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I am a frequent camper all year long. Most of this is in South Mississippi, but I also travel in the winter to camp so the weather I encounter then is alot colder than what I am accustomed to living in the south. I currently own many many tents, and seldom encounter problems with any of them, even though they are all either Wal-Mart or Academy brands. Just cheap impulse buys really. Well I am finally going to get myself some quality tents but I am a first time buyer so I could really use some help here.
I want one tent to be able to get me through the harshest of winters wherever I go. It has to be at least a three person - something big enough for two people and two large dogs, as well as a decent sized front vestibule for gear as well as one in the back for a couple pairs of boots. The Most Important thing with this tent is that it has the capability of keeping me warmer than the tents I already own. One of which has no screen (except for two windows) and a full fly. So I think that the material itself should be my deciding factor. I researched many many tents and the one I liked the most was The North Face VE-25. But I read a couple of questionable reviews on this site, so can someone please tell me, am I making a bad decision here??
The second tent I want will mostly be used in the remaining three seasons here in the south. It needs to be much larger because we often have more people then. It also has to withstand serious winds and heavy rain, as these come unexpectedly here on a regular basis. So another full fly and vestibules are needed, but with more ventilation (screen). I have come up with three possibilities for this tent. The first was the Kodiak Canvas Tent With Awning and Screen Room. But due to the way it is put together, I did not feel that It would stand up to the wind (mostly) and rain here. The second one I considered was the Coleman Exponent Northstar X8. I really liked the design of this tent, especially the floored screen room and the awnings. But again, I just don't know if it would hold up to the weather. So, with no intentions of going with the same brand, I decided that The North Face Trailhead 8 would have a way better chance of handling the winds and rain, and that because of this it would be worth sacraficing the awnings and screen room that attracted me to the other two. So is there anything that I have forgotten to consider here? Again, I am needing to know if I am making a bad decision with this tent? I just really really need to know that the money spent is going to make me happy that I did and wonder why I had not already done so. I would hate to feel like I wasted my money on something I could have gotten at Academy with just a little sacrafice in quality. Someone please give me some confidence to get these tents lol. Or suggest ones that I should consider instead. Thank you so much.