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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$500 and above

Recent Tent/Shelter Reviews

DD Hammocks Tarp 3x3m

rated 5 of 5 stars One of the best Tarps on Market. Check out the review on Youtube. Have fun Here you can watch the review. Have fun Full review

Mountain Hardwear Drifter 3

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a great all-around tent. Useful for those weekend getaways and a more challenging expedition into back country. Reliable, fast pitch and easy pack. When searching for a tent we were looking for one that was going to be reliable, lightweight, easy to pitch, and most important keep us out of the elements when called upon. Knowing that we would have many portages, some of them over 15km and lots of gear to carry we made sure that the tent we chose was going to be the perfect match. The Mountain… Full review

LightHeart Gear SoLong 6

rated 4 of 5 stars Great lightweight tent. Sets up quickly and dry in the rain. Headroom and floorspace are more than enough for this 6 footer. The awning option works well in most weather. Being a hybrid double-single wall tent, there is a slight condensation issue, but it is manageable. I bought the Solong 6 after considering tarptents and other excellent choices. Being in N.C. and visiting Judy at the LightHeart shop helped make my decision. This is a quality built tent. After a few test runs, setting it up is… Full review

Eureka! Timberline 2

rated 1 of 5 stars We have purchased Timberline tents for our Boy Scout troop in the past and found them useful, easy to set up, and good quality (lasting many years). However, the last purchase of eight tents in 2013, was a disaster. Eureka changed the zippers — and they won't stay closed. The teeth on the zippers don't hold, and if you pull the zipper just right, and manage to close the zipper, it pulls open with a very light pull (even the wind will open it). Simply, they won't stay shut! We're now looking for… Full review

Big Agnes Lone Spring 3

rated 4 of 5 stars Simple structure, spacious interior, and durable materials. Great for two and a dog during cool weather adventures. Highly recommended for car camping and the occasional backpacking trip. I picked up the Lone Spring 3 (LS3) to function as a car camping tent primarily and to be used for infrequent backpacking trips with my partner. I chose it because of the great price, the sturdy materials, and ample space. I really only found the weight, the single door, and finicky poles the only downsides: all… Full review

Kelty Grand Mesa 4

rated 4 of 5 stars It's a solid tent. It has perform great in the rain and cold, and has great ventilation during hot weather. There's plenty of room for four people. It's a bit heavy and best used for car camping. I have had this tent for a few years now. Have used it mostly car camping with the Boy Scouts and it has worked great in all types of weather. Took it on a backpacking trip recently and realized that's too heavy (about 11 pounds) to haul around on the Appalachian Trail. The tent comes with two sturdy aluminum… Full review

Tarptent Scarp 2

rated 4 of 5 stars This light 2-person tent is roomy and easy to set up. With two doors and two vestibules there is plenty of venting when weather permits. The inner tent options and crossing pole options make it a 4-season tent if desired. This Tarptent 2-person tent is all silnylon for light weight. The quality and design features make it one of the best 2-person backpacking tents available.  In a pinch the tent is large enough for three ("consenting" ;o) adults sleeping head-to-toe. See Tarptent website photo. Full review

Coleman Hooligan 4 Tent

rated 5 of 5 stars Great tent overall for car camping. Rain proof out of the box. Lots of room and easy to set up. Definitely not a backpacking tent, but a great car camping tent. The vestibule is a great plus. Setup overall is easy, but there are a lot of guy ropes that have to be used. By using the guy ropes, you do get great ventilation. I have been caught in an 8-hour overnight storm while camping with our troop. Stayed dry the entire time. As usual says it is a 4-person, but really is a comfortable two-person… Full review

Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1

rated 5 of 5 stars A great lightweight tent for someone over 6 feet tall. It sets up fast, kept me dry through some serious downpours and didn't feel claustrophobic. At 6' 3", I could still sit upright and pull on a T-shirt without a fight. Held up well through a thru-hike of the Colorado Trail. While planning a thru-hike of the Colorado Trail for the summer of 2014, I decided that I needed to lighten the load and quit carrying a 2-person tent. Since the trip would entail a month or so of camping in a wide variety… Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest
user rating: 5 of 5 (106)
Eagles Nest Outfitters
DoubleNest
Hammock
$59 - $84
Eureka! Alpenlite XT
user rating: 5 of 5 (21)
Eureka!
Alpenlite XT
Four-Season Tent
$315 - $349
Eagles Nest Outfitters Atlas Hammock Suspension System
user rating: 5 of 5 (15)
Eagles Nest Outfitters
Atlas Hammock Suspension System
Hammock Accessory
$30
NEMO Morpho AR
user rating: 5 of 5 (11)
NEMO
Morpho AR
Three-Season Tent
$240
Terra Nova Ultra Quasar
user rating: 5 of 5 (10)
Terra Nova
Ultra Quasar
Four-Season Tent
$780
Hilleberg Nallo 2
user rating: 5 of 5 (9)
Hilleberg
Nallo 2
Four-Season Tent
$685
Terra Nova Super Quasar
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Terra Nova
Super Quasar
Four-Season Tent
$880
Eagles Nest Outfitters ProFly Rain Tarp
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Eagles Nest Outfitters
ProFly Rain Tarp
Tarp/Shelter
$70 - $99
Hilleberg Soulo
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Hilleberg
Soulo
Four-Season Tent
$645
NEMO Losi 2P
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
NEMO
Losi 2P
Three-Season Tent
$320 - $369
MSR E-Wing
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
MSR
E-Wing
Tarp/Shelter
$122 - $174
Marmot Limelight 4P
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Marmot
Limelight 4P
Three-Season Tent
$271 - $369
L.L.Bean Microlight 2
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
L.L.Bean
Microlight 2
Three-Season Tent
$239
Black Diamond Mega Light
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond
Mega Light
Tarp/Shelter
$229 - $269
Hilleberg Nammatj 3 GT
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg
Nammatj 3 GT
Four-Season Tent
$865
Hilleberg Kaitum 2
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg
Kaitum 2
Four-Season Tent
$835 - $984
Hilleberg Nallo 3 GT
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg
Nallo 3 GT
Four-Season Tent
$830
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 2 AL
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
ALPS Mountaineering
Lynx 2 AL
Three-Season Tent
$120
REI Half Dome 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (31)
REI
Half Dome 2
Three-Season Tent
$140
Eagles Nest Outfitters SingleNest
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (30)
Eagles Nest Outfitters
SingleNest
Hammock
$42 - $74
Eureka! Apex 2XT
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (28)
Eureka!
Apex 2XT
Three-Season Tent
$115 - $149
MSR Hubba
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (27)
MSR
Hubba
Three-Season Tent
$280 - $339
Eureka! Spitfire 1
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (25)
Eureka!
Spitfire 1
Three-Season Tent
$100 - $116
Mountain Hardwear Trango 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (25)
Mountain Hardwear
Trango 2
Four-Season Tent
$413 - $600
Marmot Limelight 2P
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (22)
Marmot
Limelight 2P
Three-Season Tent
$175 - $219
The North Face Mountain 25
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (21)
The North Face
Mountain 25
Four-Season Tent
$539
Eureka! K2 XT
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (20)
Eureka!
K2 XT
Four-Season Tent
$432 - $479
Kelty Gunnison 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (20)
Kelty
Gunnison 2
Three-Season Tent
$220
Eureka! Timberline 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (19)
Eureka!
Timberline 2
Three-Season Tent
$120 - $152
REI Taj 3
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (19)
REI
Taj 3
Three-Season Tent
$191
Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Hennessy Hammock
Expedition Asym
Hammock
$144 - $159
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Big Agnes
Seedhouse SL2
Three-Season Tent
$280 - $349
Kelty Grand Mesa 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Kelty
Grand Mesa 2
Three-Season Tent
$120 - $239
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Big Agnes
Fly Creek UL2
Three-Season Tent
$312 - $389
Marmot Limelight 3P
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Marmot
Limelight 3P
Three-Season Tent
$223 - $279
Eureka! Timberline 4
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Eureka!
Timberline 4
Three-Season Tent
$190 - $219
Hilleberg Akto
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (14)
Hilleberg
Akto
Four-Season Tent
$498
REI Half Dome 2 Plus
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
REI
Half Dome 2 Plus
Three-Season Tent
$165
Kelty Noah's Tarp 12
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
Kelty
Noah's Tarp 12
Tarp/Shelter
$60 - $99
MSR Groundhog Tent Stake
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
MSR
Groundhog Tent Stake
Stake
$3 - $19
Hennessy Hammock Ultralight Backpacker Asym
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Hennessy Hammock
Ultralight Backpacker Asym
Hammock
$240
Eagles Nest Outfitters Guardian Bug Net
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Eagles Nest Outfitters
Guardian Bug Net
Hammock
$49 - $59
Sierra Designs Lightning 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
Sierra Designs
Lightning 2
Three-Season Tent
$208 - $259
ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2.0
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
ALPS Mountaineering
Zephyr 2.0
Three-Season Tent
$130 - $219
Kelty Gunnison 2.1
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Kelty
Gunnison 2.1
Three-Season Tent
$200 - $219
Eureka! Timberline SQ Outfitter 6
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Eureka!
Timberline SQ Outfitter 6
Three-Season Tent
$468 - $519
REI Quarter Dome T3
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
REI
Quarter Dome T3
Three-Season Tent
$270
Eureka! Assault Outfitter 4
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Eureka!
Assault Outfitter 4
Four-Season Tent
$350
REI Hobitat 4
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
REI
Hobitat 4
Three-Season Tent
$220
Big Agnes Big House 4
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Big Agnes
Big House 4
Three-Season Tent
$230 - $299
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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.