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

Black Diamond HiLight

rated 5 of 5 stars I was in a rain storm from 3:00 am to 10:00 am (7 hrs), I expected to be wet and my gear soaked. On the contrary, I stayed dry during a 7 hr down pour of rain. I did not want to get out of the tent, because temperatures were in the mid-30's. I was afraid if I got soaked, hypothermia might set in. I stayed warm and dry during this down pour. Further up the trail I ran into snow. I'm glad I had the Black Diamond hi-light tent to keep me dry and warm! I was out doing a solo backpacking trip when I… Full review

Mountainsmith Mountain Shelter LT

rated 4 of 5 stars Basic shelter at a basic price. The Mountainsmith Mountain Shelter LT sets up with trekking poles, which means it is light, about 2 pounds, and packs into a small, compressible bag. There is plenty of room inside for two hikers and their gear. At just over a hundred dollars it costs much less than most options on the market. The I set the the shelter up it took for ever and was frustrating. This is what you get from reading the instructions on the side of the stuff bag. I watched Mountainsmith's… Full review

Northwest Territory Family Cabin 8-Person Tent 14' x 14'

rated 4 of 5 stars Love this tent. Hate that the zippers and hooks are corroding and falling apart. They should be made of something besides what they are made of. Awesome concept otherwise. This tent is easy to set up and take down. Packs up nicely! Big plus there! Plenty of room. Tall enough for my tall boyfriend! Love this tent. Trying to repair the breaking hooks and preserve the zippers. Don't want to lose this awesome tent. Full review

Coleman 8-Person Instant Tent

rated 2 of 5 stars I will never buy a Coleman product again. They use to be the number one name in outdoor stuff. Now nothing lasts. Used the tent twice before two corner joints broke. Bought two air beds, both lost air in a matter of a few hours.  Full review

L.L.Bean Mountain Light XT 3-Person Tent

rated 5 of 5 stars We actually have a prior year's model (rust and light grey), which supposedly has been improved for this year's green model. Hard to imagine how they could improve it, but apparently it is a slightly stronger fabric, and is actually $50 less expensive! The design is the same, and so our review would be useful for this, or prior year's model. This free-standing tent is easy to assemble, goes up quickly, and also can be taken down with ease. In our family, it is usually put up by one person, without… Full review

Hillary 3 Room 13 x 8

rated 4 of 5 stars This tent is easy to set up and only has 4 poles. Does not leak. Good for a family to go camping in. I bought this tent four years ago. I love it. We are a family of five and this tent is big enough for all of us plus our air beds. We camp all of the time and for days at a time in all sorts of weather and I have never had a problem with it leaking when it rained. The poles are a little weak and break easy. When the time comes and we need another tent, hopefully this tent will still be available… Full review

The North Face Tadpole 2

rated 3.5 of 5 stars This tent is based on the ever popular Tadpole. The design is a definite improvement over the regular Tadpole mostly in the weight dept. It is also designated as a "featherlight" weighing in at a respectable 3 lb. 15 oz. Also the font vestibule offered an extra almost 9 sq. ft. of gear space. This tent in my opinion is a great overall 2-person tent. Great for the overnight trek/camp, or even any multi-day camp experience. Love it. It packs down small and light, and I still have plenty of room for… Full review

Sierra Designs Electron RC 2

rated 3.5 of 5 stars It's a very well designed tent, but I find that sometimes the quality of the materials aren't too great. I had to patch the window with duct tape, and one of the door zippers wouldn't close. The tent is very easy to set up, and it's very easy to figure out in darkness and pouring rain because you can pitch the rainfly first, then attach the body. I find that the tent is fairly stable, and I saw very little condensation inside the tent. Full review

The North Face VE 25

rated 5 of 5 stars Represents a legacy of quality and customer satisfaction that I've maintained for over 35 years. My first NF tent was the original Oval Intention which came out in 1976. I purchased mine a year later as a freshman in college. From that time the tent had been to six continents until I retired in sometime in 1988 when NF replaced it with the updated Pole Sleeve Oval. They never charged me a dime. I kept that second tent until 2010 when I replaced it after an episode involving one — possibly two… Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest
user rating: 5 of 5 (104)
Eagles Nest Outfitters
DoubleNest
Hammock
$63 - $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
$72 - $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
$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.