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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Price

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

Glacier's Edge Bandom Dome (3 person tent)

rated 2 of 5 stars Dry weather use only. This tent will leak heavily, and don't expect to be able to put it back in the stuff sack. I bought a couple of these for $24.99 since I've had a very good experience with a Glacier's Edge tent in the past. This time, though, not so much. Most of my camping is in good weather, I'm a summertime car camper, but I've definitely been caught out in a deluge or two and know the value of a dry tent. So now, whenever I buy a tent, I give it a water test.  After setting one of these… Full review

NEMO Hornet 2P

rated 4 of 5 stars Quality, design, and the benefit of lightweight equals win. Bought my new Hornet a couple of weeks ago and when I received it I was pleasantly surprised at just how light it was. Total weight (minus bags) was 2 pounds 3.3 ounces. The footprint (I bought separately) came in at a whopping 6.7 ounces; over a pound lighter than my last shelter. Of course I had to go and set it up immediately. Sadly though I had to wait until the weekend. When I set it up though I took my time slowly setting it up in… Full review

Wilderness Logics Tad Pole

rated 5 of 5 stars The Tad Pole is amazingly easy to use, very light, and most importantly waterproof. It covered my 9' hammock and kept me bone dry on a recent trip when the skies opened above me. This is an American made product from a small company, which I try to support whenever feasible. There are options (poles, additional pulls,etcetera) which I didn't use, but it's good to know they are available. UL backpackers will like the near weightlessness, and kayakers will like how it takes up virtually no space in… Full review

Six Moon Designs Haven tarp and net tent

rated 4 of 5 stars Two separate products that can work together or separately, this is a lightweight 2-person shelter system with full coverage and adequate space. The SMD Haven tarp and net tent are sold separately and can be used separately or together to create a lightweight 2-person shelter system that offers full coverage from the elements and adequate space. It is only available direct from the manufacturer, Six Moon Designs, a "cottage shop" that makes a variety of tarps, tents, packs, and raingear. I am not… Full review

Marmot Limelight 2P

rated 5 of 5 stars Durable and lightweight. There are so many good things to say about this tent. This is the first tent that I ever bought for my wife and I and we still use it, even with our 2yr old. However, we are very small people. No matter the condition though, I have never had a problem with this tent except for the zipper entry point on the weather cover. It would be a nice added feature if there was an easier way to secure the flap to the outside of the tent when going in and out, sometimes it gets annoyingly… Full review

The North Face Stratos

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This is a very good tent at an affordable price. It goes up very quickly and can withstand some strong weather. It is just big enough for 4 adults, but not for more than a weekend backpack. Alternatively car-camping, it is ideal for. Got this tent 18 years ago, and this Scottish summer (worst for 30 years) it leaked through the groundsheet. This is the only problem we ever had with it, and when new we sealed it up as per the manufacturer's instructions.   There is definitely a knack of pitching… Full review

Mountainsmith Genesee 4

rated 4 of 5 stars Great value in a 3-4 person backpacking tent. You would be hard-pressed to find the features of this tent at this price point. I bought this tent a couple years ago for backpacking with my two kids. This tent has exceeded my expectations. Easy for one person to set up. From ice to thunderstorms this tent has performed well in all kinds of weather and always kept us dry. Ventilation is adequate. I have only experienced condensation if I seal everything up with three people inside and it drops below… Full review

Kelty Cabana

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great roomy shelter that will fit a family of 4. Perfect for the beach. Gets a little stuffy inside if oriented away from air flow. I purchased this model sun shelter to use at the beach. It is a very good shelter. It requires 3 tent poles to put up and can be assembled by one person in about 5 minutes. It can be more challenging on a windy day. The shelter is very roomy. Two adults and two small children and one small dog fit inside comfortably. It provides good shade. On days with little wind,… Full review

High Sierra Appalachian Family Cabin Tent

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Very roomy, great price. Instructions not great, but much easier after first time. Bought this tent a few years ago, just used it this year. Instructions are poor but after the first time (3 people, 1 hour) it will be much easier. We found out that rolling it the final time gets you a lot more room in the duffle so you can add more gear, like a ground cloth. A ton of room for everyone, lots of places to store gear. Hard to complain for $225. Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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user rating: 5 of 5 (106)
Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Hammock
$55 - $89
user rating: 5 of 5 (15)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Atlas Hammock Suspension System Hammock Accessory
$24 - $34
user rating: 5 of 5 (11)
NEMO Morpho AR Three-Season Tent
$390
user rating: 5 of 5 (10)
Terra Nova Ultra Quasar Four-Season Tent
$780
user rating: 5 of 5 (9)
Hilleberg Nallo 2 Four-Season Tent
$715
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Terra Nova Super Quasar Four-Season Tent
$880
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Eagles Nest Outfitters ProFly Rain Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$80 - $119
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Hilleberg Soulo Four-Season Tent
$665
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
MSR E-Wing Tarp/Shelter
$125 - $174
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
NEMO Losi 2P Three-Season Tent
$370 - $389
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Marmot Limelight 4P Three-Season Tent
$339 - $369
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Hilleberg Nammatj 3 GT Four-Season Tent
$925
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Mega Light Tarp/Shelter
$229 - $289
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg Kaitum 2 Four-Season Tent
$865 - $995
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg Nallo 3 GT Four-Season Tent
$865
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 2 AL Three-Season Tent
$140
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (33)
REI Half Dome 2 Three-Season Tent
$199
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (30)
Eagles Nest Outfitters SingleNest Hammock
$48 - $59
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (28)
MSR Hubba Three-Season Tent
$280 - $339
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (28)
Eureka! Apex 2XT Three-Season Tent
$112 - $125
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (27)
Eureka! Spitfire 1 Three-Season Tent
$110 - $139
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (26)
Mountain Hardwear Trango 2 Four-Season Tent
$599 - $600
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (23)
Marmot Limelight 2P Three-Season Tent
$164 - $219
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (22)
Eureka! Alpenlite XT Four-Season Tent
$370
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (21)
The North Face Mountain 25 Four-Season Tent
$430 - $589
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (20)
Eureka! K2 XT Four-Season Tent
$500
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (19)
Eureka! Timberline 2 Three-Season Tent
$144 - $179
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (19)
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2 Three-Season Tent
$296 - $349
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Hammock
$144
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 Three-Season Tent
$260 - $389
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Marmot Limelight 3P Three-Season Tent
$223 - $279
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Eureka! Timberline 4 Three-Season Tent
$184 - $229
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Kelty Grand Mesa 2 Three-Season Tent
$112 - $219
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (14)
Hilleberg Akto Four-Season Tent
$520
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (14)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 12 Tarp/Shelter
$60 - $69
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
Eureka! Sunrise 9 Three-Season Tent
$260
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
REI Half Dome 2 Plus Three-Season Tent
$219
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2.0 Three-Season Tent
$140
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
$250
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Guardian Bug Net Hammock
$45 - $59
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
NEMO Losi 3P Three-Season Tent
$440 - $489
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Eureka! Timberline SQ Outfitter 6 Three-Season Tent
$420 - $549
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Eureka! Assault Outfitter 4 Four-Season Tent
$432 - $449
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3 Three-Season Tent
$370 - $499
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
$290
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1 Three-Season Tent
$270 - $369
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
MSR Elixir 3 Three-Season Tent
$230 - $299
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
The North Face 2-Meter Dome Four-Season Tent
$3,747 - $5,500
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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.