All the tents reviewed here stand up to unruly three-season storms, but few deliver the rough-weather comforts of the Compact Light, which is ideal for regions that see plenty of rain and wintry weather year-round. Because the tent body stays clipped to the fly, this non-freestanding hoop design pitches fast and preserves a dry interior during rainy setups. Loops inside the tent make stringing clotheslines easy, and two pockets (by the door) keep doodads organized during weather delays.
The huge, 28.4-square-foot vestibule holds a trio’s wet gear, and its side-zip entry keeps those items from cluttering access to the single, large front door. The steep walls and high ceiling (41 inches) create a roomy feel, and the 34.4-square-foot floor and 90-inch length let testers of all sizes spread out in comfort. And when storms struck, the Compact Light “never rippled in wind that flattened other nearby tents,” one tester declared after howling storms hit Utah’s Green River. Ventilation is outstanding in breezy conditions, and even damp, chilly nights produced scant condensation. But the integrated fly makes it too warm for hot-weather use, and sand sticks to the siliconized nylon. $549; 7 lbs. 1 oz.; bergans.com
If your definition of adventure includes heavy snows, wind-driven sand or sideways rain, we've crafted the perfect armor for your battle against the elements. Alti Storm 2P is a descendant of Losi 2P but with a burlier frame and more enclosed canopy. Two large doors with vestibules make getting in and out of the tent easy and allow ample gear storage. The inner tent is constructed of a 70D breathable nylon with zippered mesh vents on each door to increase ventilation. The fly is a durable 75D polyester with overhead vents to promote good ventilation. Strategically oriented ridge poles with multiple intersections create a strong configuration with nearly vertical walls.