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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Recent Tent/Shelter Reviews
The North Face VE 25
Good tent, but my 1997 model leaks in two places where the indoor reenforcement/clothing lines can be attached and that is a major problem. Easy pitching, very stable in high winds, weather resistant. My friends walked with one in 9 months from the Trident sub base in Georgia to the Nevada nuclear test site and it only turned pale a bit but withstood all weather including tornados and never leaked and all zippers etc still function well. Mine leaks however at two points. Good ventilations possibilities… Full review
Eureka! Amari Pass 1
As for the packabilty of this tent, I found that it gets much smaller and manageable on long treks if you pack the poles on the side of your pack separate from the rest. Wish there was a window in the rain fly. But overall a great tent. I have both the solo and 3-person versions. For some reason Eureka U.S. doesn't sell a footprint, but I've ordered/received footprints for both tents from retailers in Canada, though the U.S. company denies their existence. They seem to fit well and are made of exactly… Full review
L.L.Bean King Pine HD 4-Person Dome
This is a great tent. My wife and I bought it about three years ago and have used it a half dozen times. It is superb. We have used this tent to go to airplane fly-ins around Florida and Wisconsin. We love this tent. A little on the heavy side for use in our plane but we make it work. The pros above sum it up for us. People are very jealous when they see us with this tent. Like you brought your house with you. The intermediate velcro fly attachments have mostly all pulled off the fly in some very… Full review
Northwest Territory Olympic Cottage Deluxe Cabin Tent
Water pools during rain and no replacement parts available. Poles punctured holes in the canopy and we cannot find a replacement canopy ANYWHERE. There seems to be a serious design flaw in this. During rain, water pools on the canopy and the poles are not strong enough to withstand the water that pools. Either the poles bend and break or the collapse puncturing the canopy. Replacement parts are impossible to find. Huge waste of a HUGE chunk of money!! Full review
Eureka! Equinox 6
Camping would not be the same without a Eureka tent, a smokey joe, and a lovely wife! This tent has been a lot of places, even to Washington, Oregon, Nevada, and New Mexico. I have used my Equinox tent for 23 years in the mountains of California and out at the beaches. It has held up great. I did purchase some new poles a couple years ago. Have waterproofed it only twice. I think it has more than paid for itself. Would buy Eureka again! Even if their price is higher than competitors, the tents… Full review
Kelty Trail Dome 4
This is a relatively spacious tent, easy to setup, below average fly design, a bit on the heavy side, but overall a decent quality. First of all, I bought this tent off of someone for $5, so any of my complaints are probably unwarranted for the value. However, here it goes. Setup: The tent is easy to setup with one person in about 5 minutes. Aluminum tent poles are quality and use snaps to connect. The fly uses two short fiberglass poles and is slightly more difficult to put in place. Stability:… Full review
Therm-a-Rest Slacker Single Hammock
Therm-a-Rest's Slacker Hammock is a an entry level addition to the mainstream appeal of hammock hanging. Available in single and double versions, the Slacker is best for the novice hanger looking to slack off in the backyard. Those who have used other hammocks will quickly realize the Slacker is not as comfortable as other brands and definitely not suited for backcountry camping. Better options are readily available. About the Reviewer: I started hammock hanging approximately 5 years ago and now… Full review
Eureka! Tetragon 9
Strongly do not recommend as all poles break. Have replaced a couple of times. The tent should have been recalled. Tent should have been recalled. After first use in Scout Jamboree poles broke. Thought maybe I just got a bad batch. Have replaced and they have broken. Do not buy. Full review
Sierra Designs Flashlight 2
Lightweight, low-cost backpacking tent with great space for one and cozy for two. Performs well in the rain. Lots of options for ventilation. One hack makes it roomy and quiet in the wind. I just spent four nights on the Green River in Utah and Colorado. We put in at Flaming Gorge Dam and took out at Swinging Bridge. The first night we camped at Dripping Springs and had light rain but with falling temperatures there was plenty of condensation inside all of the tents (our group had 8 tents total). 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.