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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$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

Recent Tent/Shelter Reviews

ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 3

rated 4 of 5 stars Alps Mountaineering Chaos 3 tent deserves a serious look I've owned numerous tents over the past three decades of camping, all from big name outdoor companies. With the recent delamination of the sealed seams on my current 15 year old tent and all four kids are grown and gone, I began to research specs, pricing and reviews of reasonably priced tents that would fit my pursuits as a backpacker/paddler/bikepacker/carcamper...along with my budget. After months of reading, I pulled the trigger and purchased… Full review

ALPS Mountaineering Summit Tent

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great tent after small,easy modification This tent is easy to pitch, took about 10 minutes by myself. Used in high winds with stake outs and was very stable. Rained all day, and not a drop on the inside. The top let's you see the stars at night. I'm one guy, so plenty of room with a cot and end table. Here what you do to fix the rainfly problem. Buy the rainfly only for the Taurus 4. It has the same dimensions 7'6 X 8'6 but this tent is a bit taller. No problem, the fly fit a bit shorter, but still… Full review

Tarptent Moment DW

rated 5 of 5 stars A lightweight one-person tent that is easy to set up, takes up minimal space, and gives an easy drumtight pitch. Setup:  This tent is incredibly easy to set up.  Stake one end, insert the main hoop pole, stake the other end, and tighten the guylines.  I can set this up alone in less than two minutes after I find a spot.  The design takes up relatively little space, and I was able to slip it into spots on the Appalachian Trail that might not have accommodated some other tents. Stability:  This… Full review

Big Agnes Big House 6

rated 5 of 5 stars Love the Big Agnes Big House 6 with vestibule. Best tent we ever had. We have had this tent for about five years now and still absolutely love it. It is easy to set up and easy to take down. We've been in several bad rain storms and have not gotten wet. Plenty of room for two air mattresses and a dog. We also bought the vestibule and it gives you so much more room for coolers, muddy shoes, and we stow our chairs in the vestibule if the weather gets bad. Love that storage bag and they have the directions… Full review

Eureka! Suite V6

rated 5 of 5 stars Very spacious tent, well constructed and sturdy materials. Perfect for camping when comfort and shelter from the elements is important. The tent is easy to set up, is resistant to the weather during three seasons, provides ample of space for three persons with gear. The headroom is excellent and one can stand up straight in the tent. The tent folds into a neat package, just too heavy for backpacking. I am sure I will enjoy the tent for many years to come Full review

Eureka! Timberline SQ 4XT

rated 4.5 of 5 stars An amazing, spacious, classic camping tent. It's not for backpackers and ultralight hikers, but for anyone else who isn't super weight-conscious but wants a great sleep and a place to stay dry in inclement weather, it's almost unbeatable. Growing up in Scouts, I always envied the other groups who showed up to camp with a whole matching set of Eureka Timberlines, their sweet, tall A-frames and distinctive green color. A few years ago, I was in the market for a tent that was big enough for myself… Full review

Kelty Gunnison 2.3

rated 3 of 5 stars Good tent for the young and agile, not so much for the rest of us. I really just wanted to add to the reviewer who said that he found getting into and out of this tent too much of a challenge for his 60+ year old frame. At about the same age, that was the biggest reason I took this back to REi after its one night test run. Fortunately, or un-, depending on your point of view, that one night in the Smokies in late winter (i.e. mild temp., strong rains), showed me just about everything I needed to… Full review

ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 1

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a well made, roomy 1-person tent. Roomy 1-person tent... If you are a bigger person or claustrophobic then this is the tent for you. The tent is free standing with aluminum poles, no see-um type mesh walls with a tub style base. The fly is pretty substantial and should easily shed rain and snow. It has a small window that you can look out of. The front "vestibule" can be rolled back for extra ventilation. It buckles onto the tent and also the footprint where the poles and stakes lock down. Full review

Naturehike Cycling Ultralight Silicone One Man Tent

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Reasonably lightweight (1.3kg with pegs and poles), waterproof material, very well ventilated, this tent offers all you need in general for backpacking and with a good price. It is fairly easy to set up this tent and also it could be done very quickly after second time you use it. Like stated above, color is bit bright and not by my taste, but it is important that is compact, fairly light, and very resistant on tough storms. It can fit 2 (two) skinny persons or one big one with a backpack included… Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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user rating: 5 of 5 (108)
Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Hammock
$49 - $89
user rating: 5 of 5 (15)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Atlas Straps Hammock Accessory
$22 - $29
user rating: 5 of 5 (10)
Hilleberg Nallo 2 Four-Season Tent
$735
user rating: 5 of 5 (8)
Hilleberg Soulo Four-Season Tent
$685
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
MSR E-Wing Tarp/Shelter
$100
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Hilleberg Nammatj 3 GT Four-Season Tent
$979 - $989
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Eagles Nest Outfitters ProFly Rain Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$56 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Marmot Limelight 4P Three-Season Tent
$260 - $379
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Grand Trunk Double Parachute Nylon Hammock Hammock
$65 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Sierra Designs Lightning 2 FL Three-Season Tent
$280 - $379
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
EMS Velocity 1 Tent Three-Season Tent
$269
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Mega Light Tarp/Shelter
$290
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Kodiak Canvas 10x10 Flex-Bow Canvas Tent Deluxe Four-Season Tent
$550
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg Kaitum 2 Four-Season Tent
$885 - $895
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg Nallo 3 GT Four-Season Tent
$885
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 2 AL Three-Season Tent
$160
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Flat Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$310 - $315
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
MSR Elixir 3 Three-Season Tent
$300
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 16 Tarp/Shelter
$100
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
REI Quarter Dome 1 Three-Season Tent
$279
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Napier Sportz SUV Tent Warm Weather Tent
$340 - $369
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering Orion 4 Three-Season Tent
$119
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eureka! Taron 2 Three-Season Tent
$180
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eagles Nest Outfitters HouseFly Rain Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$105 - $139
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Exped Gemini 2 Three-Season Tent
$499
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Grand Trunk Funky Forest Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$80
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Kammok Roo Hammock
$99
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Byer Easy Traveller Hammock
$35 - $49
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Cabela's XPG Expedition 4P Four-Season Tent
$400
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Kelty Triptease Lightline Tent Accessory
$20
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eagles Nest Outfitters OneLink SingleNest Hammock
$187 - $209
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Double Deluxe Hammock
$59 - $84
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Hilleberg Nammatj 3 Four-Season Tent
$795
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Hilleberg Saivo Four-Season Tent
$1,345 - $1,365
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eagles Nest Outfitters JungleNest Hammock
$80 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eagles Nest Outfitters OneLink DoubleNest Hammock
$165 - $219
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ferrino Snowbound 3 Four-Season Tent
$250
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Reactor Hammock
$66 - $94
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg Enan Three-Season Tent
$525 - $635
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Stronghold Four-Season Tent
$3,000 - $3,750
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Mica FL 2 Three-Season Tent
$360 - $379
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
L.L.Bean Mountain Light XT 3-Person Tent Three-Season Tent
$269
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Rattlesnake SL1 mtnGLO Three-Season Tent
$240 - $299
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Sub7 Hammock
$49 - $69
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs Convert 3 Four-Season Tent
$690
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Fjallraven Akka Dome 3 Four-Season Tent
$900
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Twin Sisters Tarp/Shelter
$400
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hennessy Hammock Hyperlite Asym Zip Hammock
$280
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Tarp Clips Tent Accessory
$3
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Remote 2 Four-Season Tent
$800
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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.