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3-4 Season Convertible Tents

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REI Arete ASL 2 Tent

user rating: 4 of 5 (6 reviews)

While I'd not call it bombproof, I will say that it will handle any conditions that I'm likely to subject it to including heavy snowfalls and high winds. It's roomy enough that if I'm stuck inside for a couple of days it won't fell like a coffin and the weight and price both fit my needs.

Reasons to Buy

  • Weight
  • Price
  • Strength
  • Room

Reasons to Avoid

  • Could use a bit more ventilation

I've had several winter tents from various tent makers and the REI Arete ASL 2 is as good as any of them but with less weight and a better price, especially since I always wait for a sale if possible.  Like all REI tents (and most modern tents) the setup is easy and could be done in the dark in bad weather without error or confusion.  Once setup and staked it's perfectly taut and stable. It easily handles heavy loads of wet, clumped snow and it sheds Oregon rainstorms like a duck. The floor is a deep bathtub design and well seam-sealed.

Read more: REI Arete ASL 2 Tent reviews (6)

Tarptent Moment DW

user rating: 5 of 5 (2 reviews)

This tent is a great solo 3- or 4-season tent, depending on options. It is the 2nd gen. Moment, the 1st gen being a single wall version. The "DW" in the name stands for Double Wall.

Reasons to Buy

  • FAST setup
  • Relatively lightweight
  • Moderate cost (compared to European makes)
  • Made in USA
  • Aerodynamic shape = wind-worthy design
  • 4-season options
  • High quality
  • Great venting
  • Very versatile
  • fly hem stake loops now standard items

Reasons to Avoid

  • Factory seam sealing costs extra

<These photos are of my "winterizing" mods>The Tarptent Moment DW solo tent is, in a sense, the Hilleberg Akto on steroids. It does derive its basic design from the Akto but has refined the shape and capabilities a lot, making it lighter yet more versatile. Like the Akto, the Moment DW has a main hoop, but instead of the Akto's square ends the Moment has two captive carbon fiber rods at each end to form a triangle to support the canopy at the ends. And these rods have a clever stake cord arrangement that not only goes to one end stake but has two Line Loc tensioners to tension the ridge as well as both sides of the fly bottom.

Read more: Tarptent Moment DW reviews (2)

Tarptent Scarp 2

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3 reviews)

Excellent customer service and made in the USA! My first experience with Henry and the Tarptent staff was nothing short of excellent! The Scarp 2 is well crafted, lightweight, versatile in configuration, and spacious. I highly recommend this tent to anyone camping as a pair and/or with a pet. Packs down small and light for those looking to lighten their load and working with minimal pack space.

Reasons to Buy

  • Nice looking tent
  • Solid seam work
  • Versatile configuration
  • Huge for a 2-person tent
  • Lightweight
  • Excellent venting options
  • Free standing option
  • Quick and easy setup (once you figure it out)

Reasons to Avoid

  • Not free standing without optional pole set
  • Optional poles add 17 oz.
  • Super slippery material
  • Stuff sac barely holds the rolled up tent
  • Stability questionable without optional pole set
  • does not come seam sealed

I had narrowed my options down to a couple tents and I settled on the Scarp 2 for a several reasons, but the one that pushed me over the edge was because I had emailed Tarptent with a few questions and literally within a couple hours I had received a phone call back and had all my concerns tended to. There were other things but that was a big deal for me. Now for the tent. I received the tent within a week of ordering, as it was in-stock. What you get: You have a couple options with the Scarp 2; There are two interior bodies you can choose from: a solid body with minimal mesh for 4-season, or the mesh body for 3-season (all mesh except seams and floor) this is the option I went with.

Read more: Tarptent Scarp 2 reviews (3)

Top 3-4 Season Convertible Tent / Three-Season

Tarptent StratoSpire 1

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

The Stratospire 1 is lightweight, able to withstand severe weather, roomy, and well-constructed. An ingenious design brings together many of the benefits of multiple shelters including a tarp and tent (a well-named product). It needs seam sealing and takes practice to get the pitch right, but gets easy. For a three-season solo plus shelter, extending into the fourth season with a solid inner, it is tough to find a better or more versatile option in the same weight class.

Reasons to Buy

  • Roominess for a solo shelter
  • Two offset doors
  • Extremely large vestibules
  • Wind/rain/snow resistance
  • Easy to adjust from inside
  • High quality construction
  • Pitch options with inner or outer
  • Setup/breakdown in the dry

Reasons to Avoid

  • Needs seam sealing
  • Not long enough for extra tall folks
  • Finicky setup takes practice
  • Large footprint
  • Inner mesh tiebacks slip at times
  • No pocket sewn in

6/18/18: Scroll to the bottom for a couple of updates to my original review...Testing Conditions I spent a lot of time researching the best tent option for open windy and rainy conditions in preparation for two weeks in Scotland this year, and finally purchased the StratoSpire 1 from Tarptent early in 2017.  Since then I have used this tent on nine trips (20 nights in the backcountry) in conditions ranging from high 80s down to near 0 deg F and sustained winds up to 40 mph. Rain was limited to one trip with solid all-day/night downpour and a few thunderstorms, but it has weathered high winds and a one-foot snowstorm incredibly well.

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Luxe Outdoor Base Camp

user rating: 5 of 5 (3 reviews)

Well I finally bought one. The Base Camp is patterned after THE NORTH FACE VE 25 and boy was I surprised. Taped seams ..great YUNAN "Y " stakes ..reflective cord ..probably the best vented tent around. Inside there are lots of mess pockets as well as zippers that unzip to open two large vents in the top of roof. 4 equal length ALUM 9.5 poles and one vestibule pole. Plenty of room! Luxe Outdoors really outdid themselves on this tent. It's hard to imagine getting this quality for a price this low.

Read more: Luxe Outdoor Base Camp reviews (3)

SlingFin CrossBow 2 StormPak

user rating: 4 of 5 (1 review)

The StormPak is the bare bones configuration of the CrossBow 2 series tent that minimizes weight, yet still has the strength to stand up to virtually any weather! This single-wall mesh free setup is waterproof, comfortable for two people and ALL OF THEIR GEAR, and is suitable for any kind of three-season use.

Reasons to Buy

  • Very comfortable for two people
  • Extremely spacious vestibules
  • Good strength-to-weight ratio
  • Excellent quality of materials

Reasons to Avoid

  • Not dry pitch/dry breakdown
  • Learning curve
  • High price point

Although SlingFin may be a relatively new name to the tent world, the crew on board has more collective experience than most well established companies. It is clear that they have paid very close attention to the needs of users who camp in adverse conditions. This being said, this tent could be overkill for many hikers out there.   Specs: MSRP $395 Capacity: 2 Person Number of Doors: 0 Number of Vestibules: 2 Interior Area: 32 sq ft Vestibule Area: 11sq ft (X2) Interior Height: 41.5” at center Fabric- 20D Nylon Ripstop PU Coated Floor             15D Canopy Fabric             15D Nylon Ripstop Silicone PU Coated Fly Poles- 2x DAC NSL 9mm (Main Poles)            1x DAC NSL 9.6mm (Bow Pole) Min.

Read more: SlingFin CrossBow 2 StormPak review (1)

Helsport Stetind 2

user rating: 4 of 5 (4 reviews)

I've used the Stetind in Finnish and Norwegian Lappland on several hikes, sometimes on my own, sometimes with my wife. Roomy for one person, tolerable for two. Light weight, small package, great design, top-quality in every detail. I can set it up in less than two minutes no matter what the weather is. Because the tent is very low, condensed water can be a problem on lowlands. For the windy fjells I can't imagine a better tent for a lone hiker. This tent makes stormy nights a pleasent experience.

Read more: Helsport Stetind 2 reviews (4)

Jack Wolfskin Mistral

user rating: 4 of 5 (2 reviews)

Very well designed tent, a lot of bells and whistles, after using it about 50 times I really like it a lot. Nice interior space for two people, can handle three ok, four people would leave little room for gear on the inside. A lot of tie down anchors in the fly, with velcro tabs on the under side that can lock around the tent poles, and three tent poles, so it can be secured very well in heaving wind. Probably not exactly an expedition level tent, but it can handle four seasons. The fly fabric is polyester, of an in-between weight, not the cheap thin stuff some manufactures use, but then not quite as strong as say North Face.

Read more: Jack Wolfskin Mistral reviews (2)

Macpac Nautilus

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2 reviews)

Tough, reasonably light (2.5kg) 3-season tent. Feels spacious inside due to the vertical side walls and unusual (V shaped) pole configuration leading to a wide and long mid section of maximum height. I used it in very wet and windy conditions alongside a Macpac Minaret. It stood up to the rain and wind almost as well, and at half the price. Overall the layout has been thoughtfully designed, producing a surprisingly spacious interior and a tent you can feel confident in. A few bad points are that the doors in the fly zip in one direction only, and only on one side, reducing the options for ventilation.

Read more: Macpac Nautilus reviews (2)

Vango Equinox 350

user rating: 4 of 5 (4 reviews)

I bought this tent in a sale probably two to three years ago. I wanted a tent I could either backpack or put in my car and take the three kids camping. I have done this on numerous occasions and have not been dissapointed. I have camped in fair weather and also, a month ago camped out in the UK when we had the bad windy/rainy weather. We were out in it for five days and it absolutely threw it down for two days and the wind was horrendous one night. The tent stood the test, not one soggy person!! Like a previous reviewer mentioned, I think midges do get in via the tension straps slits but this provided great entertainment for the kids ...

Read more: Vango Equinox 350 reviews (4)

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