An otherwise perfect camping trip can be ruined by wind if your tent can’t handle it.
Luckily, there are some excellent choices available that are designed to stand up to gales without flattening or flapping.
This article will list some of the best tents for high winds and outline what to look for when choosing wind-worthy tent.
- Top 16 Best Tents for Windy Conditions & High Winds 2020
- MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2-Person Tent
- Black Diamond Fitzroy Tent
- Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL Tent
- Kelty Night Owl 4-Person Tent
- The North Face Stormbreak 2-Person Tent
- Teton Sports Mountain Ultra Tent
- Nemo Galaxy Backpacking Tent
- Mier 2-Person Camping Tent
- Kelty Outback 6-Person Tent
- Slumberjack Trail Camping Tent
- Browning Camping Glacier 4-Person Tent
- Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow Delux 8-Person Tent
- Springbar Highline 6-Person Canvas Tent
- Coleman Elite Montana 8-Person Tent
- Core 10×10 Instant Pop-up Canopy Tent
- Pacific Breeze Easy Setup Beach Tent
- What Makes a Tent Strong in the Wind?
Top 16 Best Tents for Windy Conditions & High Winds 2020
MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2-Person Tent
Review: This is such a high performing tent, it makes just about every list of tent recommendations online.
When it comes to handling wind, it’s no exception. The design is ridiculously stable for such a lightweight tent.
- Strong and resilient pole system.
- Reasonably aerodynamic shape and secure guy line formation.
- Comes with mini groundhog stakes which stay firmly put.
- Has 2 doors and vestibules which is really convenient for 2 people.
- A lot of money, but, you get what you pay for here.
- You may need to purchase some extra stakes for windy conditions, 6 is the minimum.
- Footprint sold separately.
Black Diamond Fitzroy Tent
Review: This is a single walled, 4 season tent so a completely different kettle of fish compared to any of the other tents on this list.
But, it is bomb proof. If you want a tent that will last forever and cope with the most serious wind, rain and snow, this is it.
- Despite being a single wall tent, this tent is waterproof and very breathable.
- Very stable pole configuration can cope with high winds.
- 2 doors and a large vestibule.
- A serious amount of money.
- Glue around pole attachments will go moldy over time if not dried thoroughly between each use.
Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL Tent
Review: This is an ultralight backpacking tent ideal for 1 person and their bag. Once staked out properly, it can handle serious wind, having a relatively low profile shape, durable poles and well-placed guy lines.
- Vertical door and steeper walls than the previous model make for a little more liveable space.
- Very stable and resilient pole configuration coupled with secure guy lines.
- 1200mm rating polyurethane coating on fly and floor for waterproofing.
- Footprint is sold separately, and unfortunately, you kind of do need it to protect the thin groundsheet.
- Questionable durability of the zippers.
Kelty Night Owl 4-Person Tent
Review: This is the new and updated version of the Trail Ridge which is an extremely popular tent.
It has all the same great features of the Trail Ridge with added functionality and convenience in the fly.
- Comes with the right amount of stakes for a secure set up so you don’t need to purchase more.
- Very spacious interior. If you choose the 2 person model, it is actually big enough for 2 people.
- Strong aluminum poles and built-in guy lines for stability in the wind.
- Includes the stargazer fly which lets you roll it halfway for sky views.
- Footprint needs to be bought separately.
The North Face Stormbreak 2-Person Tent
Review: It’s rare that you get such a top quality tent at such a low price. The North Face Stormbreak is probably the best value for money tent on this list in terms of weather-proof tents.
- Extra sturdy pole configuration uses two full-length poles to criss-cross the tent, and then 2 shorter horizontal poles in the ceiling to stop the tent from caving in in the wind.
- 2 Doors and vestibules makes this tent really easy to share with another person.
- Quick and easy to set up.
- Extremely good value for money.
- Floor can take some time to dry if you don’t use a footprint in the rain.
- You’ll want to purchase sturdier stakes in preparation for windy weather.
Teton Sports Mountain Ultra Tent
Review: This is a very affordable tent but with the durability to stand up to some strong winds, and it even includes a footprint!
- Full coverage fly means wind can’t sneak up between the fly and the inner.
- Comes with Oxford fabric footprint which is a rare (but heavy) bonus.
- Tough but lightweight aluminum poles.
- Will need to purchase longer stakes for beach camping.
Nemo Galaxy Backpacking Tent
Review: Nemo tents are very highly regarded and the Galaxy is a sturdy option for windy weather.
It’s a 3 season design that can be made lightweight for summer by using the freestanding fly with the just footprint.
- Comes with a footprint.
- Sturdy aluminum poles.
- Comes in 2 person or 3 person versions.
- Full cover rain fly, bathtub floor and no-see-um mesh.
- Not an ultralight tent, but heavier is better when it comes to wind.
- Only comes with 6 stakes so you’ll need to purchase more.
Mier 2-Person Camping Tent
Review: This tent is available in 3 or 4 season options (the 4 season has less mesh), is lightweight, compact, and reasonably affordable.
It’s a lesser known brand but definitely one worth watching.
- Extremely lightweight.
- Comes with the footprint.
- Low profile shape is well stabilized with guy lines.
- Pretty tight for 2 people and gear but that’s pretty common with 2 person tents.
Kelty Outback 6-Person Tent
Review: This 6 person tent copes well with strong winds, having tough, resilient poles and strong guy lines.
It is ideal for small families or groups of 4 if you want a bit more space to move around.
- Fiberglass poles are lightweight and strong.
- High bathtub floor will stop drafts (and sand) from entering the tent.
- Easy set up with color-coded poles.
- Mesh walls provide ventilation and protection from all insects including no-see-ums.
- Only 1 door.
Slumberjack Trail Camping Tent
Review: This tent is an excellent all-rounder, being great value for money and a durable, wind-worthy design.
It uses the classic criss-cross pole configuration with an extra horizontal pole in across the apex to increase head-room.
- Comes in 1-6 person sizes.
- Stands up very well to wind when well-staked down.
- Less mesh in the tent inner will protect from drafts.
- Strong and lightweight fiberglass poles.
- 5 lbs. is on the heavy side but this isn’t an issue if you’re car camping.
Browning Camping Glacier 4-Person Tent
Review: This tent falls midway in design between the heavy duty canvas tents below and lighter weight silnylon tents above.
It is very durable, stable and everything you want in a windproof tent.
- Wide diameter, sturdy aluminum poles.
- Doesn’t need a footprint due to the heavy duty Oxford fabric floor.
- Full coverage, heavy duty polyester fly is very weather-proof.
- The stakes are the weak point and ideally need to be replaced with longer, stronger stakes.
Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow Delux 8-Person Tent
Review: For families or groups going car camping for slightly longer trips, you honestly can’t go wrong with the Flex-Bow.
Despite its less than aerodynamic shape, its poles are ridiculously durable and capable of withstanding very powerful winds. If you’re not convinced, check out this video.
- Very tough galvanized steel poles.
- Extremely tough and durable canvas material is waterproof and breathable.
- 6’6” ceiling allows you stand and walk around in the tent.
- Large mesh windows and 2 full-sized doors with durable YKK zippers.
- Very heavy and not a one person job to set up.
Springbar Highline 6-Person Canvas Tent
Review: This is an alternative to the Flex-bow above. They are similar but both excellent and so both deserve a place on this list.
The Springbar was actually the original, having been around since the 1960s, but it’s also a little pricier.
- Very tough, durable, waterproof and breathable canvas.
- Strong aluminum poles are reasonably lightweight for easy setup.
- Large awning over full-sized door and window.
- 6’5” interior standing height
- A little more expensive than the Kodiak version.
Coleman Elite Montana 8-Person Tent
Review: This large 8 person tent is another ideal option for families. Set up correctly, this tent is surprisingly weather proof for such a large structure, and copes well with wind.
- Sturdy guy lines keep the tent well secured in high winds.
- Has built-in LED lighting in the roof and power pack with USB charging ports.
- Easy to set up for such a large tent.
- Large awning over doorway helps to keep out rain when entering the tent.
- Not as durable as a more expensive tents but excellent quality for its price.
Core 10×10 Instant Pop-up Canopy Tent
Review: Canopy Tents aren’t really designed with wind in mind. But, if you really need one for windy conditions, the Core Canopy Tent is a good option.
- Sturdy steel poles and guy lines stand up well to the wind.
- Walls have vents so you don’t run out of air once you put the walls down.
- Very easy to set up. Can be put up by one person in minutes.
- Waterproof, seam sealed canopy.
- The stakes are the weak point. May want to upgrade to better stakes for windy conditions.
Pacific Breeze Easy Setup Beach Tent
Review: This tent is designed for providing day time shelter from sun and wind on beach trips.
It won’t cope with really high winds as it doesn’t have guy lines, but if it gets that windy you probably won’t want to be hanging out on the beach!
- Provides a sheltered space to relax out of the sun and wind.
- Lightweight and easy to carry from the car to the beach.
- Has sand pockets in lieu of guy lines to create extra stability.
- Only comes with 4 stakes and no guy lines.
What Makes a Tent Strong in the Wind?
Generally speaking, any of the best tent brands will produce tents that handle wind well.
When it comes to wind, you really get what you pay for.
Windy conditions put a lot of stress on tents that cheaper models just can’t handle. Add rain into the equation and you’re not going to be a happy camper!
(Our list of the best waterproof tents are pretty wind-worthy too so worth a look!)
So, how do we know whether a tent will able to cope with windy conditions?
Stability and Durability
Stability and durability are the two things that decide whether your tent will weather the wind storm, or if you’ll retreat home with a bag of broken poles in the back of your car.
You can get a pretty good idea of how durable your tent is going to be by its price and weight.
The more expensive your tent (and the more reputable the brand), the more durable the materials should be – to a point.
Ultralight tents tend to be more fragile. So, unless they’ve proven themselves to cope well with wind, opting for a slightly heavier tent will likely mean it’s more durable.
How stable your tent is going to be in the wind depends on its shape (pole configuration), the quality of the poles, the positioning of the guy lines and the quality of the stakes.
Look for stakes that are longer than average and ideally have some corrugations as this will help them to stay in the ground securely.
When it comes to guy lines – the more the better!
Rainfly, Mesh and Bathtub Floor
These things are less important but still count.
If your rain fly doesn’t reach all the way to the ground, it’s a recipe for wind billowing up under the rainfly and making a parachute out of your tent.
Similarly, the more mesh, the more drafty your tent will be in windy conditions. The presence of a bathtub floor is usually talked about in terms of waterproofing but it can help to prevent drafts as well.
It also matters where and how you set up your tent.
Even if high winds are forecast, you can reduce the wind load that your tent is exposed to by choosing a more sheltered area.
- Forests will be more sheltered than open spaces, and valleys will usually be more sheltered than hilltops or coastlines.
- In a campsite, work out which direction the wind is coming from and see if you can put your tent downwind of some buildings, trees or a fence for shelter.
There are definitely wrong ways to set up your tent.
No matter how good the tent is, if you don’t set it up properly, it will be just as vulnerable to wind and rain as a cheaper tent.
- The guy lines should be as taut as possible in opposing directions and the fly should also be staked out as taut as possible to reduce flapping.
- If you’re dealing with rain as well as wind, chances are you’ll need to retighten the guy lines and peg the fly out a little further from the tent inner as it stretches.
To summarise, the best tents for high winds will have excellent poles, stakes and guy lines that work together to keep your tent holding its shape and not flapping.
Don’t hold back with purchasing extra or better stakes as these will make a huge difference to how stable your tent is.
Please comment below if you’ve experienced camping in windy conditions or have any questions.
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