: 43.5 sq. ft / 4 sq. m
  • Breathable polyester with 450g/m2 insulation (not waterproof).
  • Airframe structure
  • Trail Weight: 7.5kg

Pros

Cons

  • Tough fabric is durable and will protect you from all types of weather. 
  • Full cover rainfly.
  • Colour coded poles offer quick and easy set up – even for beginners.
  • You need to buy the Cocoon and Maxx separately which adds cost. 
  • Foot pump is not included and needs to be bought separately.   

This tent is a great value 4 season tent. Other features making this a best cold weather tent because it has a HH of 3000mm, double layering and is ultra-lightweight. This tent is great for backpackers and hikers alike. If that isn’t enough, the tent is easy to set up in all conditions. 

Features

Specifications

  • HH of 3000mm which will keep you dry in wet conditions. 
  • 4 season tent. 
  • Double layering adds extra ventilation and protection from the cold weather. 
  • at 6.4lb this is an ultra-lightweight tent. 
  • Quick and easy set up. 
  • Comes with a lightweight storage bag. 
  • Double stitched seams are sealed to keep rain out and for durability.
  • Internal gear hammock. 
  • 2 doors and mesh windows. 
  • Seasons: 4
  • Weight: 6.4 lbs.
  • Dimensions  – Outer layer: 82(L) x 102(W) x 45(H) inches. 
  • Dimensions – Inner layer: 78(L) x 55(W) x 41(H) inches. 
  • Dimensions – Storage duffle bag: 17.3(L) x 6.7 inches in diameter.
  • Outer Tent Fly – PU 3000 mm
  • Tent Floor Sheet – PU 5000 mm Oxford fabric + seam taped.
  •  UV protection. 
 

Pros

Cons

  • Quick and easy set up which is beginner friendly. 
  • Double layering makes this a great 4 season tent. 
  • Cost 
  • Not the biggest 2 person tent (probably better for one).

Snugpak have specialised in making military grade equipment since 2000 and are an industry expert. Both the groundsheet and flysheet have a breathtaking waterproof rating of 5000mm. This tent surprising light at 4.75kg which carries well when packed in the compression carry sack. Snugpak put excellence at the heart of their products and even provide a basic repair kit for your convenience. This tent is perfect for 4 seasons and will be an ideal long term investment. 

Features

Specifications

  • Doors: Two-point entry with porch to protect from wind and severe weather.
  • Anodised Aluminium Poles with pressfit connectors, 100% aluminium
  • Waterproof Taped Seams
  • Ten Mesh Internal Pockets for equipment and head-end hanging loop (Five on each side).
  • No-see-um netting 1600 holes per square inch
  • Flame Retardant
  • Supplied with a compression stuff sack
  • Supplied with a basic repair kit
 
  • Pack Weight: 4750g / 167oz
  • Trail Weight: 4280g / 151oz (Fly, Poles & Inner Tent)
  • Packsize: 50cm x 22cm / 20″ x 9″
  • Pitch type: Inner First
  • Vents: 5 Vents
  • Flysheet: 210t 100% polyester ripstop with (5000mm HH) waterproof polyurethane coating
  • Inner tent: 190t 100% nylon inner fabric, with a 50D polyester No-See-Um-Mesh
  • Groundsheet: 100% nylon with (5000mm HH) waterproof polyurethane coating
  • Poles: 100% aluminium
  • 25 Lightweight Alloy Cross-Stakes, with two-spares (23 + 2 Spare Stakes)

Pros

Cons

  • Manufactured by military grade supplier.
  • 5000mm waterproof rating. 
  • Comes with a repair kit. 
  • This tent is not cheap but you really are paying for one the best in our opinion.      
 

If you are looking for a 1 person tent which will keep you warm in cold conditions then this is the tent for you. It is great value without compromising on quality. Both the groundsheet and flysheet have a breathtaking waterproof rating of 5000mm. This tent is ultra-light weight with a trail weight of 2.6lbs and a pack weight of 3.34lb. 

Features

Specifications

  • Doors: Single-point front entry with ample porch
  • Aluminium Poles with pressfit connectors, 100% aluminium
  • Waterproof Taped Seams
  • Ten Mesh Internal Pockets for equipment and head-end hanging loop (Five on each side)
  • Supplied with a compression stuff sack
  • Supplied with a basic repair kit
  • Flame Retardent
  • Pack Weight: 1520g / 54oz
  • Trail Weight: 1200g / 42oz (Fly, Poles & Inner Tent)
  • Packsize: 48cm x 14cm / 19″ x 6″
  • Pitch type: Inner first
  • Flysheet: 100% polyester ripstop with (5000mm HH) waterproof polyurethane coating
  • Inner tent: 100% nylon inner fabric
  • No-see-um netting 1600 holes per square inch
  • Groundsheet: 100% nylon with (5000mm HH) waterproof polyurethane coating
  • Poles: 100% aluminium
  • Ten Mesh Internal Pockets for equipment and head-end hanging loop (Five on each side)
  • 16 Lightweight Alloy Cross-Stakes, with two-spares (14 + 2 Spare Stakes)

Pros

Cons

  • Manufactured by military grade supplier.
  • 5000mm waterproof rating. 
  • Comes with a repair kit. 
  • Only available as a 1 man tent.                                                         
 

If you are looking for the best cold weather tent for three people then this is a great option. With a HH of 5,000mm this tents provides the same great qualities as other Snugpak options in this list. 

Features

Specifications

  • Doors: Single-point front entry with ample porch
  • Vents: 3 Vents
  • No-see-um netting 1600 holes per square inch
  • Aluminium Poles with pressfit connectors, 100% aluminium
  • Waterproof Taped Seams
  • Ten Mesh Internal Pockets for equipment and head-end hanging loop (Five on each side)
  • Flame Retardant
  • Supplied with a compression stuff sack
  • Supplied with a basic repair kit
  • Pack Weight: 3400g / 120oz
  • Trail Weight: 2930g / 103oz (Fly, Poles & Inner Tent)
  • Packsize: 43cm x 21cm /  17″ x 8″
  • Pitch type: Fly-First
  • Vents: 3 Vents
  • Flysheet: 100% polyester ripstop with (5000mm HH) waterproof polyurethane coating
  • Inner tent: 100% nylon inner fabric
  • Groundsheet: 100% nylon with (5000mm HH) waterproof polyurethane coating
  • Poles: 100% aluminium
  • 18 Lightweight Alloy Cross-Stakes, with two-spares

Pros

Cons

  • Manufactured by military grade supplier.
  • 5000mm waterproof rating. 
  • Comes with a repair kit. 
  • Scorpion style comes in different sizes.
  • This tent is not cheap but you really are paying for the best.                
 

What features should I look for in the best cold weather tent?

The best cold weather tent needs to be able to withstand extreme conditions in harsh terrains. But how do you tell which tent is best for you? We recommend looking at the HH and the size of the tent to begin with. 

Which size is right for me?

Remember a tent in not just a place to sleep on an evening. It will also be a place for you to store all of your gear. If you are camping in extreme conditions it is likely you will have other pieces of equipment which will need to be stored on an evening.

Remember, A 4 person tent is big enough for 4 people to sleep on their backs. It may not be big enough for everyone’s shoes, clothes and bags. If you are going away for a long period of time, or taking lots of equipment you need to be selecting a bigger tent. As a rough guide, I usually try to buy a tent one or two sizes up from the number of people who need to sleep in it. Some tents are also designed to provide extra storage space. If you are worried about space check if the tent has a vestibule or clever built in storage pockets. This are extremely useful for storing gear. 

What is HH when looking to buy the best cold weather tent?

HH is the Hydrostatic Head test and is measured in mm. It indicates the force of water needed before fabric or material begins to leak. Imagine a column of water 2 metres high (2000mm); the weight of that water being forced down onto a material creates a given pressure, generating the hydrostatic head measurement. The greater the column of water, the greater the pressure and the more waterproof a fabric will need to be in order stop the water penetrating the fabric.

Therefore the best cold weather tent will have a high HH rating – this means that the number of mm it can withstand will be higher. Basically put, 5000mm is better than 1500mm. 

Why is this important when picking the best cold weather tent?

The HH is important because any leakage into your tent during cold weather will quickly reduce the core temperature of the tent and make conditions unbearable. I was once half way up a mountain in Europe when my tent began to leak. Conditions inside the tent became so cold that I had no option but to leave the tent and join my companion in his one man tent. Whilst hilarious looking back on this event without him being there I could have been in a spot of bother. Having a waterproof tent is a must when picking the best tent for cold weather. 

What other features should I look for in the best cold weather tent?

You may also want to look at how easy the tent is to erect and put down. In cold conditions the last thing you want is to be standing around as you struggle to put down your tent. 

You should also ensure all windows can be closed up completely and that all seams are sealed tight. This will improve the functionality of your tent. 

How to make your 'best' cold weather tent last

The best cold weather tent will be a valuable investment and, like any investment, must be looked after.

Below are a few top tips which should keep your tent in top shape for your next trip.

  • When packing away your tent make sure it is folded, clean and dry. This is important to prevent small tears in the fabric and to prevent mold growing on the tent fabric. 
  • Ensure all snow is removed from the outer layer of the tent. 
  • Pitch your tent in a flat location which is not on rough or rocky ground. This will prevent tears appearing in the fabric. 

Conclusion

Buying the best cold weather tent is a necessity when camping in extreme weather conditions. We have provided 5 excellent options from renowned manufacturers. Our top pick is the Crua Duo Cocoon Maxx Combo Tent. We love the insulated Cocoon and the smart technology which brings with it lots of added benefits. However, we recognise that with this excellence comes added expense in having to buy two separate parts. This is why our best value pick the Geertop Backpacking tent is a fantastic choice as well. 

Whichever you choose we at Cool Wilderness hope you love the adventure. Stay safe. Stay warm. 

Other pages we think you'll like

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on email