Insulated Tents for Winter Camping

If you are not in situation to heat your tent, then insulated tents for winter camping are next best option to protect you from the cold weather. Here you have the best that are available on the market.

There are many tents on the market that are with pipe jack and can be heated with a wood burning tent stove. But you may be camping at places where wood is not available. As you know, there are also gas heaters for tents, and in this case it is important to have a tent that preserves the warmth inside.

With insulated tents for camping you can manage even without a heater, but you can certainly use a gas heater in such tents. I know that there are some local tent manufacturers that build insulated tents for winter camping. This holds in particular with some brands that make tents for winter fishing. But those do not ship their products internationally.

As of the moment of writing this text, globally present brands that offer insulated tents are rare. In fact, it is Crua Outdoors as the only one that could be described as a global manufacturer. Though they operate mainly on the EU and North America market. So it is not surprising to see their tents in the list below.

With such insulated tents you also have the best possible shelters with a dark rest or blackout design. Some of them almost completely block daylight so you can sleep even during the day. This makes them suitable for areas far in the north where you have daylight even during the night. I have experienced this in Sweden.

Insulation and dark rest design.
Insulation and dark rest design.

The picture above shows the inner sleeping area in one of the tents presented here. All those openings are closable, and with the thick insulation you also have sounds reduced.

You will see in the list below that in some of the tents you have a removable inner cocoon that can be used separately or inside of any larger camping tent. This makes them versatile, and these are also smaller and more affordable options.


Insulated Tents for Cold Weather Camping

So here is my list, the tents are ordered by floor area from smaller to larger:

 

Note that here you have both polycotton and synthetic tents, the former are breathable so bear this in mind if this feature is essential for the area where you will be camping.

I hope you will love the products I present below, I choose only the best that is on the market, those that I can fully recommend, and present them here in the site. Just a heads up that as an associate of Amazon and other sellers, I may earn some commission from qualifying purchases of products bought via links on this page, at no additional cost for you.


1. Crua Duo Dome Tent

Crua Duo Dome Tent.
Crua Duo Dome Tent.

This Crua Duo Dome Tent is a set of two parts, so you have a single layer two-person tent and an insulated cocoon, they are shown in the picture.

The shell is a standard polyester but with a huge waterproof rating of 5000 mm. You can use it on its own as a single-layer 3-season camping tent for two people.

The insulated inner cocoon fits nicely inside and it insulates it as if you would use a top-quality sleeping bag. The cocoon can be used in wintertime with the shell or without it. It can be ordered separately and you can use it also with any larger camping tent. The cocoon tent is freestanding and it has air beams instead of poles.

On the other hand, the shell tent is supported by quality aluminum poles that are 8.5 mm in diameter. The main tent measures 9.8 x 4.9 ft (299 x 149 cm). The inner area is 35.5 ft² (3.3 m²) and the total covered area is 48 ft² (4.45 m²). The tent is low profile with its 4.1 ft (125 cm) peak height.

As for the weight, the shell tent weighs 5 lb (2.2 kg) and its packed size is (L x D) 21 x 6 inches (53 x 15 cm). The cocoon is very bulky and it weighs 15 lb (6.8 kg).

Note also that they have their Crua Dome 6 Person Tent and this Duo can be zipped to it so you have a huge central dome plus the insulated side tent. In such a setup they call it Crua Clan, and 3 Duo tents can be zipped in the set.

What I like:

  • Versatility.
  • Insulation.
  • Overall quality.

What I dislike:

  • The cocoon is bulky.


2. Crua Outdoors Duo Combo Maxx 3 Person Temperature Regulating Tent

Crua Outdoors Duo Combo Maxx.
Crua Outdoors Duo Combo Maxx.

This Crua Duo Combo Maxx is just a larger version of its cousin Duo Dome. So here again you have two separate components that can be used together as in the picture, or separately.

The functionality and features are the same. You have an inflatable Crua Cocoon Maxx that is constructed from a breathable polyester with 450 g/m² insulation. The shell tent is water-resistant up to 5000 mm. The shell is supported by aluminum poles that are 8.5 mm in the diameter.

The floor area is 71.5 ft² (6.6 m²) and the height is 4.1 ft (125 cm). The trail weight of the Crua Duo Maxx tent is 5.5 lb (2.5 kg) and the weight of the Crua Cocoon Maxx is 16.5 lb (7.5 kg).

What I like:

  • Versatility.
  • Insulation.
  • Overall quality.

What I dislike:

  • Bulky cocoon.


3. Crua Tri 3 Person Thermo Insulated Waterproof Family Tent

Crua Tri 3 Person Thermo Insulated Waterproof Family Tent.
Crua Tri 3 Person Thermo Insulated Waterproof Family Tent.

This is a unique tent on the market. You have an inner insulated cocoon tent that gives it an R-value of 4. This tent is also a dark rest type due to the cocoon within the shell tent. This means that when you close the tent, there is no light inside. This same cocoon gives it a bit of sound insulation as well. I have included it also to my list of extreme cold weather camping tents.

Its official capacity is 3 people. For this you have 68.5 ft² (6.36 m²) of the total covered area. The inner floored sleeping area is 19.5 ft² (4.6 m²). The rest is a fully covered and protected vestibule or porch which is almost like a front room.

The tent weighs 48 lb (22 kg) and it is bulky, its packed size is 33 x 24 x 19 inches (85 x 61 x 48 cm). The overall dimensions are 126 x 79 inches (318 x 200 cm). The peak height is 62 inches (160 cm).

It can be described as a tunnel-type and it is supported by 4 loops. The loop poles are shock-corded strong aluminum, and you also have 2 shorter poles that support the inner cocoon. You have an outer fabric that is a high-quality waterproof but breathable mixture of cotton and polyester, or polycotton, with a ratio of 80/20. The waterproof rating is 5000 mm. The tent is with solid windows.

Ventilation is excellent. You have three separate vents equipped with dual stiffeners and Velcro tabs. The door is with mesh as one layer, and you can keep it that way whenever you want because it is deep under the porch.

What I like:

  • Dark rest design.
  • Insulation.
  • Unique design.
  • Very durable & tough materials.
  • Ventilation.

What I dislike:

  • The price.
  • The weight.


4. Crua Cottage Premium Quality 4-6 Person Family Tent

Crua Cottage Premium Quality 4-6 Person Family Tent.
Crua Cottage Premium Quality 4-6 Person Family Tent.

This tent includes two side rooms that are used for sleeping, and one large living area under the central dome. There is also a room the  call the Sun Room. The sleeping rooms are insulated, and they are also perfect dark-rest rooms. Because of this, it is also in my list of best dark rest camping tents.

The tent is incredibly tall, you have a peak height of 8.2 ft (250 cm). There are 10 solid windows and 2 doors. The mentioned Sun Room is without a floor but it is fully protected from the elements, and with solid windows. It is designed as a space for sitting and enjoying.

Officially, this the tent is for 4-6 people, but this is a huge structure with 4 rooms. The total floored area is 188 ft² (17.5 m²), plus the Sun Room with an area of 67.3 ft² (6.25 m²). The base is T-shaped and supported by steel poles, and it offers an RV connection as well.

The fabric is great. The inner tent is an 80:20 breathable polycotton mix, and the shell is a 70:30 breathable polycotton. The floor is a strong and fully waterproof polyethylene. Ventilation is also excellent, the fabric is breathable but they have added two floor vents and two wall vents.

What I like:

  • Overall organization.
  • Great features.
  • Dark rest design.
  • Insulated sleeping rooms.
  • Solid windows.
  • Top-quality materials.
  • High-level craftsmanship.
  • Ventilation.
  • Protection.

What I dislike:

  • The price.
  • The weight and packed size.


5. Crua Loj 6 Person Tent

Crua Loj 6 Person Tent.
Crua Loj 6 Person Tent.

This tent comes with an inner sleeping area which is an insulated tent within the shell tent. Its effective R-value is 4. This sleeping area is also a dark rest zone, it is completely dark inside even in the broad daylight. They claim that the tent provides a bit of sound insulation too.

The tent is one of the most impressive tents on the market, so I have included it in several of my lists here in the site. You will see it among the tents for 4 seasons, among heavy-duty canvas camping tents, and in several more.

It is officially for 6 people only, but you have an inner area of 235 ft² (22 m²). In addition to this you also have a porch that adds 65 ft² (6 m²). This porch area is floorless, and you can use it for cooking and for sitting in your camping chairs.

There are 3 rooms. Two sleeping units are in the insulated cocoon and in front of it you have a huge and floored living room. There are 3 external doors and 2 inner doors. There are 6 solid PVC windows. The tent allows for an awning configuration.

As for the materials, the frame is steel and the fabric is breathable, this is a laminated poly-cotton 80/20. They claim it can handle winds of over 60 MPH. The tent comes with a footprint included and with an insulated carpet.

This is a heavy structure, the weight is 218 lb (99 kg). The dimensions (L x W) are 277 x 158 inches (700 x 400 cm). The tent is also very tall, the inner peak height is 83 inches (211 cm).

What I like:

  • Almost everything.

What I dislike:

  • The price.
  • The weight.

Final thoughts

So this was my list of the best insulated tents for winter camping, and I hope you realize that it includes a variety in sizes although official capacity of these tents is in a relatively narrow range of 2-6 people. But the largest of them offers inner floored area of 235 ft² (22 m²), so such a tent can accommodate far more users if necessary. The official capacity applies only to the space that is actually insulated.

There are also big differences in prices and this is not surprising when you see what some of these tents offer.

Now, how to choose? I guess it is best to check your budget and then think about the best use of your insulated tent. Some of them need lots of area in the camp. Also, because of insulation, these are bulky items, so consider the way of transportation.

Editor’s Choice

I put forward the tent shown below simply because of its moderate dimensions and price. It is in between the smallest and the largest, and its price is such that it will not break the bank.

Incredible combination of great features
Crua Tri 3 Person Thermo Insulated Waterproof Family Tent.

Product Name: Crua Tri 3 Person Thermo Insulated Waterproof Family Tent

Product Description: This is an incredibly well built tent suitable for any weather conditions and year round use.

Brand: Crua Outdoors

SKU: B01M72L9B5

MPN: 1005

  • Features - 9.8/10
    9.8/10
  • Design - 9.8/10
    9.8/10
  • Quality & craftsmanship - 9.8/10
    9.8/10
9.8/10

Summary

My rating of this tent is exceptionally high, but the tent deserves it.

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10/10 (1 vote)

Please see more about this tent in this video:

Now you can see more about its testing in freezing temperatures:

For more shelter options please check in the category Outdoor Shelters. Let me know if you have questions, there is a comment box below. Thank you for reading.

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