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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$25 - $49.99
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$500 and above

Recent Tent/Shelter Reviews

The North Face Flint 1 Tent

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Easy and fast to set up. Holds up well in the rain. Extra spacious inside. I've used this tent on the side of the river out of my kayak and in the mountains out of my backpack. It's easy to store and easy to set up. I have sat through a rain storm in it and even without a foot print it kept me dry. I love this light weight tent. Full review

Eureka! Solitaire

rated 5 of 5 stars Loved my very first solo tent! I bought this tent for a solo hike on the Dobson trail. For my first solo tent, I found it very lightweight and compact. Easy setup. No enough instructions for the fly though. Full review

Eureka! Amari Pass 2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars We love our Amari Pass 2 tent. It's roomy, easy to put up. We like the large vestibule. Eureka makes great tents, the detailing is wonderful. The tent fly is color-coded to match the click points. The Amari Pass is my favorite Eureka tent to date. I love the large size for the low weight. This tent is super easy to erect. It pitches with enough tautness to stay stable in wind, which is important down here in the super windy desert climate. We used it in a rain storm and there was NO condensation,… Full review

Kelty Grand Mesa 2

rated 4 of 5 stars Easy setup for a tent, kind of heavy, but overall a great tent. I bought this tent because it was cheaper, but wasn't built cheaper. I have used this tent many times, and it has held up and done what it was made to do. I can set this tent up in less than 4 minutes by myself, which is a big plus. It's a smart design, and it looks good too. Rain fly works good. When I was camping and it was raining it didn't rain too hard though, not sure what it would do if the rain fell hard and didn't stop. Love… Full review

REI Sub-Alpine UL

rated 2 of 5 stars Used it twice and stored it along with an older Winnebago tent. The Winnebago tent is still perfect but my REI Sub Alpine is now sticky and gummy. The fabric seems to have turned into one big post-it note. Several years ago, my wife and I backpacked into the Desolation Wilderness area near Lake Tahoe for 5 days. The tent was a bit cramped for two people. My wife and I are not fat or tall. We should have bought a three-person tent. We used it and stored it along with an older Winnebago tent. We… Full review

Sea to Summit Escapist 15D Tarp

rated 4 of 5 stars A non-free standing shelter by design that works well with a variety of conditions and platforms. It can be pitched with a pair of trekking poles or in between two trees. It's a versatile shelter that can be used as a ground shelter or even as a hammock tarp. Since this is a modular system, the weight can be easily be distributed between two people. Best used for 3-season backpacking and can be used as a solo or 2-person shelter. Manufacturer Specs: http://www.seatosummit.com.au/products/bug-protection/escapist/… Full review

Eagles Nest Outfitters Housefly Rain Tarp

rated 5 of 5 stars 4 words, Will keep you dry. The Eagles Nest HouseFly is probably one if the best investments I've made to date in my camping gear. I spent 14 days in the Daniel Boone National Forest and it really proved itself worthy of packing. The first night out it rained, not just your mother's everyday light shower, it poured buckets. I wasn't sure if the ENO HouseFly would be up for the job. But to my surprise, me and my gear stayed perfectly dry. I was truly amazed. It's much lighter than most of the… Full review

Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Pro

rated 3 of 5 stars Decent starter hammock, comfortable and adequate. If you hang out on the East Coast, get one. After many times watching the sun get lower and searching around for a decent tent pad in SNP and surrounding areas, I, one day, encountered a fella comfortably hanging in a hammock. Thinking back to the many times of tent pad searching and noting the huge amount of trees available, I decided a hammock was worth a try. Totally worth it, especially in SNP and I assume other East Coast parks. On to the hammock… Full review

Six Moon Designs Lunar Duo

rated 4.5 of 5 stars VERY roomy, lightweight two-person tent. I've had this tent for about a year now, and I'm very happy with it. I previously had a Mountain Hardwear Hammerhead 3, which was bombproof but huge and heavy. The Lunar Duo does the job at less than half the weight (3 pounds vs 8). I bought the "Explorer," the sil-nylon version. Setup: Pretty straightforward, but it takes a bit of practice, especially if you're doing it alone. I usually have to take a couple passes at the stake-out points and guy lines before… 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
$63 - $89
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
$27 - $29
NEMO Morpho AR
user rating: 5 of 5 (11)
NEMO
Morpho AR
Three-Season Tent
$320
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
$80 - $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
$170 - $174
L.L.Bean Microlight 2
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
L.L.Bean
Microlight 2
Three-Season Tent
$239
Marmot Limelight 4P
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Marmot
Limelight 4P
Three-Season Tent
$314 - $369
Black Diamond Mega Light
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond
Mega Light
Tarp/Shelter
$195 - $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
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
MSR Hubba
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (27)
MSR
Hubba
Three-Season Tent
$280 - $339
Eureka! Apex 2XT
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (27)
Eureka!
Apex 2XT
Three-Season Tent
$100 - $149
Eureka! Spitfire 1
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (25)
Eureka!
Spitfire 1
Three-Season Tent
$110 - $129
Mountain Hardwear Trango 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (25)
Mountain Hardwear
Trango 2
Four-Season Tent
$450 - $600
Marmot Limelight 2P
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (21)
Marmot
Limelight 2P
Three-Season Tent
$218 - $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
REI Taj 3
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (19)
REI
Taj 3
Three-Season Tent
$240
Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Hennessy Hammock
Expedition Asym
Hammock
$144 - $159
Eureka! Timberline 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Eureka!
Timberline 2
Three-Season Tent
$149 - $169
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Big Agnes
Seedhouse SL2
Three-Season Tent
$296 - $349
Kelty Grand Mesa 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Kelty
Grand Mesa 2
Three-Season Tent
$120 - $149
Eureka! Timberline 4
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Eureka!
Timberline 4
Three-Season Tent
$169 - $189
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Big Agnes
Fly Creek UL2
Three-Season Tent
$331 - $389
Hilleberg Akto
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (14)
Hilleberg
Akto
Four-Season Tent
$498
Marmot Limelight 3P
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (14)
Marmot
Limelight 3P
Three-Season Tent
$279
Eureka! Sunrise 9
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
Eureka!
Sunrise 9
Three-Season Tent
$200
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
$70 - $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
$260
Kelty Gunnison 2.1
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Kelty
Gunnison 2.1
Three-Season Tent
$220
Eureka! Timberline SQ Outfitter 6
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Eureka!
Timberline SQ Outfitter 6
Three-Season Tent
$468 - $519
ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2.0
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
ALPS Mountaineering
Zephyr 2.0
Three-Season Tent
$165 - $219
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.