Three- and four-season tents vary in several ways. Most obvious is that the winter-ready tent has less mesh, so they're not as drafty. Typically, a four-season tent ought to have a little more floor space so you have room for bulkier sleeping bags and clothing; and a pole-supported vestibule that can serve as an outdoor kitchen.
Sometimes a four-season tent will have an extra pole to better resist wind and snow-loading, but not always. In fact, to be honest, I would have thought that your Meteor Light would stand up well to wind, as Sierra Designs' tents typically are well designed in that regard. Did you have it thoroughly guyed out? If not, then that's the keyand the same will hold for a four-season tent. Face it, if by "gale force" you mean 50-mile-per-hour winds or more, few tents can take much of it. You might consider purchasing an extra pole set for any tent, and doubling up on the poles.
In the four-season realm, excellent tents include Mountain Hardwear's Trango 2 ($440), The North Face's Mountain 25 ($399) and Sierra Designs' Hercules AST ($399). All are sturdy, well-made tents that do weigh two pounds or more over their three-season equivalents, but are made to take about all the weather you'll want to encounter.
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