Livability Long winter nights mean lots of tent time, so best have ample space. This Slumberjack In-Season 2 tent delivers with a large, 37-square-foot floor plan. “This is the Ritz Carlton of winter tents: triple doors and a king-size sleeping area,” one tester days. “I’m 6’2” and there was plenty of headroom, thanks to the 44-inch peak height.” Three large vestibules store ridiculous amounts of gear for two people of any size.
Protection Neither sustained rains in Alaska nor heavy snow in Yellowstone outmatched this tent’s polyester fly. And testers appreciated how the brow poles kept the drip line far away from the side vestibules for dry doorways. But beware of windy campsites. Plastic pole clips (rather than sleeves) barely held up in strong gusts, making this more of a “winter lite” tent.
Ventilation In mild temps, mesh doors provide top-notch air circulation—rare for an all-season tent. When the mercury drops, seal in the heat by closing the doors’ polyester panels. Bummer: “The flimsy prop to the roof vent doesn’t stay open,” our tester says.