Here you have our list of the best extreme cold weather tents for winter camping. All tents in this winter tent review are design to keep you comfortable in the harshest of conditions. Please note that while there are many winter camping tents, not all of them are recommended by us. Without further ado, let’s dive in!
1. Arctic Oven
As the name suggests, the Arctic Oven was designed with winter camping in mind. Although not an actual oven, this is our warmest tent for winter camping.
The Arctic Oven comes in a variety of sizes, but the most-popular is the 12’x18’ size – that’s 226 square feet! This large size can fit 10 or 11 people in the summer and 5 or 6 people during the winter (due to space for the stove and cots).
The four-season tent comes with an oven, vestibule, and protects against the harshest of winter conditions.
At 110lbs, the only negative to this tent is the weight. You certainly can’t shove it into your backpack! However, for those that drive and camp for long periods, it’s the premium choice.
2. ALPS Mountaineering Tasmanian 3
This 3-person tent for winter camping has a dome-shape design that covers 14 square feet of space and includes a large vestibule. Now, there are more liveable cold weather tents on the market, but not many in this price range. Whether you get the 2-person or 3-person type, the ALPS Mountaineering Tasmanian is a budget cold weather tent for those who don’t want to pay premium prices.
Unlike some of the other tents in this review, the Tasmanian is lightweight and is the perfect tent for cold weather backpacking in the mountains. It has an innovative two pole design that has a lot of structural strength. With the fly pulled taught, this build can handle snow loading and light winds.
For those who appreciate extra storage space, the Tasmanian has two separate vestibule areas, one at either end. This allows users to store extra gear or spare clothing outside the main sleeping area, which keeps everything nice and cosy.
3. Russian Bear Winter Tent with Stove
This unique tent is the best winter tent for extreme cold conditions. In fact, it even comes with a stove to keep you extra warm. This may seem strange, but the tent is fitted with a roof-top pipe jack that is surrounded by a heat-resistant layer. If you want to ramp-up the warmth, you may want to see our recommended wood-burning stoves.
As you can see from the picture, the Russian Bear Winter Tent has a circular shape that covers roughly 102 ft² (9.6 m²) of ground. As an instant winter tend, the Russian Bear is easy to set up. In fact, all you need to do is unfold the tent, and then open it like an umbrella.
The tent has windows that allow users to have great views of the outside, but don’t worry, these windows are quadruple-layered, so you won’t lose any heat. Another innovative feature of this tent is the hinged-door, which allows for easy access.
4. Teton Sports Sierra 16 Canvas Tent
Canvas tents are some of the best cold weather camping tents. This is because the material is thick and offers great insulation. The Sierra 16 covers an area of 200 ft² (18.6 m²). As well as being large, the tent is very tall in the central area, where a single pole acts as the foundation.
Along with a spacious double-door you have 4 windows – all of which are double-layered to keep out the cold. Officially, this is a winter tent for 8 people to 12 people. With a canvas material and large size, it will come as no surprise that this tent weighs a heavy 74lbs (33.6 kg). Although this is one of the best cold weather canvas tents, the fully-waterproof Sierra is also suitable for 4-season camping.
5. Kodiak Canvas Flex Bow 6-Person Tent
The Kodiak Flex Bow is a 6-person all-season canvas tent that offers comfort in all weather conditions. The breathable canvas material keeps users warm in cold conditions, while also allowing for excellent breathability in humid conditions (which is why we recommend it for burning man festival).
Designed for 6 people, the tent covers an area of 100 ft² (9.3 m²). The tent has a freestanding structure with two doors and two mesh windows. Please note that you will need to use stakes to secure the tent – fortunately Kodiak provide 18 long steel stakes. Although not the largest tent, the Flex Box weighs in at a rather heavy 68lbs (30.8 kg).
Like with most products from Kodiak, this tent is built to last. In fact, this tent has been on the market for many years, so you can be confident in the product you’re getting.
With so many different types of winter tent on the market, it can be hard to pick just one to cover all of your needs. The main factor is ensuring that the tent will keep you warm. Once that is sorted, you will need to figure out the size you require, whether you require a lightweight cold weather tent for portability, how much you’re willing to spend, and what other features you need.
This guide will be regularly updated with the latest and most recommended tents for winter camping. Each of the 5 tents in this review has been chosen because of their high-quality and features that will keep you comfortable in winter. In our opinion, these are the best-in-class for their specific categories. For example, the Tasmanian is the top budget option, whereas the Russian Bear is the top cold weather tent with stove. We hope you have enjoyed reading this review. Please do share it with your friends and family.