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

Kelty TraiLogic TN2

rated 4 of 5 stars Easy to use, not very heavy backpacking tent. It comes with the star gazing rain fly which is great! Setup is super easy with this tent. Kelty has color coordinated poles, tent, and rain fly so that putting it together is really simple. The color coordination is not obscene or obvious so no one will know that it is there unless they are putting the tent up.  The tent has the ability to keep the rain fly rolled up and out of the way so that you can view the stars at night. If the weather turns you… Full review

Byer Moskito Kakoon

rated 4 of 5 stars LIGHTER! STRONGER! DURABLE! A completely new design makes this Moskito the best Byer of Maine camping hammock yet! Now with a new hanging system, flexible fiberglass rods for the netting and double-fold triple stitching, the Moskito Kakoon by Amazonas improves upon the Moskito Traveller hammock and makes it a stronger, more durable, and more effective way to keep insects from spoiling a good night’s rest. The Moskito Kakoon has a standard integral hanging rope for easy setup, full-length fabric… Full review

Eureka! Timberline 2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Just purchased another Eureka Timberline. My last one survived 25 years. It is easy to set up and long lasting. I have survived many a rainy night with no problems. I find this tent easy to set up. I have done it in the dark many a time. Wind, rain have no effect on the tent at night. It is stable, and water tight. It can get a little warm even with the vents open, but I have found that if there is no chance of rain, without the rain fly it is very comfortable. There is plenty of room for two adults,… Full review

ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2.0

rated 3.5 of 5 stars This is a great tent for its price. Fairly lightweight and packable, but compared to other two-person tents it isn't very roomy inside. Additionally, when the wind starts blowing expect some water to blow under the vestibule and into the tent. Setup: The tent is fairly easy to set up once you've practiced at least once. Goes much quicker with two people. Not a fast pitch design. Footprint is not included Stability: There is a small air vent that requires its own line and stake. If you get lazy and… Full review

Northwest Territory Sierra Dome Backpack Tent 9' x 7'

rated 5 of 5 stars Held up in a storm that was raining 2 inches an hour for a whole night. I got this tent for a week of camping with my buddy. Four days in my camping trip one night at 11pm until 12 pm the next day it rains 2 inches an hour with 20mph winds. No rain came it at all. The only drawback and I knew better was to let anything touch the walls of the tent. Well the foot of my sleeping bag was wet because it was drawing the moisture of the rain. There were no puddles or seam leackage in the tent. We did not… Full review

Northwest Territory Kmart model

rated 4 of 5 stars Very nice tent for the price, easy setup and tear down with two or more people. Overall a very great tent with ease of setup and tear down. Other campers are in awe of the space inside and the look of the windows. Full review

Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2

rated 5 of 5 stars Super lightweight tent that meets the requirements for weight and room. Provides great weather protection from the toughest storms. I used this tent along with footprint on the JMT. Had uncharacteristic heavy rain and hail during the trip and the tent performed super. Tent was easy to set up even on all the granite that exists in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Never had an issue with condensation even during heavy rain. To vent the top of the door zipper can be open and to allow venting but keeps… Full review

Kelty Acadia 4

rated 4 of 5 stars Nice tent for car camping. Easy setup with good protection from cold and rain. Cool when needed. Best for two or three people. Excellent product for car camping after many uses. Plenty of room in the vestibules on both sides. Large doors mean no restrictions on entry and exit. A queen air mattress can even fit through either doorway. The two doors allow easy access and airflow when using the rain fly, which i almost use. However, on dry balmy nights, removing the rain fly allows good breeze and… Full review

MSR Carbon Core Stake Kit

rated 2 of 5 stars Too fragile. I used these stakes twice before one of them broke. Surprisingly it didn't break while driving it into the ground. I had difficulty removing the stakes from the ground, and one of them broke as I wiggled it side-to-side attempting to loosen it. The end of the stake is still in the ground in the Sierra Nevada. 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
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 (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
$256 - $369
MSR E-Wing
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
MSR
E-Wing
Tarp/Shelter
$131 - $174
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
$339 - $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
$128
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
$64 - $79
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
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
$472 - $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
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
$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
$220
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
$599 - $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
$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 - $629
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
$530
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.