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.
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$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
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$500 and above
Recent Tent/Shelter Reviews
Eureka! Tetragon 9
Choosing one tent is hard. Thinking about all your options and all the various ways that you will use your tent and in all the different places, you probably want more than one tent! Sure, you want that solo tent for trips "just by yourself" and then there's that family tent for trips where you take the kids or grandkids or friends. And yet, investing in many tents can be quite expensive. Here's the one tent that you need! This beautiful tent, windows and all, is the perfect tent if you want to… Full review
Big Agnes Scout UL2
Good size tent, enough room for a backpack in wet weather. Roomy and tall enough to dress comfortably. Also, weather worthy. I recommend this tent — so happy that I get to sleep in it. Full review
Sierra Designs Mondo 5 CD
This is a great tent! Sleeps 4 people very comfortably. We've had the tent for 24 years now and it's still in perfect condition. Super durable and reliable. It is easy to set up and take down. It has prevailed through many wind and rain storms with us sleeping (still dry) inside! Full review
Sierra Designs Light Year 1
I have used this tent for many outings, including hiking 200 miles on the Colorado Trail. This tent has kept me dry in many storms, especially those on the CT. As a lightweight tent, I feel it has worn well, and has more life in it now that I have applied some seam seal, where it was peeling off. Easy setup; room for solo hiker; good vestibule for boots; is taut enough to keep me dry in all conditions, including severe weather in Colorado mountains; no condensation issues. I'm 6-2 and can sit up… Full review
MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2P
This tent is easy to set up, comfortable for two, and lightweight. I have set this tent up with another person in varying conditions and configurations. We purchased the footprint separately, and the setup is just as easy. The stakes are small, the tents are permanently connected. This is a snap. The tent is taut when pitched and remains stable. It is comfortable -- good ventilation, but keeps occupants warm when needed. There is enough room to sit upright and change clothes in the tent. There are… Full review
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2
This tent is extremely lightweight, but still strong. I have not ever had problems with condensation. I take a two-week backpacking trip into the Wind River Range every summer and have never had any problems with this tent. It did not collapse when under 18 inches of snow, bend or rip during very strong winds, rip or puncture when campsite was rocky, or have problems with condensation. It would be small for two tall hikersm but I use it as a one-man tent and store my pack inside. I have not used… Full review
Sierra Designs Lightning 2 FL
This tent is super easy to pitch. The fly and tent body are integrated, so there is no need for extra stakes. Natural color of tent offers more private camping appeal. The Sierra Designs Lightning FL 2p tent is a great camping home. The tent compresses nicely and is simple to pitch with one connected set of DAC poles. The setup only requires 6 stakes. The tent ceiling is high enough to sit up and to change. Also, this is an excellent tent for stealth camping. Full review
The North Face Northwind
Outstanding design, simple to erect. However if it rains you might as well go and sleep outside!!! The tent was returned to North Face and nothing was done. It was returned to me as it left—pretty disgusting from a company like North Face. How can North Face get it so wrong? All they need to do to make the tent a five star+ tent is to make it waterproof, end of story. Full review
Mountain Hardwear Mountain Jet 2
Most seams are glued, zero stitching in the areas like the entire tub of the tent. The tent has absolutely fallen apart at the seams. Poor construction, terrible POS. I will never purchase another item from Mountain Hardwear! Full review
Top-Rated Tents and Shelters
What’s the “best” tent or shelter for you? Consider your personal outdoor needs, preferences, and budget:
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.
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.
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.
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.