Any Benefits to Using a 4 Season Tent For Summer Camping?
4 season tents are quite a bit more expensive than 3 season tents so if you never intend to go camping in the winter then should you bother getting a 4 season winter tent?
The answer? Probably not! I know that during summer you can get really heavy rain and high winds but if you set up your tent properly and make use of any trees nearby that could provide protection from extreme weather then you will be fine.
However, IF you can afford to invest in a 4 season tent then your camping experience during summer will be better in some ways.
What’s Good About 4 Season Tents?
A tent designed for winter weather has a heavier outer material that rain is far less likely to penetrate through. All the tent seams are sewn much tighter and when door and flys are zipped up the whole tent is tightly sealed.
In order to deal with high winds and heavy snow falls your 4 season tent is designed to be very stable indeed. It will remain rock solid in extreme condition. The poles are less likely to snap because the overall structure is so solid.
Winter tents must have sufficient ventilation but you tend to find that the ventilation panels and mesh will be smaller. This could be a problem during very hot summers. However, since the material is heavier the inside of the tent has more insulation from the outside and so it is likely to be cooler inside the tent.
So the choice is yours. Do you have money available to purchase a winter tent able to withstand ANY weather or do you want something much cheaper that will be fine during a normal summer? I think most of us will go with a cheaper tent and just hope the wind and rain remember what season we are camping in!
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