Tents and Shelters

Ready for a night out? Whether you’re an ultralight alpinist, family of backpackers, devoted hanger, or comfort camper, you'll find the best tents, tarps, and hammocks for your outdoor overnights right here.

Check out our top picks below—including price comparisons—to shelter you in any terrain, trip, or season: winter mountaineering, three-season thru-hiking, warm weather car camping, hammock hanging, alpine bivys, tarps, and emergency shelter.

Or you can browse our thousands of independent tent and shelter ratings and reviews by product type, brand, or price. Written by real-world hikers, backpackers, alpinists, climbers, and paddlers, Trailspace community reviews will help you select a dependable, field-tested, outdoor abode just right for your next adventure.

Learn more about how to choose a tent/shelter below »

Category

Four-Season
3-4 Season Convertible
Three-Season
Warm Weather
Bivy Sacks
Tarps and Shelters
Hammocks
Bug Nets
Accessories

Brand

Eagles Nest Outfitters
Terra Nova
Hilleberg
MSR
Marmot
Grand Trunk
Sierra Designs
EMS
Black Diamond
Kodiak Canvas

User

Unisex
Men's
Kids'

Price

less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 - $399.99
$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

Recent Tent/Shelter Reviews

Loco Libre Gear Carolina Reaper 30°

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This is a custom down hammock underquilt by Loco Libre, a small cottage manufacturer. All quilts are custom designed and handmade in the U.S. I had this underquilt made custom for my needs. It is a 30° F quilt that is 54" long and 44" wide. I had it filled with 900 fp Downtek goose down and an extra oz. added for a total of 13 ounces of fill and approximately 2.5" of loft. It has draft collars on both foot and head ends and all necessary hardware and adjustable shock cords to easily attach it to… Full review

Sierra Designs Half Moon 3

rated 4.5 of 5 stars For an older model tent, this one still stands strong even now. Tough, reliable, easy to set up, with a reasonable weight; what's not to like? Setup: The tent has a basic cross pole design with a shorter top pole that fits into two grommets. The apex pole clip holds the top cross pole in place with respect to the other poles (see pic). The poles use clips and don't require any sleeve insertion. This cuts down setup time and headaches. They fit into standard brass corner grommets. The footprint… Full review

Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest

rated 4 of 5 stars Easy to use, comfortable hammock. Received as a gift two years ago. In addition I own the Atlas strap system for simple and quick connection. Disclaimer—I have yet to use this as a sleeping option (save for naps). I enjoy taking it while backpacking as restful seating option at camp, but prefer the tent for bug/rain protection. Have not owned or used the meshing or tarp in conjunction. Haven't embraced cowboy camping as of yet. I'm a bigger guy (6'3" 200 lbs), so two people lying inside is a bit… Full review

Hilleberg Nammatj 3 GT

rated 5 of 5 stars Fantastic base camp tent for one or two people. I will not review the tech specs. These are available from Hilleberg. Suffice to say their specs match my observations. Have used this tent three times now. Extremely easy to set up. Three hoops and four pegs, that’s it for initial setup. There are many more pegs to make this tent completely sound. Very roomy and nice high vestibule. Constant height inner tent and vestibule are benefits. I have had no problems with condensation. It is very strong. Full review

Kelty Outfitter Pro 2

rated 5 of 5 stars Two-person bomb shelter. This tent is like a palace. The two doors are epic. Heard the wind howling and the tent never budged. Drug this thing up Mt. Shasta and the weight was obvious. Split between two people though it wasn't even noticed (I carry more weight than that in whiskey alone). Full review

REI Base Camp 4

rated 4 of 5 stars A very strong family/base camp tent with an excellent backpack style carrying bag. Due to privacy walls, the mesh screens are higher up and there is reduced airflow in hot weather. Best in inclement weather or where you might experience wind/rain. The fly is color coded but the footprint does not come with tent. Need two people to install. Best for 2-3 adults or comfortably two with cots. As a long serving (suffering?) Scout leader, I've got tents galore. I own an REI Kingdom 8, Base Camp 4, Half… Full review

Kelty Streamside 4

rated 5 of 5 stars Solid tent. After over 50 uses, I knicknamed it "ole trusty". I bought this tent in 2001. I've used it several times per year for leisure camping to spike camping for hunting. Solid tent. I'm going to replace the poles and keep using this bad boy until it disintegrates! Full review

REI Kingdom 6 Tent

rated 5 of 5 stars A massive, incredibly well thought out 6-person tent. Ideal for car camping luxuriously. Purchased in spring of 2017. Used for car camping and backyard sleepouts with kids.  Very easy to set up. I can single-handedly set this up in less than 10 minutes—quicker with assistance. Three separate collapsible poles that don't require forced-fitting. I'm 6'3" and can stand up straight inside. Footprint is like a small apartment, can absolutely fit six adults comfortably.   Purchased as a "lifetime"… Full review

Tarptent Double Rainbow

rated 5 of 5 stars Lightweight, spacious two-person backpacking tent. Easy to set up and pack. Purchased in 2013, have used six times on backpacking trips and several car-camping ones. Wanted to use for a few years before I reviewed. Opted to purchase after lots of research and have been very pleased.  Incredibly easy to set up and pack down. One long collapsible pole will split the length, with corners guyed out with stakes or free-standing with trek-poles. I've always opted to stake as I had that option each time. Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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user rating: 5 of 5 (109)
Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Hammock
$49 - $89
user rating: 5 of 5 (16)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Atlas Straps Hammock Accessory
$22 - $39
user rating: 5 of 5 (12)
Terra Nova Ultra Quasar Four-Season Tent
$702 - $779
user rating: 5 of 5 (10)
Hilleberg Nallo 2 Four-Season Tent
$735 - $835
user rating: 5 of 5 (8)
Hilleberg Soulo Four-Season Tent
$685
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
Hilleberg Nammatj 3 GT Four-Season Tent
$989
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
MSR E-Wing Tarp/Shelter
$175
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Marmot Limelight 4P Three-Season Tent
$250 - $379
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Grand Trunk Double Parachute Nylon Hammock Hammock
$65 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Sierra Designs Lightning 2 FL Three-Season Tent
$284 - $369
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
EMS Velocity 1 Tent Three-Season Tent
$188
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Mega Light Tarp/Shelter
$217 - $289
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
MSR Elixir 3 Three-Season Tent
$230 - $299
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Kodiak Canvas 10x10 Flex-Bow Canvas Tent Deluxe Four-Season Tent
$550
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg Kaitum 2 Four-Season Tent
$895 - $1,020
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg Nallo 3 GT Four-Season Tent
$885
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (38)
REI Half Dome 2 Three-Season Tent
$199
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (32)
Eagles Nest Outfitters SingleNest Hammock
$45 - $59
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (30)
Eureka! Apex 2XT Three-Season Tent
$120 - $139
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (28)
Eureka! Spitfire 1 Three-Season Tent
$140
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (28)
Mountain Hardwear Trango 2 Four-Season Tent
$399 - $650
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (23)
Eureka! K-2 XT Four-Season Tent
$500
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (22)
Marmot Limelight 3P Three-Season Tent
$225 - $299
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (22)
Eureka! Alpenlite XT Four-Season Tent
$370
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (22)
The North Face Mountain 25 Four-Season Tent
$430 - $589
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (21)
Kelty Gunnison 2 Three-Season Tent
$190
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (21)
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2 Three-Season Tent
$262 - $349
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (20)
Eureka! Timberline 2 Three-Season Tent
$190
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Hilleberg Akto Four-Season Tent
$530
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
REI Half Dome 2 Plus Three-Season Tent
$219
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 12 Tarp/Shelter
$49 - $69
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Hammock
$140
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Kelty Grand Mesa 2 Three-Season Tent
$94 - $219
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Eureka! Timberline 4 Three-Season Tent
$240
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Sierra Designs Light Year 1 Three-Season Tent
$115
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Hennessy Hammock Ultralight Backpacker Asym Hammock
$250
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (14)
ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2 Three-Season Tent
$110 - $219
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
Eureka! Sunrise 9 Three-Season Tent
$260
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
Mountain Hardwear Hammerhead 2 Three-Season Tent
$175
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
MSR Groundhog Tent Stakes Stake
$2 - $19
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Guardian Bug Net Hammock Accessory
$45 - $59
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
NEMO Morpho AR Three-Season Tent
$292
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3 Three-Season Tent
$500
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 Three-Season Tent
$400
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 9 Tarp/Shelter
$60
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Eureka! Timberline SQ Outfitter 6 Three-Season Tent
$550 - $579
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Eureka! Assault Outfitter 4 Four-Season Tent
$449
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Kelty Salida 2 Three-Season Tent
$100 - $169
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Big Agnes Big House 6 Three-Season Tent
$370
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Big Agnes Big House 4 Three-Season Tent
$225 - $379
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What’s the “best” tent or shelter for you? Consider your personal outdoor needs, preferences, and budget:

  • Conditions:
    First, and most important, in what seasons, conditions, and terrain will you use your tent, tarp, or hammock? Choose a shelter that can handle the conditions you expect to encounter (rain, snow, wind, heat, humidity, biting insects, an energetic scout troop), but don’t buy more tent than you truly need, and don’t expect one tent to do it all.
  • Capacity:
    Tents are typically classified by sleeping capacity (i.e. one-person, two-person, etc). However, a tent's stated sleeping capacity usually does not include much (or any) space for your gear and there’s no sizing standard between tent manufacturers. Some users size up.
  • Livability:
    Will you use the tent as a basecamp or is it an emergency shelter only? To determine if you and your gear will fit, look at the shelter’s dimensions, including floor and vestibule square areas, height and headroom (including at the sides), plus the number and placement of doors, gear lofts, and pockets, to assess personal livability, comfort, and footprint.
  • Weight and Packed Size:
    If you’ll be backpacking, climbing, cycling, or otherwise carrying that shelter, consider its weight, packed size (and your pack it needs to fit in), and its space-to-weight ratio before automatically opting for the bigger tent. Paddlers and car campers have more room to work with, but everyone should consider how the tent and its parts pack up for stowage.
  • Design:
    Tents come in various designs. Freestanding tents can stand alone without stakes or guy lines and can be easily moved or have dirt and other debris shaken out without being disassembled, though they still need to be staked out. Rounded, geodesic domes are stable and able to withstand heavy snow loads and wind. Tunnel tents are narrow and rectangular, and large family cabin tents are best for warm-weather campground outings.
  • Other features and specs to consider include single versus double-wall, ease of setup, stability, weather resistance, ventilation, , and any noteworthy features.
  • Read more in our guide to tents.