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

NEMO Losi 3P

rated 5 of 5 stars A great lightweight, roomy, dry and stable tent. For me, this tent hits all the best points and is aesthetically a great tent to hunker down in every night on the trail. Love it! The inauguration of this tent was 12 days in Iceland and it pretty much dealt fantastically with all kinds of nasty weather—rain, sleet, wind. It was a breeze to set up, but most importantly was roomy and dry for two people. I've owned a variety of tents over the years and this is my favorite so far. A perfect balance… Full review

Exped Gemini 2

rated 5 of 5 stars Basically, two thumbs up! My wife and I have used this tent for the last three years and like it a lot. It has a very sturdy structure, really taut and stable. We like how, if you unzip the inner tent door completely, it hangs from its apex (top) so there is no way it can fall to the ground...keeps the zippers out of harm's way! The only thing we don't like is this: the end vents can't be closed. So, and here is the paradox, if it is windy and you want to use the end guy lines then pass through… Full review

Sierra Designs Bedouin 6

rated 4.5 of 5 stars i bought this over 10 years ago and it's still standing and repelling water ez..needs one little repair for an ember burn and hole where there is tension from one of the plastic hooks..would buy their new version in a heartbeat, but don't need a new one yet! I set it up on my own..nice footprint (I bought an extra) sheds wind and water easy..hot nights you can sleep w/o the fly...or if precipitation is questionable you can fold up the entire bottom 2 feet of the fly to allow air circulation. Quality… Full review

Ozark Trail 16' x 16' Instant Cabin Tent

rated 5 of 5 stars My husband and I highly recommend the Ozark Trail 16x16 Instant Cabin Tent. We put it up for the entire summer at one campsite. We bought the 3 room/12 person tent with the awning in front. We set it up along the Zumbro River in Millville, MN on May 30, 2016. Today is August 26. We plan to leave it there thru September.   We noticed a little tear on the rain fly, so last night we took the rain fly off and Scotchgarded it. This tent has been thru many, many heavy rains and winds. We have spent… Full review

MountainGoat Gear Mesh Tarp Storage Sleeves

rated 5 of 5 stars Lightweight, excellent product for tarp storage and deployment. MountainGoat Gear is a small cottage company consisting of a mother and occasionally daughter team that specialize in lightweight products like hammock and backpack accessories, and knitted hats. They're accessible via a web portal coop along with companies like Luke's Ultralite, ZPacks, Molly Mac, and several other popular cottage manufacturers.   The address is www.outdoortrailgear.com and the site is definitely worth a look if… Full review

Northwest Territory Sierra Dome Backpack Tent 9' x 7'

rated 2.5 of 5 stars I use it for travel camping with two or three night stays per camp. The first trip included some rain with much water intrusion. After seam sealing everything at home, all went well until the first rain this year—about 8 to 10 oz. of water from all sides. Not pleasant!! Also the "fly" arch support broke at the center junction and I would like a replacement, but where? I use it in spite of difficulties. Full review

Sierra Designs Night Watch CD

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Nice little snuggle tent for two. Very durable and stable. Ahhh....the "Snuggle tent"! I picked this up a while back and it was few years old with light use. This tent has been great. It's compact and backpacks well, even though it's a little heavier than today's lightweight backpackers. It is very durable and stable and I have put it through its paces over the years. It is time for a reapplication of waterproofing of the fly as it is a little seepy under rain, but after countless uses and a few… Full review

Cabela's West Wind Dome Tent

rated 4 of 5 stars Four-person version...nice sturdy dome tent with great vestibule fly that won't break the bank. My wife and I needed to replace a worn out, inexpensive 3-person tent in our "fleet" that we use for casual camping. Backpacking was not a concern since we have a Sierra Designs 2P backpacker, so we were willing to pick up a heavier option and upsize just a bit to a 4-person for the extra space. A 3-season tent was a must and a vestibule as well. Cost was of some concern since tents in this category can… Full review

MSR Carbon Reflex 2

rated 3 of 5 stars Tent body super light, packable, and easy to set up. Fly sticks to itself like Saran Wrap, hook/Velcro closure awkward reaching the lowest one from inside tent. Worried about leaks. Poor MSR customer service regarding fly stickiness issue. Bought the updated 2016 version in May, set it up inside. Was challenging because it is not freestanding. Fly was stuck to itself so badly, when I would get a section unpeeled and work on a different section, the other section would re-stick like Saran Wrap. … Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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user rating: 5 of 5 (108)
Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Hammock
$52 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (15)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Atlas Straps Hammock Accessory
$22 - $29
user rating: 5 of 5 (11)
NEMO Morpho AR Three-Season Tent
$390
user rating: 5 of 5 (9)
Hilleberg Nallo 2 Four-Season Tent
$735
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
MSR E-Wing Tarp/Shelter
$75 - $174
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Eagles Nest Outfitters ProFly Rain Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$64 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Hilleberg Soulo Four-Season Tent
$685
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Hilleberg Nammatj 3 GT Four-Season Tent
$979
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Marmot Limelight 4P Three-Season Tent
$369
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Sierra Designs Lightning 2 FL Three-Season Tent
$277 - $379
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Grand Trunk Double Parachute Nylon Hammock Hammock
$52 - $74
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
EMS Velocity 1 Tent Three-Season Tent
$215
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Mega Light Tarp/Shelter
$260 - $289
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg Kaitum 2 Four-Season Tent
$885 - $1,020
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg Nallo 3 GT Four-Season Tent
$885
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (37)
REI Half Dome 2 Three-Season Tent
$199
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (32)
Eagles Nest Outfitters SingleNest Hammock
$45 - $59
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (30)
Eureka! Apex 2XT Three-Season Tent
$90 - $139
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (28)
Eureka! Spitfire 1 Three-Season Tent
$118 - $139
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (28)
Mountain Hardwear Trango 2 Four-Season Tent
$650
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (24)
Marmot Limelight 2P Three-Season Tent
$170 - $249
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (22)
Eureka! Alpenlite XT Four-Season Tent
$310 - $369
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (22)
The North Face Mountain 25 Four-Season Tent
$589
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (22)
Eureka! K-2 XT Four-Season Tent
$500
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (20)
Eureka! Timberline 2 Three-Season Tent
$144 - $189
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (20)
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2 Three-Season Tent
$262 - $349
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Marmot Limelight 3P Three-Season Tent
$220 - $299
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 12 Tarp/Shelter
$42 - $69
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Kelty Grand Mesa 2 Three-Season Tent
$105 - $139
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 Three-Season Tent
$262 - $349
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Eureka! Timberline 4 Three-Season Tent
$184 - $239
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Hilleberg Akto Four-Season Tent
$530
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
REI Half Dome 2 Plus Three-Season Tent
$219
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (14)
Hennessy Hammock Ultralight Backpacker Asym Hammock
$250
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2.0 Three-Season Tent
$140
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Mountain Hardwear Hammerhead 2 Three-Season Tent
$225
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
$36 - $59
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3 Three-Season Tent
$370 - $499
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Eureka! Timberline SQ Outfitter 6 Three-Season Tent
$550
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Eureka! Assault Outfitter 4 Four-Season Tent
$450 - $479
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 9 Tarp/Shelter
$45 - $59
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Mountain Hardwear Light Wedge 2 Three-Season Tent
$290
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Big Agnes Big House 4 Three-Season Tent
$247 - $329
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Big Agnes Big House 6 Three-Season Tent
$300 - $399
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1 Three-Season Tent
$280 - $379
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Flat Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$300
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
MSR Elixir 3 Three-Season Tent
$225 - $299
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 16 Tarp/Shelter
$75 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering Orion 4 Three-Season Tent
$119
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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.