The Best 3-Season Tents of 2018

Text by: Kelsey Begg

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Camping season is upon us and so is the yearly tent search. With so many tents on the market to choose from, it can be an extremely difficult task to settle on just one.

If your camping outings take you no farther than a few meters from the car, any tent, large or small will be just right. Whereas, if you are someone who hikes for hours into the woods, up rugged mountain paths and exposed summits, a lightweight tent will be more your style. If you do a combination of both, one versatile tent will work best. For the lucky few who have a budget that has no limits, you’ve got a buffet to choose from! Single person tents for solo expeditions, lightweight 2 person tents for adventures with your partner or best mate and even spacious tents for those weekends where you just want to get out of the city, park the car and watch the stars.

3-Season Tents for Hiking

For those who take their camping adventures far from the parking lots and deep into the forests, a lightweight, technical tent is what you need. There are a variety of 3-season tents to choose from so the first thing is to decide what type of terrain and environments you will be camping in, how many people will you travel with and what are necessary features you ‘must’ have.

Different tents have different shapes, some have two entry doors, others have only one; pick a tent that you know will suit your needs. Although they can be expensive, sometimes the extra few dollars you spend for those few must-have features or shedding a few pounds will be more than worth it in the long run. Your tent is your home in the woods or wherever you travel to so you want to be comfortable.

Marmot Tungsten 2 Person Tent

If you live for life on the trail and are looking for the perfect backpacking companion, the Tungsten 2 is the ideal candidate. Boasting a roomy, durable and a livable design, the Tungsten 2 is designed for life on the trail and weighs just over 5 pounds. Two D shaped doors on either side of the tent provide easy access and so no matter where your tent is set up, you can enjoy the view.


MSR Hubba Tour 1

If you are looking for the perfect tent to sleep under the stars during your next cycle tour, the Hubba Tour 1 is for you! Like other Hubba tents much appreciated by adventurers, this one is relatively spacious. The novelty of the model is its exoskeleton structure and the interior fabric that offers multiple storage solutions, including a huge vestibule particularly convenient for travelers. Lightweight (3.15 lbs), extremely compact and easy to set-up, the Hubba Tour 1 is definitely an excellent adventure companion when you’re exploring solo.


Mountain Hardwear Optic 2.5

What keeps the Optic 2.5 apart from most tents on the market? Its wide doors located on adjacent sides, offering 180-degree views for those inside to make the most out of the landscape and the nature that surrounds them. Being slightly larger than your usual 2-person tent, the extra space allows you to store your equipment indoors in case of rain, or even to bring along your 4-legged friend.

This model is also available in a 3-person option for those traveling with an additional companion.


Big Agnes Tufly SL 2+ 2

If you are looking for the perfect tent for all your excursions, whether on foot or by bike, the Tufly SL +2 is a good choice. Versatile, it has been designed with adventure in mind and is thus endowed with an impressive number of technical details, technologies and accessories. Equipped with numerous storage options, welded seams, two doors and two vestibules with storm flaps. The Tufly SL + 2 tent is spacious and provides ample space to store your equipment and enjoy your stay in nature.


Mountain Hardwear Ghost UL 2

If you’re going on a backcountry expedition and you’ve got a weight and size limit for what you can bring, choose the Ghost UL 2. Weighing just 2.12 lbs, it’s definitely a featherweight tent! Not only is it light and compact, but it is also particularly weather resistant. With its welded seams and sturdy fabric, it’s a tough tent that will keep you protected from whatever Mother Nature throws your way.


3-Season Tents for Car or Family Camping

Camping with the family is an enriching experience for everyone. You get to spend time together in nature, enjoy the fresh air and get back to the basics. Leave the electronics at home and rejuvenate your mind with the tranquil sounds of nature and play some cards or explore in the woods. 

Having a tent that is roomy enough for the family is essential and may eliminate any conflicts which lead to a better camping experience. It’s no secret that not all siblings get along so having those few inches of extra space can be a lifesaver.

The North Face – Domey 3

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Known for their technical and lightweight backpacking equipment, The North Face also has gear which caters to those who love camping but may not be so keen on hiking for a few hours with all their gear on their back. For the weekend-warriors looking for a camping getaway that is easily reachable by car, The North Face has designed their Homestead Collection. The collection includes tents, sleeping bags and different sized backpacks, cooler bags and duffels that add ease to your camping trip and keep the comforts of home close.

The Domey 3 tent is one from this collection and is perfect for those looking for a spacious tent. It is equipped with three doors so the three persons inside can have the luxury of entering and exiting through their own door. This is handy and convenient for those early risers as it eliminates having to crawl across the other campers you’re sharing your tent with.


Marmot Limelight 3 Person Tent

When you get to camp, the first thing on your mind is to relax so a quick and easy to set-up tent is a must and the Limelight fits the description. A large and roomy interior provides ample living room for a weekend away and double door access makes ins and outs easy. Two vestibules on either side keep gear dry when the rains fall and hidden if you need to leave camp for a few hours.


Big Agnes Big House 6 Deluxe

Who doesn’t love a night of sleeping out under the stars away from the lights and sounds of the city? If comfort is your focus, the big house of Big Agnes is sure to fulfill your needs. Spacious and airy, it has a multitude of storage options (we are talking here about 10 interior pockets – yes, yes ten!). Plus 2 media pouches and light aluminum hooks. A similar model designed to house 4 people is also available.


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