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

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Tarps and Shelters
Hammocks
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Brands

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REI
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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

Sierra Designs Flashlight 1

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Lightweight roomy tent with some cool innovations. Not easy to set up and suffers from condensation issues. This was my first backpacking tent. I bought it primarily for its low weight and for the fact that I could use my trekking poles to set it up. I used it on a week long backpacking trip on the PCT in Oregon and came away with mixed feelings about it.  Setup can be easy if you find yourself camping in soft loamy dirt. Like all single wall tents, the Flashlight relies on tension to keep it standing. Full review

Easton Rimrock 1

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Inexpensive well made tent that packs well. Slightly confusing pole setup, but becomes easier with practice. I bought this tent on clearance from REI for $100. I had previously used single wall tents for backpacking but was tired of struggling with guy lines and interior condensation issues so I decided to go with a free standing tent. When I saw this one on clearance, I decided to give it a try. What I like most about the tent is that it packs small. With a compression sack it's only slightly bulkier… Full review

ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 3

rated 5 of 5 stars This tent is the smartest tent out there with mesh walls, factory sealed fly and floor, #8 zippers two vestibules, and a door on each side. I'm back into scouting and this fits my style perfectly as it is extremely light and stands up to the harsh New England weather without failing! I highly recommend this 3-4 person tent to anyone who takes camping to the next level. This tent is super easy to set up even in low/dark light because of the one-pole framing. The fly is full coverage and has roomy… Full review

Eureka! Apex 2XT

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Good product for day hiking and resting at night. Recommended for weekend or longer canoe adventures. Super easy to pitch and dries fast. Took this tent to Boundary Waters for 10 days and other weekend camping. The tent is easy to set up and has plenty of room for two with gear in the vestibule. If you are solo, all of that room is yours.   Was stable in some wind and survived 6" Ohio snow one night. Never got wet with a ground tarp. It vents very well and it never seem to be moist. It packs up… Full review

Marmot Limelight 3P

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Very easy setup, pretty durable, it survived two kids playing in it all weekend. Well made, great value for the price. Got it on sale for $260, regular price is $325 (in Canada). Very satisfied with purchase. This is a free standing tent that is super easy to set up. The two poles have a hub in the middle that make it possible to set up with one person (although I did knock down several pictures on a table in my living room, don't tell my wife!). The tent pitches very well and is taut, making it… Full review

EMS Velocity 2 Tent

rated 1.5 of 5 stars Beautiful looking tent with a major design flaw in the zippers / mesh. Caution! The tent is beautiful looking, lightweight, and sets up and takes down easily. The problem? You have to be so careful with the zippers. They are prone to catching the mesh from the tent and after very few uses, I've managed to rip holes in the mesh (one is about 3 inches long). This is a real pity. I've used many tents (EMS, Nemo, LL Bean) and have never had this issue to this extent. It is a design flaw, and I'm waiting… Full review

Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Zip

rated 5 of 5 stars Excellent! Comfortable, rain-proof, bug-proof, easy to set up and take down. Me: 210 lbs. Female, 30 y/o. You don't have to be old to want to sleep soundly in the wilderness. I used the entire setup as intended. I did pay attention to wind direction when choosing trees and setup. The asymetrical design made it very easy to point it in a wind-resistant position every time. Depending on wind, the lines to stabilize the fly work best staked and stakes aren't included (though I always find a free stake… Full review

Hilleberg Unna

rated 4 of 5 stars I'm mostly desert hiking. Great tent, but I suspect rock dust has eaten the zippers. This probably won't be an issue for most of you. I've gotten 6-7 years out of my Unna. I've pretty much said what I think about this nice tent. Not for desert type environments though, in my opinion. Full review

Moss Tents Tent

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I've owned Moss tents for decades. They are sturdy, well designed, and built to last. If you have them= keep them! I'm doing my annual "clean out the gear" ritual and inspecting various camp items. This is the "Hobitat-2" set up for cleaning/inspection. I didn't insert the third pole because of problems with the sleeve fabric (see note below). I have two Moss tents I bought in the 1980s when working for an outdoor retailer. Both were made in the USA. One is a simple, 2-season, 2-person tent, with… Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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user rating: 5 of 5 (106)
Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Hammock
$65 - $89
user rating: 5 of 5 (15)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Atlas Hammock Suspension System Hammock Accessory
$30 - $34
user rating: 5 of 5 (11)
NEMO Morpho AR Three-Season Tent
$312
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
$70 - $174
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
NEMO Losi 2P Three-Season Tent
$292 - $389
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Marmot Limelight 4P Three-Season Tent
$339 - $369
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: 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
$52 - $59
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (29)
Eureka! Apex 2XT Three-Season Tent
$112 - $125
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (28)
MSR Hubba Three-Season Tent
$280 - $339
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 - $650
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (23)
Marmot Limelight 2P Three-Season Tent
$155 - $218
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
$280 - $349
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Hammock
$144
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Marmot Limelight 3P Three-Season Tent
$279
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 Three-Season Tent
$280 - $369
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
$56 - $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)
MSR Groundhog Tent Stake Stake
$2 - $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
$367 - $489
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Eureka! Timberline SQ Outfitter 6 Three-Season Tent
$550
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3 Three-Season Tent
$400 - $499
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Eureka! Assault Outfitter 4 Four-Season Tent
$370 - $431
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Big Agnes Big House 4 Three-Season Tent
$240 - $299
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
$296 - $369
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
MSR Elixir 3 Three-Season Tent
$240 - $299
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
The North Face 2-Meter Dome Four-Season Tent
$5,496 - $5,500
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering Orion 4 Three-Season Tent
$170
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Marmot Haven 2P Three-Season Tent
$300
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Grand Trunk Funky Forest Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$80
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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.