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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$25 - $49.99
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$500 and above

Recent Tent/Shelter Reviews

Mountain Hardwear Lightpath 2

rated 3 of 5 stars Alright I bought this tent as a space saver for motorcycle camping.  It saved space and was very light. However, I did not know that the ceiling height was so low at 38". I have to kick my legs into the vestibule to take my pants off and put my shirt on and vice versa. It would be a great tent for someone who doesn't mind the limited maneuverability. Over all for what it was designed for it does a very good job. No way of fitting two people in there. Full review

Coleman Hooligan 2

rated 4 of 5 stars Great Tent This is a great tent from a great company. Coleman stands by their products just like any of the other big manufacturers. The floor of this thing is indestructible. Slide it over rocks, sticks, stumps whatever and never fear of tearing it. The single pole means set up is a breeze. 5 minutes or less easy after you stake the floor down. There is no need for a footprint with this baby because the floor is that indestructible. I use it for car camping or if there is a need for more "space"… Full review

Mountain Hardwear Taurine 2

rated 5 of 5 stars This Tent Is The Jam Man I love this tent. The storage space inside is something that really comes into play for those extended stays. The vertical walls give the tent a very spacious feel and is easily capable of accommodating 2 people with bunches of gear. For the winter, the venting options are numerous with double sides doors and interior vents. The vestibules can zip from the top or bottom as well creating even more ventilation. This tent rocks, and is stable as all get out. Full review

Tarptent Double Rainbow

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a very lightweight, single wall, two-door tent that is very durable, easy to set up and withstands inclement weather (especially high winds). Tent material is silicone impregnated ripstop nylon; tent pole is Easton aluminum; full mesh netting for bug protection I received this tent last December as a Christmas gift.  I seam sealed it myself.  After using the tent stakes that came with it once, I swapped them out for a more rugged stake, the MSR Groundhog.  The original stakes were just… Full review

VauDe Campo XT 5

rated 4 of 5 stars The Campo XT5 seems to be a quality tent that should last for a good number of years. I just received my Campo XT5 from Campsaver after much thought. I have camped for 50 years and very much enjoy it. My wife does not because of the inconveniences my smaller mountaineering tents pose for her.  Basically if I am going to get her to join me on outings I needed a bigger tent. I also considered options from Big Agnes, Kelty, Marmot, REI, and Redvers. For comparison, my other tents include an original… Full review

Big Agnes Burn Ridge Outfitter 2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A great mid-weight, affordable backpacking tent. I can set up the tent in 2 minutes after a few setup experiences. I love the fact that it is free-standing and rarely use the pegs (this also allows me to hold the upper pole and shake out the tent before packing). The quick-clips are far superior to sleeved poles. By exchanging the included pegs with titanium, I shed several ounces. I also use a Mylar footprint (emergency poncho) which costs $1 each and is recyclable at the end of the trip. It is… Full review

Cabela's Alaskan Guide 8-Man

rated 2.5 of 5 stars Good for standing up against strong wind and not getting wet from hard rains. Bad for being warm. I have camped in this 8-person guide tent numerous times. As far as being sturdy in a strong wind or being waterproof this tent cannot be beat. However for cold weather camping it falls a bit short. This is the first time i have used it in very cold weather meaning no snow with wind, rain and temps in the teens. I am not sure how you can stay warm in a tent that has three open roof vents that cannot… Full review

Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Some help with your decision whether to purchase the UL1. And it is freestanding! First start with the specs: Fly 9 oz; Inner 10.2 oz; Poles 6.9 oz; Tent Stuff sack 0.56 oz; Pole stuff sack 0.4 oz; Stake stuff sack 0.1 oz;  Replaced 11 original stakes 4.4 oz with 8 titanium stakes 0.56 oz (cost $10); Replaced 3.7 oz groundsheet (which was free with purchase) with 1 oz mylar (Cost $1). Total tent price after 21% off sale $260. Total weight 1 lb 12.7oz.  The Platinum is a lighter option which weighs… Full review

Sierra Madre Research Pares

rated 5 of 5 stars A really comfortable hammock for tall people, the quality from Sierra Madre is great and the Pares hammock is built with durability in mind. The fabric is different from any other hammock I've tried, and at 10.75' in length and 6.5' in width it really has a great diagonal lay! The unique stuff sack really compresses the Pares hammock down nicely, almost to a softball size. Product: Pares Hammock from Sierra Madre Research or SMr  Color: Green Chives I am 6' 2" at approximately 195lbs Setup: Because… 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
$56 - $89
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
$24 - $29
NEMO Morpho AR
user rating: 5 of 5 (11)
NEMO Morpho AR Three-Season Tent
$320
Terra Nova Ultra Quasar
user rating: 5 of 5 (10)
Terra Nova Ultra Quasar Four-Season Tent
$663
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
$748
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
$252 - $319
MSR E-Wing
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
MSR E-Wing Tarp/Shelter
$114 - $174
Marmot Limelight 4P
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Marmot Limelight 4P Three-Season Tent
$275 - $369
L.L.Bean Microlight 2
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
L.L.Bean Microlight 2 Three-Season Tent
$239
NEMO Moki
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
NEMO Moki Four-Season Tent
$680 - $799
Black Diamond Mega Light
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Mega Light Tarp/Shelter
$229 - $269
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
$250 - $359
The North Face 2-Meter Dome
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
The North Face 2-Meter Dome Four-Season Tent
$4,000 - $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
$529
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
$376 - $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
$480 - $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
$387 - $429
Eagles Nest Outfitters Double Deluxe
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Double Deluxe Hammock
$68 - $84
Grand Trunk Double Parachute Nylon Hammock
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Grand Trunk Double Parachute Nylon Hammock Hammock
$65 - $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
$184 - $249
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
$240 - $299
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
$2,625 - $3,500
The North Face Mica FL 2
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Mica FL 2 Three-Season Tent
$303 - $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
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
Hennessy Hammock Hyperlite Asym Zip
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hennessy Hammock Hyperlite Asym Zip Hammock
$260
REI Passage 2 Tent
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
REI Passage 2 Tent Three-Season Tent
$159
MSR Zing
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Zing Tarp/Shelter
$320 - $399
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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.