On the other hand, I'm not sure how much better you'll do in the sub-$200 tent market. Not a lot out there in the four-season realm, particularly if you want to house as many as three people. Probably your best option is Eureka's Alpenlite 2XT, which is a bona fide all-weather tent for a mere $200. It weighs a very impressively light six pounds, but it's a little small - adequate for two people, impossible for three. From there the price tag ramps up pretty quickly. Walrus's Starstreme SE ($279), although technically a three-season tent, would manage well in the winter and can sleep three if need be. And there's REI's Convert Mountain ($249), a well-designed little tent with a sort of tunnel entrance that helps keep out blowing snow. It's primarily for two people, however. So there are a few choices, at least. My advice is to ditch the third member of the party, and get the Alpenlite.
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