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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EMS
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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

Eureka! Zeus 2EXO

rated 3 of 5 stars Good tent. Needs a rain fly. I used this tent several time in the mountains in CA and CO. It took me about five times to realize that if you sleep head-in vs head-by-the door, it vents your breath through the ceiling vent over your head—no condensation problem.  That worked fine until last time camping in all night constant rain for the first time. I am not sure if it leaked or if the rain sealed the ventilation in the surface, but it was like sleeping in drizzling rain inside the tent. I am… Full review

Marmot Limelight 3P

rated 5 of 5 stars I don't normally take the time to write reviews, but I have to for this tent. Perfect tent for avid back country travelers to weekend warriors. Tent is functional, durable, and easy to set up. I've been using/abusing it for 8 years and the tent is going strong like it was its first campout. Highly recommended. This tent is the real deal and has made me a Marmot tent customer for life (much respect to Mountain Hardwear though). I've thought of every possible way to give this tent 4.5 stars, and I… Full review

Stephenson's Warmlite 2R

rated 5 of 5 stars Great tent. I got my first 2R Stephenson tent around 1974. Did several trips to the Grand Teton, up to the Canadian Rockies and then down to Peru. It was lightweight and stood up great in some wild windy snowy weather at high altitudes.  On the saddle between the Grand and Middle Teton one time, the winds shredded two lady climbers' tent and they had to join us. Our tent held great, while it was cramped for four.  Unfortunately, my tent did not hold up too well after I got married and my son… Full review

Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1

rated 1 of 5 stars This tent is a piece of garbage. I'm confident I could craft a better shelter out of rope and tarp. I can't for the life of me figure why Big Agnes hails this tent as their claim to fame in the tent world. This is by far the worst tent I have ever used, much less owned. Big Agnes makes some decent gear, especially their sleeping bags, but the Seedhouse is a big middle finger to their customers. For a one-man tent the setup process is okay, and relatively quick, but they could have thought it out… Full review

Sea to Summit Hammock Bug Net

rated 5 of 5 stars An awesome product. Versatile, easy to put on, and allows for great visibility. Well designed and well executed. Definitely a product worth checking out if you're a hammock user looking for a standalone bugnet. This review is a part of a review of the entire Sea to Summit Hammock System. Please refer to my Sea to Summit Ultralight Hammock review to see the full review of the Ultralight Hammock and its components. Most of the information below is just separated out here again for visibility purposes. Full review

Sea to Summit Hammock Tarp

rated 4 of 5 stars A great tarp, though a little on the minimalist side. Looking to go lighter? This may be the tarp for you. This review is a part of a review of the entire Sea to Summit Hammock System. Please refer to my Sea to Summit Ultralight Hammock review to see the full review of the Ultralight Hammock and its components. Most of the information below is just separated out here again for visibility purposes. Hammock Tarp: The Hammock Tarp is made of Ultra-Sil Nano 15D Nylon fabric, which provides a high… Full review

Slumberjack Sightline 1

rated 4 of 5 stars Good tent for backpacking trips. Stores relatively small and lightweight. I used this tent for a backpacking trip in the Tetons. The tent worked well and kept me dry the entire time. Even through a large thunderstorm, the tent withstood hail and rain along with heavy winds with no issue at all. The tent had plenty of room for me and my 70L pack. The tent is easy to pitch and easy to pack up. The only downside was the bag ripped after our trip. However the company sent me a new bag within a few days. Full review

Therm-a-Rest Slacker Snuggler

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The Slacker Snuggler is a great little underquilt. I think it’s a perfect fit for hanging in summer, late spring, and early fall. Retailing at $79.95, it is much more expensive than CCF pads and a bit heavier, but much more comfortable. The Snuggler is about half the cost of similarly rated down quilts, but easier to use and maintain. The Slacker Snuggler came without any instructions, and there are no instructions for use or care on the Therm-a-Rest website; an insert of some variety showing… Full review

Borah Gear Side Zip Ultralight Bivy

rated 5 of 5 stars Never leave home without it. Most backpackers have a few extra pieces of gear. On one trip you might take a bigger or smaller backpack or a different tent/tarp depending on weather. Maybe a poncho one trip and a full rain suit another. But what gear goes on every trip? My Borah bivy is one of those!! I have the side zip extra wide bivy made out of very breathable argon90. The extra wide Borah bivy will hold me, my 30-degree ZPacks extra wide down sleeping bag, and my inflatable sleeping pad (I'm… Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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user rating: 5 of 5 (108)
Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Hammock
$52 - $89
user rating: 5 of 5 (16)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Atlas Straps Hammock Accessory
$22 - $29
user rating: 5 of 5 (10)
Hilleberg Nallo 2 Four-Season Tent
$735
user rating: 5 of 5 (8)
Hilleberg Soulo Four-Season Tent
$685
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
MSR E-Wing Tarp/Shelter
$100
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Hilleberg Nammatj 3 GT Four-Season Tent
$979 - $989
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Marmot Limelight 4P Three-Season Tent
$250 - $379
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Grand Trunk Double Parachute Nylon Hammock Hammock
$65 - $74
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Sierra Designs Lightning 2 FL Three-Season Tent
$280 - $379
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
EMS Velocity 1 Tent Three-Season Tent
$269
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Mega Light Tarp/Shelter
$290
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Kodiak Canvas 10x10 Flex-Bow Canvas Tent Deluxe Four-Season Tent
$550
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg Kaitum 2 Four-Season Tent
$885 - $895
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg Nallo 3 GT Four-Season Tent
$885
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (37)
REI Half Dome 2 Three-Season Tent
$199
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (32)
Eagles Nest Outfitters SingleNest Hammock
$45 - $59
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (30)
Eureka! Apex 2XT Three-Season Tent
$140
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (28)
Eureka! Spitfire 1 Three-Season Tent
$140
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (28)
Mountain Hardwear Trango 2 Four-Season Tent
$649 - $650
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (22)
Marmot Limelight 3P Three-Season Tent
$225 - $299
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (22)
Eureka! Alpenlite XT Four-Season Tent
$370
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (22)
The North Face Mountain 25 Four-Season Tent
$530 - $589
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (22)
Eureka! K-2 XT Four-Season Tent
$500
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (21)
Kelty Gunnison 2 Three-Season Tent
$190
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (21)
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2 Three-Season Tent
$350
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (20)
Eureka! Timberline 2 Three-Season Tent
$190
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Hilleberg Akto Four-Season Tent
$530
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
REI Half Dome 2 Plus Three-Season Tent
$219
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 12 Tarp/Shelter
$60 - $69
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Hammock
$120 - $159
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Kelty Grand Mesa 2 Three-Season Tent
$112 - $139
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Eureka! Timberline 4 Three-Season Tent
$240
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Sierra Designs Light Year 1 Three-Season Tent
$170
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Hennessy Hammock Ultralight Backpacker Asym Hammock
$250
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (14)
ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2 Three-Season Tent
$176 - $219
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
Mountain Hardwear Hammerhead 2 Three-Season Tent
$190
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
MSR Groundhog Tent Stakes Stake
$3 - $19
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Guardian Bug Net Hammock Accessory
$60
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
NEMO Morpho AR Three-Season Tent
$390
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 9 Tarp/Shelter
$60
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Eureka! Timberline SQ Outfitter 6 Three-Season Tent
$550
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Eureka! Assault Outfitter 4 Four-Season Tent
$450 - $479
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Kelty Salida 2 Three-Season Tent
$125 - $169
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Big Agnes Big House 4 Three-Season Tent
$245 - $374
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
REI Camp Dome 2 Three-Season Tent
$100 - $239
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1 Three-Season Tent
$304
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Flat Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$310 - $315
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
MSR Elixir 3 Three-Season Tent
$300
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 16 Tarp/Shelter
$100
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
REI Quarter Dome 1 Three-Season Tent
$279
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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.