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

Wild Country Mistral

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a superb tent, copes very well in all weathers have had my mistrel for 14 years and it's never let me down. Brilliant tent great all rounder in all weathers, have owned for 14years very roomy for a 2 man tent. You won't be disapointed. Full review

The North Face Canyonlands

rated 5 of 5 stars Great Tent! Mark again, My original review was in 1999 and I can't believe it's been 15 years since I bought this tent. Had this tent in rain, wind, and light snow. It's still kicking. Kept me dry and out of the wind in diverse conditions. I have taken care of it and stored it properly and it's still in great shape. Had my doubts when I bought it but I have none now. A great tent! It some how turned into my 'go to' tent and has served me well. Full review

Sierra Designs Zeta 2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Amazing tent for a combination of backpacking and car-camping! Super easy to set up, can be done with one person in only a couple of minutes. This tent provides more than enough space for my partner and I and all our gear! When we're backpacking the weight isn't an issue and the setup is a breeze! This is probably the most waterproof tent I've ever used. We've been caught in storms (downpour and wind!) and the tent stayed completely dry despite bending somewhat under the intense wind (tent was perfectly… Full review

REI Dash 2 Tent

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Exceptional semi-freestanding lightweight 3-season tent. This is a fantastic tent for under 3 pounds. I love the fact that the material is 15 denier ripstop nylon (20 denier mesh). Plenty of mesh for great ventilation. Although the tent is rated for 2 people, it is best used as a 1 person with plenty of room for gear. I think it would be awesome if REI made a 1 person tent from the same material. I would definitely purchase it.  This tent pitches very quickly (under 1 minute in a hurry). The semi-freestanding… Full review

Quest Viper

rated 5 of 5 stars I've owned this tent longer than I've owned a cell phone. I love this tent and haven't any plans to replace it. I look for another one on eBay just to have two. This company made great tents that were easy to set up and handled all that nature could throw at them. Two entries and vestibules, so you never have to sleep face to face with those you don't really want to with. Great ventilation. Rain resistant to the max. All-clip setup can be done in 5 minutes. Full review

Wenzel Current

rated 3 of 5 stars Lightweight, inexpensive, solo backpacking tent. Suitable for reasonably dry hiking areas. This inexpensive, lightweight, single-wall tent won't keep you perfectly dry in a rainstorm, but for the minimal size and weight it is still well worth carrying. I carried one of these on three section hikes on the PCT and it performed well even in the snow. It kept me out of the wind and the rain, although of course there isn't a whole lot of rainfall in that part of the country, so it would probably not… Full review

Eagles Nest Outfitters SlapStrap

rated 3 of 5 stars The SlapStraps are ENO's most basic suspension system. They work fine but lack versatility — a much desired characteristic in the backcountry when scoping out anchor points for a hammock. I recently reviewed my ENO DoubleNest and thought it would be appropriate to include a review of the suspension system I use with said hammock. The ENO SlapStraps are an ENO manufactured accessory that works with any of their hammocks. These are only one of various suspension systems ENO manufactures for their… Full review

NEMO Meta 1P

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Excellent lightweight tent and a good price. I purchased this tent from a reputable outfitter for $175. It came with all guy lines, 6 stakes, and footprint.  There is a slight learning curve to setting up, but after just two setups I have no problem erecting the tent in under 2 minutes if I'm in a hurry. I am able to pitch the tent very tautly.  I have used this tent a total of 8 times now and would highly recommend it for any three-season use. It has handled extremely well in various weather… Full review

Sierra Designs Flashlight 2

rated 2 of 5 stars Great concept that needs more work. I bought this tent after reviewing various choices online. I had also owned the previous Flashlight and really like it. When I set the tent up I immediately realized that there is a serious design problem. The issue is that it is impossible to get a taut pitch on the tent body. Since this also incorporates the "fly" in that it is a single wall roof, the tent droops and sags and there are depressions in the fabric in the lower part of the roof that will be susceptible… Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest
user rating: 5 of 5 (105)
Eagles Nest Outfitters
DoubleNest
Hammock
$62 - $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
$27 - $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 (9)
Terra Nova
Ultra Quasar
Four-Season Tent
$576
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
$704
Eagles Nest Outfitters ProFly Rain Tarp
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Eagles Nest Outfitters
ProFly Rain Tarp
Tarp/Shelter
$70 - $79
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
$170 - $174
REI Kingdom 6 Tent
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
REI
Kingdom 6 Tent
$439
L.L.Bean Microlight 2
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
L.L.Bean
Microlight 2
Three-Season Tent
$239
Marmot Limelight 4P
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Marmot
Limelight 4P
Three-Season Tent
$314 - $369
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
$110
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
$111 - $219
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
Exped Andromeda II
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Exped
Andromeda II
Four-Season Tent
$689
Byer Easy Traveller
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Byer
Easy Traveller
Hammock
$45 - $46
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
$500 - $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
The North Face Big Fat Frog 24
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
The North Face
Big Fat Frog 24
Three-Season Tent
$196
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
Eagles Nest Outfitters Double Deluxe
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eagles Nest Outfitters
Double Deluxe
Hammock
$76 - $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
$215 - $219
Kelty Screenhouse
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Kelty
Screenhouse
Warm Weather Tent
$116 - $249
EMS Velocity 1 Tent
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
EMS
Velocity 1 Tent
Three-Season Tent
$230
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
Integral Designs Bugamid
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Integral Designs
Bugamid
Tarp/Shelter
$84
Marmot Thor 3P
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot
Thor 3P
Four-Season Tent
$638
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
$3,500
The North Face Mica FL 2
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face
Mica FL 2
Three-Season Tent
$280 - $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
$560 - $699
MSR Twin Sisters
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR
Twin Sisters
Tarp/Shelter
$300
NEMO Alti Storm 2P
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
NEMO
Alti Storm 2P
Four-Season Tent
$530
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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.