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
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL3
It stands up to wind, weighs next to nothing, and is roomy for two people This thing stood up well in the legendary Patagonia winds (make sure you pitch it with either the front or rear facing the wind, not sideways), and has kept me dry, mostly, in heavy rains. The fly attaches to the sides, and has to be guyed out all the way to be really solid in wind. The downside of that is that the floor then curves upward, kind of like the edges of a bathtub. This means that if you are on any slope at all,… Full review
Ozark Trail 11 x 9 Vacation Cottage
This tent set up easy in about 30 minutes without instructions (you should put metal rafters together and place rain fly on before raising with studs.). Suggest purchasing heavy duty pegs. Full review
NEMO Meta 1P
My tent for my 2013 AT thru-hike. I'm 6'2" and had extra space at my feet and head. Great great great tent!!!! Know what it is and and what it is not and you will not be disappointed. I would buy this tent again without hesitation. Full review
L.L.Bean Microlight Solo
Outstanding tent by L.L. Bean. I used this tent for a 2011-2012 section hike of the entire A.T. The tent is super lightweight and fast setup. Skip the Velcro and just use the color coded tabs. If you are color blind, put duck tape with matching letters. A to A, B to B. KISS. It was outstanding and kept me dry during the worst rain and snow. During black fly season, the mesh screen kept bugs out and in the heat of summer it allowed the slightness breeze to cool me down. This tent was the envy of… Full review
Marmot Aspen 2
First off, the Marmot Aspen 2 is a solid tent for an EXCELLENT price! The tent is only available at Dicksportinggoods.com for $130. However, the brand Marmot is great and for this price how can you beat it!? On to specs. This tent has two doors (two vestibules) and is free standing. The tents contains three aluminum poles two that go in your standard crossing pattern, and one that goes across to hold it up which I thought was unique and helpful. It is a 2-person tent and it weighs around 5 pounds. Full review
Eureka! Spitfire 1
Great for the $$, and reliable. Aside from going to a hammock, you cannot beat the size/weight of this little killer. It is pretty darn reliable. I took this backpacking on a few occasions where I needed more security than a hammock could offer, or needed room for my dog. Goes up super easy, and has a very simple design. Has enough room for your pack or your dog, as long as either isn't too big. Top vent is a little questionable, as it is a semi-rigid piece of material that secures upward to Velcro… Full review
Marmot Limelight 3P
I love this tent! Very solid construction, waterproof, and spacious for two people pus gear. I often use it solo and I don't have to store any gear in the vestibules. Ventilation is great and very easy to set up! Excellent customer service at Marmot! Design, materials, and construction are really top notch. Super easy to set up, and if it's raining, you can set up the fly and the (included) footprint only, first, and then clip the tent body to the poles while you are all dry, under the fly. Nice… Full review
Blacks Mountain Tent
Wonderful for cold snowy weather. Believe was the tent for the 1920s Everest expeditions. I loved mine, but sooo heavy. Foolishly gave it to a friend!!! Wish I still had it!!! Wonderful historic mountain tent. Ideal for cold and snowy conditions. Just rather heavy. Able to stand up to quite severe winds. Loved it. Full review
Ozark Trail 2-Person Junior Dome Tent
After almost 15 years of abuse, motorcycle trips, camping, kids playing, weeks living out of the tent and some drunken tomfoolery the tent is showing its age. This tent has fared well over the years, only having a few dime size holes. Despite having those holes, on my most recent camping trip with five other tent campers my tent was the driest in the rain. It wasn't completely dry, but a few drops under the holes while most of the other tents had huge puddles is acceptable to me. Over the years… 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.