Here you have a list of the best cold weather tents for family camping, all different in style and designed for a variety of cool or cold weather situations.
Cold weather tents – what does this imply
The term cold weather tents can have a few different meanings:
- Cold weather tents for 3-season camping, perhaps better to call them cool weather tents. So here you would have a design which preserves warmth, without mesh on the ceiling, etc., but not necessarily suitable for snow conditions or for very strong winds.
- Cold weather tents for hunting. This may be similar to the group above but it may include some of the groups below, like winter tents, 4-season, etc.
- Extreme cold weather tents. This type comes with features which allow for using a wood stove inside, plus the design suitable for such extreme environments, like a full coverage fly or double-layer structure.
- Insulated tents. This is a special type which can be used in all seasons and for any activity, including family camping. Such tents insulate you from the environment, regardless if it is cold or warm, so they are more than cold weather tents. You will see a perfect example below.
- 4-season tents. This is a rather general term which includes several tents in the list.
- Winter tents. These tents are what the name says, warm enough and strong enough for the snow and everything else that comes with winter, but you would not use them in a warm environment. Obviously, the extreme cold weather tents are also in this group.
So cold weather tents for family camping can include any of those mentioned above. Below, you have the tents that can be included in at least one of these types, but some you can put in several. The common features of almost all these tents are at least the following:
- They all are designed to preserve the warmth or to preserve the inner micro-atmosphere from the external elements in general (remember what I said about insulated tents).
- All are with a high waterproof rating.
- These are tents for groups or for families, so all are with 6 or more people capacity.
Most of them are very expensive, but not all.
My list of the best cold weather tents, suitable for family camping and for groups
The list includes the tents ordered by the inner floor area, from the smallest to the largest:
After reading the text, you will realize that here you have:
- Tents with stoves included (or designed to be used with stoves).
- Some are canvas tents and some are poly-canvas.
- Some are air beam tents; who would say that these can be found here.
Note the following – the tents presented here are only representatives of a much larger group. Many of the tents in the category Tunnel Tents here in the site belong to this group of cold weather tents. They are with PVC windows and without mesh, and such a structure keeps the warmth better than any other type.
1. OzTent 30 Second Expedition Tent RV 5
This tent is here in the group because this is a canvas tent, a breathable structure suitable for any weather conditions and for any climate. The canvas gives some insulation which is always better than in any synthetic tent. But the design is such that you can close all the openings and preserve the warmth when needed. The fabric will still allow the air circulation and this is what makes the big difference when compared to any synthetic material tent.
But you have mesh on all openings and you can use this tent also in a warm weather climate, so this is a true 4-season tent. The official capacity is 5 people, but the area which you have here is rather small, only 72 ft² (6.7 m²). The packed size is far from great, 78.7 x 15.7 x 7.1 inches (200 x 40 x 18 cm) so you will have to transport it on the roof of the car.
The tent is very tall, with a stand-up design and you have windows on three sides, and on the front you have the large door and the awning shown in the picture above. Note also that this is an instant tent as its name suggests. Much more you will find in my full review, so please follow the link.
2. Bushtec Adventure Alpha Kilo 4000 Canvas 6 Person Bow Tent
This Alpha Kilo 4000 is a very strong and durable structure with spring steel poles and with a canvas fabric. You have a partial coverage fly which is here to protect the roof where you have two vents, and it extends into an awning shown in the picture.
The tent is a very tall 84 inches (213 cm) single room construction with one door and two windows. All the openings are with mesh and panels. This is a great tent for 4-season use and it is equally good for a warm weather camping and for winter use.
It is very bulky when packed and very heavy, it weighs 90 lb (40.8 kg). The declared capacity is 6 people and the dimensions are 10 x 10 ft (305 x 305 cm) so you have an area of 100 ft² (9.3 m²). Please follow the link for more.
3. Kodiak Canvas Flex Bow Basic 6 Person Tent 10 x 10
This is one of those tents that will perform equally well in all seasons and in all climates. This is a breathable canvas structure which naturally gives more insulation than any synthetic tent, and it also creates a cooler atmosphere in a warm climate than a synthetic tent.
The capacity is 6 people and it offers a floor area of 100 ft² (9.3 m²). Note that it is quite heavy 68 lb (30.8 kg) and it is also bulky when packed. The tent is not freestanding but you have 18 long steel stakes included in the package, so stake it down properly and choose a right camping place where you can use the stakes. The structure is with two doors and two separate mesh windows where you have a double layer structure with mesh and panels. One bonus with this tent is its huge 6 x 6 ft awning on one side.
The craftsmanship here is on the highest level, the tent has been on the market for many years already so there can be no unpleasant surprises, it is built to last for many years. Please follow the link to check for the price updates.
4. Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow VX Waterproof Quick Tent 6011 With Tarp
Here you have a canvas tent with a breathable fabric and it is suitable for all seasons and all climates. The structure is very tall and pleasant and with a walk-around comfort. There are 2 doors and 4 + 2 windows and all of them are double layer structures with mesh and canvas panels. The floor is a very thick synthetic material and note also that this tent comes with a tarp included.
The tent’s area is 100 ft² (9.3 m²) and the declared capacity is 6 people, so it is best to downgrade this number of users by half if you plan to use it for a cold weather camping. The tent is heavy, it weighs 68 lb (30.8 kg), and it is bulky when packed. The frame is steel and the roof is tensioned with 4 spring steel rods.
5. Russian Bear Winter Tent With Stove Included
This unusual design is for extreme weather conditions, and the tent comes with a wood stove included in the package. You have a pipe jack on the roof with a heat-resistant layer around, to pass the pipe.
The tent is an instant setup type of a particular type. It works like this: you unfold the tent and then enter it and spread it from inside just like an umbrella. In fact, you have a pole in the center which has the same purpose as the pole in an umbrella, so that you slide the structure with roof poles along it.
When the tent is open and is standing on its legs, you simply unscrew that central pole and put it aside until you take the tent down, and this is then done in seconds. See how it is done in this video – it is in Russian, it doesn’t matter just watch and enjoy, one girl is setting the tent up on her own:
There are windows on the tent and they all are with 4 layers; so you have a mesh and a panel in the inner tent, and again a translucent solid layer and a panel on the external waterproof shell. The door is yet another invention, it is a hinged door of a particular type, but you do not have to use it, you can use the normal zippered panel instead.
The tent is round shape and you have 11.4 ft (3.5 m) diameter, which gives around 102 ft² (9.6 m²) of the floor area.
6. Kodiak Canvas 12×9 Canvas Cabin Tent
This Kodiak Canvas tent is what its name says, a canvas tent and designed in such a way that you can use it in all weather conditions and in all seasons. All the openings are the double layer with mesh and canvas panels, so you can regulate the air flow and preserve the warmth. The canvas gives some insulation so this tent is by all means suitable for cold weather camping.
The tent is particularly tall with 90 inches (229 cm) peak height and I have included it in my list of very tall tents. It is not freestanding so you have to stake it down properly. The legs are telescopic steel poles and you also have two extra poles which you use for an awning configuration shown in the picture above. It is nicely designed with 2 doors and with 4 separate windows.
The capacity is 6 people but the total area is not particularly big, you have 108 ft² (10 m²) and it is very heavy, 92 lb (41.7 kg). Please follow the link for more.
7. Barebones Outfitter Tent
Here you have a frame tent with a frame that sets up completely separately and it is also fully freestanding and very strong, designed to withstand a vertical pressure of up to 1000 lb (454 kg) like in the case of the snow on the roof. It is good enough for the winds of up to 90 mph. The tent comes with a flapjack included, ready for a wood stove, and obviously it is very suitable for a 4-season use.
This is a tall structure with 108 inches (274 cm) peak height so I have included it in my list of very tall tents. You have completely vertical side walls that are 72 inches (183 cm) high. It comes with 8 nice windows and 2 doors, all double layer structures with mesh and panels. The official capacity is 8 people but the floor area is 126 ft² (11.7 m²).
Note that this is a heavy tent, the weight is 218 lb (99 kg). It is also very very expensive, please check the link below for the updated price.
8. Vango Skye 500 5 Person Tent
The reason for having this Skye 5 person tent here in the group of cold weather camping tents is its construction with solid PVC windows and the shell which is almost completely closed. Namely, the floor in the sitting room is linked in and not sewn in. The waterproof rating is impressive, you have 3000 mm for the shell and more for the plastic floor.
The tent is with TBS system for lateral stability in adverse conditions and with numerous guyout lines. So it is designed to withstand strong winds. There are large vents for air circulation, one on the front and one on the back.
I guess you want to see some numbers. So the area is around 133.5 ft² (12.4 m²) and the weight is 20.57 lb (9.33 kg). For such a big tent the packed size is very good (L x D) 27.5 x 9.8 inches (70 x 25 cm).
You should know that this is a very affordable tent, please follow the link to check the updated price.
9. Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow Deluxe 8-Person Tent
The Kodiak Canvas 8 is what its name says, a 100% canvas tent, and such a material insulates far better in a warm environment than any synthetic. So the tent is very much suitable for desert-like conditions, the thick fabric and flaps will keep the dust out. But in general, this tent is an all-season year-round use tool, but not for extreme winter mountaineering or heavy snow accumulations.
This is a heavy non-freestanding tent which must be staked out properly. Once this is done, it will stand strong against anything, regardless if this is rain, wind, or snow. This is a watertight and breathable structure.
Everything in this tent is built to last, only strong and quality materials are used. The fabric is pleasant an soft, though it is heavy and you need time to set it up properly. So this is not a tent for people who change the camping place frequently.
They have several tents that look similar to each other so it is easy to get confused. This is the model 6014 and you will see it in the link below.
The frame is as the name says, flex-bow type, 3/8-inch solid spring steel, very sturdy and it keeps the tent taut. You have 6’6″ (198 cm) ceiling height with a walk-around comfort. There are 2 large D-shaped doors, one on the front and one on the back, and 4 large windows with no-see-um mesh.
The tent is designed with a large 84 x 78-inch (213 x 198 cm) awning. Inside the tent, you have a customizable gear loft, and organizer pockets. The zippers are quality #10 YKK zippers. There are two funnel-flow vents and the tent comes with heavy-duty 12-inch steel rod stakes.
The ceiling is 10 oz Hydra-shield canvas, the wall is 8.5 oz Hydra-Shield canvas, and the floor is 16 oz vinyl, polyester-reinforced and seamless.
The dimensions are 14 x 10 ft (4.3 x 3 m), so you have 140 ft² (13 m²) of the floor area for the declared capacity of 8 people. Note that this tent has 4.8/5 average rating by Amazon customers, and this is something rarely seen.
10. Springbar Highline 8 Tent
As you realize from the picture, this Highline 8 is yet another from the group of canvas tents, and it is similar to some of the tents in the list here. But it deserves to be here because this brand has been around for decades already, and this is one of the best tents of this type.
Being a canvas tent, it is suitable for all climates and for all seasons. In a warm environment it creates a cooler atmosphere, and in a cold environment, it gives a bit of insulation, much better than any synthetic material. This is a very breathable and pleasant structure, tall and with great windows. Note that this is a very strong construction will steel poles and rods. All the openings are with mesh and with canvas, so you can close it to keep the warmth.
The tent offers 140 ft² (13 m²) of the floor area and the declared capacity is 8 people. It weighs 84 lb (38 kg) so it needs a strong person to deal with it, but one person can set it up in just a few minutes, This is due to its clever design. Please follow the link for more.
11. Teton Sports Mesa 14 Canvas Tent
The Mesa 14 is a tent with 14 x 10 feet dimensions, so it offers enough space for 6 – 8 people. This is a canvas tent so a breathable construction and it is very similar to the Kodiak tent above.
The construction is heavy, but you have steel poles here and they are able to withstand a lot of pressure from any side. The reason for having it here in the list is its design and the canvas material. This gives a bit insulation and the tent is such that you can close it completely when it is cold and windy outside, yet it will remain breathable and you will feel much more comfortable than in any other synthetic tent.
You are protected from the ground with a fully waterproof synthetic floor. The tent is with two large doors that are the double-layer type, with mesh and canvas flaps. It comes with a pair of extra poles to create a huge and pleasant awning with one of the door flaps. Please read more in my full review.
12. Trek Tents 246C Cotton Canvas Cabin Tent
This 246C Tent is a breathable canvas structure and although it has three large windows, you have a double layer construction on the openings, with mesh and canvas panels, so you can close them and keep the warmth. Note also that the roof is solid canvas, so you have no mesh anywhere. The frame is steel so the construction is strong. This is why I have included it in this list of cold weather tents.
The tent is very tall with 229 cm (90 in) peak height and the declared capacity is 9 people. The floor area is not very big, you have 140 ft² (13 m²). Being a canvas tent, it is suitable for all seasons and climates.
Be ready for its weight, the structure is rather heavy, no less than 64 lb (29 kg). It is also bulky when packed, the packed size is 42 x 14 x 14 inches (107 x 36 x 36 cm). Please follow the link for more information about this tent.
13. White Duck Outdoors Family Explorer Basic 10 x 14 Canvas Camping Tent
This tent is very similar to several canvas cabin tents above in the text. So here you have a single room structure with the declared capacity of 8 people. Everything is canvas except for the floor, and the poles and rods are all steel. So this is a very durable construction for all seasons. Note that they did not apply any waterproof coating so the structure is fully breathable.
The tent is very tall with its 78 inches (198 cm) peak height, and you have two doors and both are with large mesh windows, plus two separate mesh windows. The area is the same as in several tents above, 140 ft² (13 m²), and it weighs 86 lb (39 kg). Note that the canvas is silver-coated for heat reflection so it stays cool in a warm environment. Please follow the link for a more detailed information.
14. Vango Iris 500 Tent
The Iris 500 is a 3-room structure and in spite of the name, it is quite different from the Iris 600 XL. The declared capacity is 5 people and you have 14 square meters (150 ft²).
The tent is a fully enclosed structure and this is why I have added it to the list here. So you have PVC windows and there is no mesh. The floor is fully sealed so the tent is built to keep the warmth.
It is also with an impressive waterproof rating of 4000 mm for the shell, and much more for the bathtub floor. The poles are fiberglass so do not plan to use it where you might expect snow, such a tunnel-type structure is not built for that. Please read more in my full review.
15. Arctic Oven Tent with vestibule
In this case, you have a tent that is suitable for all seasons, and this is due to its breathable inner tent fabric called Vapex, and due to some other features. So ventilation is exceptional and condensation should never be an issue with this tent.
But this is the tool that shines in the extreme conditions, a true 4-season tent. So this is the type which comes with all features for using a wood stove. You have a pipe jack on the roof and several ventilation openings and windows.
The tent is a cabin type, so rather tall and with steep walls. Yet it comes with numerous guy-out lines and with wide flaps on the fly which you will use for extra protection against the winds.
The declared capacity of this tent is 6 people, and its inner area is 152 ft² (14.1 m²). You also have a very large vestibule with 46 ft² (4.3 m²) of an additional protected area. This is a very expensive tent, please check the link to see more.
16. Outwell Flagstaff 5 Person Deluxe Tent
My reasons for adding this Flagstaff 5 person tent here in the list are as follows. This is a fully enclosed design with a completely sealed floor, solid PVC windows and with a huge waterproof rating of 5000 mm for the fly and 10000 mm for the floor. The tent is also with steel poles and it is designed for the level 10 wind force on the Beaufort scale.
This is a 5-person tent by the declared capacity, but it offers 155.4 ft² (14.44 m²) of the fully protected space, plus 33.4 ft² (3.1 m²) under the porch. It is packed with features and those include 3 rooms, 2 external doors and 2 inner doors, all with mesh, thermo-reflective coating, and the dark-rest design. Please read more in my full review.
17. Coleman Galileo 5 Tunnel Tent
The main reason for including this Galileo 5 tent in the list is its enclosed design. The tent is without mesh and you have solid PVC windows, the floor is fully sewn in and sealed. So you have all the features needed for a cooler environment.
But this tent also comes with a 3000 mm waterproof rating for the shell and 10000 mm for the floor, so the protection from the elements is guaranteed. Note that the poles are fiberglass and I would not use it where snow could be expected.
The tent is tunnel type as the name suggests, and the area is organized into two sleeping units plus a large living room. The total area is 161.4 ft² (15 m²). Please read more in my full review.
18. Outwell Nevada 5 Man Privilege Tent
The reason for adding this Nevada 5 person tent in this list is its fully enclosed design. So you have tinted PVC windows and the tent is without mesh, the floor is fully sewn-in and sealed. There are several vents for ventilation and three doors are double layer type with mesh and with waterproof panels. So this is a construction that keeps the warmth and you can regulate ventilation as you wish.
The waterproof rating is impressive 4000 mm for the shell and 10000 mm for the floor. The tent is 3-room by structure, so you have two sleeping units for 2 and 3 people, with a removable but zippered divider, plus a large living room which is fully floored and sealed so several more people can sleep there if necessary.
The area is around 15.16 m² (163.2 ft²) and this means around 3 m² (32.6 ft²) per person if used by 5 people. Please read more in my full review.
19. Marmot Lair 8 Person Tent
This Lair 8 is a true winter tent built for extreme weather conditions, with two waterproof layers and the best quality DAC aluminum poles. It is also a very tall tent with the peak height of 96 inches (244 cm) which is very unusual for a dome tent and I have included it in my list of very tall tents for camping.
You have an area of 165 ft² (15.3 m²) and also 40 ft² (3.7 m²) under the vestibule. The tent has two doors, and one vinyl window on the roof. The structure is semi-freestanding because the vestibules must be staked down to be functional, while the main part is fully freestanding. Please follow the link for more.
20. White Duck Outdoors Alpha Wall Tent 12 x 14
This tent totally deserves to be here in the list. This is a strong aluminum frame-type tent and the meaning is that the frame is set up completely separately and then you put the tent on. But it also comes with a ready Stove Jack visible in the picture above, so you can use a stove for wood heating.
I have no doubts that this is a true 4-season tent which performs equally good in warm conditions as well as in cold weather situations. The walls are fully breathable, but the waterproof rating is only 450 mm. This is a single room and a single-layer structure. Note that the floor is not sewn-in, it is removable.
The tent is heavy and bulky when packed, the weight is 172 lb (78 kg) and its two separate bags are 45 x 14 x 14 inches (114 x 36 x 36 cm) and 49 x 14 x 10 inches (124 x 36 x 25 cm). It offers the area of 168 ft² (15.6 m²). Please read more in my full review.
21. Vango Capri 500 XL
This impressive tent is with an official capacity of 5 people only. But it provides 172.2 ft² (16 m²) of the inner floor area, plus 34.4 ft² (3.2 m²) under the porch. So you have incredible 34.4 ft² (3.2 m²) of the inner area per person.
The tent is a 3-room design, with a large living area plus two smaller sleeping units. This is the dark rest design, so the glare is reduced in the sleeping zone. Most importantly, here you have an air-beam technology. Only the front pole is fiberglass and the other 4 are inflatable air beams.
The tent is fully closed and with PVC windows, nicely ventilated with several vents on all sides. So it is very much suitable for a cooler environment with lots of rain; its waterproof rating is 4000 mm. Please read more in my full review.
22. Jet Tent F25DX 10 Person Camping Tent
There are several reasons for having this Jet Tent in the group of tents for cold weather camping. This is a structure without mesh in the walls and in the ceiling, although you have mesh plus panels on all windows. Such a construction keeps the warmth. On the other hand, this is a poly-cotton tent and as such it offers a bit of insulation. All the openings and vents can be fully zipped if it is very cold outside.
This is a semi-instant 3-room tent with the central room which is fully instant and the two side rooms that should be extended and then you add two poles. As a poly-canvas tent, this is a very breathable structure which offers full protection in all seasons.
The capacity is 10 people and the inner floor area is 186 ft² (17.25 m²). It is very heavy, 44 kg, and it is also very expensive, but this is a top-quality item.
23. Vango 6 Person Tunnel Farnham 600 Tent
The Farnham 600 is a tunnel-type 3-room tent, with a huge sitting area and a sleeping section that has two parts separated by a simple divider. This sleeping area is a double-layer type, and it is also a dark-rest type section. This means that you can sleep longer in the morning or even during the day. The inner tent in the sleeping section is a breathable polyester which allows condensation to pass through.
This tent is for a cooler environment and not for extremes like the Crua Loj 6 and the Arctic Oven tents. So the tent is with solid and large clear PVC windows for maximum light and great visibility, and you do not have mesh around. The fly is with an impressive waterproof rating 4000 mm. So a wet and cool environment is where this tent shines.
The tent offers 17.6 square meters of the total inner area, plus a front porch area. The roof is 210 cm high in the biggest part of the tent. Note that the poles are fiberglass, so although the structure looks stable and strong, this tent is not for snow conditions. But this is a very affordable tent, please check the link below.
24. Teton Sports Sierra 16 Canvas Tent
This is yet another of canvas tents here in the group. The number 16 in the name indicates the diameter, so this gives around 200 ft² (18.6 m²) of the area. The tent is very tall, but this is only in the central area where you have a single pole.
You have a double door and 4 windows, and these are all double-layer structures with mesh and with canvas panels. The floor is synthetic. The official capacity is 8 – 12 people. Note that the tent is heavy, 74 lb (33.6 kg). This material works well in all climates and this is why I have included it in this group. They claim it is fully waterproof and suitable for 4-season camping. Please follow the link for more.
25. Vango IRIS 600 XL Tent
This IRIS 600 XL tent is with a huge fully protected area, you have 226 ft² (21 m²) and the official capacity is 6 people. This means you have 37.7 ft² (3.53 m²) per person.
The reason for having this tent in the list is the fact that this is a fully enclosed structure. So you have solid PVC windows and the tent is without mesh, while the floor is fully sewn-in and sealed. Such a structure preserves the warmth well and it is very suitable for a cooler environment, but this is not a winter tent.
The waterproof rating is impressive, similar to some other tents from this brand here in the list. So you have 4000 mm for the shell and around 10000 mm for the polyethylene floor. Please read more in my full review.
26. Vango MARNA 600 XL Tent
This Vango Marna 600 XL tent is one of those mentioned above that are 3-season tents but fully enclosed. So indeed you have no less than 11 PVC windows here, and 5 of them are on the living room. The inner area is also with a fully sewn-in floor and fully sealed as well. You have the living room plus a sleeping area with 3 units and this section is a tent within the tent. On the other hand, the large porch is also fully protected and you have 6 PVC windows and a huge double door. Though this area is without floor and it is suitable for cooking.
So you realize from all this why I have included it in this group of cold weather tents. But note that it has numerous vents plus a large door with a double layer structure which includes a mesh as well. Therefore it will work well even if you use it for summer camping.
The tent is with what they call the lights out design in its sleeping zone, and all the windows are also with shutters from inside so you can reduce the morning glare a lot.
The tent offers 192 ft² (17.8 m²) of the inner floor area, and you also have a porch so the total protected area is 267.3 ft² (24.8 m²). The waterproof rating is 4000 mm for the shell tent and much more for the floor. Please follow the link to read more in my full review.
27. Vango Capri 6 Air Beam Tent
As you realize from the title, this is a really unusual design with air beams instead of the classic poles. Only the front vestibule pole is metal. So why is this tent here?
Well, this tent is definitely not suitable for snow conditions, but it behaves nicely in windy situations. It is very flexible and bounces back in the wind, so it is never a firm and solid obstacle to the wind, it adapts to the wind all the time. But most importantly, this tent is designed for a cooler environment.
The main part is indeed a single layer structure, but the sleeping area has an extra fabric cocoon which helps against condensation. The tent is with huge windows, but those are solid materials, so you do not have a mesh here. The complete design is such that it preserves the warmth.
The tent is designed as a luxurious option for 6 people. So you have the inner area with 194 ft² (18 m²), plus the porch area which adds 41 ft² (3.8 m²). This is a lot of space to organize your life in the camp. Please see more in my full review.
28. DANCHEL Cotton Bell Tent with Two Stove Jacket
This is a bell-shaped and very tall canvas tent with a 5-meter diameter. It comes with 2 stove jackets, one is visible in the picture above, so you can use a wood stove inside. This is the reason for having the tent here in the list.
The declared capacity is people and the area is 216 ft² (20 m²) so this is indeed enough space for such a number of users. But if you use a stove, you should downgrade the number of users.
The tent is for all seasons and the setup is very easy for such a big structure, one central pole supports the whole tent. One person can set it up easily.
Around on the low wall, you have 4 zippered windows which are with mesh against insects. The floor is synthetic and fully waterproof. It is with a long zipper that goes around so you can unzip the floor it and use the tent as a canopy for family events in the garden.
29. Vango Odyssey Air 800 Tent
So this is yet another tent with the air beam technology and here you have nothing but beams, which makes it different from the Capri tent above from the same brand.
This is an interesting design in many ways. You have a central room which can be used as a sitting area, and on the two sides, you have two sleeping sections. Now, in each of these sections, you have one inner cocoon, simply a smaller tent within the outer shell. But each of these cocoons is with divider, so you technically have 5 separate rooms here, 4 are for sleeping and 1 is a sitting room. Note that these sleeping sections are ‘lights out‘ type or dark rest type.
The tent is with two doors, one on each side of the sitting room. You have a special TBS II system (tension band system) for extra stability against the wind. The tent is with large diamond-clear PVC windows for views and for protection against the wind. So there is no mesh around, the space is closed and suitable for a cooler environment.
The dimensions of this tent are impressive just like everything else, 7.1 x 2.9 m, which gives the floor area of 222 ft² (20.6 m²). So this is close to the next giant below in the list. Though you do not have an extra porch here, the structure is quite different. The current price of this tent on Amazon is only $337, which is a true bargain.
30. Crua Loj 6 Insulated Tent
This is an insulated tent, so you do not have options for a wood stove, but you have an internal insulated cocoon instead. The tent is designed for all seasons and it is exceptionally well suited for cold weather situations. They have tested it and the results show 18 degrees F difference between the outside cold weather temperature and the temperature in the tent. So this is pretty much convincing and a good reason to have this tent in the list here.
The insulation has R-value 4, just to have some idea. The external shell fabric is fully waterproof and this is a breathable poly-canvas material.
The tent is designed for 6 people, but it is huge. The total inner area is 235 ft² (22 m²), and in addition to this, you have a porch with additional 65 ft² (6 m²). The inner space is divided into three rooms, two small insulated rooms for sleeping, and one huge uninsulated sitting area. All windows are solid vinyl so the design is such to preserve the warmth and to protect from winds. This tent is very expensive, please check in my review.
31. Outwell Clarkston 6A Tent
This tent is here in the list because if its fully enclosed design. So you have fully sealed floor and solid PVC windows and such a structure keeps the warmth well. Note that all windows are tinted and they also have shutters from inside.
There are 4 rooms here and they provide 290 ft² (27 m²) of the floor area. The tent is also very tall at 215 cm and I have included it in my list of tall tents. This is also a tent with air beams instead of classic poles.
The sleeping zone is a tent within the tent and with some elements of the dark rest design. The waterproof rating is 4000 mm for the shell and 10000 mm for the floor.
So all in all, this is not a winter tent but it is very suitable for a cooler environment with lots of rain. Please read more in my full review.
32. Playdo 4-Season Waterproof Cotton Canvas Large Family Camp Bell Tent
This impressive tent is built in several sizes, so you have 3, 4, 5, and 6 meters in diameter. This site is about larger family camping tents so my focus is on the largest of them.
You realize, such a diameter implies 28 m² (301 ft²). It is so large that you can easily put 5 double-size beds inside with plenty of space to spare. So the tent can easily accommodate 8 – 10 people. Even the smaller version with 5 m diameter is big enough for 3 queen-size beds, and it can accommodate 6 people.
The picture above shows why this tent is in the list – it comes with an integrated stove pipe jack which you can see in the picture (a stove is not in the package).
But this tent has some other great features a swell. For example, this is a cotton fabric with a special waterproof treatment, very high quality and durable. They claim it is strong enough to withstand winds, heavy rain, and snow. I think I would be cautious about the snow, this is a large roof span and without enough support for the extra weight caused by snow.
The cotton alone is good enough to create a cool atmosphere if you use this tent in a warmer environment. It also insulates far better than any synthetic material (more about this in my separate text), so it alone is good enough for a cold environment. With the added stove, you will have a castle.
This is a fully waterproof tent due to special waterproof treatment and the seams are taped. The floor is PVC waterproof material, so all is secured as it should be. The price is $770, and this is far lower than in the most expensive models above.
33. Vango Orava 600XL Tent
To understand why this tent is here, see how they built it. The tent is fully enclosed, so you have numerous PVC windows everywhere around, and the floor is fully sewn-in and sealed in the biggest part of the tent. Only the front room which you see in the picture is without the floor. There is no mesh on the shell, except on the vents, and those can be closed when necessary.
So such a structure is very good in preserving the warmth, well, at least as much as a tent can do this, but note that this is not an insulated tent, and this is not a tent for winter camping. This is a tent very suitable for a cooler environment.
The area is 333 ft² (31 m²) and it is organized in 5 rooms. The tent’s official capacity is 6 people, but it can easily accommodate 12 people. The waterproof rating is 4000 mm for the shell, and for the floor probably 10000 mm or so, but the poles are fiberglass. There are 3 entry doors and 4 inner doors. Please follow the link to read more.
34. Outwell Vermont XLP Premium 7 Person Tent
This Vermont XLP 7 person tent is not a winter tent, but it is with all good reasons here in the list. You have 4 rooms here in the “inner” area, plus the huge porch. This inner area is fully enclosed, so the floor is sewn-in and sealed. This makes it a bit different from the porch where the floor is linked-in and attached to the walls through toggles.
You have 20 PVC windows, tinted and with shutters. As you realize, such a structure keeps the warmth and this is why I have included it here in the list.
This is a very tall tent with its 86.6 inches (220 cm) and you have strong steel poles. The area is 371 ft² (34.48 m²) and the total weight is 125.5 lb (56.8 kg) in two separate packages.
The waterproof rating is huge, 6000 mm for the shell tent and 10000 mm for the floor. It comes with a thermo-reflective coating and a dark rest design. Please follow the link to read more.
So all these are cold weather tents for family camping, and they are very different in design, now how to choose. First, about the price. The most expensive tents here are around $2700, and the most affordable is just over $300. You have plenty of reasons to think twice about what you really need.
Not all of the tents here are for extremes, and perhaps you need just a tent for a normal 3-season use which can preserve the warmth, and suitable for a cooler environment. Those are the tents from the Vango brand, there are several of them, they are designed in Scotland so you can imagine what kind of environment they fit best – chili and wet, with lots of rain. So what you have here in the list only a selection of tents; many more of such tents are available in the category Tunnel Tents here in the site.
But some of the tents are with an integrated wood stove, or they are designed for a wood stove, so clearly, these are the tools for the most extreme situations. If you check the prices you will see that they are expensive.
The insulated Crua Loj 6 is a story for itself, its insulation works against anything from outside, warm or cold, it does not matter. This is a true 4-season tent, exceptional in many ways, and with the price to match.
Note, in some cases the tents presented here are a part of a series which may include several sizes. A typical example is the Kodiak 8 tent – in fact, the series includes several tents which you can see here. The same is with the Playdo tent as I mentioned above.
Thank you for reading. Did I miss some great tent which you think should be here? If so, please let me know, there is a comment box below. I wish you a nice day.