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
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3
Very Nice Light weight Tent that keeps you dry in bad rain- all around comfortable tent Have had this tent for a couple of years now- Love it.. .Very easy to set up- great to pack weighing less than 3 pounds on the trail... packs small. Only complaint would be the floor- seems a bit flimsy and not very thick... other than that its a great all around tent. In nice dry weather- we set it up without the fly and its open to the stars... but know that its OPEN- so if your around other people-… Full review
The North Face Mountain 35
This is a discontinued 3 person 4 season tent. I am not sure why its been discontinued!! It is an amazing tent- large enough and easy enough to set up. I know- the VE-25 and others are good as well- but this one is amazing! I own an village of tents! Over 10... its seems as though its my little obsession - But with over 4 - 4 season tents, the Mountain 35 is by far my go to winter camping or rough weather tent. If I am going to be stuck in a tent for days- I want it to be my Mtn 35. Roomy-… Full review
NEMO Losi 2P
A high quality tent, spacious for 1 person. I have used this tent for two seasons car camping and canoeing. I was looking for a well made tent that had no see um netting for coastal camping, and a rainfly that reached the ground because it always rains when I camp. I was concerned about the exposed wall (rainfly doesn't go to ground at one end) but it does improve airflow during warm weather camping and has not leaked yet. I have slept comfortably in temperatures ranging from 85 degrees to 28 degrees… Full review
Quest (Dick's) 10x10 Sun Shelter
Flimsy at best, piece of crap. Could be a good design, but all parts are too thin and weak to stand up to any type of winds. Full review
This is a 4-season tent which is very easy to set up and take down, pack, and carry. It does not seem to be to waterproof, as every time I camp and get caught in the rain I do get wet. Full review
Eagles Nest Outfitters Fast Fly Rain Tarp
Great tarp, upgraded the paracord. Have not used over a hammock. Might at some point, but I prefer sleeping in a tent. Got the tarp so I would not be tent bound in a rainstorm. Removed the cords that came with it, and replaced with four Sea to Summit reflective accessory cords. Brought it on a solo canoe trip on Lower Saranac Lake July 2015. Attached tarp to four trees and it covered all my supplies laid out on picnic table provided on my primitive Island campsite. The second night it poured. I… Full review
Kelty Gunnison 1.3
Great solo tent. Bought the Kelty Salida 1 originally, but exchanged it for the Gunnison 1.3 due to the Salida's lack of fly vents. Have used it in a very heavy rainstorm while canoe camping and it held up great. Was warm in it in 30 degree weather in Harriman State Park in a 35 degree bag. The square bag is different (shorter pole sections), but it fits nicely in the middle of a pack. Can be packed small with practice. Full review
Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock
I don't always sleep in a hammock, but when I do, I sleep in this one. My son and I found this hammock tangled up thirty feet in a tree in the middle of nowhere. I have no idea how it got there (windstorm?), but retrieving it was pretty challenging. Gear adrift is a gift, as they say in the Marines. I have just kind of kept it around and never got to use it till this summer with the clones on an easy hike. I stuffed it in Child #2's pack, because there was no room in the tent, and made him the guinea… Full review
Therm-a-Rest Slacker Hammock Warmer
Therm-a-Rest’s Slacker Hammock Warmer is a lightweight, quick attachment to cut the chill on mild summer evenings. It is not an under quilt, nor does it provide three-season insulation. What it does, it does well. However, what it does is limited and is very expensive for a few degrees of comfort. A Warmer, NOT an Underquilt Therm-a-Rest is coming in rather late to the hammock game. Rather than target avid backcountry hammock users— who tend to rely on cottage industry manufacturers—marketing… 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.