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

Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Pro

rated 3 of 5 stars Decent starter hammock, comfortable and adequate. If you hang out on the East Coast, get one. After many times watching the sun get lower and searching around for a decent tent pad in SNP and surrounding areas, I, one day, encountered a fella comfortably hanging in a hammock. Thinking back to the many times of tent pad searching and noting the huge amount of trees available, I decided a hammock was worth a try. Totally worth it, especially in SNP and I assume other East Coast parks. On to the hammock… Full review

Six Moon Designs Lunar Duo

rated 4.5 of 5 stars VERY roomy, lightweight two-person tent. I've had this tent for about a year now, and I'm very happy with it. I previously had a Mountain Hardwear Hammerhead 3, which was bombproof but huge and heavy. The Lunar Duo does the job at less than half the weight (3 pounds vs 8). I bought the "Explorer," the sil-nylon version. Setup: Pretty straightforward, but it takes a bit of practice, especially if you're doing it alone. I usually have to take a couple passes at the stake-out points and guy lines before… Full review

Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest

rated 2 of 5 stars Overpriced for what you get, sizes are deceiving. Unless you get it at a significant sale price, there are other choices out there that are just as good. I own a number of hammocks, and the ENO is the more expensive than any of them and gives no advantage in quality for the extra price. My most expensive hammock is a Yukon Outfitters double, which, although its specs say that it is the same width as the ENO, is fully TWO FEET wider than the DoubleNest. It is also two feet longer. So unless you are… Full review

The North Face Pebble

rated 4 of 5 stars Durable, moderate weight, moderate packability. Setup: Because this tent stretches nice and tight and has very little flapping in the wind or pooling of rainwater, it also takes some practice to set it up efficiently. But overall it's not too bad. My main complaint with setup is that the model I bought in 2002 still used pole sleeves rather than clips and the poles had to be threaded through this in a crisscross manner and this is kind of annoying.  Stability: I have camped in some windy locations… Full review

L.L.Bean King Pine HD 4-Person Dome

rated 5 of 5 stars Top dollar car camping tent, once you try you won't go back. I write here about the old model King Pine Dome 4. If you can't have the nicest house where you live, this tent will play the part in any campground.  I have replaced the shatter-prone plastic stakes with steel stakes for the 8 required for the tent body. The footprint is color-coded matching the tent body for routing poles and tent body quickly. The poles are shock-corded fiberglass with hard mounted aluminum sleeves to join them as… Full review

Brooks-Range Ultralite Solo Tarp

rated 0.5 of 5 stars This tarp does not hold up, and does not keep a single word promised in the information from Brooks-Range. I have had this tarp for two years. I've only used it twice. Once on one winter hike to cover up the lean-to, and once on a hike in the Whites in the month of August. I was using it in combination with my Rab eVent bivy that I normally only use during the winter. The tarp is very small for 1 person and it can only just be done under perfect conditions. I was setting camp at the Liberty Springs… Full review

Ozark Trail 3 Room Family Tent

rated 3.5 of 5 stars We've used Ozark Trail tents for 10 years purchasing larger tents as our family grew. They are great tents if cared for properly. Our family has used Ozark Trail tents for over ten years, purchasing larger tents as our family grew. They hold up in heavy winds and rain if properly cared for. Recently, my family and I took our tent down, packed it away, put it on our trailer, and as we headed home we got stuck in a HEAVY rain storm. When we got home we were unaware that the tarps to the tents had… Full review

Wild Country Mistral

rated 5 of 5 stars Top quality tent, two can live in for an extended time without feeling cramped. Very stable, described as three-season but might manage four. All in all a great tent doing all the things you require a tent to do, provide shelter, offer good cooking space, and allow you to sleep in peace with adequate space to store your gear. Bought this second hand when looking for a new tent in 2011, now having used it on a number of occasions in varying conditions feel I obtained a bargain. Perfect for a base… Full review

Eureka! Spitfire 1

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Gen 1 Spitfire — Has performed far beyond what the cost would have you believe. I purchased my gen-1 Spitfire 7 or 8 years ago. It has endured wind, soaking rain, thunderstorms and sleet without a problem. I've used it to canoe camp, backpack, motorcycle camp and car camp. My tent has the vent zipper, which is quite useful. Given how small the vestibules are, I'm not sure I'd want to sacrifice this feature for inside access to the other side as the newer versions do. It's easy enough to cram a… 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
$59 - $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
$27 - $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
$780
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
$880
Eagles Nest Outfitters ProFly Rain Tarp
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Eagles Nest Outfitters
ProFly Rain Tarp
Tarp/Shelter
$80 - $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 - $369
MSR E-Wing
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
MSR
E-Wing
Tarp/Shelter
$170 - $174
L.L.Bean Microlight 2
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
L.L.Bean
Microlight 2
Three-Season Tent
$239
Marmot Limelight 4P
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Marmot
Limelight 4P
Three-Season Tent
$314 - $369
Black Diamond Mega Light
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond
Mega Light
Tarp/Shelter
$195 - $269
Hilleberg Nammatj 3 GT
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg
Nammatj 3 GT
Four-Season Tent
$865
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
$128 - $129
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
$42 - $74
MSR Hubba
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (27)
MSR
Hubba
Three-Season Tent
$280 - $339
Eureka! Apex 2XT
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (27)
Eureka!
Apex 2XT
Three-Season Tent
$100 - $149
Eureka! Spitfire 1
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (25)
Eureka!
Spitfire 1
Three-Season Tent
$110 - $129
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 (21)
Marmot
Limelight 2P
Three-Season Tent
$218 - $219
The North Face Mountain 25
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (21)
The North Face
Mountain 25
Four-Season Tent
$539
Eureka! K2 XT
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (20)
Eureka!
K2 XT
Four-Season Tent
$432 - $479
Kelty Gunnison 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (20)
Kelty
Gunnison 2
Three-Season Tent
$220
REI Taj 3
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (19)
REI
Taj 3
Three-Season Tent
$240
Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Hennessy Hammock
Expedition Asym
Hammock
$144 - $159
Eureka! Timberline 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Eureka!
Timberline 2
Three-Season Tent
$149 - $169
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Big Agnes
Seedhouse SL2
Three-Season Tent
$280 - $349
Eureka! Timberline 4
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Eureka!
Timberline 4
Three-Season Tent
$169 - $189
Kelty Grand Mesa 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Kelty
Grand Mesa 2
Three-Season Tent
$120 - $149
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Big Agnes
Fly Creek UL2
Three-Season Tent
$312 - $389
Hilleberg Akto
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (14)
Hilleberg
Akto
Four-Season Tent
$498
Marmot Limelight 3P
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (14)
Marmot
Limelight 3P
Three-Season Tent
$236 - $279
REI Half Dome 2 Plus
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
REI
Half Dome 2 Plus
Three-Season Tent
$165
Kelty Noah's Tarp 12
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
Kelty
Noah's Tarp 12
Tarp/Shelter
$70 - $99
MSR Groundhog Tent Stake
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
MSR
Groundhog Tent Stake
Stake
$3 - $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
$49 - $59
Sierra Designs Lightning 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
Sierra Designs
Lightning 2
Three-Season Tent
$260
Kelty Gunnison 2.1
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Kelty
Gunnison 2.1
Three-Season Tent
$220
Eureka! Timberline SQ Outfitter 6
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Eureka!
Timberline SQ Outfitter 6
Three-Season Tent
$468 - $519
ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2.0
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
ALPS Mountaineering
Zephyr 2.0
Three-Season Tent
$165 - $219
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
REI Hobitat 4
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
REI
Hobitat 4
Three-Season Tent
$220
Big Agnes Big House 4
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Big Agnes
Big House 4
Three-Season Tent
$230 - $299
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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.