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
REI Thaw bivy sack
An older bivy with some versatile features that I haven't seen in others. Set up: Since there are no poles or stake out points, you just throw the bag on the ground and crawl in. Weather Resistance: Keeps water out really well except for the hood hole. It works well as long as you position yourself right, cinch tight, and don't toss and turn too much in your sleep. If the sack is used in conjunction with a small head tarp, there aren't any issues. Ventilation: The hood hole offers great face ventilation. Full review
The Anan is a lightweight & versatile 3-4 season solo shelter that does not skimp on quality or design features. Ventilation control, a size-able vestibule, and good strength to weight ratio are included. This tent was built for snow free use in a temperate (warm) climate. It comes loaded with quality hardware including metal zipper pulls, and metal rings at the corners for stakes. Someone needing a high quality, functional solo shelter that can live with a little less head space than a dome… Full review
The North Face Tadpole 2
I will be keeping this tent for awhile I imagine. This tent is the jam. An honest 2 person tent that provides good room for 2 average sized adults. My 5'10 body easily had ample room from head to toe with added space for extra gear and that sort of thing. Did I mention this thing is stable? Like Bulldog stable. I've had it in 30mph winds broadside and it took it like a champ. It wasnt even guyed out. Not the smartest location on my part but whatever, the tent held up just fine. There are loops… Full review
Hennessy Hammock Snakeskins
A must-have accessory for hammock users, both recreationally or for campers! SnakeSkins store a hammock in a way that makes setup and breakdown a breeze while keeping them dry and clean! HH SnakeSkins are a hammock accessory that will become a necessary item after you see them in action once! They are simply a matched pair of tapered tubes that one pulls over the hammock, resembling a snake when ready for storage. 'What are "SnakeSkins"? SnakeSkins are an instant stuff sack system that collapse… Full review
Hennessy Hammock Deep Jungle Assym Zip
A three-season hammock that can easily be modified for winter use. Great construction, excellent design, and superior customer service! If you’re either a hammock sleeper, or looking for alternatives to ground sleeping, the HH Deep Jungle doesn’t fall short in any aspect! Home, sweet comfortable home... Who said hammocks give that claustrophobic feeling? “It’s a tent…It’s a hammock…It’s a Chair… It’s a lounger… It’s Super Shelter!” The Hennessy Hammock Deep Jungle is… Full review
The North Face North Star
Bought the North Star to go mule deer hunting in Wyoming. Four-season, four person geodesic tent. Easy to pitch / easy to stake-out. Yes, it was windy, snowy, and cold in camp. Absolutely NO PROBLEM with moisture anywhere. Ventilation was great. In the morning, turn on the gas lantern and watch the frostline come down the inside walls. Two snow tunnels, fly sheet and roof vent, two stuff sacks, stakes and entrance awning. Equipment, rifles and food stuffs storage . . . no problem. Dedicated… Full review
Tarptent StratoSpire 2
Lightweight and amazingly strong if guyed out properly with extra line, stakes, and trekking poles. Fits me, wife, dog, and all of our gear comfortably. Very light with generous features. Lots of zippers, doors, and vestibule space. The guy line and stakes that the tent ship with are a bit wimpy for challenging conditions, but add a little extra trip-tease line, a few more stakes and even two more trekking poles (2+2 = total of 4) if you have them and this tent could withstand a tornado. My first… Full review
Tarptent Rainshadow 2
Excellent ultralight, waterproof, fast to erect tent. Used ~dozen times so far on backpacking trips and Boy Scout 'trailer' camps. No complaints. Sets up faster than almost all other adult Scouter's tents (and the 6 other tents I own too.) Weighs far less and costs about the same as those others too. Very fine netting keeps the bugs out. Spacious enough for dad and son to sleep and store all gear inside. (It would be too tight w/ three adults + gear inside.) Recommend a large piece of window film… Full review
Northwest Territory Family Cabin 8-Person Tent 14' x 14'
Used two times and the zipper broke and can't seem to find a part or even get any help finding one. Does great in the rain and is good quality BESIDES THE ZIPPER. Super upset. The setup for the tent is awesome. I did it with my girlfriend within 15 minutes. Did awesome in the rain which we had for 11 days straight—nothing got wet inside the tent! THERE IS A LOT OF ROOM. We had two queen size double high air mattresses and 1 twin kid one! Plus 4 people and all their luggage. The zipper is the only… 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.