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 »

Categories

Four-Season
3-4 Season Convertible
Three-Season
Warm Weather
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Tarps and Shelters
Hammocks
Accessories

Brands

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NEMO
Terra Nova
Hilleberg
MSR
Marmot
L.L.Bean
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ALPS Mountaineering
REI

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

MSR Elixir 3

rated 5 of 5 stars Wonderful tent! Having been in Boy Scouts for many years and majoring in Wilderness Leadership in college, I have used many different styles and brands of tents — this one blows all of them away hands down. I also have worked in Outdoor Retail for the past 4 years and I have used it backpacking and front country car camping and have always been pleased. Great job, MSR! The headroom is great and setup is very easy. Great bang for your buck! Full review

Tarptent Contrail

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Actual weight is heavier than the stated weight. Tarptent lists the weight as 27.5 oz. The actual weight of the tent, four stakes, and the stuff sack is 32 oz. If you get the Tyvek ground cloth add another 5 oz. I'm not sure how much weight the seam sealing will add to the weight of the tent. Full review

Mountain Hardwear EV 2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great single wall tent for real!! Winter season. Keep this in mind: This tent is designed for high altitude and winter season (especially under freezing). Not for trail hikes. If someone has experience in winter season backpacking, with snow and strong wind, will know how construction of tent is important. Normally in strong winds, tent skin can touch the face through night, but EV2 never does. And we do not need bug screen in the snow field. If you check details of this tent, easily now this is… Full review

Sierra Designs Zia 3

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Great tent for car camping. Not the lightest tent. I bought my Zia 3 as my first backpacking tent. I have carried it mainly on weekend trips but last year bought a Clip Flashlight due to the lighter weight. I still use my Zia 3 when both of my boys go with me on trips or when I car camp.  It has withstood strong winds in the Ouachita Mountains as well as rain and thunderstorms. It has never leaked and been very roomy even with three people inside.  Full review

Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2

rated 4 of 5 stars Extremely lightweight and easy setup highlight this great little tent. I've been using a Marmot Limelight 2 for a few years now and absolutely love it. But I wanted to get something a little bit lighter in weight. After a lot of research, I purchased the Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2 and overall I'm quite pleased with my choice. I tend to backpack solo 99% of the time so weight was definitely a big consideration. The SL2 is about 1/2 the weight of the Limelight 2 and packs down smaller and very easily. Full review

Sierra Designs Gamma

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Simple, durable, lightweight tent. Used it many times for bike trips, kayaking, and hiking. I would almost consider this tent irreplaceable, just because I could never find something as usable for the same money. It's everything I could ask for in a 3-season tent...pitches quickly and easily, is stable, has kept me dry in heavy rain, packs light and is fairly compact, has a nice, big side entrance and decent vestibule for gear, has a couple mesh pockets inside and a little drink tray that I've used… Full review

Bibler Ahwahnee

rated 5 of 5 stars Superb tent, easy to use, tough, elegant, roomy, cozy. I am grinning at the guy who found this hard to set up. It is ridiculously easy to set up. I can get inside in the dark and have it up in minutes. Very stable though high wind on the broadside will send it reeling. Stake it down or put heavy stuff inside to windward. Not a biggie for me. Breathes well, but walls get damp inside if too closed, humid and cold. Toddtex is meant to wick moisture, no surprise..normally stays nice and dry. Mine is… Full review

Mountain Hardwear EV 2

rated 5 of 5 stars Windproof, light, and warm. It's shelter from the storm. Top notch one-man, one-season tent. I have lived in Alaska for 35 years now, and I have REI QuarterDomes for three seasons. I love them. Please understand the Mountain Hardwear EV2 is a ONE-SEASON tent!  That one season is winter, and by winter I do not mean rain like a California winter. I mean ice, snow, and wind.   Honestly, I don't know it this tent is rainproof. I have had six inches of snow dumped on it without a problem. (Although… Full review

Tarptent Contrail

rated 4 of 5 stars Great bang for the buck! The Contrail is a super lightweight, single wall, one-pole (trekking), 4-stake tent that weathered a variety of weather conditions. It has become my primary backpacking tent. The first time I set it up was a bit tricky and it took me about 10 minutes to get the proper tension and pitch. The second time I set it up I was able to cut the time in half. After a few days I was able to trim the set up time to a few minutes. Since it is not free-standing, the biggest hurdle is… Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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user rating: 5 of 5 (106)
Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Hammock
$65 - $84
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
$294
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
$685 - $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
$62 - $119
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Hilleberg Soulo Four-Season Tent
$645 - $665
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
NEMO Losi 2P Three-Season Tent
$256 - $369
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
MSR E-Wing Tarp/Shelter
$100 - $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 - $995
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg Nallo 3 GT Four-Season Tent
$830 - $865
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 2 AL Three-Season Tent
$120 - $129
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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
NEMO Veda 2P Three-Season Tent
$279 - $429
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (32)
REI Half Dome 2 Three-Season Tent
$199
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
$218 - $253
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (21)
The North Face Mountain 25 Four-Season Tent
$501 - $589
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (20)
Eureka! K2 XT Four-Season Tent
$450 - $499
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (20)
Kelty Gunnison 2 Three-Season Tent
$197
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 Seedhouse SL2 Three-Season Tent
$296 - $349
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 Three-Season Tent
$350 - $389
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Eureka! Timberline 4 Three-Season Tent
$170 - $189
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Kelty Grand Mesa 2 Three-Season Tent
$150 - $191
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Marmot Limelight 3P Three-Season Tent
$278 - $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
$260
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
REI Half Dome 2 Plus Three-Season Tent
$160 - $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
$250
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 - $269
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Eureka! Timberline SQ Outfitter 6 Three-Season Tent
$467 - $519
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
REI Quarter Dome T3 Three-Season Tent
$270
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
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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.