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
Northwest Territory Olympic Cottage Deluxe Cabin Tent
We have used ours for 3 camping trips, good space, love the closet features and the partition. I had to color clode the instruction label in order to remember how to do it each time. On the 3rd trip the hubby didn't pay attention to taking it down properly (taking down wall poles first) then setting the ceiling framing on ground to separate. He snapped the steeple hub ( if I remember correctly). Turns out there is no place to get replacement parts! Full review
Sierra Designs Night Watch CD
My favorite 4 season tent. At 7lbs, it's several pounds lighter than my Trango 2. It keeps me dry and comfortable in sub zero. The tent is comfortable in seasons other than winter because of its clever venting. : Easy 3 pole set up. Stability: Tent is very taught when guyed out. Camped in -20*F with 20-30 mph winds. I tied the fly to some logs and shrubs and staked it out best I could in frozen ground. No flapping. No problems. Weather Resistance: I've always stayed dry and the tent is 14 years… Full review
Sierra Designs Yahi 4
A fantastic, well thought out and well engineered tent. Set up: Really easy. Footprint clips onto tent through patented Jake's feet clips. Poles insert and fit great. Stability: Does very well in non-extreme weather. I've used it in 4 seasons and it has been great. Weather resistance: Fly hangs really low keeping all weather out. Ventilation: Does pretty well. Has minimal condensation. Room and storage: Has some small pockets. Packability: Standard size. Has a handled tote bag. Ease of use:… Full review
Mountain Hardwear Trango 2
Excellent winter tent. Waterproof, bombproof, roomy, lots of pockets, big vestibules, heavy. The Trango 2 is a very durable and reliable tent. If I know I'm going to be in for nasty weather, I bring this titan. It stays warm inside. It vents pretty well. You can cook in the vestibule. On really cold nights when your body is flushing out excess fluid, you can actually urinate in the vestibule and exit on the other side in the morning. Sounds gross but the alternative at -30° is even worse. I've… Full review
ALPS Mountaineering Zenith 2 AL Tent
Excellent value...quality materials, good design In the midst of making future plans to Thru-Hike the AT I figured I needed a newer, lighter weight 2-man backpacking tent (have a North Face Westwind bought in 1982). I'm not crazy weight conscious so a few extra pounds are fine for added comfort. Saw this tent on Sierra Trading Post, seemed the right size and style, and with a coupon it was the deal of the century ($84 and free shipping). Set it up in my living room...determined it would take a… Full review
Sierra Designs Sirius 2
Great summer tent. I thought the tent would get wet from splash back in heavy rain. I stayed in the tent twice in really heavy rains and have stayed completely dry. It's a one pole design which makes it super easy to set up. The criss cross design radiates out from a small central hub that clips to the top of the tent. At first I couldn't figure out what the big yellow velcro straps were on the bottom side of the fly. I found out it's so you can roll your fly back like a sardine lid and velcro… Full review
The North Face Foundation 6
It's an OK tent, but it lacks some physics research. Overall the tent is fine, but it is not really industrial strength. The materials are lightweight and the zippers are small gauge. Since this is a family size tent there are a couple of things to be aware of: Because the materials are thin and lightweight, it may be more prone to punctures. The tent pole sleeves require you to bend the poles a great deal to pass them through; this caused a tear in the sleeve because of the extreme pressure… Full review
Raven Designs Gear Asgard A2
Lightweight, highly focused for weather, safety, and weight, tough little tent. Few frills, lots of design features. Very versatile. This review has been a long time coming. I bought this tent after coming upon it on the web while searching for military tents. After speaking with the owner a bit via email, I selected the two-person Asgard A2 tent. The tents are primarily targeted for the military and mountain climbing community. This generally means lightweight, strong, waterproof, windproof and… Full review
Sierra Designs Vapor Light 1
I have grown to love my Vaporlight. It started out a little tighter than I was used to but it has enough room to sit up in to change and take out my contact lenses. When I bought this tent and it was handed over to me I thought the fella forgot a few parts; it's super light. I love that it is self supporting since I often pitch on rock and can't stake down. Takes very little space in my pack. It's small but I don't mind the trade when on long hikes or climbing cliffs to get to my site. Set up: Like… 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.