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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$500 and above
Recent Tent/Shelter Reviews
High Sierra Appalachian Family Cabin Tent
Very roomy, great price. Instructions not great, but much easier after first time. Bought this tent a few years ago, just used it this year. Instructions are poor but after the first time (3 people, 1 hour) it will be much easier. We found out that rolling it the final time gets you a lot more room in the duffle so you can add more gear, like a ground cloth. A ton of room for everyone, lots of places to store gear. Hard to complain for $225. Full review
MSR Mutha Hubba HP
One of the most comfortable tents I've ever owned. Very roomy with great headroom and extremely airy. Will fit three people comfortably, but it's amazing with 2 people and a dog. Full review
SlingFin 2Lite Trek
I'm 6'1" and I have about 2-3 inches of room on each side of my body (feet and head)! Cheap compared to anything else in its class! They are known for big mountain gear...looks like they are down with the weekend warrior too! Versatility, if you are like me and value your body. I use trekking poles. With the 2Lite Trek you save even more weight! Roomy enough for two 6-ft grown men. My buddy and I were able to get in and out no problem, especially because we each had our own door and vestibule to… Full review
Helsport Ringstind Superlight 1-2
A tent that does what it is supposed to do, very well. For me it is "perfect." Used it in the forest and mountains in Norway. It is easy to set up and take down, even in quite windy conditions. I did not have any problems being stuck in the tent because of the weather. Some might find it too small, I like it. Dual skin and good ventilation. It weighs just 2 lb. or 0,96 Kg It is not an expedition tent. It is a lightweight no nonsense tent. It does not have lights built in to the tent pole. Full review
Hennessy Hammock Safari Deluxe Asym Zip
Amazing. Put it up in 5 minutes and in the dark the first time I ever used it. So comfortable. With serious cervical spine issues I got better sleep in this than on my 800$ Tempurpedic. It got as low as 20 degrees f that night and snowed and I was warm in an old military bag and amazingly comfortable. I will never buy a different brand hammock for a serious camping hammock. Maybe some parachute hammocks etc for fun around the house, but not for the AT or anything. See storyline and pros above. Full review
Ozark Trail 12 x 14 Screen House
I got this from a friend. Need the manual if anyone has it. Please email it email@example.com. Can't find it anywhere online due to it being discontinued. Any help even a picture would be great. Thank you!! In desperate need of the instructions!! This is one puzzle I can't figure out. Got it from a friend and there are no instructions or even a picture of it. Either would be most appreciated! Please email either to firstname.lastname@example.org. Full review
As a reverse (camping) snob, I had to break down and buy the E-Wing and now I take it to most outdoor events. If you're like me, you try to keep camping fun. An important ingredient in that equation is to keep costs down. I am very sensitive to those "gucci" campers who buy everything from REI or similar Cadillac outfitters. On a recent camping / kayaking trip, however, a fellow camper who shares my penchant for frugality surprised me by pulling from a tiny nylon bag, what I thought was a poncho… Full review
Columbia Black Mountain
10x10 camping tent. It's okay, but the mechanics of the zipper are just awful. There are multiple problems with the zipper. It gets caught up in the material that covers the zipper almost every time you try to use it. I spent nearly 3 hours trying to reattach the zipper into the seams, which eventually became unattached all together. Don't buy this tent Full review
REI Kingdom 6 Tent
I love this tent!! I love that this tent has enough room for me and my daughter to have our cots, tables, and odds and ends! We take it anytime we need to sleep out somewhere. I have had this for 2 years and just experienced its first rainstorm. Crazy mountain rainstorm!! It stayed totally dry inside!! Love it even more. I will be buying the garage next month! Definitely buy the footprint. Worth every penny. 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.