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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Recent Tent/Shelter Reviews
The North Face Rock 32
Inadequately robust. Poor quality materials. Inadequate protection against the elements. This is the third North Face tent I have owned. I paid $170 Canadian. I have also owned tents manufactured by Sierra Designs and the Mountain Equipment Co-op since 1989. On average I repair and maintain my tents to extend their lifespan to about 15 years before they are considered non-serviceable. Compared to previous manufacturing standards, design, and materials this North Face Rock 32 should not be considered a… Full review
REI Dash 2 Tent
I found this to be a great very light, low cost tent that is great for the solo hike and can fit two in a pinch. I purchased this tent on closeout from REI to use on my solo section hiking of the JMT. I only recall paying about $140 for the tent, which I thought was great given it is under 3 lbs. The final weight of the tent was only 44 ounces or about 2.76 lbs. My final weight only included the tent, the fly, 6 stakes, poles, the pole stuff sack and a Tyvex ground sheet that I had made. I didn't… Full review
ALPS Mountaineering Tasmanian 2 Floor Saver
The brown footprint (floor saver) is ripstop nylon. Has six reinforced grommets for the tent poles to slip into. Six male 3/4 inch buckles snap into the tent fly buckles. Works in snow and ice. Seam seal it when you first get it — to be sure it doesn't leak. The one that I bought did not come with taped seams. Washable. Does not extend under the Tasmanian 2 vestibules. There is a 3-person size. This one won't fit the 3-person Tasmanian 3 tent. Can be used for other things that need a ripstop waterproof… Full review
ALPS Mountaineering Tasmanian 2
Nice first four-season winter camping tent. Material [fly] 75D 185T polyester taffeta, PU coating (1500mm), [walls] 75D 185T polyester taffeta, 40D nylon no-see-um mesh on top and windows, [floor] 75D 185T polyester taffeta, Need footprint PU coating (3000mm) Capacity 2-person (1 comfortable for WINTER CAMPING) Season 4-season Wall Type double-wall Freestanding yes Poles 7000-series aluminum (8.5mm) Pole Attachment clips Number of Doors 2 Number of Vestibules 2 Vestibule Space 13 sq ft Ventilation… Full review
Ozark Trail 16' x 16' Instant Cabin Tent
Poles break supports in top break. Buttons that lock supports break hard to manipulate. Fails in brisk breezes or medium rainstorms. Walmart should refund everyone who bought this tent, a class action suit if not corrected. Not easy to assemble or put away. Two person best. Not a 10 minute job, especially in rain or windy conditions. You must tie down or it will collaspe Only used 4 times in good, rather OK in wind, fair in rain, fair in rain and wind, breaks and collapse on you. Full review
REI Half Dome 2 Plus
I do not know how they can make a tent like this for the price. If it ain't broke don't fix it! I wanted the Half Dome for awhile and when the Half Dome 2 Plus was about 150$ I had to get it. I bought the footprint which makes things like setting up so much easier and is a great tarp to lie on or sleep under. I did not use the fly at first and was amazed how easy the setup was and how it pushed the two door walls out. I was used to walls sloping inward to drip rain in the door, but if used with… Full review
NEMO Hornet 2P
Light and awesome at home, poor out the door. I was excited when I bought the tent. It's super lightweight and easy to set up. I took it out for a spin in the local Santa Monica mountains for two nights. First night went smooth. However on the second night, the tip of one of the tent poles snapped as I was assembling the tent. When I got home, I also discovered that there were numerous holes on the base of my tent. No problem I thought. I just bought the tent; I'm covered by the warranty. To… Full review
The North Face VE 24
Best tent ever. We bought our tent in 1984 in Germany, and it cost us 1,400 German Marks then (about way over $1,000 USD) but it was worth it. NF replaced fly door and floor of tent over the years under warranty. Would like to replace the fly though but cannot find a newer one. Awesome tent! Full review
Elk Mountain Tents 13x16 Wall Tent
The 13x16 Elk Mountain tent is amazing. I was first drawn by the price, but the quality is high too. I bought a 13x16 Wall Tent w/ Angle Kit & Back Door from Elk Mountain Tents and was blown away. I honestly wasn't expecting a high quality product because they were cheaper than everywhere else. I debated for a while going with a more traditional tent that uses real canvas, but after requesting a sample of the material, I ended up going with Elk Mountain Tents because the material was just as… 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.