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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Tarps and Shelters
BrandsEagles 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
HammockGear Standard Cuben Fiber Tarp with Doors
Super lightweight. No Stretch. Packs Small. Expensive This is an incredible product for hammocks. It weighs just over 8 ounces without tie outs and in stuff sack. The included cuben fiber stuff sack, which is really unnecessary, I use for a super lightweight, semi-see through, waterproof stuff sack for a down jacket and hood. The product is well made, I use no-seeum skins and keep it in an exterior mesh pocket on the pack. I haven't had any abrasion issues or wear. You can buy a silnylon… Full review
Big Agnes Fishhook UL 2
perfect ultralight tent - without zippers to break. Kept me dry throughout a week of rain and wind. Easy set and take down, packed small and light. No regrets buying this one. I spent a week in Iceland with this tent - typical September weather with lots of rain and wind. The tent kept everything dry (left up 24hr a day for 6 days) and functioned perfectly. I bought this model because I hate tent zippers - sooner or later something goes wrong - not an issue with this tent. The overlapping closure… Full review
Sierra Designs Jupiter CD
19-year-old Jupiter CD tent. I purchased this tent when I was about 19 years old and use it and up until my mid 20s. Today I am 38 and have pulled it out for the first time in many years. The zippers are still good and strong so are all the straps. The screen has no holes, but a little old mud on the bottom of it from my last usage it's fair which is relatively clean and in excellent condition. I stretched it out today for the first time in many years. Stitching is in excellent condition, zipper… Full review
Mountain Hardwear Approach
Weatherproof two-person tent that will last for 10 years of moderate careful use. I have owned this tent for I think about 10 years. My wife and I bicycled across the country in it without a single problem under every day use. Even though headroom was at a minimum it also was very low profile which allowed it to withstand serious winds. Setup is easy and quick. The materials and craftsmanship are very nice. In shopping for a new tent I have noticed that the craftsmanship on Mountain Hardwear and… Full review
The North Face VE 24
Quality! It's so cool to hear stories about this tent. I think I bought mine in Honolulu in 1976 or so, so that makes it almost 40 years old. It's been in the Cascades, Rockies, the Wasatch, in snow and rain, and still does the job. After all this time, the elastic in the poles is still hanging in there! A little looser, like me, but holding the fort together! Zippers still zip. The only flaw is my own fault when I flew it like a kite in the Santa Fe wind, and it got a tear from some thorny bush. Full review
Sierra Designs Sirius 2
10 years of use on three continents. I bought this tent in 2003 prior to hiking Vermont's long trail—300 miles over 30 days and over half of it in the rain. I have never felt the need for a ground tarp. I love the simple design of this tent. It is super light for two people and spacious and comfortable for one. The half fly design has many advantages including great ventilation — and an openness that takes away the claustrophobic nature of small tents. You can sit or lay down and watch the weather… Full review
A great all-purpose camping hammock. The Kammok Roo is only the latest in a series of camping hammocks I have owned, but is my favorite so far! DESIGN: The Roo shows the most attention to detail of any camping hammock I have used to this point. Its design is similar to the Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest, but with a few key differentiators. First, the sides of the hammock have multiple gear-attachment-points (3 on each side). These have proven to be quite useful for lanterns (My Snow Peak… Full review
Sierra Designs Lightning 2 UL
Sierra Designs has a very unique approach to tent and equipment design, and the Flash 2 UL is no different. From the unique structural support to the overall "porch" process, the Flash gives those looking for a fresh new take on tents a way to get out there, in a light, roomy fashion without making huge sacrifices. I recommend for someone looking for more room as a 1-person sleeping option or for lovers who want to be close on their trip. I will put the caveat that I do not have a lot of time in… Full review
Toughstake Large Toughstake
Does not work in dirt, way too expensive, waste of time and money. Takes way too long to put into the ground. I am an experienced camper and the Toughstake was just like any other stake that I have used. I blew my money on this thing and I hope that it stops you from making the same mistake that I did. I made a homemade bowl stake and it worked 100% better. 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.