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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$25 - $49.99
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$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

Recent Tent/Shelter Reviews

Vango Tempest 400

rated 5 of 5 stars A sturdy, lightweight and compact all-in-one or fly-first pitch tent suitable for up to four persons or a family. This modestly priced Duke of Edinburgh recommended kit can handle a wide range of weather conditions, uses quality materials, and has a clever tunnel design with excellent ventilation giving you confidence to accompany you for your next outdoor challenge. An 'all in one' or fly-first pitch Duke of Edinburgh recommended tunnel tent with three colour-coded alloy poles for quick setup day… Full review

Eureka! Solitaire

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Good tent, small, light, easy setup. View of the stars, and warm. Picked up this tent for $30 USD, from the Eureka website outlet.  Warning, Eureka's website states that refurbished tents may be dirty. They are not kidding, this tent was extremely muddy. Set it up (and wiped it down) in the backyard last night and slept in it. Very small but I was able to fit my pack and some misc. items I grabbed to test it out. (I am 5'9" and 240 lbs, not a small guy and I fit fine). My sleeping pad also fit,… Full review

Eureka! Apex 2XT

rated 4 of 5 stars Compact when packed, easy to use, good starter tent. I bought this tent 5 years ago for a ridiculously low price and it has held up remarkably well, despite abuse and nights spent with a hairy, wet, clawed German Shepherd. It's kept me dry in torrential rainstorms and is very easy to set up by yourself, though it fits two adults, gear, and a dog (if you all like to cuddle). Never had any issues with zippers catching or breaking, which is a huge pet peeve of mine. It has always seemed stable and… Full review

ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2.0

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Going on my third year with this tent and it has performed better than expected. Great for two people and better if you're solo. My son and I recently backpacked a 7-day, 60-mile loop with the Boy Scouts in the Weminuche Wilderness in Colo. We had nice weather along with a few rainy days. Tent performed flawlesly. The two door vestibule is really nice as we each had our own entry and plenty of space to keep our backpacks.  No crawling over each other to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Full review

ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2.0

rated 5 of 5 stars At a little over four pounds, the ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2.0 will scare away all the very weight conscious wimps, but the price, durability, and simplicity of its two-pole system, more than makes up for the weight, as far as I am concerned. I'd recommend Alps products as a nice alternative to anyone on an REI budget. I bought the Zephyr 2, for JMT #13, in 2013. It arrived just a few days before I took off and I didn't spend any time setting it up, but rather just accounted for all the parts… Full review

Mountain Hardwear Lightwedge 3 DP

rated 4.5 of 5 stars After having the MH Lightwedge 2 for a period of a couple years, I decided to upgrade and couldn't be happier with my purchase of the MH Lightwedge 3! This tent has tremendous quality and a very strong pole design with super rapid clips that pop it up in minutes — even single-handedly. I have owned everything from Mountain Hardwear jackets, sleeping bags, to backpacks, but my favorite has to be their tents. As mentioned I have has the MH Light Wedge 2 tent for several years — and was eager to… Full review

ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 1.0

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Awesome, lightweight tent at an unbeatable price! Perfect for entry-level users. I've had this tent for six or so months now, and it's still giving me good vibes. A few notes: While I haven't really used this tent in cold weather, it's almost completely mesh, so better have a good sleeping bag! The included bag is kinda big. Orange rain fly isn't the best for stealth camping. This is a generously sized single-person tent, I would say a couple wouldn't be uncomfortable in here at all. I've seen a… Full review

The North Face Flint 1 Tent

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Easy and fast to set up. Holds up well in the rain. Extra spacious inside. I've used this tent on the side of the river out of my kayak and in the mountains out of my backpack. It's easy to store and easy to set up. I have sat through a rainstorm in it and even without a footprint it kept me dry. I love this lightweight tent. Full review

Eureka! Solitaire

rated 5 of 5 stars Loved my very first solo tent! I bought this tent for a solo hike on the Dobson Trail. For my first solo tent, I found it very lightweight and compact. Easy setup. No enough instructions for the fly though. 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
$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 (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
$70 - $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
$320 - $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
$297 - $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
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
$51 - $74
Eureka! Apex 2XT
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (28)
Eureka!
Apex 2XT
Three-Season Tent
$100 - $125
MSR Hubba
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (27)
MSR
Hubba
Three-Season Tent
$280 - $339
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
$413 - $600
Marmot Limelight 2P
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (21)
Marmot
Limelight 2P
Three-Season Tent
$172 - $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
$296 - $349
Kelty Grand Mesa 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Kelty
Grand Mesa 2
Three-Season Tent
$120 - $239
Eureka! Timberline 4
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Eureka!
Timberline 4
Three-Season Tent
$169 - $189
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Big Agnes
Fly Creek UL2
Three-Season Tent
$370 - $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
$2 - $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
ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2.0
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
ALPS Mountaineering
Zephyr 2.0
Three-Season Tent
$165 - $219
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
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
Mountain Hardwear Light Wedge 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Mountain Hardwear
Light Wedge 2
Three-Season Tent
$209 - $290
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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.