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.
3-4 Season Convertible
Tarps and Shelters
Eagles Nest Outfitters
Priceless than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 - $399.99
$400 - $499.99
$500 and above
Recent Tent/Shelter Reviews
Sierra Designs Superflash
Bought new very long ago. Treasured tent, not used for many years. Recently used it again, found coating on flysheet has gone gummy. Inner tent OK, poles like new. Perhaps person above with bad poles would like to sell me theirs or buy mine. Excellent design. Should be updated with polyester flysheet. Full review
Cabela's Alaskan Guide
Strongest dome tent I have owned! I have both the 8 man tent and the 6 man tent with the added floor protector for both plus they made a corridor to connect two tents. We use the 8 man tent to sleep in and the six man to keep all of our gear. These tent are extremely strong and by far the most well made tent I have had. Full review
Cabela's Alaskan Guide 8-Man
Strongest dome tent I have owned! I have both the 8 man tent and the 6-Man tent with the added floor protector for both, plus they made a corridor to connect two tents. We use the 8-man tent to sleep in and the 6-man to keep all of our gear. These tent are extremely strong and by far the most well made tent I have had. Full review
Ozark Trail Tent
Expensive for something that you could get a better deal from a closeout store. As an American soldier who is nearing 30 years of service, a soldier who has lived in tents for months in Iraq and Afghanistan, a soldier who knows what a good tent is and what a HORRIBLE tent is, I say do not, Do Not, DO NOT buy an Ozark Trail tent. This piece of crap promises the buyer a lot for a lot of money, but what you get is something of lesser quality than if you bought a tent from the local Dollar store. Like… Full review
Sierra Designs Tensegrity 2 Elite
This is an ultralight and innovative tent with just a few drawbacks. I've always used 3-4 season double wall tents while camping and backpacking or I'll throw a bivvy bag in my pack for light weight. I own Sierra Designs down bags and love them. I replaced a 20-year-old North Face tent with a Convert 3 last year and was highly impressed. This last year I started getting knee pain and decided it's time to go lightweight. Armed with an REI 20% off coupon, a clearance sale, and my annual dividends… Full review
TAS Auscam Bivvy Bag
Bought this bag thinking it would be good, but 5000MVTR is not good enough for temps above 10c or 19c. This bivy is not breathable above or near 25°c, which is not good if you're living in a tropical/mediterranean environment with temps of 27°c and humidity 40%. As soon as I entered, the cool air inside the bivy changed to hot air as it made contact with my warm body. The hot air evaporated moisture/sweat from my body, but stopped when humidity/moisture in the bivy reached 90%. This made me feel… Full review
EMS Velocity 2 Tent
A very spacious, lightweight tent. This review is for the current updated version, different from what is pictured. I am going on two years of ownership with this tent and ended up purchasing the 2P after being extremely impressed with the 1P version. Fast forward a little while and I have sold the 1P, and now use the EMS Velocity 2 for everything. Backpacking, motorcycle camping, and car camping, spring, summer, and fall, this tent is my go-to. Six interior pockets—not including the removable… Full review
Buy this tent! The best quality tent I have seen in my 61 years. Nothing comes close—NOTHING! It is light, packs small and tight as a drum. No seam tape to get scabby in 5 years. Attention to detail, great hardware and the fabric is unbelievable. Big enough on the inside for my Exped long wide SyncellMat. A rain gutter on the vent cover! I intend to be a bicycle touring tramp in my retirement and I needed a single tent to see me through every kind of climate. I researched tents for years before… Full review
Sierra Designs Light Year 1
The Light Year 1 was totally redesigned this year. I cannot compare from the old design, but I just purchased the new design and I really like it. It weighs 3 lbs 4 oz, so not the lightest tent on the market, but it is super easy to set up and so far I have no complaints. I did a YouTube video on my first impressions and a walk around. Check it out if you are thinking of buying this tent. Once I do a couple overnights with it, I will post a second impression video. 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.