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.
Our mission to inspire readers to get outside has never been more critical. In recent years, Outside Online has reported on groundbreaking research linking time in nature to improved mental and physical health, and we’ve kept you informed about the unprecedented threats to America’s public lands. Our rigorous coverage helps spark important debates about wellness and travel and adventure, and it provides readers an accessible gateway to new outdoor passions. Time outside is essential—and we can help you make the most of it. Making a financial contribution to Outside Online only takes a few minutes and will ensure we can continue supplying the trailblazing, informative journalism that readers like you depend on. We hope you’ll support us. Thank you.Contribute to Outside →
Filed To: Snow Sports