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
ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 3
Alps Mountaineering Chaos 3 tent deserves a serious look I've owned numerous tents over the past three decades of camping, all from big name outdoor companies. With the recent delamination of the sealed seams on my current 15 year old tent and all four kids are grown and gone, I began to research specs, pricing and reviews of reasonably priced tents that would fit my pursuits as a backpacker/paddler/bikepacker/carcamper...along with my budget. After months of reading, I pulled the trigger and purchased… Full review
ALPS Mountaineering Summit Tent
Great tent after small,easy modification This tent is easy to pitch, took about 10 minutes by myself. Used in high winds with stake outs and was very stable. Rained all day, and not a drop on the inside. The top let's you see the stars at night. I'm one guy, so plenty of room with a cot and end table. Here what you do to fix the rainfly problem. Buy the rainfly only for the Taurus 4. It has the same dimensions 7'6 X 8'6 but this tent is a bit taller. No problem, the fly fit a bit shorter, but still… Full review
Tarptent Moment DW
A lightweight one-person tent that is easy to set up, takes up minimal space, and gives an easy drumtight pitch. Setup: This tent is incredibly easy to set up. Stake one end, insert the main hoop pole, stake the other end, and tighten the guylines. I can set this up alone in less than two minutes after I find a spot. The design takes up relatively little space, and I was able to slip it into spots on the Appalachian Trail that might not have accommodated some other tents. Stability: This… Full review
Big Agnes Big House 6
Love the Big Agnes Big House 6 with vestibule. Best tent we ever had. We have had this tent for about five years now and still absolutely love it. It is easy to set up and easy to take down. We've been in several bad rain storms and have not gotten wet. Plenty of room for two air mattresses and a dog. We also bought the vestibule and it gives you so much more room for coolers, muddy shoes, and we stow our chairs in the vestibule if the weather gets bad. Love that storage bag and they have the directions… Full review
Eureka! Suite V6
Very spacious tent, well constructed and sturdy materials. Perfect for camping when comfort and shelter from the elements is important. The tent is easy to set up, is resistant to the weather during three seasons, provides ample of space for three persons with gear. The headroom is excellent and one can stand up straight in the tent. The tent folds into a neat package, just too heavy for backpacking. I am sure I will enjoy the tent for many years to come Full review
Eureka! Timberline SQ 4XT
An amazing, spacious, classic camping tent. It's not for backpackers and ultralight hikers, but for anyone else who isn't super weight-conscious but wants a great sleep and a place to stay dry in inclement weather, it's almost unbeatable. Growing up in Scouts, I always envied the other groups who showed up to camp with a whole matching set of Eureka Timberlines, their sweet, tall A-frames and distinctive green color. A few years ago, I was in the market for a tent that was big enough for myself… Full review
Kelty Gunnison 2.3
Good tent for the young and agile, not so much for the rest of us. I really just wanted to add to the reviewer who said that he found getting into and out of this tent too much of a challenge for his 60+ year old frame. At about the same age, that was the biggest reason I took this back to REi after its one night test run. Fortunately, or un-, depending on your point of view, that one night in the Smokies in late winter (i.e. mild temp., strong rains), showed me just about everything I needed to… Full review
ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 1
This is a well made, roomy 1-person tent. Roomy 1-person tent... If you are a bigger person or claustrophobic then this is the tent for you. The tent is free standing with aluminum poles, no see-um type mesh walls with a tub style base. The fly is pretty substantial and should easily shed rain and snow. It has a small window that you can look out of. The front "vestibule" can be rolled back for extra ventilation. It buckles onto the tent and also the footprint where the poles and stakes lock down. Full review
Naturehike Cycling Ultralight Silicone One Man Tent
Reasonably lightweight (1.3kg with pegs and poles), waterproof material, very well ventilated, this tent offers all you need in general for backpacking and with a good price. It is fairly easy to set up this tent and also it could be done very quickly after second time you use it. Like stated above, color is bit bright and not by my taste, but it is important that is compact, fairly light, and very resistant on tough storms. It can fit 2 (two) skinny persons or one big one with a backpack included… Full review
Top-Rated Tents and Shelters
What’s the “best” tent or shelter for you? Consider your personal outdoor needs, preferences, and budget:
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.
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.
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.
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.