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
Ozark Trail Tent
My husband and I highly recommend the Ozark Trail 16x16 Instant Cabin Tent. We put it up for the entire summer at one campsite. We bought the 3 room/12 person tent with the awning in front. We set it up along the Zumbro River in Millville, MN on May 30th. Today is August 26th. We plan to leave it there thru September. We noticed a little tear on the rain fly so last night we took the rain fly off and scotchgarded it. This tent has been thru many, many heavy rains and winds. We have spent… Full review
MountainGoat Gear Mesh Tarp Storage Sleeves
Lightweight, excellent product for tarp storage and deployment. MountainGoat Gear is a small cottage company consisting of a mother and occasionally daughter team that specialize in lightweight products like hammock and backpack accessories, and knitted hats. They're accessible via a web portal coop along with companies like Luke's Ultralite, ZPacks, Molly Mac, and several other popular cottage manufacturers. The address is www.outdoortrailgear.com and the site is definitely worth a look if… Full review
Northwest Territory Sierra Dome Backpack Tent 9' x 7'
I use it for travel camping with two or three night stays per camp. The first trip included some rain with much water intrusion. After seam sealing everything at home, all went well until the first rain this year—about 8 to 10 oz. of water from all sides. Not pleasant!! Also the "fly" arch support broke at the center junction and I would like a replacement, but where? I use it in spite of difficulties. Full review
Sierra Designs Night Watch CD
Nice little snuggle tent for two. Very durable and stable. Ahhh....the "Snuggle tent"! I picked this up a while back and it was few years old with light use. This tent has been great. It's compact and backpacks well, even though it's a little heavier than today's lightweight backpackers. It is very durable and stable and I have put it through its paces over the years. It is time for a reapplication of waterproofing of the fly as it is a little seepy under rain, but after countless uses and a few… Full review
Cabela's West Wind Dome Tent
Four-person version...nice sturdy dome tent with great vestibule fly that won't break the bank. My wife and I needed to replace a worn out, inexpensive 3-person tent in our "fleet" that we use for casual camping. Backpacking was not a concern since we have a Sierra Designs 2P backpacker, so we were willing to pick up a heavier option and upsize just a bit to a 4-person for the extra space. A 3-season tent was a must and a vestibule as well. Cost was of some concern since tents in this category can… Full review
MSR Carbon Reflex 2
Tent body super light, packable, and easy to set up. Fly sticks to itself like Saran Wrap, hook/Velcro closure awkward reaching the lowest one from inside tent. Worried about leaks. Poor MSR customer service regarding fly stickiness issue. Bought the updated 2016 version in May, set it up inside. Was challenging because it is not freestanding. Fly was stuck to itself so badly, when I would get a section unpeeled and work on a different section, the other section would re-stick like Saran Wrap. … Full review
Peaktop 8 Man Big Tunnel Spider Family Group Camping Tent
Rubbish—first time used 8 month 2016: good weather, four anchor points ripped out. I repaired the holes, other tents on site OK. A week later went again, end ones pulled, tent collapsed. Came home. Steer clear. Got hold of the firm. No returns after 3 months. I told them when I bought it I wouldn't be using for three months. Outdoorline max lead, International ltd—steer clear. Get a caravan. Full review
The North Face Assault 2
You must have not experienced any rain. I did. The tent IS NOT WATERPROOF. All my things inside were soaked. Water poured down inside the tent walls and collected on the floor. I DO NOT RECOMMEND BUYING IT! This is not an all-season tent. It is NOT waterproof. Few hours rain in summer in Scandinavia was enough to get our sleeping mats, bags, clothes completely soaked. DON'T WASTE MONEY ON IT, DON'T BUY IT. Full review
Asolo Chameleon 6
Great family tent. I've had this tent for 10 years now and it is still going strong! The vestibule is the great thing about it. It is a great place to hang out if it rains, just bring your chairs and it becomes a living room. Well ventilated and roomy. True, just one door, but the back window opens up completely if you need an emergency exit. 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.