The 5 Best Tents for Rain and Wind

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Most people don’t want to camp when there’s a howling wind and pouring rain. We get that! But sometimes, you may just get caught out in the weather. 

Keen hikers can spend days if not weeks on the trail and camping, and if that’s you, then you really need a tent that can take a battering if the weather suddenly turns for the worse.

Of course, you still need features such as lightweight, small size, and quick to erect and breakdown. 

So in this review, we look at tents that offer excellent weather protection and suit adventurous outdoor people. 

Tents for Rain and Wind Summary Table

Here’s a quick summary of the best tents for rain and wind currently on the market. You can find our full review of each tent a bit further down.

TentMaterialWeight (lbs)Packed down size (inches)Water Resistance Rating (PU mm resistance)Sun Protection (UV rating)Capacity (people)Carry bag includedTime to setup (minutes)
BISINNA 2 Person Camping Tent190T Ripstop polyester4.7217.5*6200050+2Yes10
Camppal 3 4 Person Tent210T Ripstop polyester7.120*7*7350045+2 – 4Yes5
Bessport 3 and 2 Person Backpacking Tent210D polyester5.516.5*5.5*5.55000+50+2 – 3Yes3
WoneNice Professional Camping Tent210T Ripstop polyester5.9417.9*6.5350050+2 – 3Yes5
Naturehike Cloud-Up210T Ripstop polyester4.715.7*5.1*5.1300050+1, 2 or 3Yes
Tents for Rain and Wind Comparison Table

Tents for Rain and Wind FAQs

The 5 Best Tents for Rain and Wind (Reviews):

Below take a more in-depth look at each of the tents we believe work great in rainy and windy conditions:

1. BISINNA 2 Person Camping Tent

BISINNA 2 Person Camping Tent
BISINNA 2 Person Camping Tent

The Bisinna 2 person tent is designed for harsh environments and is suitable for three-season use. Both the inner tent and rainfly are made of 190T polyester. The rainfly has been tested to a waterproof standard of PU2000mm, and all the seams have waterproof taping. The welded floor is made of 210D polyester, tested to a waterproof level of 5000mm to keep you completely dry.

The durable and lightweight 7001 aluminum tent poles are flexible, allowing them to withstand powerful winds. The poles attach to the inner tent and rainfly through strengthened eyelets and high-quality fasteners.

At just under 5 lbs, the Bisinna tent is lightweight and folds down to a compact 17.5 inches by 5 inches. It’s excellent for hiking and backpacking or any adventure where space is limited.

The rainfly has high-level vents to reduce the build-up of condensation and allow moisture to escape, keeping you comfortable inside. You’ll also find several internal pockets to stash items you want to keep off the floor.

The only downside to the Bisinna is the time it takes to put it up. It’s not slow at ten minutes but is twice the time of the others on review here.

Pros

  • Light
  • Compact
  • Strong
  • Waterproof
  • Windproof 
  • Price

Cons

  • Lower waterproofing standard of 2000mm
  • Takes longer to erect than other tents on review

2. Camppal 3 – 4 Person Tent

Camppal 3 - 4 Person Tent
Camppal 3 – 4 Person Tent

The Camppal MT066 hiking tent is the most expensive on review but makes up for the extra cost with great features. The Camppal is designed for four-season use, with excellent waterproofing and features to make it stormproof.

Inside the entrance is a small vestibule that can be used to store items or cook on rainy days. The front door also doubles as a canopy, giving extra space and a sunshade.

The rainfly is made of 210T polyester with a rain resistance rating of 3500mm. The floor is made of 300D polyester, rated at PU4000mm, and has taped seams to keep even the worst weather out. Internal seams and zip seams are all taped for additional waterproofing.

Two ventilation windows are fitted on the sides to release moisture and remove humidity from the interior. This also prevents the build-up of moisture on the inside of the rainfly.

Including in the price of around $120 is a gear loft, perfect for storing all your valuables, and a torch.

Pros 

  • Great features
  • Extra ropes for use in windy areas
  • Comes with a gear loft
  • Good water resistance
  • Fire retardant material

Cons

  • Price
  • Heaviest tent on review

3. Bessport 3 and 2 Person Backpacking Tent

Bessport 3 and 2 Person Backpacking Tent
Bessport 3 and 2 Person Backpacking Tent

The Bessport is available in three sizes, one, two, and three-person, but apart from the slight increase in size, they are identical. 

Designed as a backpacking tent, the Bessport weighs in at just 5.5 lbs and folds down to only 16.5 inches by 5.5 inches. Despite the low weight, you don’t compromise on internal size, with plenty of room for you and your gear. 

Complimenting the backpacking credentials are the wind and waterproofing qualities of the Bessport. The 8.5 mm aluminum tent poles are designed to flex enough to absorb the wind pressure. Secure the four guylines, and you can be sure the tent can withstand powerful winds. 

Waterproofing has been tested to a rating of more than PU5000mm, complemented by fully taped seams. You can be sure in even the toughest of conditions that you’ll remain warm and dry.

Ventilation is provided by two large mesh windows and roof vents that are secured using velcro. The top half of the inner tent is also made of mesh, giving the Bessport unique ventilation characteristics.

Inside, you’ll find mesh pockets on the tent’s sides, and entry and exit are easy through two large doors. Large gauge zips prevent sticking and operate 2-way for convenience.

Overall, this is a great backpacking tent that will keep you warm and dry without costing a fortune. 

Pros

  • Excellent waterproof rating of 5000mm
  • Excellent ventilation
  • Internal storage pockets
  • Easy to setup
  • Good internal space

Cons

  • Nothing

4. WoneNice Professional Camping Tent

WoneNice Professional Camping Tent
WoneNice Professional Camping Tent

At around $70, the WoneNice Professional 4-season tent is exceptionally well priced for the features it offers.

Weighing just 5.5 lbs and packing down to 17.9 inches by 6.5 inches, it really is practical for backpackers, hikers, and climbers. Add to that a quick assembly time of under 5 minutes, and it’s ideal for outdoor adventurers.

The outer 210D polyester fabric has been tested to a waterproof rating of PU3500mm, while the floor has a rating of PU4000mm. All the seams are taped to prevent water seepage. Strong wind conditions are coped with using sturdy, flexible 7001 aluminum tent poles and a snow skirt that prevents wind from getting underneath the tent.

With two mesh windows, mesh door covers, an inner tent that is made of mesh gives fantastic ventilation. Moisture and humidity are quickly removed from the tent, keeping you comfortable and dry. The main door can be used as a sunshade if required, and there are small vestibules at both ends. Internally, there are hanging hooks for lights. 

Pros

  • Light
  • Good waterproof rating
  • Sturdy construction for wind protection
  • Includes a snow skirt
  • Good ventilation 
  • Price

Cons

  • Extra poles required (not supplied) for sunshade entrance

5. Naturehike Cloud-Up Lightweight Tent

Naturehike Cloud-Up Lightweight Tent
Naturehike Cloud-Up Lightweight Tent

Weighing only 4.7 lbs, the Naturehike Cloud-Up just bets the Bisinna by being 0.2 lbs lighter! The Naturehike does pack down to a smaller size and is much quicker to erect than the Bisinna, so from a hiking point of view, it’s the winner.

Despite its small size and low weight, the Naturehike is not short on features. It is described as a three-season tent, and the windproof and rainproof characteristics back that up. The outer rainfly is made from 210T polyester, with a rain rating of PU3000mm and an ultraviolet rating of 50+. 

The frame is constructed using 7001 aluminum tent poles, that are lightweight, but extremely strong. Heavy wind and rain won’t be a problem for the Naturehike, as the poles flex to counter the wind.

During dry summer nights, the rainfly can be left off, giving brilliant night sky views through the inner tent’s mesh ceiling. If required, the outer rainfly attaches in just a few minutes.

Ventilation through the mesh roof is assisted by vents at the front and back, generating a through-flow of air. The rainfly can be used by itself, with the provided footprint, to create the perfect summer shelter for hot and humid nights.

Pros

  • Includes a footprint
  • Good waterproof rating of PU3000mm
  • Sturdy frame and guy ropes for even the windiest conditions

Cons

  • Low internal height

What to Look for When Buying a Tent for Rain and Wind

There are some must-haves when it comes to tents suitable for wet and windy conditions. In our buying guide, we try to point you in the right direction, so your next tent keeps you warm, dry, and comfortable in the worst of weather.

Tent Waterproof (HH) Rating

The level of waterproofing a tent offers is measured using the Hydrostatic Head method and assesses the material’s resistance to water. A piece of the tent material is clamped to the bottom of a graded tube. Water is slowly added to the tube until three drops of water seep through the material. 

The height of the water in millimeters is measured, and this becomes the waterproof or HH rating. Ratings can vary from as low as 500mm up to a maximum of 10,000mm.

Waterproof (HH) Rating vs Tent Weight

A higher rating gives better waterproof protection, but to achieve this, the material is thicker and heavier. Depending on your tent’s use, you may prefer a lighter tent over a more waterproof tent.

Note that the material is not the only area that water can enter the tent. Seams will run from the top to the bottom of the tent and present a risk of seepage. The floor needs a much higher rating as it is in contact with the ground and bears the weight of the occupants. Look for taped seams and a floor HH rating of at least 3000mm.

What HH rating should I be looking for?

It depends on your expected use of the tent. If you intend to camp mostly in the summer and avoid the wet autumn and spring, then a lower rating is okay. For a four-season tent, look for a rating of at least 2000mm on the tent and at least 3000mm for the floor.

Tent Windproof Rating

There, unfortunately, isn’t a specific rating to compare how windproof a tent is. If you intend to climb Mount Everest or similar, then you need an exceptionally windproof tent that uses above average high-quality materials and several layers of insulation to keep out wind chill. Of course, the more waterproof the tent is the better it will be at keeping out the wind.

For most of us, a tent with sturdy aluminum tent poles, plenty of tiedown points, and guy ropes should be sufficient. If you expect to be out in all weathers, then a tent with a low ridge height will also help protect you from the wind.

Check The Ventilation of The Tent

I can actually say this has happened to me. While using a poorly ventilated tent that was closed up tight to prevent the cold coming in, I got wet. The heat generated by the occupants couldn’t escape the tent, and condensed onto the inner surface of the rainfly and was dripping on me! 

Now we didn’t get soaking wet, but the drips on my face kept me awake, and the humid atmosphere made my sleeping bag very damp. A fully closed tent, with poor ventilation, is not a pleasant place to be. 

Conclusion

Before deciding to simply buy the tent with the highest waterproof rating, you need to assess your requirements. Be honest with yourself. Will you really want to camp when it is pouring down or even snowing? Maybe you are a seasoned hiker and ignore the weather?

Windproofing is slightly different, as even in the driest of climates, you can still experience strong winds. Look for strong aluminum tent poles, the number of securing points and guy ropes, and the tent’s height. Keep the height low will help in strong winds.

Whatever category you fall into, there will be a tent for you.

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Martin Parker

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Martin Parker is a freelance content writer with a passion for offshore sailing, snowboarding, camping, and motorcycles. He regularly writes articles and reviews about camping and the outdoors to fund his passions.

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