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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$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
Mountain Hardwear Sprite 1
Tent fly sheet zipper portion and clear rubber/plastic window detached. Bought this tent a few years back, checked it and put it in my Bug Out Bag. Used it recently for the first time but lo and behold, the plastic/rubber clear window on the fly is detached, the zipper on the fly sheet used to get in and out of the tent if the fly is on is detached. Reason: it was only attached with seam tape. No stitches. I sent an email to their customer service to ask if it was a design flaw or factory defect… Full review
Therm-a-Rest Cot Tent
Great idea for a lightweight shelter for cot sleepers This is a very well designed and constructed piece of gear. It is simple to set up and very compact when packed. It is light enough to pack in with you if you are so inclined. The inner screen tent can be set up without the fly for protection from bugs with great ventilation. The mesh screen continues around the bottom of the tent to rest on the surface of the cot and provide a fully enclosed space. The fly is designed to work only with the inner… Full review
Mountain Hardwear Space Station
We set up two of these at 18,000 feet on K2 as a base camp. Very sturdy. Put in all the stakes. Add ropes. For a geodesic dome, it was very light. The cost is the metal and extreme fabric. No rips after sustained 40 mph wind. Difficult to heat for sleep. Expensive, but only game in town. Full review
Fly doesn't come close to ground, problem in wind and rain. I bought the Notch to be a better rain shelter than a flat tarp and because there is a bug tent that fits under it perfectly. But, the fly can't be staked low enough to the ground to use with a little rain and wind. I believe i could modify the fly by removing the four stiffeners at the ends and adding four stake loops mid panel. I noticed that one of the tents by BearPaw is of similar design but can be staked all the way to the ground… Full review
While this is a truly bomber tent, and all the other reviews nail it, the A-shaped end poles are prone to breakage. A few years back, a tent mate failed to heed my warning to "let me set this up" and snapped the shorter A-shaped end pole because he bent/bowed it from too close to the apex. Black Diamond, bless their souls, repaired it. Last week, I set it up at home. Since the first break, I've been extremely careful about tensioning the shorter end pole. I've set this up many many times, and… Full review
Dutchware Hexon 1.6 Fabric
My bed of choice. My 11' hammock is made of "Hexon 1.6W". I didn't buy the hammock from Dutch, but I did buy my material from him to make my own 11' netless hammock for about $30. The material is incredibly durable, and comfortable. I had a $30 ENO-type hammock before this, and the hexon 1.6 packs down much smaller, weighs much less, and is more comfortable. My friends with ENO's have said that they're jealous of my size/weight/price ratio when compared to theirs. If you plan on making any of… Full review
Kelty Noah's Tarp 9
She's an amazing beast. I've had mine for a couple years now, and regularly use it in wind, rain, and snow. The best thing I can probably say about this product is the time that it saved my hammock, down sleeping bag, and down underquilt from a flash flood. When the flowing water and debris pulled out my tent stakes, the tarp wrapped around everything and kept it all literally bone dry in the flowing creek water throughout the remainder of the storm. It was truly incredible. The adventure gods,… Full review
Hennessy Hammock Ultralight Backpacker Asym
UPDATE TO 2004 REVIEW: Nicely researched and developed products. They are comfortable and dependable. This is an updated review from many years ago. As I could not find my information from back then, I made a new profile. As I'm such a major fan of hammock camping, I thought I would submit another review and mention some additional points. When Tom was just starting out making hammocks, he and I had the pleasure of talking several times over the years. I was very impressed by his dedication to quality… Full review
I have one with aluminum poles. My tent came with aluminum poles and they have held up well. I don't know if this is a change to try to fix the pole breakage problems or if that's just what Eureka chose to sell in Canada, but it's lighter and stronger and seems to do the job. 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.