Sometimes, you just want a cheap 4 season tent so you can get outside and enjoy nature. It’s not necessary to break the bank to get a tent that will work for you in all four seasons.
I’ve picked four affordable all season tents to allow you to do just that. All of these tents will provide the versatility needed to keep you comfortable.
My top four budget 4 season tent picks
FLYTOP Backpacking Tent (Best for 1 person or backpackers)
TETON Sports Mountain Ultra 3 Tent (Best tent choice for 3 people)
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 4-Person Tent (Best tent for 4 people)
FLYTOP Backpacking Tent
The FLYTOP made our choice for the 1 person category because of its versatility. It’s very easy to setup and disassemble which is a huge perk to any tent, especially a budget one. The weather proofing is also a stand out element of this tent, holding up well in winter conditions.
Naturally it’s on the smaller side so fitting a cot can be doable, but may not work depending on your specific one. Additionally, it’s not great for more than one person unless you know each other very well. At least you would after a camping trip if you had to share this one.
- Bright orange color lends to good visibility in snowy weather.
- Easy to set up and disassemble.
- Holds up to the weather well.
- Good zippers
- If you need size, consider another tent. 1 person is the sweet spot here.
- Long term durability may be lacking.
Forceatt 2 Person Camping Tent
This tent is a solid choice for anyone needing the space for two people. Aside from some light off-gassing after setting it up for the first time, it works very well. That’s not something unique to this tent though as they usually have some kind of odor when they’re new.
It performs well under the paces, and had some minimally cheap accessories (the stakes) that could be sturdier. Fairly easy to set up, maybe not as much as the FLYTOP, but ten minutes or so isn’t bad. Bigger tents usually means that they have a bit more complexity. Very satisfactory weather proofing too to boot.
- Overall great construction
- Easy set up
- Initial odor (minor point here, but worth mentioning)
- Cheap stakes – definitely worth purchasing sturdier ones
TETON Sports Mountain Ultra 3 Tent
Teton Sports is a brand that lives up to the expectations. This tent is not only very resilient in inclement weather, but also a total breeze to setup. As you’d expect, the materials are great and allows for great air flow.
The tent performs really well in rain, not letting a drop get in as long as you set up properly. It says a lot that they offer a lifetime warranty on their products as well. Not many outdoor companies are willing to take that risk on products that take a beating!
- Easy setup
- Great construction
- Lifetime warranty
- Stakes may not hold up if you’re on rocky soil
- While still affordable, not the cheapest option out there
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 4-Person Tent
The Lynx is a great option for an affordable freestanding tent. It shouldn’t take you longer than 15 minutes to setup and is capable of withstanding high winds and rain. The two internal stash pockets, two vestibules, and gear loft are great storage options.
It’s also a fairly light option coming in at 7 pounds 9 ounces. While I didn’t worry about weight for these reviews, it’s a good consideration if you plan on doing any backpacking. The 64 square feet of this tent makes it pretty roomy and a great choice if you need the space.
- Great size
- Solid construction and performance in bad weather
- Easy set up
- Needs little upgrades to go to the next level (Stakes, Rain fly)
Key Factors in Choosing a 4 Season Tent
While tent performance is key in choosing the right 4 season tent, there’s more factors to consider in choosing one. Here’s the reasons why each tent made this list and what you can look for in particular.
Gone are the days of having to spend an arm and a leg for a good tent. Sure, some things can come at a lower quality because of this (stakes and zippers in particular.) But that doesn’t mean you can’t get a good one!
Every tent above is under $200 and fits the bill. Remember that spending more money doesn’t necessarily mean you’re getting a better tent. Companies will still skimp on accessories where they can to save money in most cases.
Double wall insulation
A tent can’t be a true 4 season tent without double wall insulation. It’s the deciding factor in making sure you’re comfortable in those chilly winter-time conditions after all! Additionally, they have other benefits over single-walled tents such as:
- More privacy due to having less mesh visible
- They come seam taped from the factory so you don’t have to do it yourself
- Deeper floors so you run less risk of flooding
It’s just no contest when you compare them to single-walled tents in term of comfort and function.
Luckily, modern tents for the most part have become much easier to setup than they used to be. That being said, it’s still important to consider this part of camping since it can be a major pain. All of the tents I chose for this list are very easy to setup, and it makes camping much more enjoyable.
This is key for making sure you don’t have a tent full of condensation from your breath and you don’t feel “choked” by a lack of air. FYI, sometimes this happens due to excessive waterproofing so be sure not to overdo it!
The Lynx in particular has a lot of mesh on it to really make it a notch above most tents in this aspect.
The Top Pick?
Going through all of the analysis, it’s really hard to choose between the Teton Sports Mountain Ultra and the ALPS Mountaineering Lynx. Both tents are really excellent choices, with the deciding factor between the two being their sizes. So which one is the best budget 4 season tent?
Both tents are extremely affordable and made by reputable brands, hence them being the best choices. For me personally since I tend to only camp with one other person at the most, it would be the Mountain Ultra. I prefer packing as light as possible, but that’s just me!
You’d be hard pressed to go wrong with any of these tents, and I highly suggest you look at all of them. They all excel in different categories that will make them solid choices for anyone looking to have a great time outdoors.