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
ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 3
This tent is the smartest tent out there with mesh walls, factory sealed fly and floor, #8 zippers two vestibules, and a door on each side. I'm back into scouting and this fits my style perfectly as it is extremely light and stands up to the harsh New England weather without failing! I highly recommend this 3-4 person tent to anyone who takes camping to the next level. This tent is super easy to set up even in low/dark light because of the one-pole framing. The fly is full coverage and has roomy… Full review
Eureka! Apex 2XT
Good product for day hiking and resting at night. Recommended for weekend or longer canoe adventures. Super easy to pitch and dries fast. Took this tent to Boundary Waters for 10 days and other weekend camping. The tent is easy to set up and has plenty of room for two with gear in the vestibule. If you are solo, all of that room is yours. Was stable in some wind and survived 6" Ohio snow one night. Never got wet with a ground tarp. It vents very well and it never seem to be moist. It packs up… Full review
Marmot Limelight 3P
Very easy setup, pretty durable, it survived two kids playing in it all weekend. Well made, great value for the price. Got it on sale for $260, regular price is $325 (in Canada). Very satisfied with purchase. This is a free standing tent that is super easy to set up. The two poles have a hub in the middle that make it possible to set up with one person (although I did knock down several pictures on a table in my living room, don't tell my wife!). The tent pitches very well and is taut, making it… Full review
EMS Velocity 2 Tent
Beautiful looking tent with a major design flaw in the zippers / mesh. Caution! The tent is beautiful looking, lightweight, and sets up and takes down easily. The problem? You have to be so careful with the zippers. They are prone to catching the mesh from the tent and after very few uses, I've managed to rip holes in the mesh (one is about 3 inches long). This is a real pity. I've used many tents (EMS, Nemo, LL Bean) and have never had this issue to this extent. It is a design flaw, and I'm waiting… Full review
Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Zip
Excellent! Comfortable, rain-proof, bug-proof, easy to set up and take down. Me: 210 lbs. Female, 30 y/o. You don't have to be old to want to sleep soundly in the wilderness. I used the entire setup as intended. I did pay attention to wind direction when choosing trees and setup. The asymetrical design made it very easy to point it in a wind-resistant position every time. Depending on wind, the lines to stabilize the fly work best staked and stakes aren't included (though I always find a free stake… Full review
I'm mostly desert hiking. Great tent, but I suspect rock dust has eaten the zippers. This probably won't be an issue for most of you. I've gotten 6-7 years out of my Unna. I've pretty much said what I think about this nice tent. Not for desert type environments though, in my opinion. Full review
Moss Tents Tent
I've owned Moss tents for decades. They are sturdy, well designed, and built to last. If you have them= keep them! I'm doing my annual "clean out the gear" ritual and inspecting various camp items. This is the "Hobitat-2" set up for cleaning/inspection. I didn't insert the third pole because of problems with the sleeve fabric (see note below). I have two Moss tents I bought in the 1980s when working for an outdoor retailer. Both were made in the USA. One is a simple, 2-season, 2-person tent, with… Full review
Eureka! Autumn Wind 3XD
We have used this tent for the past five years while venturing through British Columbia and found that this particular tent fits our needs and those of others who have borrowed our tent. The end result is very satisfying, as this tent provides ease of use and comfort from the elements ranging from the varied weathers of British Columbia through the seasons. Easy pitch, versatile in comfort from the elements. Full review
Sierra Designs Tengu 3
Confusing setup. Can't pitch the tent by itself, you must put up the fly AND the tent. Directions are useless. This tent is terrible. I've slept in a lot of tents and been camping hundreds of times and this tent is the worst design I've seen probably ever. By design, you *must* pitch the fly with the tent; you can't put up just the tent without the fly. There are seemingly too many grommets on the floor of the tent. We ran out of poles to put in them and several were empty when we finished. First… 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.