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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Tarps and Shelters
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$25 - $49.99
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$500 and above
Recent Tent/Shelter Reviews
Sierra Designs Sirius 2
10 years of use on 3 continents I bought this tent in 2003 prior to hiking Vermont's long trail - 300mi over 30 days and over half of it in the rain. I have never felt the need for a ground tarp. I love the simple design of this tent - it is super light for two people and spacious and comfortanle for one. The half fly design has many advantages including great ventilation - and a openness that takes away the claustrophobic nature of small tents. You can sit or lay down and watch the weather outside… Full review
A great all-purpose camping hammock. The Kammok Roo is only the latest in a series of camping hammocks I have owned, but is my favorite so far! DESIGN: The Roo shows the most attention to detail of any camping hammock I have used to this point. Its design is similar to the Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest, but with a few key differentiators. First, the sides of the hammock have multiple gear-attachment-points. These have proven to be quite useful for lanterns (My Snow Peak Mini Hozuki snaps… Full review
Sierra Designs Flash 2 UL
Sierra Designs has a very unique approach to tent and equipment design, and the Flash 2 UL is no different. From the unique structural support to the overall "porch" process, the Flash gives those looking for a fresh new take on tents a way to get out there, in a light, roomy fashion without making huge sacrifices. I recommend for someone looking for more room as a 1-person sleeping option or for lovers who want to be close on their trip. I will put the caveat that I do not have a lot of time in… Full review
Toughstake Large Toughstake
Does not work in dirt, way too expensive, waste of time and money. Takes way too long to put into the ground. I am an experienced camper and the Toughstake was just like any other stake that I have used. I blew my money on this thing and I hope that it stops you from making the same mistake that I did. I made a homemade bowl stake and it worked 100% better. Full review
Kelty Noah's Tarp 12
This is a great tarp for a decent price and weight. Would recommend. The only reason I give this product four stars is because it has stretched out over time. It's seen its fair share of rain storms, and after setting it up numerous times over the last year it has begun to stretch. This could be user error though, maybe I had it a little too taut. But it has kept me dry more times than I can count and it's a decent weight. There are also a ton of eyelets so you can tie it up a million different… Full review
ALPS Mountaineering Triton 1.5
I want so badly to love this tent! I do love the design, the amount of room, the double doors/vestibules, and the price. But I just don't like the weight, the constant re-staking to get a taut pitch (wash, rinse, repeat), and the number of stakes required. BUT... if they would make a "NEW, version 2.0" with newer (lighter) materials and construction techniques, and fix the alignment issue with the footprint and tent body/fly, and make smaller more practical storage sack/bags... then I would buy… Full review
Hennessy Hammock Ultralight Backpacker Asym
Overly complex and poorly implemented. Over the years, I have owned quite a few camping hammocks. I took this particular one on a 5-day hike through the Smoky Mountains a few years ago, then promptly got rid of it. DESIGN I currently own four camping hammocks (I returned my Hennessy, so it doesn't make the list.). The design of the Hennessy was the most complex of all of them. Like most camping hammocks, the Hennessy uses nylon webbing wrapped around a tree as an anchor point. However, unlike most… Full review
Eureka! Midori Solo
Great little tent for kayak camping, packs small, goes up easy, etc. I wanted a solo tent for trips that my wife didn't go on. We only camp a few times a year so far and have a Midori 3 that we like. My first use of the Midori Solo was for a three-day kayak trip on the northern Susquehanna River. The weather was nice but, from the other reviews of the Midori tents bad weather is not a problem for them. I'm 5'6" 180 lbs. and I have a bunch of headroom in the Solo. The Solo would probably fit a 6'… Full review
Hilleberg Anjan 2
Just used this tent in the Scottish Lowlands and however you try to provide as much ventilation the material is prone to condensation problems on a cold clear September night with no wind. You spend an hour or so drying it out in the early morning sun before starting another section of the walk. This is the first time I have used the Anjan 2 and it was in weather where most days were sunny and dry while backpacking. As far as pitching, ease of use, packing, room and storage I really have no issues… 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.