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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$100 - $199.99
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Recent Tent/Shelter Reviews
Moss Tents Tent
I have owned this tent for about 35 years. Bought it a LL Beans. Always was there when needed. Good camp tent for canoe trips. This last trip to the St. Croix, I noted the fly was losing its water proofing. Still solid, poles good, no tears, but no longer waterproof. Any way to restore that? Wish I could get another! Full review
Sierra Designs Light Year 1
I love the ease of this tent to set up. I'm a single woman with arthritic hands, and this tent makes setup a snap. I have an older SD Light Year 1 tent. It was originally purchased for my son TWELVE YEARS AGO when he was in Boy Scouts. He used it on all his pack trips, and I can guarantee not a lot of TLC was given during these first few years. After my son earned Eagle and headed out on his own, he left the tent behind, I'm assuming because he loved his mommy so much (LOL). I started using the… Full review
Northwest Territory Vacation Home 10-Person Tent 14' x 14'
Bought this used at a garage sale, and re-waterproofed using Star Bright PTFE and seam sealer. Some of the side clips need replacing, but remains water tight without them. Sturdy, HUGE interior, and true stand-up, cabin style tent accommodates two queen air mattresses with storage bin used as night stand in the middle, as well as 8 ft. table in entry area. Setup is confusing at first if you do not have directions, but instructions found easily online: google Northwest Territory Vacation Cottage… Full review
Six Moon Designs Skyscape Trekker
I bought the previous model with only one door when it was on sale. Held up wonderfully in heavy rain. It pitches with trekking poles and does not require guy lines. Setup: Setup took some getting used to, but once I got it right, it seems like it should be pretty easy to repeat. It doesn't include a footprint. Weather Resistance: I used this tent for two nights with heavy downpours. It requires seams sealing, though I didn't have a chance to do this before my trip. After being out and about during… Full review
The North Face Rock 22
Highly recommend the tent. Mine is a 2010. About 4-5lbs with footprint. Quick setup, very sturdy. Take care of your gear and it'll last forever. This is the only 2p/4s tent I'll be needing. Well made and has great features. Roomy and has the double vesty/double doors, which is pretty slick. Lot of bang for your buck. Full review
Northwest Territory Family Cabin 8-Person Tent 14' x 14'
I bought this tent with my dad, hoping it would be an awesome tent, but I was wrong. I opened it and it came with no instructions on how to fix it up, and there were parts that were broken so I couldn't even put it together. It was a waste of time and was very unreliable!!!! Full review
REI Hobitat 6
A little wind tore this tent apart. This tent is great if there is no wind. We used it a few times without problem, but on the fifth time, there was a windstorm that tore it to shreds and bent the polls. REI offered nothing other than to fix the polls for $10 each, but the tent itself was torn apart so it had to be thrown away. I would not buy this tent again. Full review
Ozark Trail 12' x 10' Family Dome Tent
LOOKING FOR A RAINFLY!!! I've had this tent now for 5+ years. It still works great and is in good shape, except for the rainfly. I've had this tent for 5+ years, it still works great and is in good shape, except for the rainfly. It ripped, not sure how, the ex-husband had it. With two sides being completely mesh, with no zip-up windows, camping in FL with it is impossible. I'm trying to get a replacement rainfly, but since this is a discontinued model, I'm going to have to have it custom made, if… Full review
No Limits Kings Peak II
Woke up Sunday morning a happy camper. The tent had not leaked during a heavy rain, but even though the rain did not have wind, a pole had split. I was not a happy camper. When I returned home I called Academy and was put on hold numerous times. They finally agreed to replace the tent if I drive the 100 plus miles to their store next week. This only after I said, "Do not put me on hold again, I will just go on line and report Academy sells trash and does not stand behind their product." 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.