Alright campers, so far in our blog series on tents, we’ve covered the standard tried-and-true designs and tents built specifically for large families, but what about those camping folk that don’t want to commune with nature so much as battle against it? Enter the extreme weather tent category, where you can find a tent perfect for gale-force winds or sub-zero temperatures. Just because you’re camping in inhospitable places doesn’t mean your tent can’t be snug and cozy!
The Extreme Cold Weather Tent (ECWT) is the ultimate in harsh winter climate tent technology. These tents are made of space-age polymers that reflect heat inside the tent while insulating it from the harsh wind and temperatures outside, effectively making it a cozy oven in temperatures as low as -35 degrees Fahrenheit. Most ECWT’s have a special urethane coating on the underside that prevents residual ground moisture, and are supported by high-grade aluminum tent poles to maximize strength. Some tents can support snow up to four pounds per square foot across the entire tent surface! Bottom line, if artic exploration is your game, then this tent is for you.
High-Wind and Rain Tent: The Hemiplanet Mavericks
If you plan on being in the middle of a hurricane or on the edge of tornado country, it’s probably a good idea to bring along a trusty Mavericks tent. This monster takes advantage of several different tent engineering principles and styles, using super-thick inflatable air beams arranged in overlapping triangular patterns to provide extra support against the most brutal windy weather. The creators of this new-age camper claim that the tent can withstand wind gusts up to 111 MPH. Considering the average wind speed of a tornado is 112 MPH, this seems like the apex of wind-breakers!
Okay, before we go any further we want to clear up any misconceptions that the name of these tents might cause: this is not some sort of whitewater rapids tent hybrid. Rather a floating tent (also known as a suspension tent) is erected above the ground by suspending the tent between several tree trunks. While many campers make use of floating tents for clever ways to see spectacular views from high up, they’re also a favorite for extreme campers that trek in areas prone to flooding, high tides, or generally rugged country that makes pitching a traditional tent almost impossible. Floating tents still offer the same amenities as their ground-bound counterparts like insect netting and rain protection, so you’re not compromising comfort either. Perhaps the only thing negative that can be said about floating tents is that you will always need some sort of tall, load-bearing supports such as trees or telephone poles to make it work, but that’s a small price to pay for sleeping ground-free.