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

Mountain Hardwear Drifter 3

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a great all-around tent. Useful for those weekend getaways and a more challenging expedition into back country. Reliable, fast pitch and easy pack. When searching for a tent we were looking for one that was going to be reliable, light weight, easy to pitch and most important keep us out of the elements when called upon. Knowing that we would have many portages, some of them over 15km and lots of gear to carry we made sure that the tent we chose was going to be the perfect match. The Mountain… Full review

LightHeart Gear SoLong 6

rated 4 of 5 stars Great lightweight tent. Sets up quickly and dry in the rain. Headroom and floorspace are more than enough for this 6 footer. The awning option works well in most weather. Being a hybrid double-single wall tent, there is a slight condensation issue but it is manageable. I bought the Solong 6 after considering tarptents and other excellent choices. Being in NC and visiting Judy at the Lightheart shop helped make my decision. This is a quality built tent. After a few test runs, setting it up is pretty… Full review

Eureka! Timberline 2

rated 1 of 5 stars We have purchased Timberline tents for our Boy Scout troop in the past and found them useful, easy to set up, and good quality (lasting many years). However, the last purchase of eight tents in 2013, was a disaster. Eureka changed the zippers — and they won't stay closed. The teeth on the zippers don't hold, and if you pull the zipper just right, and manage to close the zipper, it pulls open with a very light pull (even the wind will open it). Simply, they won't stay shut! We're now looking for… Full review

Big Agnes Lone Spring 3

rated 4 of 5 stars Simple structure, spacious interior, and durable materials. Great for two and a dog during cool weather adventures. Highly recommended for car camping and the occasional backpacking trip. I picked up the Lone Spring 3 (LS3) to function as a car camping tent primarily and to be used for infrequent backpacking trips with my partner. I chose it because of the great price, the sturdy materials, and ample space. I really only found the weight, the single door, and finicky poles the only downsides: all… Full review

Kelty Grand Mesa 4

rated 4 of 5 stars It's a solid tent. It has perform great in the rain and cold, and has great ventilation during hot weather. There's plenty of room for 4 people. It's a bit heavy and best used for car camping. I have had this tent for a few years now. Have used it mostly car camping with the Boy Scouts and it has worked great in all types of weather. Took it on a backpacking trip recently and realized that's too heavy (about 11 pounds) to haul around on the Appalachian Trail. Full review

Tarptent Scarp 2

rated 4 of 5 stars This light 2-person tent is roomy and easy to set up. With two doors and two vestibules there is plenty of venting when weather permits. The inner tent options and crossing pole options make it a 4-season tent if desired. This Tarptent 2-person tent is all silnylon for light weight. The quality and design features make it one of the best 2-person backpacking tents available.  In a pinch the tent is large enough for three ("consenting" ;o) adults sleeping head-to-toe. See Tarptent website photo. Full review

Coleman Hooligan 4 Tent

rated 5 of 5 stars Great tent overall for car camping. Rain proof out of the box. Lots of room and easy to set up. Definitely not a backpacking tent, but a great car camping tent. The vestibule is a great plus. Setup overall is easy, but there are a lot of guy ropes that have to be used. By using the guy ropes, you do get great ventilation. I have been caught in an 8-hour overnight storm while camping with our troop. Stayed dry the entire time. As usual says it is a 4-person, but really is a comfortable two-person… Full review

Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1

rated 5 of 5 stars A great lightweight tent for someone over 6 feet tall. It sets up fast, kept me dry through some serious downpours and didn't feel claustrophobic. At 6' 3", I could still sit upright and pull on a T-shirt without a fight. Held up well through a thru-hike of the Colorado Trail. While planning a thru-hike of the Colorado Trail for the summer of 2014, I decided that I needed to lighten the load and quit carrying a 2-person tent. Since the trip would entail a month or so of camping in a wide variety… Full review

Mountain Hardwear Direkt 2

rated 5 of 5 stars This tent is every bit as waterproof and breathable as advertised, very strong also. My other 4-season tent weighs seven pounds and is made for three people, so when I got serious about alpine climbing I wanted something lighter and faster. The Direkt had such good reviews and only weighs a tad over two pounds, so I figured I couldn't go wrong. This tent is about as heavy as two bivy bags, so why not use it instead of one of those horrible things? Setup The Direkt is a simple two-pole dome, which… Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest
user rating: 5 of 5 (106)
Eagles Nest Outfitters
DoubleNest
Hammock
$59 - $84
Eureka! Alpenlite XT
user rating: 5 of 5 (21)
Eureka!
Alpenlite XT
Four-Season Tent
$315 - $349
Eagles Nest Outfitters Atlas Hammock Suspension System
user rating: 5 of 5 (15)
Eagles Nest Outfitters
Atlas Hammock Suspension System
Hammock Accessory
$30
NEMO Morpho AR
user rating: 5 of 5 (11)
NEMO
Morpho AR
Three-Season Tent
$240
Terra Nova Ultra Quasar
user rating: 5 of 5 (10)
Terra Nova
Ultra Quasar
Four-Season Tent
$780
Hilleberg Nallo 2
user rating: 5 of 5 (9)
Hilleberg
Nallo 2
Four-Season Tent
$685
Terra Nova Super Quasar
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Terra Nova
Super Quasar
Four-Season Tent
$880
Eagles Nest Outfitters ProFly Rain Tarp
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Eagles Nest Outfitters
ProFly Rain Tarp
Tarp/Shelter
$70 - $99
Hilleberg Soulo
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Hilleberg
Soulo
Four-Season Tent
$645
NEMO Losi 2P
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
NEMO
Losi 2P
Three-Season Tent
$320 - $369
MSR E-Wing
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
MSR
E-Wing
Tarp/Shelter
$122 - $174
Marmot Limelight 4P
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Marmot
Limelight 4P
Three-Season Tent
$271 - $369
L.L.Bean Microlight 2
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
L.L.Bean
Microlight 2
Three-Season Tent
$239
Black Diamond Mega Light
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond
Mega Light
Tarp/Shelter
$229 - $269
Hilleberg Nammatj 3 GT
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg
Nammatj 3 GT
Four-Season Tent
$865
Hilleberg Kaitum 2
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg
Kaitum 2
Four-Season Tent
$835 - $984
Hilleberg Nallo 3 GT
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg
Nallo 3 GT
Four-Season Tent
$830
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 2 AL
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
ALPS Mountaineering
Lynx 2 AL
Three-Season Tent
$120
Sierra Designs Lightning 2 UL
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Sierra Designs
Lightning 2 UL
Three-Season Tent
$252 - $359
The North Face 2-Meter Dome
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
The North Face
2-Meter Dome
Four-Season Tent
$4,496 - $5,000
Granite Gear White Lightnin'
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Granite Gear
White Lightnin'
Tarp/Shelter
$150 - $184
Marmot Haven 2P
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Marmot
Haven 2P
Three-Season Tent
$400
Grand Trunk Funky Forest Tarp
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Grand Trunk
Funky Forest Tarp
Tarp/Shelter
$80
Byer Easy Traveller
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Byer
Easy Traveller
Hammock
$45 - $46
Big Agnes Tensleep Station 6
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Big Agnes
Tensleep Station 6
Three-Season Tent
$450 - $469
Eagles Nest Outfitters JungleNest Hammock
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eagles Nest Outfitters
JungleNest Hammock
Hammock
$100
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL4
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Big Agnes
Copper Spur UL4
Three-Season Tent
$600 - $629
Kelty Triptease Lightline
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Kelty
Triptease Lightline
Tent Accessory
$15 - $19
Nite Ize Figure 9 Carabiner
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Nite Ize
Figure 9 Carabiner
Tent Accessory
$2 - $10
Eagles Nest Outfitters OneLink SingleNest
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eagles Nest Outfitters
OneLink SingleNest
Hammock
$205 - $209
Hilleberg Unna
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Hilleberg
Unna
Four-Season Tent
$598
Eureka! Grand Manan Tour
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eureka!
Grand Manan Tour
$335 - $386
Eagles Nest Outfitters Double Deluxe
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eagles Nest Outfitters
Double Deluxe
Hammock
$85
Grand Trunk Double Parachute Nylon Hammock
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Grand Trunk
Double Parachute Nylon Hammock
Hammock
$55 - $74
Eagles Nest Outfitters OneLink DoubleNest
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eagles Nest Outfitters
OneLink DoubleNest
Hammock
$220
Kelty Screenhouse
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Kelty
Screenhouse
Warm Weather Tent
$165 - $229
EMS Velocity 1 Tent
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
EMS
Velocity 1 Tent
Three-Season Tent
$269
Terra Nova Duolite
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Terra Nova
Duolite
Three-Season Tent
$270
MSR Elixir 3
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR
Elixir 3
Three-Season Tent
$300
Marmot Thor 3P
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot
Thor 3P
Four-Season Tent
$511 - $639
REI Quarter Dome T2 Plus
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
REI
Quarter Dome T2 Plus
Three-Season Tent
$250
Mountain Hardwear Stronghold
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear
Stronghold
Four-Season Tent
$2,800 - $3,500
The North Face Mica FL 2
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face
Mica FL 2
Three-Season Tent
$379
L.L.Bean Mountain Light XT 3-Person Tent
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
L.L.Bean
Mountain Light XT 3-Person Tent
Three-Season Tent
$249
Kelty Noah's Tarp 16
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kelty
Noah's Tarp 16
Tarp/Shelter
$100
Hilleberg Snow and Sand Peg
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg
Snow and Sand Peg
Stake
$70
Sierra Designs Convert 3
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs
Convert 3
Four-Season Tent
$700
MSR Twin Sisters
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR
Twin Sisters
Tarp/Shelter
$240 - $299
NEMO Alti Storm 2P
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
NEMO
Alti Storm 2P
Four-Season Tent
$400
REI Passage 2 Tent
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
REI
Passage 2 Tent
Three-Season Tent
$159
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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.