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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Recent Tent/Shelter Reviews

REI Hobitat 4

rated 5 of 5 stars A tent big enough to stand in, or lounge inside with several friends during stormy weather. Great for most types of weather, even light snow. Great all around, car camping tent. Full review

Big Agnes Rattlesnake SL1 mtnGLO

rated 5 of 5 stars Light and spacious for a 1P tent. I've been searching for a 1P tent that balances space with weight. This is the one. Set up: Really easy set up. There's a solo collapsible pole system and one cross pole for the top. Just insert the 4 corners, clip the tent to the poles, and fasten the top cross pole, Done. No sleeves, no problem. The fly has clips that make it very simple. Self standing. You don't really need to stake it down in easy weather unless you want the vestibule space.  Stability: Handles… Full review

REI Half Dome 2

rated 2.5 of 5 stars Good in fair weather only. ANY amount of rain consistently ends up coming in through the vents even velcroed shut. Heavy rain bounces into the tent from under the flaps. After many soaked nights, I have begun adding modifications since I live in Australia and can't really exchange it—fingers crossed on the mods. This tent is great in dry weather. We have used it in all sorts of terrain—hard earth, soft earth, duff, grass, river cobbles (with protective blanket under, that was car camping), etc. Full review

Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1

rated 4.5 of 5 stars In my estimation this tent has all four major attributes necessary in a one-man, three-season tent. Ease of setup, ease to dismantle, durability, and weight. One downfall is there is a minimum of headroom for taller folks, I'm 5'9" and it just accommodates me. I've camped in mine through rain and wind storms and stayed protected and dry. i've used this tent in the Arizona desert and the woods of the Boundary Waters in upper Minnesota and it delivers time after time. I usually use it staked down… Full review

Sierra Designs Comet

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Fast setup, good fly. Full review

Kelty Salida 2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This product is great as far as airflow, weight, and price point. Larger vestibules area similar to the Sierra Design Flash Lightning and the like would be awesome, but you sacrifice weight for convenient storage. But for a smaller size weight 2-man tent this is a great buy if you can get your hands on one. I took this pack for five days out on the PCT last year in February and it performed flawlessly. I had no issues with condensation even though it got quite cold and stayed quite damp. I do use… Full review

Macpac Olympus

rated 5 of 5 stars Legendary mountain tent for Australia / NZ. I have been camping, hiking, XC skiing, and mountaineering for 40 (+) years and have owned many (many) tents. Winter experience covers most of the Australian alps, Antarctica, NZ, Patagonia, and a very cold German winter. This is the only 4-season tent I have ever owned, and I suspect that it will last me the next 20 years.  The Macpac Olympus is a very popular / highly regarded tent, particularly in Australia / NZ. Macpac was originally a NZ brand, but… Full review

Etowah Outfitters 8 x 10 Tarp

rated 5 of 5 stars A very durable yet lightweight shelter for anyone not looking to spend hundreds of dollars on an overpriced shelter. Lighter than most more expensive shelters and made in the U.S.A. I picked this shelter up in 2006 and used it for 10 years before it finally wore out. For the price I don't think you could beat that. I put an average of 30- 40 nights a year under this tarp before finally taking it with me on my 2014 thru hike of the Appalachian Trail. It made it halfway before finally needing to… Full review

Dutchware ARGON Vented Sock

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great way to block the wind and retain heat in your hammock. The Dutchware ARGON Vented Sock (Winter) is a great way to block wind and retain warmth in your hammock. It's also good for protecting your underquilt, and to catch an overquilt or whatever that may fall out of your hammock in the middle of the night. I now leave my underquilt attached to my hammock, close the sock over them both when I'm packing up, and stuff all in the bottom of my pack. It makes setup and take-down fast and easy. I've… Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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user rating: 5 of 5 (107)
Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Hammock
$65 - $89
user rating: 5 of 5 (15)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Atlas Hammock Suspension System Hammock Accessory
$30 - $39
user rating: 5 of 5 (11)
NEMO Morpho AR Three-Season Tent
$390
user rating: 5 of 5 (10)
Terra Nova Ultra Quasar Four-Season Tent
$780
user rating: 5 of 5 (9)
Hilleberg Nallo 2 Four-Season Tent
$735
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Terra Nova Super Quasar Four-Season Tent
$880
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Eagles Nest Outfitters ProFly Rain Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$66 - $119
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Hilleberg Soulo Four-Season Tent
$685
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
MSR E-Wing Tarp/Shelter
$131 - $174
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Marmot Limelight 4P Three-Season Tent
$339 - $368
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Hilleberg Nammatj 3 GT Four-Season Tent
$979
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
L.L.Bean Microlight 2 Three-Season Tent
$229
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Mega Light Tarp/Shelter
$290
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg Kaitum 2 Four-Season Tent
$865 - $1,020
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg Nallo 3 GT Four-Season Tent
$885
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Grand Trunk Double Parachute Nylon Hammock Hammock
$65 - $74
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 2 AL Three-Season Tent
$140
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (35)
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 (29)
Eureka! Apex 2XT Three-Season Tent
$112
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (28)
Eureka! Spitfire 1 Three-Season Tent
$140
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (28)
MSR Hubba Three-Season Tent
$340
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (26)
Mountain Hardwear Trango 2 Four-Season Tent
$600 - $650
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (24)
Marmot Limelight 2P Three-Season Tent
$219 - $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
$539 - $589
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (21)
Eureka! K2 XT Four-Season Tent
$500
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (20)
Eureka! Timberline 2 Three-Season Tent
$144 - $179
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (19)
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2 Three-Season Tent
$262 - $349
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Marmot Limelight 3P Three-Season Tent
$209 - $299
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Hammock
$120
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Kelty Grand Mesa 2 Three-Season Tent
$139 - $219
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 Three-Season Tent
$350 - $389
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Eureka! Timberline 4 Three-Season Tent
$184 - $229
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Hilleberg Akto Four-Season Tent
$530
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 12 Tarp/Shelter
$50 - $69
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (14)
Hennessy Hammock Ultralight Backpacker Asym Hammock
$250
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
Eureka! Sunrise 9 Three-Season Tent
$260
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
REI Half Dome 2 Plus Three-Season Tent
$219
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
MSR Groundhog Tent Stake Stake
$2 - $19
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Guardian Bug Net Hammock
$31 - $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! Assault Outfitter 4 Four-Season Tent
$480
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Big Agnes Big House 4 Three-Season Tent
$300 - $329
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Mountain Hardwear Light Wedge 2 Three-Season Tent
$217 - $230
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
$79 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
The North Face 2-Meter Dome Four-Season Tent
$5,496 - $5,500
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering Orion 4 Three-Season Tent
$110
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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.