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

VauDe Campo XT 5

rated 4 of 5 stars 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

rated 4.5 of 5 stars 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

rated 2.5 of 5 stars 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

Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Some help with your decision whether to purchase the UL1. And it is freestanding! First start with the specs: Fly 9 oz; Inner 10.2 oz; Poles 6.9 oz; Tent Stuff sack 0.56 oz; Pole stuff sack 0.4 oz; Stake stuff sack 0.1 oz;  Replaced 11 original stakes 4.4 oz with 8 titanium stakes 0.56 oz (cost $10); Replaced 3.7 oz groundsheet (which was free with purchase) with 1 oz mylar (Cost $1). Total tent price after 21% off sale $260. Total weight 1 lb 12.7oz.  The Platinum is a lighter option which weighs… Full review

Sierra Madre Research Pares

rated 5 of 5 stars A really comfortable hammock for tall people, the quality from Sierra Madre is great and the Pares hammock is built with durability in mind. The fabric is different from any other hammock I've tried, and at 10.75' in length and 6.5' in width it really has a great diagonal lay! The unique stuff sack really compresses the Pares hammock down nicely, almost to a softball size. Product: Pares Hammock from Sierra Madre Research or SMr  Color: Green Chives I am 6' 2" at approximately 195lbs Setup: Because… Full review

Eureka! Spitfire 1

rated 5 of 5 stars The best tent I have ever owned, when times used, ease of setup, pack-ability and cost are factored in. I have nicer two-person tents, but for backpacking this my favorite. I have used my Spitfire for years, and it still performs well. Not freestanding but very easy to set up. Still waterproof, and well ventilated. Will want to replace the Eureka stakes with a more sturdy stake, I added the Kelty No-Bendium. I am 6'1", and I fit nicely in this tent. Recently went hiking in Harriman State Park,… Full review

ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2.0

rated 4 of 5 stars A great tent for the price. Packs down smaller than my Sierra Designs Electron 2. Slightly narrower near foot, and a little less vestibule space. I bought with the deal flyer discount from Sierra Trading Post. A great low cost tent. Used it for the first time beach camping on Fire Island. A freestanding tent is necessary when pitching on sand. You'll also need sand/snow stakes. I used MSR stakes I got at REI. Tent performed great.  Full review

Walrus Skyline

rated 5 of 5 stars A little heavy, but man what a tent. It's been up in blizzards no one should be in. I've used it for over twenty years and maybe thirty but I now need a pole section replaced. I found this site while looking for parts. I don't know when or how the sleeve of the pole split. I went out with it, found it broken, and splinted it to finish my camp trip. It is pretty old and had been through three blizzards, one with winds in excess of ninety mph, and as many as fifty other trips. The last use before… Full review

Kelty Noah's Tarp 12

rated 4 of 5 stars The Kelty Noah 12 is a huge tarp perfect for year round use, if you are not worried about weight. It can be set up in many different configurations and has plenty of tie-out points. I bought this Kelty Noah 12 used for use over my hammock when backpacking. It provides more than enough cover for my hammock and gear to be kept out of the elements. I've even used it to cover my hammock and daughters 1-person tent while out camping and it provided plenty of coverage. I mostly use this on a diagonal… Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest
user rating: 5 of 5 (106)
Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Hammock
$56 - $89
Eureka! Alpenlite XT
user rating: 5 of 5 (21)
Eureka! Alpenlite XT Four-Season Tent
$315 - $349
Eagles Nest Outfitters Atlas Hammock Suspension System
user rating: 5 of 5 (15)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Atlas Hammock Suspension System Hammock Accessory
$24 - $29
NEMO Morpho AR
user rating: 5 of 5 (11)
NEMO Morpho AR Three-Season Tent
$320
Terra Nova Ultra Quasar
user rating: 5 of 5 (10)
Terra Nova Ultra Quasar Four-Season Tent
$663
Hilleberg Nallo 2
user rating: 5 of 5 (9)
Hilleberg Nallo 2 Four-Season Tent
$685
Terra Nova Super Quasar
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Terra Nova Super Quasar Four-Season Tent
$748
Eagles Nest Outfitters ProFly Rain Tarp
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Eagles Nest Outfitters ProFly Rain Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$70 - $99
Hilleberg Soulo
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Hilleberg Soulo Four-Season Tent
$645
NEMO Losi 2P
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
NEMO Losi 2P Three-Season Tent
$256 - $319
MSR E-Wing
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
MSR E-Wing Tarp/Shelter
$140 - $174
Marmot Limelight 4P
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Marmot Limelight 4P Three-Season Tent
$295 - $369
L.L.Bean Microlight 2
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
L.L.Bean Microlight 2 Three-Season Tent
$239
NEMO Moki
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
NEMO Moki Four-Season Tent
$680 - $799
Black Diamond Mega Light
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Mega Light Tarp/Shelter
$229 - $269
Hilleberg Kaitum 2
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg Kaitum 2 Four-Season Tent
$835 - $984
Hilleberg Nallo 3 GT
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg Nallo 3 GT Four-Season Tent
$830
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 2 AL
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 2 AL Three-Season Tent
$120
REI Half Dome 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (31)
REI Half Dome 2 Three-Season Tent
$140
Eagles Nest Outfitters SingleNest
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (30)
Eagles Nest Outfitters SingleNest Hammock
$48 - $59
Eureka! Apex 2XT
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (28)
Eureka! Apex 2XT Three-Season Tent
$115 - $149
MSR Hubba
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (27)
MSR Hubba Three-Season Tent
$280 - $339
Eureka! Spitfire 1
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (26)
Eureka! Spitfire 1 Three-Season Tent
$100 - $109
Mountain Hardwear Trango 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (25)
Mountain Hardwear Trango 2 Four-Season Tent
$450 - $600
Marmot Limelight 2P
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (22)
Marmot Limelight 2P Three-Season Tent
$164 - $219
The North Face Mountain 25
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (21)
The North Face Mountain 25 Four-Season Tent
$431 - $539
Eureka! K2 XT
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (20)
Eureka! K2 XT Four-Season Tent
$480
Kelty Gunnison 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (20)
Kelty Gunnison 2 Three-Season Tent
$220
Eureka! Timberline 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (19)
Eureka! Timberline 2 Three-Season Tent
$120 - $152
Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Hammock
$144 - $171
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2 Three-Season Tent
$280 - $349
Kelty Grand Mesa 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Kelty Grand Mesa 2 Three-Season Tent
$120 - $239
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 Three-Season Tent
$312 - $389
Marmot Limelight 3P
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Marmot Limelight 3P Three-Season Tent
$209 - $279
Eureka! Timberline 4
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Eureka! Timberline 4 Three-Season Tent
$190 - $219
Hilleberg Akto
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (14)
Hilleberg Akto Four-Season Tent
$498
Kelty Noah's Tarp 12
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (14)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 12 Tarp/Shelter
$60 - $99
Eureka! Sunrise 9
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
Eureka! Sunrise 9 Three-Season Tent
$250
REI Half Dome 2 Plus
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
REI Half Dome 2 Plus Three-Season Tent
$165
ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2.0
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2.0 Three-Season Tent
$130 - $219
MSR Groundhog Tent Stake
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
MSR Groundhog Tent Stake Stake
$2 - $19
Hennessy Hammock Ultralight Backpacker Asym
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Hennessy Hammock Ultralight Backpacker Asym Hammock
$240
Eagles Nest Outfitters Guardian Bug Net
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Guardian Bug Net Hammock
$48 - $59
Sierra Designs Lightning 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
Sierra Designs Lightning 2 Three-Season Tent
$208 - $259
Kelty Gunnison 2.1
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Kelty Gunnison 2.1 Three-Season Tent
$200 - $219
Eureka! Timberline SQ Outfitter 6
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Eureka! Timberline SQ Outfitter 6 Three-Season Tent
$468 - $519
REI Quarter Dome T3
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
REI Quarter Dome T3 Three-Season Tent
$270
Eureka! Assault Outfitter 4
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Eureka! Assault Outfitter 4 Four-Season Tent
$350
Big Agnes Big House 4
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Big Agnes Big House 4 Three-Season Tent
$230 - $299
Mountain Hardwear Light Wedge 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Mountain Hardwear Light Wedge 2 Three-Season Tent
$217 - $290
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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.