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Choosing 3-Season Tents

Breaking Down the Basics
How to Choose a 3-season Tent


When you picture a tent, chances are you think of a 3-season tent. These versatile shelters are designed to handle the relatively mild conditions of spring, summer, and fall. They come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and materials to accommodate everyone from minimalist backpackers on long treks to large families on weekend car-camping getaways. They're equipped with mesh panels to promote airflow and a rain cover that can be deployed in bad weather. When choosing a 3-season tent, keep in mind the type of trip you're taking and the number of people using the tent.

Backpacking Tents:

Backpacking tents are designed with an emphasis on keeping weight and volume to a minimum so they don't take up too much space or weigh you down on long treks.

Solo Tents:

Solo tents are extremely lightweight and only offer enough space for one person to lie down and sit up in.

Family Tents:

When you're car camping, you're not as concerned with weight as much as you are with space and comfort. Family and campground tents are spacious and easy to spend time in.