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 »

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less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 - $399.99
$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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user rating: 2.5 of 5 (9)
The North Face Spectrum 23 reviewed Sep 1, 2016
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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Exped Gemini 2 reviewed Aug 28, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Sierra Designs Bedouin 6 reviewed Aug 28, 2016
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user rating: 3 of 5 (10)
Northwest Territory Sierra Dome Backpack Tent 9' x 7' reviewed Aug 25, 2016
$35 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (9)
Sierra Designs Night Watch CD reviewed Aug 24, 2016
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user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Cabela's West Wind Dome Tent reviewed Aug 24, 2016
$200 - $349
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (2)
Peaktop 8 Man Big Tunnel Spider Family Group Camping Tent reviewed Aug 22, 2016
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Asolo Chameleon 6 reviewed Aug 21, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Warbonnet RidgeRunner reviewed Aug 19, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Outbound 14' Shelter Room reviewed Aug 17, 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
The North Face 2-Meter Dome reviewed Aug 17, 2016
$5,500
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Integral Designs Bugaboo II Bivy reviewed Aug 15, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (34)
The North Face VE 25 reviewed Aug 14, 2016
$602 - $669
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Rocky Peak 4 mtnGLO reviewed Aug 7, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (30)
MSR Hubba Hubba reviewed Aug 4, 2016
$300 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Eagles Nest Outfitters SoloPod Hammock Stand reviewed Jul 31, 2016
$250
user rating: 5 of 5 (9)
The North Face Himalayan Hotel reviewed Jul 30, 2016
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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
KidCo PeaPod reviewed Jul 28, 2016
$80 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
REI Passage 1 Tent reviewed Jul 28, 2016
$139
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
LightHeart Gear Duo reviewed Jul 27, 2016
$315 MSRP
 
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (14)
Ozark Trail 16 x 9.5 Family Dome Tent reviewed Jul 26, 2016
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user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Sierra Designs Lightning 2 FL reviewed Jul 21, 2016
$284
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Black Diamond Squall reviewed Jul 21, 2016
$600 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Sierra Designs Orion AST reviewed Jul 21, 2016
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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Tumble 1 mtnGLO reviewed Jul 21, 2016
$132 - $179
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 2 reviewed Jul 19, 2016
$100
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
Grand Trunk Nano-7 reviewed Jul 17, 2016
$70 - $79
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Tensleep Station 4 reviewed Jul 14, 2016
$337 - $449
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
LiteFighter 1 Camo Tent reviewed Jul 14, 2016
$310 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Double Black Diamond reviewed Jul 10, 2016
$35 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Katabatic Gear Bristlecone Bivy reviewed Jul 9, 2016
$155 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Flat Tarp reviewed Jul 9, 2016
$315
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
The North Face Mountain Marathon reviewed Jul 7, 2016
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
NEMO Blaze 2P reviewed Jul 6, 2016
$384 - $479
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Six Moon Designs Skyscape Trekker reviewed Jul 4, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Dream Hammock DangerBird reviewed Jul 4, 2016
$175 MSRP
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
EMS North Star Tent reviewed Jul 3, 2016
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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eureka! Taron 2 reviewed Jul 3, 2016
$145
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Sierra Designs Divine Lightning reviewed Jul 2, 2016
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user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
The North Face Minibus 3 reviewed Jul 2, 2016
$399 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 2 reviewed Jul 1, 2016
$715
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
Kelty Teton 2 reviewed Jun 30, 2016
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user rating: 3 of 5 (13)
Eureka! Tetragon 9 reviewed Jun 30, 2016
$160 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Big Agnes Scout UL2 reviewed Jun 29, 2016
$10 - $299
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs Mondo 5 CD reviewed Jun 29, 2016
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user rating: 2.5 of 5 (3)
The North Face Northwind reviewed Jun 27, 2016
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user rating: 3.5 of 5 (6)
Mountain Hardwear Mountain Jet 2 reviewed Jun 27, 2016
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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eagles Nest Outfitters HouseFly Rain Tarp reviewed Jun 27, 2016
$140
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Tumble 2 mtnGLO reviewed Jun 27, 2016
$189 - $269
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Moss Tents Starlet (Three-Season) reviewed Jun 26, 2016
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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.