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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Tarps and Shelters
Hammocks
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Accessories

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MSR
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Sierra Designs
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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

Exped Bivy Bag Ventair/PU

rated 3 of 5 stars If you plan on sleeping in hot weather get something that keeps the fabric of your body and allows for windflow/airflow. I don't like the flexible wire, cannot seem to get the hood to stay off face, it doesn't breathe as well as what I had hoped but is it the most breathable bivy bag available (40000MVTR - found this out by emailing staff in America). I don't like it because I don't like fabric touching my face in general, not only that but the fabric has to be super breathable and super air permitting… Full review

Therm-a-Rest Slacker Hammock House

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The Slacker Hammock House is the “grand slam” Therm-a-Rest needed to prove they are a worthy contender in the hammock market. The Hammock House is both a reliable all-in-one system and an exceptional value for the money. I came away from this test greatly impressed and eager to recommend this system to anyone looking to start backpacking with a hammock. Because I feel the need to discuss each component of the Hammock House in detail, this is a very long review. If you are not a detail-oriented… Full review

The North Face Dyad 22

rated 3 of 5 stars Not for big people... I have to admit I bought mine used and the seam tape was literally falling off. In the end I got it for free, as the seller basically sold me an extremely used dirty tent that he advertised as used but in great condition. He didn't want it back and refunded me full. Now for the tent. My guess, all tents are based off 6' 110 pounds wet of pure muscle or little people. Because I am not. I am 6'3" 309 lbs with wide shoulders. As every two-person tent I have ever owned was like… Full review

Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1

rated 4 of 5 stars The Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1 is lightweight, packs down small, and most importantly, there's enough room for 1 person! This review is for the older model (2007).  Setup: The setup of the Seedhouse 1 is not as easy as most current models. There are three permanent loops that you have to run your spine pole through before you can tack the poles into the grommets in the three corners. Once the pole is slid through, there is one more tricky component. The sides of the fly need to be clipped into the… Full review

Sierra Designs Superflash

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Bought new very long ago. Treasured tent, not used for many years. Recently used it again, found coating on flysheet has gone gummy. Inner tent OK, poles like new. Perhaps person above with bad poles would like to sell me theirs or buy mine. Excellent design. Should be updated with polyester flysheet. Full review

Cabela's Alaskan Guide

rated 5 of 5 stars Strongest dome tent I have owned! I have both the 8 man tent and the 6 man tent with the added floor protector for both plus they made a corridor to connect two tents.   We use the 8 man tent to sleep in and the six man to keep all of our gear.   These tent are extremely strong and by far the most well made tent I have had.       Full review

Cabela's Alaskan Guide 8-Man

rated 5 of 5 stars Strongest dome tent I have owned! I have both the 8 man tent and the 6-Man tent with the added floor protector for both, plus they made a corridor to connect two tents.  We use the 8-man tent to sleep in and the 6-man to keep all of our gear.  These tent are extremely strong and by far the most well made tent I have had. Full review

Ozark Trail Tent

rated 0.5 of 5 stars Expensive for something that you could get a better deal from a closeout store. As an American soldier who is nearing 30 years of service, a soldier who has lived in tents for months in Iraq and Afghanistan, a soldier who knows what a good tent is and what a HORRIBLE tent is, I say do not, Do Not, DO NOT buy an Ozark Trail tent. This piece of crap promises the buyer a lot for a lot of money, but what you get is something of lesser quality than if you bought a tent from the local Dollar store. Like… Full review

Sierra Designs Tensegrity 2 Elite

rated 4 of 5 stars This is an ultralight and innovative tent with just a few drawbacks. I've always used 3-4 season double wall tents while camping and backpacking or I'll throw a bivvy bag in my pack for light weight.   I own Sierra Designs down bags and love them. I replaced a 20-year-old North Face tent with a Convert 3 last year and was highly impressed.  This last year I started getting knee pain and decided it's time to go lightweight.  Armed with an REI 20% off coupon, a clearance sale, and my annual dividends… Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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user rating: 5 of 5 (108)
Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Hammock
$56 - $89
user rating: 5 of 5 (15)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Atlas Straps Hammock Accessory
$24 - $39
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Remote 2 Four-Season Tent
$800
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
$64 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Marmot Limelight 4P Three-Season Tent
$303 - $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)
Napier Sportz SUV Tent Warm Weather Tent
$340 - $369
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
$140
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
$70 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Byer Easy Traveller Hammock
$25 - $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
$14 - $19
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
The North Face Big Fat Frog 24 Three-Season Tent
$195
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
$68 - $84
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Hilleberg Nammatj 3 Four-Season Tent
$795 - $989
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
$100
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eagles Nest Outfitters OneLink DoubleNest Hammock
$220
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ferrino Snowbound 3 Four-Season Tent
$250
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Reactor Hammock
$76 - $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
$3,750
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)
REI Quarter Dome 1 Three-Season Tent
$170 - $279
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
$50 - $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
$225 - $399
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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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.