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.

Learn more about how to choose a tent/shelter below »

Categories

Four-Season
3-4 Season Convertible
Three-Season
Warm Weather
Bivy Sacks
Tarps and Shelters
Hammocks
Accessories

Brands

Eagles Nest Outfitters
Eureka!
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Hilleberg
NEMO
MSR
Marmot
L.L.Bean
Black Diamond
ALPS Mountaineering

Price

less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 - $399.99
$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

Recent Tent/Shelter Reviews

Marmot Limelight 3P

rated 5 of 5 stars I love this tent! Very solid construction, waterproof and spacious for 2 people pus gear. I often use it solo and I don't have to store any gear in the vestibules. Ventilation is great and very easy to set up! Excellent customer service at Marmot! Design, materials and construction are really top notch.  Super easy to set up, and if it's raining, you can set up the fly and the (included) footprint only, first, and then clip the tent body to the poles while you are all dry, under the fly. Nice thinking… Full review

Blacks Mountain Tent

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Wonderful for cold snowy weather Believe was the tent for the 1920's everest expeditions I loved mine but soo heavy foolishly gave it to a friend!!! wish I still had it!!! wonderful historic mountain tent ideal for cold and snowy conditions just rather heavy able to stand up to quite severe winds loved it Full review

Ozark Trail 2-Person Junior Dome Tent

rated 4.5 of 5 stars After almost 15 years of abuse, motorcycle trips, camping, kids playing, weeks living out of the tent and some drunken tomfoolery the tent is showing its age. This tent has fared well over the years, only having a few dime size holes. Despite having those holes, on my most recent camping trip with five other tent campers my tent was the driest in the rain. It wasn't completely dry, but a few drops under the holes while most of the other tents had huge puddles is acceptable to me. Over the years… Full review

Walrus Rapeede XV

rated 4 of 5 stars Easy set up and break down. Very waterproof. Good for the back of a motorcycle. I brought this tent new from REI and was going to use it for a backpacking trip which got cancelled. I ended up using it for about a month. I got a job in Santa Barbara. I couldn't afford to stay in a hotel so I rented a camping spot at this RV campsite. They had a 10x12 sand box for you to put your tent in. Anyways, one night I woke up and it felt like I was on a waterbed. So I unzip my tent and I was sitting in 2"… Full review

Grand Trunk Nano-7

rated 3 of 5 stars Grand Trunk's Nano-7 is an ultralight hammock that is well-made. However, this user found the dimensions too small to be of any value to me. I would recommend this hammock for those who are several inches smaller than I am or those who don't mind a “banana hang” in their hammock. Note: While I did purchase this product new, I bought it with the CampSaver Gift Card I won from Trailspace in June 2014. Thank you, Trailspace! Now to the review... About the Reviewer I'm 6'2” tall. At the time of… Full review

Marmot Bise 2P

rated 4 of 5 stars Nice tent, compact. Used this tent camping several times.   Setting up in a downpour in the Cascade Mountain range was less than ideal as the mesh inner tent gets terribly soaked then the fly goes on top — Hillebergs are far superior in this respect. However once set up thank goodness for its excellent ventilation as the tent dries out (inside) relatively quick. Okay, now over snow.  Camping north of Pemberton BC during snowy conditions followed by -20 degrees C days. Snow load on tent caused… Full review

MSR Elixir 3

rated 5 of 5 stars Wonderful tent! Having been in Boy Scouts for many years and majoring in Wilderness Leadership in college, I have used many different styles and brands of tents — this one blows all of them away hands down. I also have worked in Outdoor Retail for the past 4 years and I have used it backpacking and front country car camping and have always been pleased. Great job, MSR! The headroom is great and setup is very easy. Great bang for your buck! Full review

Tarptent Contrail

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Actual weight is heavier than the stated weight. Tarptent lists the weight as 27.5 oz. The actual weight of the tent, four stakes, and the stuff sack is 32 oz. If you get the Tyvek ground cloth add another 5 oz. I'm not sure how much weight the seam sealing will add to the weight of the tent. Full review

Mountain Hardwear EV 2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great single wall tent for real!! Winter season. Keep this in mind: This tent is designed for high altitude and winter season (especially under freezing). Not for trail hikes. If someone has experience in winter season backpacking, with snow and strong wind, will know how construction of tent is important. Normally in strong winds, tent skin can touch the face through night, but EV2 never does. And we do not need bug screen in the snow field. If you check details of this tent, easily now this is… Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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user rating: 5 of 5 (106)
Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Hammock
$62 - $84
user rating: 5 of 5 (21)
Eureka! Alpenlite XT Four-Season Tent
$370
user rating: 5 of 5 (15)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Atlas Hammock Suspension System Hammock Accessory
$30
user rating: 5 of 5 (10)
Terra Nova Ultra Quasar Four-Season Tent
$780
user rating: 5 of 5 (9)
Hilleberg Nallo 2 Four-Season Tent
$715
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Terra Nova Super Quasar Four-Season Tent
$880
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Eagles Nest Outfitters ProFly Rain Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$80 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Hilleberg Soulo Four-Season Tent
$655 - $665
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
NEMO Losi 2P Three-Season Tent
$256 - $389
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
MSR E-Wing Tarp/Shelter
$175
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Marmot Limelight 4P Three-Season Tent
$339 - $369
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
L.L.Bean Microlight 2 Three-Season Tent
$239
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
NEMO Moki Four-Season Tent
$850
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Mega Light Tarp/Shelter
$229 - $270
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg Nammatj 3 GT Four-Season Tent
$925
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg Kaitum 2 Four-Season Tent
$865 - $995
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg Nallo 3 GT Four-Season Tent
$865
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 2 AL Three-Season Tent
$110 - $129
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (32)
REI Half Dome 2 Three-Season Tent
$199
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (30)
Eagles Nest Outfitters SingleNest Hammock
$52 - $59
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (28)
Eureka! Apex 2XT Three-Season Tent
$90 - $149
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (27)
MSR Hubba Three-Season Tent
$280 - $339
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (26)
Eureka! Spitfire 1 Three-Season Tent
$100 - $109
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (25)
Mountain Hardwear Trango 2 Four-Season Tent
$450 - $600
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (22)
Marmot Limelight 2P Three-Season Tent
$218 - $253
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (21)
The North Face Mountain 25 Four-Season Tent
$501 - $589
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (20)
Eureka! K2 XT Four-Season Tent
$450 - $499
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (20)
Kelty Gunnison 2 Three-Season Tent
$197
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (19)
Eureka! Timberline 2 Three-Season Tent
$120 - $152
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Hammock
$144 - $159
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2 Three-Season Tent
$296 - $349
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 Three-Season Tent
$350 - $389
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Marmot Limelight 3P Three-Season Tent
$278 - $279
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Eureka! Timberline 4 Three-Season Tent
$170 - $189
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Kelty Grand Mesa 2 Three-Season Tent
$126 - $219
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (14)
Hilleberg Akto Four-Season Tent
$520
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (14)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 12 Tarp/Shelter
$70
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
Eureka! Sunrise 9 Three-Season Tent
$260
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
REI Half Dome 2 Plus Three-Season Tent
$160 - $219
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2.0 Three-Season Tent
$130 - $164
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
MSR Groundhog Tent Stake Stake
$3 - $19
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Hennessy Hammock Ultralight Backpacker Asym Hammock
$250
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Guardian Bug Net Hammock
$49 - $59
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
Sierra Designs Lightning 2 Three-Season Tent
$260 - $269
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
NEMO Losi 3P Three-Season Tent
$350 - $489
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Eureka! Timberline SQ Outfitter 6 Three-Season Tent
$467 - $549
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
REI Quarter Dome T3 Three-Season Tent
$270
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Eureka! Assault Outfitter 4 Four-Season Tent
$330
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
REI Hobitat 4 Three-Season Tent
$238
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.