Every Northwest resident knows that once those rain clouds appear, it may be awhile before the sunshine returns. Should this deter us from outdoor adventures? Of course not! The catch is that you may needto invest in a high-quality, waterproof tent in order to enjoy your excursions. Here are some of the best selections available today:
Big Agnes Big House 6
Why it’s great: For starters, the Big House is easy to assemble; lightweight poles that are easily connected to buckle fittings and a color-coded frame ensure you won’t get too wet putting it together. But this tent is also highly durable, thanks to coating of polyurethane that covers the floor, doors and seams to keep the water outside. For a little more space (64 square feet to be exact), a “vestibule accessory” and additional stakes are also available.
How much: Starts at $359.95
Big Sky Evolution 2P
Why it’s great: This lightweight two-person tent is ideal for romantic backpacking trips, rain or shine. Customers can purchase the basic model or retrofit their Evolution with some bells and whistles for little extra cost, such as guy line kits, storage bags and ShelterSaver ground sheets for moisture-free ‘slumbers’.
How much: Starts at $374.95
Nemo Losi 3P
Why it’s great: This baby is spacious. Though it’s intended to sleep three people, the Nemo Losi provides roughly 50 square feet of space — not bad for a tent that weighs less than six pounds. The signature pole configuration also maximizes the interior height, giving inhabitants four feet of overhead space. Footprint and gear loft accessories are also available. And unlike many other tents, this one can be machine-washed.
How much: Starts at $449.95
Paha Que Promontory XD, 8 Person
Why it’s great: If you can convince a large group to follow you into the sopping forest, be sure to bring this beast of a tent along to keep your party comfortable and dry. The tent provides 120 square feet of interior space, which can be divided down the middle or kept open to accommodate the largest number of campers. You won’t have to sacrifice floor space to your gear either, thanks to a large, adjustable mesh loft and a pair of hammocks that hand from each window. When the weather really gets nasty, the rainfly is also outfitted with an expansive awning to offer extra moisture protection.
How much: $499
Wenger Rothorn 3
Why it’s great: This all-season tent sleeps three comfortably — and four if necessary. The advanced pole configuration allows for a spacious interior without the extra weight, while the outer shell offers sleek protection from harsh weather. But just in case the clouds clear, welded windows allow for premium star-gazing from within the tent.
How much: $529.99
Do you have any recommendations on good tents for foul weather?
By Brad Nehring