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 »

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$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
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$300 - $399.99
$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

Recent Tent/Shelter Reviews

ZPacks Triplex

rated 5 of 5 stars The ZPacks Triplex tent combines wonderfully lightweight and compact packing with roominess for two (and adequate for three). It would work very well for a solo hiker as well given its light weight. It appears to be plenty durable for extended hikes such as the long thru-hiking trails. While during sunny days, the inside of the tent got somewhat warm, the thorough ventilation kept this tolerable (you should be on the trail hiking then, anyway), and provided plenty of dry shelter during the huge… Full review

REI Half Dome 2

rated 2.5 of 5 stars Great design, not waterproof. I like the design of this tent as it is really roomy for its size. However if you expect wet weather conditions do not buy this tent. I experienced a heavy rainstorm and had approximately a half inch of water in my tent. I was very disappointed as I was mislead from reading how good this tent was. Please don't make the same mistake as I did. Full review

NEMO Hunker 2P

rated 3 of 5 stars Well built, but incredibly small. This shelter seems to be well built and of good quality. I purchased this with the expectation that I would use it in the event of an unplanned overnight stay or getting caught in a bad storm for a few hours. While I believe you could easily ride out a short storm with this shelter, which is apparently one of its main purposes, It would not work well for emergency overnight stays. The dimensions, even though they may be accurate, are very deceiving. You will not… Full review

Sierra Designs Stretch Dome 3

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Why read a review of a tent no longer being manufactured? It may very well help you decide what to buy on the current market. Though no longer being manufactured, this was/is one of the best free-standing 4 (+ 1/2) pole free standing designs. 360 deg. -wind resistance, snow (load) burry proof vent, breathability/condensation, in slope pitch (free standing). The Sierra Designs Stretch Dome AST (1992/2001-2005 variants) was one of the most innovative tent designs ever with x frame and two transverse… Full review

Eureka! Timberline 4

rated 5 of 5 stars Great motorcycle/car/canoe tent have had mine for over 20 years. A few years back I got a Timberline 6. Don't like it nearly as well the extra height makes it much slower to set up. I have had a Timberline 4 since 1987. Camped in all kinds of weather way wetter and colder than I would now. It always performed well. Just watch placement. Don't set up so wind is blowing in your fly. It is a great all around work horse. It may not be the best at any one thing, but it does a lot well. Setup is easy… Full review

The North Face Flint 2

rated 5 of 5 stars Simple, well-made. The most important word describing this tent has been omitted. FREESTANDING. No stakes needed. Try driving stakes in the Rocky Mountain West. They will come out about the same time the coyotes do: 2 a.m. I own a few freestanding tents, will never buy anything else. Full review

Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2

rated 5 of 5 stars Excellent ultralight shelter that does what it is intended for. I am a Master Registered Maine Guide and enjoy extreme backpack hunts in Alaska/Canada that test equipment and one's endurance. I subjected this ultra-light tent to a SE Alaska backpack goat hunting trip ... something it was not exactly manufactured for. I am 5'9" 150 lbs  and used the UL2 — gave me just enough room for gear/pack/gun and food lasting 7 days.  Would not have wanted more room, or another person in the tent! Just… Full review

Marmot Earlylight 2P

rated 2 of 5 stars High expectations, disappointing results. I have been canoe tripping and wilderness hiking for 33 years and needed a new reasonably lightweight two-person tent. When I purchased the Marmot Earlylight I was expecting a better quality tent. It certainly is a higher quality tent than a Kelty or a Eureka brand, but that isn't saying much. After a little practice this tent is easy to set up. The fly doesn't extend too far from the main body, which makes it easy to set up in tight wilderness locations. Full review

EMS Velocity 1 Tent

rated 5 of 5 stars Great tent for when you have to sleep alone. I bought this tent to add to my backpacking arsenal because I was tired of carrying around a 2-person tent when most times I end up going solo. By doing so I shed over 2 lbs and reduced the volume it took up in my pack. It is only available at EMS as it's their store branded product. SO if you are not near an EMS and unable to review a unit before purchase that might be an important consideration. (I strongly recommend seeing a demo or at least a packaged… Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
NEMO Veda 2P Three-Season Tent
$279 - $429
user rating: 5 of 5 (106)
Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Hammock
$65 - $89
user rating: 5 of 5 (15)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Atlas Hammock Suspension System Hammock Accessory
$30
user rating: 5 of 5 (11)
NEMO Morpho AR Three-Season Tent
$240
user rating: 5 of 5 (10)
Terra Nova Ultra Quasar Four-Season Tent
$702
user rating: 5 of 5 (9)
Hilleberg Nallo 2 Four-Season Tent
$685
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Terra Nova Super Quasar Four-Season Tent
$792
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Eagles Nest Outfitters ProFly Rain Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$62 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Hilleberg Soulo Four-Season Tent
$645
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
NEMO Losi 2P Three-Season Tent
$320 - $369
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
MSR E-Wing Tarp/Shelter
$166 - $174
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
$865
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg Kaitum 2 Four-Season Tent
$835 - $984
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg Nallo 3 GT Four-Season Tent
$830
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (30)
Eagles Nest Outfitters SingleNest Hammock
$46 - $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
$440 - $600
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (22)
Marmot Limelight 2P Three-Season Tent
$164 - $253
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (21)
The North Face Mountain 25 Four-Season Tent
$400 - $539
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (20)
Eureka! K2 XT Four-Season Tent
$432 - $479
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (20)
Kelty Gunnison 2 Three-Season Tent
$220
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 Fly Creek UL2 Three-Season Tent
$370 - $389
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Eureka! Timberline 4 Three-Season Tent
$170 - $194
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2 Three-Season Tent
$296 - $349
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Kelty Grand Mesa 2 Three-Season Tent
$120 - $191
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Marmot Limelight 3P Three-Season Tent
$209 - $279
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (14)
Hilleberg Akto Four-Season Tent
$498
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (14)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 12 Tarp/Shelter
$70 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
Eureka! Sunrise 9 Three-Season Tent
$250
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
REI Half Dome 2 Plus Three-Season Tent
$165 - $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
$240
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
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Kelty Gunnison 2.1 Three-Season Tent
$176
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Eureka! Timberline SQ Outfitter 6 Three-Season Tent
$468 - $519
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
REI Quarter Dome T3 Three-Season Tent
$174
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Eureka! Assault Outfitter 4 Four-Season Tent
$330
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Big Agnes Big House 4 Three-Season Tent
$300
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Mountain Hardwear Light Wedge 2 Three-Season Tent
$289 - $290
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Big Agnes Seedhouse 2 Three-Season Tent
$260
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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.