Before starting on tent types we need to discuss 3-season versus 4-season tents. Tents primarily provide protection from the environment including wind, rain, and pests. Environmental conditions vary dramatically and some tents are more suited for extreme conditions than others. Most tents are built for 3-season use and work best in moderate conditions. When properly prepared a 3-season tent should protect you from moderate wind, rain, and light snow. Most casual campers choose 3-season tents. 4-season tents can handle more extreme conditions including heavy snow and rain, higher winds, etc. Outfitters, hunters, and some serious backpackers require 4-season tents.