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

Black Diamond HiLight

rated 5 of 5 stars I was in a rain storm from 3:00 am to 10:00 am (7 hrs), I expected to be wet and my gear soaked. On the contrary, I stayed dry during a 7 hr down pour of rain. I did not want to get out of the tent, because temperatures were in the mid-30's. I was afraid if I got soaked, hypothermia might set in. I stayed warm and dry during this down pour. Further up the trail I ran into snow. I'm glad I had the Black Diamond hi-light tent to keep dry and warm! I was out doing a solo backpacking trip when I got… Full review

Mountainsmith Mountain Shelter LT

rated 4 of 5 stars Basic shelter at a basic price. The Mountainsmith Mountain Shelter LT sets up with trekking poles, which means it is light, about 2 pounds, and packs into a small, compressible bag. There is plenty of room inside for two hikers and their gear. At just over a hundred dollars it costs much less than most options on the market. The I set the the shelter up it took for ever and was frustrating. This is what you get from reading the instructions on the side of the stuff bag. I watched Mountainsmith's… Full review

Northwest Territory Family Cabin 8-Person Tent 14' x 14'

rated 4 of 5 stars Love this tent. Hate that the zippers and hooks are corroding and falling apart. They should be made of something besides what they are made of. Awesome concept otherwise. This tent is easy to set up and take down. Packs up nicely! Big plus there! Plenty of room. Tall enough for my tall boyfriend! Love this tent. Trying to repair the breaking hooks and preserve the zippers. Don't want to lose this awesome tent. Full review

Coleman 8-Person Instant Tent

rated 2 of 5 stars I will never buy a Coleman product again. They use to be the number one name in outdoor stuff. Now nothing lasts. Used the tent twice before two corner joints broke. Bought two air beds, both lost air in a matter of a few hours.  Full review

L.L.Bean Mountain Light XT 3-Person Tent

rated 5 of 5 stars We actually have a prior year's model (rust and light grey), which supposedly has been improved for this year's green model. Hard to imagine how they could improve it, but apparently it is a slightly stronger fabric, and is actually $50 less expensive! The design is the same, and so our review would be useful for this, or prior year's model. This free-standing tent is easy to assemble, goes up quickly, and also can be taken down with ease. In our family, it is usually put up by one person, without… Full review

Hillary 3 Room 13 x 8

rated 4 of 5 stars This tent is easy to set up and only has 4 poles. Does not leak. Good for a family to go camping in. I bought this tent four years ago. I love it. We are a family of five and this tent is big enough for all of us plus our air beds. We camp all of the time and for days at a time in all sorts of weather and I have never had a problem with it leaking when it rained. The poles are a little weak and break easy. When the time comes and we need another tent, hopefully this tent will still be available… Full review

The North Face Tadpole 2

rated 3.5 of 5 stars This tent is based on the ever popular Tadpole. The design is a definite improvement over the regular Tadpole mostly in the weight dept. It is also designated as a "featherlight" weighing in at a respectable 3 lb. 15 oz. Also the font vestibule offered an extra almost 9 sq. ft. of gear space. This tent in my opinion is a great overall 2-person tent. Great for the overnight trek/camp, or even any multi-day camp experience. Love it. It packs down small and light, and I still have plenty of room for… Full review

Sierra Designs Electron RC 2

rated 3.5 of 5 stars It's a very well designed tent, but I find that sometimes the quality of the materials aren't too great. I had to patch the window with duct tape, and one of the door zippers wouldn't close. The tent is very easy to set up, and it's very easy to figure out in darkness and pouring rain because you can pitch the rainfly first, then attach the body. I find that the tent is fairly stable, and I saw very little condensation inside the tent. Full review

The North Face VE 25

rated 5 of 5 stars Represents a legacy of quality and customer satisfaction that I've maintained for over 35 years. My first NF tent was the original Oval Intention which came out in 1976. I purchased mine a year later as a freshman in college. From that time the tent had been to six continents until I retired in sometime in 1988 when NF replaced it with the updated Pole Sleeve Oval. They never charged me a dime. I kept that second tent until 2010 when I replaced it after an episode involving one — possibly two… Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest
user rating: 5 of 5 (104)
Eagles Nest Outfitters
DoubleNest
Hammock
$59 - $89
Eureka! Alpenlite XT
user rating: 5 of 5 (21)
Eureka!
Alpenlite XT
Four-Season Tent
$280 - $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 (9)
Terra Nova
Ultra Quasar
Four-Season Tent
$576
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
$704
Eagles Nest Outfitters ProFly Rain Tarp
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Eagles Nest Outfitters
ProFly Rain Tarp
Tarp/Shelter
$65 - $79
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
$320 - $369
MSR E-Wing
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
MSR
E-Wing
Tarp/Shelter
$170 - $174
REI Kingdom 6 Tent
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
REI
Kingdom 6 Tent
$439
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
$800
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
$229 - $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
$110
REI Half Dome 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (31)
REI
Half Dome 2
Three-Season Tent
$189
Eagles Nest Outfitters SingleNest
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (30)
Eagles Nest Outfitters
SingleNest
Hammock
$50 - $84
The North Face Rock 22
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (30)
The North Face
Rock 22
Three-Season Tent
$198
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
$110 - $149
Mountain Hardwear Trango 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (25)
Mountain Hardwear
Trango 2
Four-Season Tent
$420 - $600
Eureka! Spitfire 1
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (24)
Eureka!
Spitfire 1
Three-Season Tent
$110 - $129
Marmot Limelight 2P
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (21)
Marmot
Limelight 2P
Three-Season Tent
$170 - $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
$384
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 - $147
Eureka! Timberline 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Eureka!
Timberline 2
Three-Season Tent
$150
Eureka! Timberline 4
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Eureka!
Timberline 4
Three-Season Tent
$190 - $219
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Big Agnes
Seedhouse SL2
Three-Season Tent
$340 - $349
Kelty Grand Mesa 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Kelty
Grand Mesa 2
Three-Season Tent
$112 - $149
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
$200 - $279
REI Half Dome 2 Plus
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
REI
Half Dome 2 Plus
Three-Season Tent
$219
Kelty Noah's Tarp 12
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
Kelty
Noah's Tarp 12
Tarp/Shelter
$60 - $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
$221 - $259
NEMO Losi 3P
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
NEMO
Losi 3P
Three-Season Tent
$350
Kelty Gunnison 2.1
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Kelty
Gunnison 2.1
Three-Season Tent
$165 - $219
Eureka! Timberline SQ Outfitter 6
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Eureka!
Timberline SQ Outfitter 6
Three-Season Tent
$520
REI Quarter Dome T3
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
REI
Quarter Dome T3
Three-Season Tent
$270
REI Hobitat 4
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
REI
Hobitat 4
Three-Season Tent
$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.