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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$50 - $99.99
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$500 and above

Recent Tent/Shelter Reviews

Sierra Designs Flashlight 2

rated 4 of 5 stars This tent is light and has a lot of configurations for ventilation. I just eked out the Tensegrity because it offers my wife a tad more privacy. I really like this tent, although it's a close call with the Tensegrity.  Anyone considering this tent should take a hard look at that one.  Super light.   Lots of configurations.  Pretty happy with it. Full review

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Flat Tarp

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This is a phenomenal product. Light, exactly what one would expect, and very strong. This is a great product. It does exactly what one would expect a flat tarp to do. Multiple tie outs for guylines. Extremely lightweight cuben fiber. Extremely strong. I've used this on multiple trips, for sun shade and rain protection. It pitches as one would expect — in any fashion you can imagine. If you make the pitch taut, it stays that way through wind, rain, etc.   I wish it were available in more sizes,… Full review

Big Agnes Triangle Mountain UL 2

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Good, light tent. Simple setup. Pretty standard 2-person tent though, perfect for one, and I'll put two in when I have someone I want to spoon with. Picked this up off REI Outlet. Couldn't find any reviews or real information online, so took it strictly on faith. I've used another Big Agnes UL tent the past couple years that's been great. Lost it in the divorce, unfortunately. I've used this in one overnight to date, and will be carrying it on a 14-day, 150-mi hike in central Oregon this month. Full review

Warbonnet Superfly

rated 2.5 of 5 stars Umm it leaks?? Really? I see the price has gone up since 2011. I paid $140 from their webby. It's a good tarp except for one thing.  Umm it leaked first time I used it in ADK (that's kinda the point of it is to stay dry) from the stitching for the pullouts just below the ridgeline. So I emailed. Brandon responded right away. A for customer service. He told me to put some sylicone on the stitching. (WHAT? Not a mistake which would have been acceptable...but they know?) Again...Umm  at $140 I assume… Full review

Coleman Outdoorsman Tent

rated 5 of 5 stars Has been one of the best tents I have ever owned! 13 years and still does not leak a drop! I purchased this tent back in 2002 when the Ames Department store was going out of business. Believe it was 70 or 75% off original price. Could not pass up the deal, even thinking it was probably not a very good tent. Boy was I wrong. Have been using this tent for car camping for almost 13 years now. Must have slept in this over 100 times, probably more? I have maintained it well, sealing seams every year,… Full review

REI Quarter Dome UL

rated 2 of 5 stars Great tent. Easy setup and good design. The only problem is the polyurethane coating used on the fly and low sidewalls deteriorates within two seasons and becomes a sticky mess! It should be a warranty issue, but it usually occurs after two years and not the one year "we got your back" "satisfaction guarantee". My Eureka car camping tent, my ancient North Face VE, and even a 1990's Walrus have none of the sticky crap issues.  Full review

Black Diamond Megamid

rated 5 of 5 stars Simply an outstanding shelter. Perfection. First purchased around 1986. Never owned a "tent" until going well above tree-line in snow for mountaineering. First Megamid lasted about 10-15-years. The zipper failed. My second Megamid was only recently replaced (only months ago). The inside waterproof lining began to fail allowing more water to breach the nylon skin. Still never a problem. Condensation and any similar water simply drains down the sides of the tent and seeps into the ground. This is… Full review

Glacier's Edge Bandom Dome 3P

rated 2 of 5 stars Dry weather use only. This tent will leak heavily, and don't expect to be able to put it back in the stuff sack. I bought a couple of these for $24.99 since I've had a very good experience with a Glacier's Edge tent in the past. This time, though, not so much. Most of my camping is in good weather, I'm a summertime car camper, but I've definitely been caught out in a deluge or two and know the value of a dry tent. So now, whenever I buy a tent, I give it a water test.  After setting one of these… Full review

NEMO Hornet 2P

rated 4 of 5 stars Quality, design, and the benefit of lightweight equals win. Bought my new Hornet a couple of weeks ago and when I received it I was pleasantly surprised at just how light it was. Total weight (minus bags) was 2 pounds 3.3 ounces. The footprint (I bought separately) came in at a whopping 6.7 ounces; over a pound lighter than my last shelter. Of course I had to go and set it up immediately. Sadly though I had to wait until the weekend. When I set it up though I took my time slowly setting it up in… Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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user rating: 5 of 5 (106)
Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Hammock
$55 - $89
user rating: 5 of 5 (15)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Atlas Hammock Suspension System Hammock Accessory
$24 - $34
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
$715
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
$80 - $119
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Hilleberg Soulo Four-Season Tent
$665
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
MSR E-Wing Tarp/Shelter
$125 - $174
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
NEMO Losi 2P Three-Season Tent
$370 - $389
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Marmot Limelight 4P Three-Season Tent
$339 - $369
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Hilleberg Nammatj 3 GT Four-Season Tent
$925
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Mega Light Tarp/Shelter
$229 - $289
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg Kaitum 2 Four-Season Tent
$865 - $995
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg Nallo 3 GT Four-Season Tent
$865
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 2 AL Three-Season Tent
$140
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (33)
REI Half Dome 2 Three-Season Tent
$199
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (30)
Eagles Nest Outfitters SingleNest Hammock
$48 - $59
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (28)
MSR Hubba Three-Season Tent
$280 - $339
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (28)
Eureka! Apex 2XT Three-Season Tent
$112 - $125
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (27)
Eureka! Spitfire 1 Three-Season Tent
$110 - $139
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (26)
Mountain Hardwear Trango 2 Four-Season Tent
$599 - $650
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (23)
Marmot Limelight 2P Three-Season Tent
$164 - $219
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (22)
Eureka! Alpenlite XT Four-Season Tent
$370
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (21)
The North Face Mountain 25 Four-Season Tent
$430 - $589
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (20)
Eureka! K2 XT Four-Season Tent
$500
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (19)
Eureka! Timberline 2 Three-Season Tent
$144 - $179
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (19)
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2 Three-Season Tent
$340 - $349
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Hammock
$144
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 Three-Season Tent
$350 - $389
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Marmot Limelight 3P Three-Season Tent
$279
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Eureka! Timberline 4 Three-Season Tent
$184 - $229
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Kelty Grand Mesa 2 Three-Season Tent
$112 - $219
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (14)
Hilleberg Akto Four-Season Tent
$520
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (14)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 12 Tarp/Shelter
$60 - $69
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)
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)
Hennessy Hammock Ultralight Backpacker Asym Hammock
$250
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Guardian Bug Net Hammock
$45 - $59
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
NEMO Losi 3P Three-Season Tent
$440 - $489
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Eureka! Timberline SQ Outfitter 6 Three-Season Tent
$550
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Eureka! Assault Outfitter 4 Four-Season Tent
$432 - $449
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3 Three-Season Tent
$500
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Big Agnes Big House 4 Three-Season Tent
$300
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Mountain Hardwear Light Wedge 2 Three-Season Tent
$290
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1 Three-Season Tent
$350 - $369
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
MSR Elixir 3 Three-Season Tent
$230 - $299
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
The North Face 2-Meter Dome Four-Season Tent
$3,747 - $5,500
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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.