The Best 3-Season Tents of 2017

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Big Agnes, Black Diamond, Burton, Marmot, Mountain Hardwear, MSR, Tents, The North Face. The Best 3-Season Tents of 2017


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 you home in the woods or wherever you travel to so you want to be comfortable.

MSR – Hubba NX Solo

 This freestanding tent is perfect for backpackers who like to travel light and alone. Whether going on a multi-day hike in the backcountry or for a bike trip through the entire country, the Hubba NX Solo is perfect due to its compact design (weights 1.12 kg). Despite being for one person, it is not too small or constrained; it was designed to maximize space.

The MSR’s Hubba collection is also available in sizes that can fit 2, 3 or 4 persons.

Mountain Hardwear – Hylo 2 Tent

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For the backcountry explorer looking for a lightweight tent without compromising the spacious convenience of a roomy tent, the Hylo 2 tent is the perfect pick. Equipped with a high-ceiling and full-size door leading to a large vestibule area, you’re sure to ahve more than enough space for all your gear on your adventures. 

This particular model is available in a 3 person model for those who are traveling with a few friends.


Big Agnes – Tufly SL 2+ 2 Person Tent

If you’re looking for a tent that is ideal for all your adventures whether it be on foot or on bike, the Tufly SL 2+ 2 person tent is designed to be versatile and offer more than one set-up option as pictured above. Other than the selection of set-up modes,, this tent boasts many other features including being superlight, having two door and two vestibules, easy- to pitch and being oversized. The oversized feature enables you to be comfortable and have enough space for your gear, whatever your adventure may be so you can enjoy your time in nature.

Marmot – Tungsten UL 2 Person Tent

This freestanding ultralight tent has more space per ounce compared to any of the other freestanding ultralight tents that Marmot carries. Equipped with two D-shaped entry doors, you can exit and enter without worrying about crawling all over your partner or friends bed or vice versa. The Tungsten UL is roomy and durable and was designed with intuitive livable designs in mind. Enjoy a night under that stars in the comforts of your Tungsten. 

This particular tent is available in a 2 and 3 person model. There is also a regular Tungsten model that is not ultralight but shares the same design and is available in multiple sizes to accommodate larger groups up to 4 people.

Burton – Big Agnes X HCSC Nightcap Tent


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Burton has joined forces with Big Agnes and designed this lightweight tent that is sure to be a hit for road trips, festivals or weekend getaways in the woods. The lightweight design allows this tent the versatility to be used for car camping weekends as well as camping adventures on foot.  In the Nightcap Tent, you can rest easy and dry while listening to the rain fall outside wherever your camping adventures take you.

Black Diamond – Skylight Tent

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When your adventures with friends are often between two to three of you, the Skylight Tent is a perfect pick to avoid purchasing two tents; it’s a roomy fit for two and a cozy fit for three. The front third of the tent has a mesh liner which enhances ventilation and even provides panoramic views for those breathtaking camp spots. Lightweight and technical, the Skylight Tent is a perfect addition to your camp gear collection.


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 leads to a better camping experience. It’s no secret that not all siblings get a long so having those few inches of extra space can be a life saver.

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 buy 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 – Limestone 6 Person Tent

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For the families looking for a cozy home away from home that the whole family can stand, sit and sleep in, the Limestone 6 person tent is a reasonable candidate. Two large D-shaped doors offer convenient access in and out of the tent which is ideal when patience is not a virtue. Hanging pockets offer a convenient storage point for headlamps and flashlights for when nature calls. 

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