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7 April 2017

5 of the Best Tents for Winter Camping

Camping isn’t just for the summer. While the idea of pitching in the cold might seem uninviting, winter camping trips have a great deal to offer. Pick the right location and you can expose yourself to scenery and wildlife that you wouldn’t be able to see at any other time, and you’re far less likely to find yourself in an overcrowded campsite. To enjoy it fully, it’s important to pick the right gear, and a properly-suited winter tent can make a world of difference.

5. Vango Nemesis 200
With winter camping, weather resistance is vitally important. A flimsy tent is fine in still summer weather, but winter wind is unforgiving, and if your tent can’t withstand it you’re in for a world of hurt. The Nemesis 200 has a geodesic design, which keeps it stable, and the waterproof, double-doored flysheet stops rain, sleet and snow from infiltrating the living quarters. At £225, it’s also very reasonably priced for a tent of its kind.

4. Wild Country Trisar
If you’re in the market for something which goes up quickly, the Trisar is your best bet. The 3 pole design means that it can be pitched in a matter of seconds, and once again it has a rigid, wind resistant geodesic design. You can pick one up for £200 or so, so again it’s a cheap option as well as a practical one. The only drawback is weight – it comes in at just over 3.2kg.

3. Force Ten Vortex Lite
Speaking of weight, the Vortex Lite is an ideal option if you’re on the move and don’t want to carry anything too heavy. As well as only weighing 2.7kg, the Vortex Lite is surprisingly spacious, and only takes around 10-15 minutes to put up. It’s not cheap – the price usually sits around the £550 margin – but it’s convenient, durable and it’ll last a long, long time.

2. Alpkit Kangri
Alpkit are a British company who specialise in all-season tents. The Kangri is one of their finest winter options. Once again it features a geodesic design so that it can stand up to adverse weather, but there’s also a porthole built into the lining so you can actually see what the weather is doing before venturing out. Beyond this, there are also plenty of storage space for gear and a versatile multi-zip door. At 3.5kg, it isn’t exactly light, and at £399 it isn’t cheap either, but it’s top of the line.

1. Terra Nova Quasar ETC
The original Quasar is a mainstay in the hiking/wild camping world, and as the name suggests, the ETC offers all the same benefits and many more. It has one of the best geodesic designs of any tent currently available, and at 8000HH (hydrostatic head – how many mm of water it can hold back) the waterproofing is practically blizzard proof. It’s remarkably spacious, with an extended canopy. At 5.8kg, it’s a bruiser, but the robustness makes it more than worth the extra weight. New, they run at £800. 

Callum Davies

Callum is a film school graduate who is now making a name for himself as a journalist and content writer. His vices include flat whites and 90s hip-hop.