The North Face Assault 2 Tent: 2-Person 4-Season is a lightweight, breathable, and compact tent that works well for one person and their gear. However, users should not bring this tent if they are expecting inclement weather, like prolonged snow or rain. Although this tent is weather-resistant for use in mild conditions, it will not withstand long rainstorms or snowstorms.
The MSR Access 2 Tent: 2-Person 4-Season is a durable, weatherproof, and easy-to-use option that can fit one person and their gear comfortably or two people with their gear with little room to move around. With lightweight material but bombproof construction, this is a good choice for backpackers who want a packable tent that can withstand tough weather.
The Black Diamond Fitzroy Tent: 3-Person 4-Season is a durable, protective, and versatile tent that can work well for 1-2 people in the toughest of alpine conditions. Although this might not be a super lightweight summer tent, this single-walled tent provides enough protection and burly construction to keep out the toughest of weather and providing ample warmth for extremely cold temperatures.
The Eureka K-2 XT Tent: 3-Person 4-Season is a easy-to-use, ventilated, and durable option that can withstand heavy rains, winds, and snow. Despite being expensive, heavy, and a little snug for 3 people, this is a great tent to use during inclement weather when sharing the weight-load with 2 or 3 others. This tent may be expensive for Eureka, but for a rugged, warm, and easy-to-set-up option, we think the price and weight are ‘outweighed’ by the positives.
The Black Diamond Bombshelter Tent: 4-Person 4-Season is a waterproof, breathable, and durable tent that is well-suited for any type of weather. The set-up from the inside may make it easier in harsh weather, but this might take some time to get used to. For those who want a protective and lightweight 4-season tent, this is a great option.
The Eureka Alpenlite 2XT Tent is a well-loved, 2-person, 4-season tent that performs just as well as its competitors for a fraction of the price. Many Alpenlite owners say this tent is “bombproof,” capable of withstanding constant rain, high winds and snow over many years. The Alpenlite performs well in a wide range of temperatures due to its many ventilation ports, and is an excellent, versatile choice if you can shoulder 8 lbs.
The Black Diamond Eldorado Tent: 2-Person 4-Season is a top-of-the-line four-season tent that is light enough to take on extended high alpine adventures and durable enough to trust. The somewhat limited ventilation makes this not the best choice for backpacking in humid conditions, but the versatility and toughness make it a great choice for any other intense adventure.
The Black Diamond Ahwahnee Tent: 2-Person 4-Season offers lots of headroom and great protection from foul weather, and is made to last. With two large doors that offer good ventilation and views, and fully waterproof walls, this tent is well-suited for four-season adventures, although it is not ideal for very windy conditions if not set up very carefully against the wind. The internal pole system has a learning curve, but many users like the design once they have some practice setting it up, and stand by the high price of this tent for its durability and weatherproofing.