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
Jeep samt-15120 8 person 3 room family dome tent
Many people love to camp. Some will use tents, while others will use a camper. If you have a Jeep, a compromise between these two approaches is to use a Wenger three-room tent. This tent attaches to the Jeep and provides a stable object to hold the tent in place regardless of the wind. It also permits you top use the back of the Jeep, and you can access a table and storage area without leaving the tent. Thanks to the fact that everything is color coded to tell you where it goes, setting up this… Full review
Marmot Nusku 2P
This Nusku 2 has become my most used tent. It packs small enough for use on a motorcycle or tobaggan and can be relied on in any weather. I was looking for a freestanding four season tent that had a smaller pitch than my Andromeda 2. I settled on the Marmot Nusku 2 based on previous experience with Marmot equipment and the design specs for the tent. I have used the tent in spring, summer, fall and winter and have found it to be a faithful addition to my equipment choices. It pitches quickly and… Full review
Mountain Hardwear Lightpath 2
All right. I bought this tent as a space saver for motorcycle camping. It saved space and was very light. However, I did not know that the ceiling height was so low at 38". I have to kick my legs into the vestibule to take my pants off and put my shirt on and vice versa. It would be a great tent for someone who doesn't mind the limited maneuverability. Overall, for what it was designed it does a very good job. No way of fitting two people in there. Full review
Coleman Hooligan 2
Great tent. This is a great tent from a great company. Coleman stands by their products just like any of the other big manufacturers. The floor of this thing is indestructible. Slide it over rocks, sticks, stumps whatever and never fear of tearing it. The single pole means setup is a breeze. 5 minutes or less easy after you stake the floor down. There is no need for a footprint with this baby because the floor is that indestructible. I use it for car camping or if there is a need for more "space"… Full review
Mountain Hardwear Taurine 2
This tent is the jam. Man, I love this tent. The storage space inside is something that really comes into play for those extended stays. The vertical walls give the tent a very spacious feel and is easily capable of accommodating two people with bunches of gear. For the winter, the venting options are numerous with double sided doors and interior vents. The vestibules can zip from the top or bottom as well creating even more ventilation. This tent rocks, and is stable as all get out. Full review
Tarptent Double Rainbow
This is a very lightweight, single wall, two-door tent that is very durable, easy to set up and withstands inclement weather (especially high winds). Tent material is silicone impregnated ripstop nylon; tent pole is Easton aluminum; full mesh netting for bug protection I received this tent last December as a Christmas gift. I seam sealed it myself. After using the tent stakes that came with it once, I swapped them out for a more rugged stake, the MSR Groundhog. The original stakes were just too… Full review
VauDe Campo XT 5
The Campo XT5 seems to be a quality tent that should last for a good number of years. I just received my Campo XT5 from Campsaver after much thought. I have camped for 50 years and very much enjoy it. My wife does not because of the inconveniences my smaller mountaineering tents pose for her. Basically if I am going to get her to join me on outings I needed a bigger tent. I also considered options from Big Agnes, Kelty, Marmot, REI, and Redvers. For comparison, my other tents include an original… Full review
Big Agnes Burn Ridge Outfitter 2
A great mid-weight, affordable backpacking tent. I can set up the tent in 2 minutes after a few setup experiences. I love the fact that it is free-standing and rarely use the pegs (this also allows me to hold the upper pole and shake out the tent before packing). The quick-clips are far superior to sleeved poles. By exchanging the included pegs with titanium, I shed several ounces. I also use a Mylar footprint (emergency poncho) which costs $1 each and is recyclable at the end of the trip. It is… Full review
Cabela's Alaskan Guide 8-Man
Good for standing up against strong wind and not getting wet from hard rains. Bad for being warm. I have camped in this 8-person guide tent numerous times. As far as being sturdy in a strong wind or being waterproof this tent cannot be beat. However for cold weather camping it falls a bit short. This is the first time i have used it in very cold weather meaning no snow with wind, rain and temps in the teens. I am not sure how you can stay warm in a tent that has three open roof vents that cannot… 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.