Camping Gear Guide
4-Season Tents

Mountain Hardwear EV 3 Tent: 3-Person 4-Season


Product Details

If "compact and strong" brings up images of one of those half-pint 1880s bodybuilders in a silly bathing costume, that's totally cool, but don't forget that those words also apply to other, more rugged and radical things like Mountain Hardwear's EV 3 Three-Person Four-Season Tent. You could toss "superlight" into the mix as well, seeing as the EV weighs under 6. 5 pounds, virtually the same as some of Mountain Hardwear's all-mesh 3-season tents. Unlike those glorified mosquito nets, the EV is built to endure the raging winds and hammering snow you encounter on high-alpine expeditions and winter camping trips, with four DAC Featherlite NSL aluminum poles that stabilize your shelter without being unnecessarily heavy. In the same vein, the integrated vestibule cuts down on material while increasing strength and giving you enough room to store gear and de-boot without trampling your partners and tracking snow all over your living space. If you do get some snow inside (and let's be real, you will), the EV has you covered with a watertight drainage port in the floor so you don't have to sleep in a puddle. You can let some sunshine and fresh air into your life, too, courtesy of several SVX windows and four welded, adjustable mesh vents that'll keep you from feeling too claustrophobic on your fifth day of being stuck inside. The zippers are welded, their pulls are reflective, and the corner webbing is color-coded to make setup as easy as can be, even if the wind's howling. Good luck finding a body builder than can do all that.

Price : $ 849.95


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Winter Tents Checklist

Quality? Thankfully, most four-season tents are high-quality. You can't go wrong getting a tent by The North Face, Marmot, Mountain Hardwear or Black Diamond.
Don't Get Too Big! Due to the bulk of winter camping gear, many people get "too large" of a tent. Unless you truly have use for a large tent (due to having more people), it's better to match the tent's size to the number of people.
Smaller Tents Stay Warmer. A smaller tent will stay warmer with the same people in it. Thus, a tent designed for four people (but which has only two people in it), will not be as warm as a two-person tent with two people in it. Yes, it's common sense, but many people forget about it.
Convertible Tents? There are a few four-season winter tents that are known as "convertible tents," working for both three season and four-season uses. These tents are alright for late fall/early spring use where there exists a high probability of winter weather. However, convertible tents are NOT ideal for either intense winter camping OR normal three-season use.
If You Camp in Both Winter And Summer. Instead of getting a convertible tent, it's best to get one dedicated tent for three-season use and another for dedicated four-season use. It's not necessarily anymore expensive, either.

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