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
Eureka! Spitfire 1
This tent is a great value. Very roomy for a solo tent, easy set up, durable, and under 3 lbs. Under $120. I love this tent! Many tents claim to be lightweight, but this is the real deal. Nice mesh, plus a good fly protects well. It has a good ventilation window up top to reduce condensation. It has an easy setup. I use 4 stakes only including a stake out for the vestibule. I am pretty short (5'), and I don't even need the vestibule. I can get myself, and all of my gear inside with room to spare. Full review
Ozark Trail 12 x 14 Screen House
Great sized tent, but the poles are a pain! We have a love-hate relationship with this screen tent. When it's up, we LOVE it! But, the slightest wind or rain and the whole thing comes down because of flimsy roof design. After multiple storms/fall downs, the screen portion has suffered some massive wounds. We repaired it as many times as possible (sewing screens, duct-tape, etc), but it doesn't have much left in it. If anyone has one they want to sell, we only need the screen tent part, no poles—please… Full review
Walrus Arch Rival XV
Excellent tent Compact when packed, very lightweight at only 1.8Kg and excellent quality. I have had mine since 1999 and it has stood the test of time! Because of the size and weight it is ideal for hiking, cycling, and mountain expeditions. Full review
It's worth every dime you spend. It's sturdy, like a bomb shelter. I did a lot of research, as a matter of fact a couple of months or more. I bought a couple of tents and returned them. Didn't like the setup of tent then rain fly thing, somehow it just didn't get it. Get caught in a storm, set up the outer tent, then crawl in and set up the inner while it was raining. Some tents don't even give you that option. Sorry, that's not for me. Spent $400 / $500 just didn't feel I was getting my money's… Full review
Moss Tents Stardome II
Classic bomb-proof mountain tent. The Moss Star Dome II is a classic tent, but not seen in the mountains too often these days since Moss went out of business around the year 2000. You'd think it would be obsolete at this point, but it is a very practical design, roomy enough for two, long enough to accommodate 6' 4" adults, and with a roomy hooped vestibule that makes it very livable. I've used this tent at altitude in a variety of weather conditions, in severe wind and heavy precipitation, and… Full review
ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 2
For the price, this two-person tent is a good value. It is easy to set up, relatively lightweight and spacious enough for two people with some gear. I would buy it again. I bought this tent early this year and have only had a chance to use it this summer. For the money that I spent, I really like this tent. It is not a true backpacking tent, but it works well for backpacking. I'm not sure if this would be a tent that I would take on extended trips, but for weekend/multiple day trips, it's good. Full review
Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Zip
I have used the Hennessy since 2010. I have suggested to the manufacturer five relatively easy modifications that would make this very comfortably hammock almost perfect, but none have been implemented. I did have it on a canoe trip one fall in Upper New York. Very strong rainstorm filled the hammock with a gallon of water, and I and sleeping bag were drenched. If the rain is coming straight down, it is fine, but if blowing sideways, you will get wet. BUT there is any easy fix. I also had it for… Full review
REI Taj 3
Incredible tent. If you are having problems setting it up, it's operator error. If you think its too small for three, you don't buy a three-person tent for three people — you buy a four-person tent. Come on. It's got great ceiling height. It's long for tall people (as I am). It's got more than adequate vestibule space. It allows good air circulation. And it's bullet proof in rain and wind. It's hard to beat for the price. Too bad it was discontinued. Full review
Sierra Designs Flashlight 1
Lightweight roomy tent with some cool innovations. Not easy to set up and suffers from condensation issues. This was my first backpacking tent. I bought it primarily for its low weight and for the fact that I could use my trekking poles to set it up. I used it on a week long backpacking trip on the PCT in Oregon and came away with mixed feelings about it. Setup can be easy if you find yourself camping in soft loamy dirt. Like all single wall tents, the Flashlight relies on tension to keep it standing. 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.