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    Tents to make life good in the woods

    Getting a good night’s sleep in the great outdoors often boils down to being prepared and having the right gear. When it comes to choosing your shelter, MEC has popular camping brands like Big Agnes, MSR, The North Face, Nemo and our very own MEC Label lineup. Check out expert tips on how to choose a tent to narrow down your search.

    Backpacking, frontcountry, or four-season tents

    Frontcountry tents (a.k.a. car camping tents) tend to be roomy with big awnings or vestibules, since weight and space in your pack isn’t as important. Backpacking tents are built with a keen eye towards packability to save room and weight on your back. If you plan to camp in the winter, get a tent rated for four seasons – they’re rugged and built to withstand the harshest environments.

    Home is where you make it

    There are many different tent features to personalize your camping experience. Cabin tents have near vertical walls and more livable space, while dome tents offer unmatched strength wind-shedding ability. Tents with good ventilation help manage heat and condensation with changing temperatures. If storing backpacks or gear is important, check out tents with large or double vestibules. Long-distance hikers or gram counters will want to browse our ultralight backpacking tents.