10 Best Tents for Bad Weather — Always Stay Warm and Dry

By Emma
best tents for camping in bad weather

This is the review of the 10 best tents for bad weather conditions. The MSR Hubba Hubba NX is our top choice in this category. No surprises there.

As usual, our team went through a huge volume of data to shortlist the top options from a competitive market flooded with products. After hours of comparing performances and a few debates over uncounted cups of coffee, we had the top 10 options ready for you.

Our top pick for backpackers is the MSR Hubba Hubba NX.  The combination of 30D nylon ripstop fabric and a DAC Featherlite NFL pole system provides excellent weather protection. Even with a weight of just above 3 lbs, it offers the right balance between performance and price. A real winner in this category.

For larger groups, we have the Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person tent as the best option. The WeatherTec system from Coleman works like a charm to keep the interiors dry in heavy rains and the wind resistance of 35 mph is impressive. Moreover, the durability is good enough to provide years of reliable service. All in all, a superb value for money choice.

If you’re a budget camper, the Teton Sports Mountain Ultra 3 is a real steal. With a 66D ripstop fabric and durable aluminum frames, the Mountain Ultra can take rough weather without breaking a sweat. As a bonus, you get good insulation and solid ventilation. Quite simply, one of the best 3 season tents at an affordable price.

To make the purchasing process easier, we have also added a buyer’s guide that covers all the details. It also contains the key criteria we used to select tents on this list.

Best Tents for Bad Weather – Top Recommendations

Here are the top three tents for handling bad weather that we recommend.

Best for Backpackers: MSR Hubba Hubba NXA top-notch product that cuts no corners and offers solid performance.

Best for Families: Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person tentA great tent for two families that offer great reliability.

Best Budget Choice: Teton Sports Mountain Ultra 3Excellent quality at a pocket-friendly price for car camping or short backpacking trips.

Next, we have the other performers who left us impressed.

ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 2-Person Tent A spacious and affordable dome tent that keeps you dry in the rains.

Coleman Coastline 3 Plus A spacious tunnel tent that offers great ventilation.

Kodiak Canvas Flex Bow A single-layer canvas tent that tops the charts in terms of rugged durability.

Naturehike MongarA stylish budget tent that offers solid weather resistance.

Eureka Space campA durable tent that’s great for small families and sturdy enough to beat the occasional rough weather.

Kammok Mantis All-in-One Hammock Tent– An ultralight and comfortable hammock tent that solo campers will love using.

REI Co-Op Kingdom 8 Tent – A large tunnel tent with two rooms and reliable weather resistance.

MSR Hubba Hubba NX 

  • Space & comfort (20%) – 8/10
  • Weight & Portability (20%) – 9/10
  • Weather resistance (20%) – 9/10
  • Build quality and durability (20%) – 9/10
  • Ease of setup (10%) – 8/10
  • Company history and reputation (10%) – 9/10

The MSR Hubba Hubba has some solid features that make it one of the best tents for tackling foul weather. In fact, for frequent campers who aren’t restricted by budget, it’s a superb choice.

To start with, the tent material is 20D ripstop nylon 1200mm of water resistance. It also has a special Durashield coating of polyurethane & silicone.

I know what you’re thinking. Is 1200 mm good enough?

Now MSR works on a different principle when it comes to waterproof ratings. They work on providing the best balance of waterproofness, weight, and durability. 

For field performance, users found the coating delivering excellent waterproofing in rough weather. The kick-stand vents also prevented condensation in humid conditions.

Moreover, the floor material is 30D ripstop nylon with 3000 mm of waterproofing. So pitching this tent on wet ground is no issue at all.

That said, MSR marks this as a 3-season tent. So it’s not ideal for tackling heavy snow.

We loved the DAC Featherlite NFL pole system of the HUBBA Hubba NX. You won’t find the poles deforming permanently in stormy conditions. Users found the structure flexible enough to deliver excellent stability in windy conditions.

Coming to durability, we have to admit it’s not the best in class. But when you consider the trail weight of 3 lbs. 8 oz, things look pretty impressive. MSR has chosen the material to provide the right balance between weight and durability.

While the 29 square feet of space is good enough for 2 campers. And if you are a solo camper who likes some extra space, it will still be light enough for you. 

Overall, the Hubba Hubba NX is an excellent performer and our favorite pick in this category.

Pros

  • 17.5 square feet of vestibule space for storage
  • Adjustable rainfly with mesh interiors
  • Large D-shaped for easy entry
  • Easy set up with tensioner straps
  • The built-in gutter system on doors for rain protection

Cons

  • It’s pricey
  • Lack of storage pockets in the interior
  • Not ideal for heavy snows

Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Outdoor Tent 

  • Space & comfort (30%) – 7/10
  • Weather resistance (25%) – 8/10
  • Build quality and durability (15%) – 9/10
  • Ease of setup (10%) – 6/10
  • Weight & Portability (10%) – 6/10
  • Company history and reputation (10%) – 8/10

The Coleman WeatherMaster isn’t the most spacious 10 person tent we came across. But it lies on the more comfortable side of the scale among the other cabin-like tents in the market.

We feel it’s good enough to accommodate six adults comfortably. The center height of 6 feet 8 inches is a big plus.

The best part is the WeatherTec system from Coleman that guarantees to keep you totally dry.

Is it effective in bad weather?

You bet it is! 

Most users noted that even in heavy rains, the interiors stayed totally dry. The tub-styled floor with protected seams and corners kept the water out even when the ground got waterlogged.

Another feature we liked is the angled windows that prevent rainwater from coming in. That helps you to keep them open in the rain without compromising on ventilation.

That said, some users mentioned that the weather protection would have been better with a full-coverage rainfly.

Coleman says the frame is durable enough to tackle winds up to 35 mph. Not bad for a tent with a tallboy design.

In the real world, the wind resistance is still good. But we wouldn’t recommend a tall tent for tackling storms.

Coleman has also done an excellent job with its durability. The Polyguard fabric feels rugged and users mentioned that it lasts for years without failing. You don’t have to hesitate while pitching this tent over rough terrains.

One downside of the large size is a long pitching time. Even for two persons, the tent can take anywhere between 15 to 20 minutes to set up.

Overall, we feel that the Coleman WeatherMaster offers superb values as a 10 person tent. If you enjoy summer camping with the family, this is a great choice from all aspects.

Pros

  • Relatively lightweight for a 10 person tent
  • Excellent headroom
  • The mesh ceiling offers great ventilation
  • Angled windows for rain protection
  • Superb durability for a budget tent

Cons

  • Not the best for winters
  • Not easy to pitch for a single person

TETON Sports Mountain Ultra 3

  • Space & comfort (20%)- 7/10
  • Weight & Portability (20%) – 6/10
  • Weather resistance (20%) – 9/10
  • Build quality and durability (20%)- 9/10
  • Ease of setup (10%)- 8/10
  • Company history and reputation (10%) – 8/10

Honestly, not many budget tents find the right balance between performance and durability. Teton Sports hits the mark with the Mountain Ulta 3.

To begin with, the materials used here are top grade. There’s 150D polyester for the floor and 66D ripstop for the rainfly. Note, most budget backpacking tents use 75D fabric for the floor. The frame is made from T6 aluminum with a cross and ridge structure for better durability.

On top of that, you get reinforced corners and heat-sealed seams. In clear weather, simply remove the rainfly to enjoy the clear skies.

Most users loved the excellent durability and weather resistance of the tent. It handled rain, hail, and stormy conditions without missing a beat. Considering the price, we feel Teton Sports has done a great job with the weather resistance.

And another thing…

The material also provided good insulation in cold conditions. Users mentioned that using a high-end sleeping bag kept them comfortable enough in near-freezing conditions.

With two doors and mesh interiors, the ventilation is great too. Users didn’t complain of condensation in humid conditions.

The best part is, the tent is designed for the average user. Even for first-timers, the setup process is super easy. The 2-way door zippers and practical storage pockets add to the ease of use

However, the durable materials make it a heavier choice as a 3 person tent. With a weight above 8 lbs, this isn’t the ideal choice for multi-day backpacking trips.

Still, at this price, it’s one of the best choices for tackling rough weather. It gets a thumbs up from us.

Keep in mind, the Mountain Ultra 3 comes in 1,2,3, and 4 person versions that add a lot of versatility. You can choose a design based on your requirement.

Pros

  • A roomy design
  • Comes with a lifetime warranty
  • Bathtub style floor improves water resistance
  • Very easy to set up
  • Effective ventilation system

Cons

  • No vestibule space for storage
  • Headroom is limited

ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 2-Person Tent

  • Space & comfort (20%)- 9/10
  • Weight & Portability (20%) –7/10
  • Weather resistance (20%) – 8/10
  • Build quality and durability (20%)- 9/10
  • Ease of setup (10%)-7/10
  • Company history and reputation (10%) – 8/10

When it comes to comfort levels in a 2-person tent, the Lynx 2 is a clear winner. With 37 square feet of tent space and 20 square feet of vestibule space, it’s incredibly spacious.

On top of that, the center height is 46 inches. Good enough for a dome-style tent.

In terms of weather resistance, the performance is very good. The 75D 185T polyester fly comes with 1500mm water resistance. All seams are factory sealed for added protection. Users found the interiors staying perfectly dry in heavy rains.

Honestly, when it comes to stability, the tall peak height of the tent didn’t inspire much confidence. We felt heavy wind loads in stormy weather could create problems.

Surprisingly, users found the stability to be impressive even in 40 mph winds. The 7000 series aluminum poles do a great job of keeping it stable.

The polyester fabric feels superbly durable too. The Lynx will easily last for years if you take the right care.

With the double-walled structure and multiple doors and windows, the ventilation is excellent. However, some users felt the tent lacks privacy with window openings on the inner wall and the fly 

That brings us to a major downside, the weight. At 5 lbs. 1 oz., the Lynx isn’t easy to carry in a multi-day backpacking trip. The best option will be to split the weight between two campers.

Lastly, the Lynx comes with a super affordable price tag. Without a doubt, the price to performance ratio is one of the best in this category. Keep in mind, the Lynx is also available in 1, 3, and 4 person variants.

Pros

  • One of the most spacious 2-person tents
  • 2 doors and 2 vestibule spaces
  • Easy to set up the free-standing structure
  • Extra-large zippers with weatherproof fly buckles 
  • Mesh inner is great for stargazing

Cons

  • It’s a heavy tent
  • The vestibule isn’t easy to set up

Coleman Coastline 3 Plus 

  • Space & comfort (20%)- 7/10
  • Weight & Portability (20%) – 7/10
  • Weather resistance (20%) – 7/10
  • Build quality and durability (20%)- 9/10
  • Ease of setup (10%)- 8/10
  • Company history and reputation (10%) – 8/10

For a tunnel tent, the Coleman coastline offers excellent stability in windy conditions. It’s not the best in terms of overall features but is a reliable option in rough weather conditions.

Let’s start with the fact that this isn’t the most comfortable 3-person tent you will find. With 45 square feet of internal space, it’s best for 2 persons, or 2 adults and a child.

The good news is, you get more than 40 square feet of storage area in the vestibules. The addition of 2 doors makes it easy to use. Another big plus is, the headroom is 55 inches.

But is it weather resistant?

Absolutely. Users found it performing very well in heavy rains.

A 185T flysheet and a thick PE floor material deliver excellent waterproofing. The sewn-in groundsheet prevents any entry of water from the ground. 

That said, a few users mentioned minor leakage from the door zippers during heavy rainfall.

Now, we aren’t the biggest fans of fiberglass tent poles. But the poles in this tent are robust enough to keep it steady in strong winds.

Most users were satisfied with the ventilation levels. With a mixture of multiple openings and mesh inner, the ventilation is good too. Coleman mentions that the riser groundsheet allows cool air to enter from the bottom.

Keep in mind, this is a heavy tent. So the use is limited to car camping trips.

On the whole, the Coastline 3 plus is an easy to recommend tent for tackling foul weather.

Pros

  • Optimally placed guy lines add to the overall stability
  • It’s easy to set up
  • Comes with a power cord opening
  • Breathable polyester material offers great ventilation
  • Separate sitting and storage area

Cons

  • Not light enough for backpackers
  • Small for three adults

Kodiak Canvas Flex Bow

  • Space & comfort (30%)- 7/10
  • Weather resistance (25%)- 8/10
  • Build quality and durability (15%)- 9/10
  • Ease of setup (10%) – 7/10
  • Weight & Portability (10%)- 5/10
  • Company history and reputation (10%)- 8/10

In terms of weatherproofing, canvas tents are one of the best you can pick. The flex bow from Kodiak is one of the top options in this class.

The durability is bulletproof, to say the least. The Cotton Duck canvas with Hydrashield coating offers a great combination of ruggedness and breathability. It works great in dry and dusty conditions.

Users mentioned that the waterproofing is solid and the tent tackled thunderstorms like a champion. The floor is made from16 oz vinyl polyester material. You can expect excellent waterproofing from it.

However, some users pointed out the design of the back door can allow water to enter if opened during rain.

The Flex Bow frame structure also keeps the tent steady in windy conditions. A combination of steel tubes and spring steel rods keeps the tent steady in rough weather.

Not to forget, the 12-inch steel stakes. Honestly, we haven’t seen such heavy-duty stakes in any other tents of this class.

While the tall structure of 6’6” allows you to walk comfortably in the tent, it can also be an issue in stormy conditions. Pegging down the tent with all the stakes is essential.

Note, even though this is a single-walled tent, the thick canvas material offers decent insulation. Also, being breathable, it vents moisture effectively.

On the downside, users mentioned pitching the tent isn’t so simple. You need to study the instructions to understand the flex bow mechanism. It gets easier with practice though.

Overall, the Kodiak Canvas isn’t the most versatile tent you can pick. But if you want ruggedness and reliability, it’s a good investment.

Pros

  • Good interior space
  • Durable, heavy-duty design
  • 2 large D-shaped doors and 2 windows
  • Comes with an awning
  • Great for both hot and cold climates

Cons

  • Non-freestanding design
  • Very heavy at 69 pounds

Naturehike Mongar

  • Space & comfort (20%)- 8/10
  • Weight & Portability (20%) –7/10
  • Weather resistance (20%) – 8/10
  • Build quality and durability (20%)- 7/10
  • Ease of setup (10%)- 8/10
  • Company history and reputation (10%) –7/10

The Naturehike Monger isn’t a tent that our technical team tried before. But it surprised us with its overall weather resistance and durability.

For starters, the materials used here are top grade. The 20D nylon rainfly comes with 4000 mm of water resistance. The same material is used for the floor. The waterproofing is done with a special silicone coating.

Frankly, for the best wind and snow resistance, we prefer 40D nylon material. But considering the price, we won’t be complaining.

How does it perform in the real world?

Quite good, actually. Users reported no leakage in rainy conditions. Besides, the 7001 aluminum poles feel robust. Even in stormy conditions, the structure remained rock steady.

The fly comes with dual air vents and the inner tent is a combination of nylon and mesh. As a result, users hardly noted any condensation inside the tent.

The fabric also keeps the weight of the tent on the lighter side. At 4lbs 11oz, it’s not ultralight, but light enough for casual backpacking trips.

At this price point, the Naturehike Mongar offers solid value. Most importantly, it’s a budget tent you can depend on in rough weather conditions. 

We recommend it wholeheartedly for campers on a budget.

Pros

  • Spacious interiors
  • Top grade materials offer excellent weatherproofing
  • Has 2 doors and 2 vestibules. 
  • The Y-frame structure is easy to set up
  • Very well priced

Cons

  • Non-freestanding design
  • The durability of the footprint isn’t the best

Eureka Space camp

  • Space & comfort (30%)- 7/10
  • Weather resistance (25%)- 8/10
  • Build quality and durability (15%)- 8/10
  • Ease of setup (10%)- 8/10
  • Weight & Portability (10%)- 7/10
  • Company history and reputation (10%)- 7/10

When it comes to tents, Eureka isn’t a brand that stands among the toppers. Still, the Space Camp has enough going for it to be marked as a dependable choice in bad weather conditions.

The tent material is 68D 185T polyester material. It isn’t the best in class but offers good protection from the elements. The fly has a 1500 mm waterproofing rating while the floor is rated slightly higher at 1800 mm.

Users found the waterproofing to be good. Even when water pooled on the grounds, the interiors stayed dry.

The poles are made from 7000-Series aluminum and the frame is steady enough for offering solid stability in stormy weather.

Here’s something special…

The tent comes with an Air Exchange System that allows you to adjust the ventilation levels. That way, you can control the airflow depending on the outside conditions. The mesh on the roof makes it good for summer camping too.

Users loved the ventilation in the tent. There was no trace of condensation even in cold and moist conditions.

That said, users mentioned the lack of windows in the tent. Not the best option if you love enjoying the views.

With 60 square feet of inner area, it’s not the best choice for 4 adults. We feel it’s best for a small family of 3. Thankfully, there are two vestibules with 28.5 square feet of additional storage space.

The Space Camp comes in 4- person and 6-person variants. That gives you the flexibility to pick as per your requirements.

Pros

  • The weatherproofing is good
  • Decent headroom at 5’8”
  • The Air Exchange System offers great ventilation
  • 10 pockets for storage
  • Easy setup and takedown

Cons

  • Not the best levels of comfort
  • Lacks windows
  • Comes without a footprint

Kammok Mantis All-in-One Hammock Tent

  • Space & comfort (20%)- 8/10
  • Weight & Portability (20%) –10/10
  • Weather resistance (20%) – 8/10
  • Build quality and durability (20%)- 7/10
  • Ease of setup (10%)- 8/10
  • Company history and reputation (10%) –7/10

The Kammok Mantis is a hammock tent that comes with a great design. Basically, it’s an ultralight shelter that combines a hammock with a mesh cover and a rainfly.

Admittedly, purists may not prefer the design when compared with a traditional tent. It’s not the most weather-resistant choice for technical terrains. But the ultralight design with its incredible ease of use and the good rain protection left us impressed.

The hammock body is made from ripstop nylon and comes with ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene loops. It can withstand 500 lbs of weight.

The rainfly is ripstop nylon with a special coating that offers 1500 mm of waterproofing. In clear weather, the mesh canopy will keep you protected from bugs. The bug net comes with a zipper attachment that makes it easy to use.

The rainfly offers great coverage and will keep you protected from rain showers. Users found the protection to be adequate.

Remember, it also has guy-outs to reduce swaying and offer more stability.

That said, the materials are on the thinner side and don’t feel rugged. Be careful to protect it from sharp edges and abrasions.

The integrated ridgeline ensures a 30° angle for the hammock. Users mentioned the overall design is ultra-comfortable and provides a comfortable sleeping experience. However, campers above 6 feet will find the space limited.

At 2 lb 11.5 oz, the mantis is an ultralight choice for solo campers. It also packs into a compact shape that’s super easy to carry in a backpack.

The Mantis hammock tent isn’t cheap but the price is in line with other models of this design. To sum up, it’s a great option for ultralight campers who enjoy the feel of a hammock.

Pros

  • A versatile shelter for all-weather camping
  • Modular design offers great versatility
  • Ultralight and comfortable
  • A simple setup process
  • Robust straps that are tree-friendly

Cons

  • Does not offer insulation
  • Not best for tall campers

REI Co-Op Kingdom 8 Tent 

  • Space & comfort (30%)- 8/10
  • Weather resistance (25%)- 7/10
  • Build quality and durability (15%)- 6/10
  • Ease of setup (10%)- 7/10
  • Weight & Portability (10%)- 7/10
  • Company history and reputation (10%)- 8/10

This is the largest tent from REI in the Kingdom series of products. With two rooms, excellent head height, and two doors it has the right design to accommodate two families with 6 to 7 members.

The materials come with the right level of durability for tackling the elements. There’s the 75-denier polyester with a special coating for the canopy and 150-denier polyester on the floor. The seams are sealed for better protection.

The overall rain protection is good. But some users mentioned leakage from the vents during heavy downpours.

Note, REI has upped their game to improve the stability of this tent. It has hubbed pole assemblies and sleeves for better stability and easier setup.

But some users mentioned that the poles suffered some damage during strong winds. Considering the tall height of the tunnel structure, we think that’s expected.

We feel it’s good for tackling small to moderate showers and wind speeds between 15 to 25 mph. Make sure to stake it well if the weather gets rough.

Users also mentioned that the tent offers excellent ventilation. The mesh interiors and vents on the rainfly ensured a steady airflow.

As expected from a large tent, the pitching time isn’t short. But once you get the hang of it, the mechanism is simple enough even for a single person.

Basically, the tent has all the right features for summer campers. For a 3 season tent, this is a good option from REI. But if you need better wind stability, look elsewhere.

Pros

  • Vertical walls and a freestanding pitch
  • Excellent peak height of 75 inches
  • The vestibule works as an awning
  • Comes with 2 large doors
  • Built-in storage pockets.

Cons

  • Not the best in stormy conditions
  • It’s pricey
  • Does not come with a footprint

How to Choose the Best Tents for Bad Weather (Rain and wind)

When it comes to choosing a weather-resistant tent, there are various aspects involved. Obviously, the tent fabric and the metal frame are two important ones. Other than that, the tent shape, height, weight, rainfly coverage are some other important factors.

There are three main weather conditions that a tent needs to resist. These are wind, rain, and snow. 

So let’s dig a little deeper and see how we can choose the best for each condition. But before that, we will discuss another important aspect that impacts all-around weather performance – the tent season ratings. 

Tent Season Ratings

This is the first point that you need to consider while buying a tent.

Camping tents are rated between 1 to 5 based on the seasons in which they can be used. For starters, there are the 1 and 2 season tents designed for summer camping trips where you face little or no precipitation. They are not for rough weather conditions.

3 season tents offer the best of both worlds for most campers. They can withstand moderate rains and are made from more robust materials. They also offer better insulation and ventilation. There are a wide variety of 3 season tents ranging from ultralight models to larger designs for car camping.

It goes without saying that 4 and 5 season tents offer better weather protection. But they aren’t the best options for all campers.

Why is this so?

Firstly, these tents are expensive. If you prefer camping in mild to moderate conditions, such a tent is overkill and not worth the investment. 

Secondly, these tents offer better insulation but comparatively less ventilation to preserve the warmth. For warmer conditions, they are not a comfortable choice.

Rain Protection

Pitching your tent in a canyon or a rock shelter can protect you from gale-force winds. But it won’t save you from the rains. For that, you need a rainfly that offers good coverage and a tent body that keeps the water out. 

In addition, high-quality zippers, along with well-designed windows, doors, and vents, also help in keeping the water out. 

The Tent Fabric

The tent fabric is the most important factor for waterproofing. Most tents come with a durable rain fly that’s coated with a special material to provide a specific waterproof rating. This can be anywhere between 1000 mm to 5000 mm of water. 

Basically, you should choose a tent fabric with a rating of 2000 mm to 3000 mm for good rain protection.

Generally, the groundsheet should be provided with a higher rating to make it more resistant to scrapes and abrasions. 

Some users also use a separate footprint to improve the performance of the groundsheet. The footprint also provides extra insulation from the cold ground. But it will add to the overall cost and weight of the tent.

It seems the higher the rating, the better it is. Isn’t it?

Not quite.

Take MSR tents for example. The brand mentions that a thicker waterproof coating makes the tent fabric heavier and less durable in the long run. Higher coating thickness can reduce the tear strength of the fabric.

In fact, most MSR tents have a rainfly with a waterproof rating between 1000 to 1500 mm.

Manufacturers also balance between factors like thread count, fabric type, and the fabric denier number while choosing the fabric. Without going into the details, we can say that the higher the denier number, the stronger the fabric will be. 

Coming to the fabric, nylon and polyester offer good waterproofing and are lightweight. However, waterproof materials like canvas are heavier but offer great durability and breathability.

The Tent Seams

Now the waterproof rating of the fabric does not tell the full story. The seams where pieces of fabrics meet are also extremely vulnerable. Basically, these are little holes that can easily let in rainwater if left untreated.

So how should you treat them?

Well, look for any of the following descriptions:

  • Inverted seams – the stitches are facing inside the tent instead of being exposed.
  • Sealed seams – the manufacturer could have either put a special tape over their seams or welded them together so that there’s absolutelly no gaps between the fabrics

The Bathtub Floor

Remember how we mentioned the tent floor is usually of a higher rating than the tent walls and fly? Usually, you can feel that the floor is made from a thicker, tarp-like material.

It would be very helpful if this thick floor material extends up the tent walls a little bit. This helps groundwater from seeping into the tent.

We have a comprehensive article on how to tell if a tent is waterproof if you want to learn more.

Wind Resistance

The quality and design of the rainfly can take care of the waterproofing in most cases. But the most unpredictable and complicated factor is the wind load. 

If the tent has to be strong enough to resist high wind and heavy snow, the manufacturing costs will inflate. Besides, it also increases the weight of the tent. So this is one of the most technically challenging aspects of tent design that manufacturers face.

Naturally, only the expedition-grade tents can withstand strong winds in excess of 60 mph. When it comes to 3 season tents, don’t expect them to resist winds stronger than 25 to 30 mph. They aren’t designed to handle heavy snow loads either.

And the overall aerodynamic performance of a tent varies depending on the wind conditions. A tent might collapse if the wind hits from an odd angle. 

With that in mind, let’s check the various factors that make a tent resistant to wind.

The Tent Shape 

Tents come in various shapes like a dome, tunnel, or cabin. In addition, there are hybrid versions too. 

But when it comes to weather resistance, dome-shaped tents are the best choice. Their aerodynamic profile and low height allow them to handle winds better than cabin or tunnel tents. 

Apart from that, there are some top-grade tents that come with a special geodesic design. Such a tent has triangular structural elements that offer better stability. But they are very expensive.

In most cases, dome tents are designed for 2 to 3 campers. So for family camping trips, you need to pick larger cabin tents. Let’s not forget, the taller design of these tents doesn’t make them the most stable option. 

However, family camping tents are heavier than dome tents. So even though they may get deformed, these tents are less likely to be blown away by strong winds.

Still, it’s comfortable to have a tent with a tall design as you get more headspace. If you’re a summer camper and don’t venture into technical terrain, you can sacrifice some of the stability for comfort.

Double-walled tents are the best choice when you’re heading into wet conditions. An outer rainfly with good coverage provides better protection from rain and also keeps your gear dry. The air gap between the two walls adds to the interior ventilation. 

When setting up a double-walled tent, make sure to stake the tent body and vestibule securely to keep them tight and wrinkle-free. That way the rainfly won’t touch the tent body and prevent any condensation.

Check for features like sealed seams and corners to prevent any water leakage. A groundsheet with a bathtub-style design helps to keep you dry if the ground gets waterlogged.

The Tent Pole Structure and Stakes

Tent poles are made from fiberglass or aluminum. Steel poles are also used but they are heavier in weight.

Fiberglass poles are cheaper but don’t offer the best durability. Besides, they are more likely to break under extreme wind loads.

Aluminum poles are lighter and a better choice for weather resistance. They are more stress-resistant and are more likely to bend than break. But they come at a higher price and can also corrode in the long run. Even so, for frequent campers, aluminum is a better choice.

Another option is carbon fiber tent poles. They offer high strength and are lighter in weight. But they are expensive and are not found in family tents.

When it comes to pole structure, a higher number of poles add to the overall stability of the tent. Usually, the poles criss-cross each other to form a closed structure. With more intersections, you get better wind stability.

But consider this- a more complex structure makes the setting of the tent difficult. You will also have to bear a higher weight with more structural members. 

Beyond that, poles with a sleeve connection offer better stability than clips or tie-downs.

Note, apart from the design and material, the stability of the tent will also depend on how you set it up by using the guylines. With secure guylines and more stakes, you can make a tent more wind resistant.

Unfortunately, many tents come with poor-quality stakes. You can invest in longer stakes that offer better stability. Some stakes also come in Y or V shapes that provide better staying power in high wind conditions.

Final Verdict

So it all adds up to this. 

We have chosen a mixed variety of tents that will provide you the best protection when the weather gets rough.

With its excellent design, top-notch waterproofing, solid durability, the MSR Hubba Hubba NX simply smashes the competition in this category. Frequent backpackers who enjoy multi-day trips in the wilderness will find it a great choice for handling unpredictable weather conditions.

The Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person tent won us over with its excellent durability and great weatherproofing. It’s not the largest tent in terms of space but the features are perfectly balanced to provide a reliable shelter when the weather takes a turn for the worse.

The Teton Sports Mountain Ultra 3 offers great performance and features that allow it to punch above its price category. With a practical design and hassle-free setup, it’s a no-brainer for budget campers.

While picking the right tent for bad weather conditions can be challenging, we hope this guide will help you make the right choice.

Best get started with it.

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My name is Emma, and I’m a city dweller who jumps on every opportunity to get out and enjoy nature! I’ve gone on a number of car camping and backpacking trips over the past few years. I created this site to inspire others to get outside and to make the process easier for you.