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.

Learn more about how to choose a tent/shelter below »

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$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
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$300 - $399.99
$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

Recent Tent/Shelter Reviews

Moss Tents Starlet (Three-Season)

rated 5 of 5 stars Beautiful, technically satisfying, sadly no longer made. Just wanted to include my review of this no-longer-obtainable tent so as to post pictures. Okay, also to reminisce a little. I bought this when my little Italian sportbike was still up and running and I'd just started the adventure of motorcycle camping. The tent I had at the time was a Eureka Bike-N-Hike. It had served me well, including several motorcycle trips, a car-camping trip one July from north of the Arctic Circle through Alaska,… Full review

Mountain Hardwear Ghost UL 2

rated 4 of 5 stars For the backpacker who can afford to purchase an ultralight tent and who doesn’t mind compromising on space (and therefore also a measure of comfort), the Mountain Hardwear Ghost UL 2 offers a well-made, viable option for a double-wall two-person tent. Introduction For backpackers intent on lightening their loads, reducing shelter weight is often a priority. Weight reduction almost invariably means a push-and-pull among item characteristics: if quality is maintained as weight goes down, cost generally… Full review

REI Half Dome 2

rated 5 of 5 stars I LOVE this tent! It is easy to set up in daylight or at night and works in the snow or on dirt. It easily fits two people and because I'm short I can even stow my pack at my feet. This tent has met all of my expectations and I would recommend it for backpacking, mountaineering, and just general camping. I love this tent. It is incredibly easy to set up and can be done easily even in the dark. The fly is a little more difficult to set up in the dark and sometimes I don't stake it. I just attach… Full review

Northwest Territory 16' x 14' Extreme Vacation Home

rated 5 of 5 stars Love my tent. Storm broke five of the pole hubs. Roof hubs are fine. Does anyone have any they are wiling to sell? Maybe your tent was ruined and hubs are intact. Other than learning how to set the tent up, it's great. Roomy for my family. Full review

LightHeart Gear SoLong 6

rated 5 of 5 stars For the weight, this extra-large, one-person tent is HUGE! It is easy to learn how to pitch this tent in under three minutes using your hiking poles and six stakes. I bought this tent secondhand, but the previous owner only used it a few times, so it was still smelling new. I wanted a trekking pole supported tent so I could drop weight by not carrying tent poles. I looked at and tried several tents, including the Tarptent Notch and the Lightheart Gear Solo. Ultimately, I settled on the Solong 6… Full review

HammockGear Incubator 20°

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Highly compressible down filled three-quarter underquilt made me comfortable in my Hennessy Hammock in cool weather. Quality made American product. Full review

Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Pro

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This is a great hammock. It is durable and comfortable. I have had this hammock for a little over a year. It is still in great condition with little sign of wear. It is very comfortable to use. The mosquito net may be set up with little hassle and is a big pro when camping or using in the outdoors.   Full review

Tarptent Rainbow

rated 5 of 5 stars Lightweight and roomy with an easy setup. The TarpTent Rainbow is my most recent gear purchase. I read dozens of reviews on multiple tents/tarps, and did some test drives on several tents before selecting the Rainbow as my tent of choice. A deciding factor for me, aside from the Rainbow's great reviews, weight, and livability was Tarptent is a U.S. based company, offering multiple shelter options, all made in Nevada City, California. Purchasing from a boutique gear company is just as easy as ordering… Full review

Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo LE

rated 3 of 5 stars This is the tent for you if absolute lightness is your only criteria. I used this tent a few times, and moved on to slightly heavier tents that are easier to set up, need a smaller site, and have a higher ceiling.  The core problem is that if you're relatively tall, like me, it's absolutely impossible to sit up in this tent without brushing the ceiling. It cannot be done. And because like all single-wall tents it does condense, this means that my head got wet. Every. Single. Morning. I think you… Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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user rating: 5 of 5 (108)
Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Hammock
$65 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (15)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Atlas Straps Hammock Accessory
$28 - $29
user rating: 5 of 5 (11)
NEMO Morpho AR Three-Season Tent
$312
user rating: 5 of 5 (9)
Hilleberg Nallo 2 Four-Season Tent
$735
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
MSR E-Wing Tarp/Shelter
$100 - $148
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Eagles Nest Outfitters ProFly Rain Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$80 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Hilleberg Soulo Four-Season Tent
$685
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Hilleberg Nammatj 3 GT Four-Season Tent
$979
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Marmot Limelight 4P Three-Season Tent
$369
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Grand Trunk Double Parachute Nylon Hammock Hammock
$50 - $74
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Mega Light Tarp/Shelter
$217
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg Kaitum 2 Four-Season Tent
$885 - $1,020
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg Nallo 3 GT Four-Season Tent
$885
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 2 AL Three-Season Tent
$140
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (37)
REI Half Dome 2 Three-Season Tent
$199
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (32)
Eagles Nest Outfitters SingleNest Hammock
$55 - $59
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (30)
Eureka! Apex 2XT Three-Season Tent
$112 - $139
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (28)
Eureka! Spitfire 1 Three-Season Tent
$140
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (28)
Mountain Hardwear Trango 2 Four-Season Tent
$650
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (24)
Marmot Limelight 2P Three-Season Tent
$170 - $249
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (22)
Eureka! Alpenlite XT Four-Season Tent
$370
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (22)
The North Face Mountain 25 Four-Season Tent
$440 - $589
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (21)
Eureka! K2 XT Four-Season Tent
$400 - $499
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (20)
Eureka! Timberline 2 Three-Season Tent
$144 - $179
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (20)
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2 Three-Season Tent
$350
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Marmot Limelight 3P Three-Season Tent
$248 - $299
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 12 Tarp/Shelter
$45 - $69
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Kelty Grand Mesa 2 Three-Season Tent
$91 - $139
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Eureka! Timberline 4 Three-Season Tent
$184 - $229
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 Three-Season Tent
$350 - $389
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Hilleberg Akto Four-Season Tent
$530
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
REI Half Dome 2 Plus Three-Season Tent
$219
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (14)
Hennessy Hammock Ultralight Backpacker Asym Hammock
$250
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2.0 Three-Season Tent
$140
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
MSR Groundhog Tent Stake Stake
$3 - $19
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Guardian Bug Net Hammock
$45 - $59
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3 Three-Season Tent
$500
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Eureka! Timberline SQ Outfitter 6 Three-Season Tent
$440
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Eureka! Assault Outfitter 4 Four-Season Tent
$384
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 9 Tarp/Shelter
$60
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Big Agnes Big House 4 Three-Season Tent
$330
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1 Three-Season Tent
$370 - $379
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
MSR Elixir 3 Three-Season Tent
$300
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 16 Tarp/Shelter
$75 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
The North Face 2-Meter Dome Four-Season Tent
$5,500
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
REI Passage 2 Tent Three-Season Tent
$159
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Grand Trunk Funky Forest Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$80
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Kammok Roo Hammock
$99
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Byer Easy Traveller Hammock
$47 - $49
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Big Agnes Tensleep Station 6 Three-Season Tent
$500
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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.