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EMS Pampero

rated 5.0 of 5 stars

The Pampero has been discontinued. If you're looking for something new, check out the best 3-4 season convertible tents for 2024.

photo: EMS Pampero 3-4 season convertible tent

It's a Bomber 4-season big vestibule tent!


  • This tent rules for harsh weather conditions, with huge vestibule.


  • Heavy and out of production (Bummer).







One other tent comes to mind when it comes to bigger vestibule, Quest Praying Mantis 4-S 4-season tent.

The Pampero is a more robust tent than the Quest. I own both and love them both.

It is easy to set up and can hold a lot of gear in the front and a pack in the back, the fly material is top notch and lots of guy outs to hold it steady.

I have been in some crazy weather with this tent and it never let me down, big front D door V door in the back both with zipper panels when things get cold and a top mesh roof with zip-up panel as well.

Why EMS discontinued this tent is a puzzle, just like all the other big hitters in the past.

Moss comes to mind.

From my understanding this tent was designed by Charles Duval, one of Moss tents designers back when.

Everything is now mesh and light, not a bad thing but not good when things get out of hand and the temp drops with wind and rain and you didn't pack the extra weight in -0 degree bag.

Zip it up and light a candle it's going to get nuts.

The example I bought was used and neglected (put away damp), had mildew, but I was able to salvage the poor old boy and now it rocks.

Wound up selling it, it was just to short for my 6'4" height.

Kept rubbing my head against cold fabric..

Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $40

Got it on ebay three years ago as a store model from EMS. Absolutely love it. In fact, I like it so much that I sold my Moss tent (needed the money) and started using this one instead. Traveled all over the US with it and it has done equally well in warm/humid weather and cold/snowy weather. Not lite, but really practical and splits well between two people (about 4.2 lbs each). I love the vestibule and the ventilation. I am thinking about taking it to a tent shop and having a single roof installed, but don't want to run the risk of screwing it up. I guess we will have to see. So far no leaks, tears or problems what-so-ever.

Design: Three/Four Season convertible
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: Very easy, comes with instructions sewn into the tent bag
Weight: 8.5 lbs
Price Paid: $100

This is the one tent to own if you can only have one. I used it in every imaginable setting summer through winter and it has performed exceptionally well. The double vestibule is useful. Tight as a drum. It was designed by Charles Duval, the man who designed the majority of the great Moss tents. And it shows! I have not taken it above the tree line but plan to soon. Highly recommended.

Design: 4 season convertable
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: Needs some practice but once you learn it, it goes up quick!
Weight: 8.5lbs-7 without vestibule
Price Paid: $269

I'm glad I invested in this tent. I took it with me on a winter camping trip to the Adirondacks. Very well thought out design. Fly seams were already taped. Just had to seam seal (included) the tent itself prior to use. May be a bit cramped for two people with winter gear, very roomy for one person. Good venting capability.

Design: 4 season
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: I was able to set it up in about 10 minutes with gloves on
Weight: 8 lbs.
Price Paid: $219 on sale

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