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.

Learn more about how to choose a tent/shelter below »

Categories

Four-Season
3-4 Season Convertible
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Warm Weather
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Tarps and Shelters
Hammocks
Accessories

Brands

Eagles Nest Outfitters
Terra Nova
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NEMO
MSR
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L.L.Bean
Black Diamond
ALPS Mountaineering
EMS

Price

less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 - $399.99
$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

Recent Tent/Shelter Reviews

Ozark Trail 2-Person Junior Dome Tent

rated 4.5 of 5 stars After almost 15 years of abuse, motorcycle trips, camping, kids playing, weeks living it ouf the tent and some drunken tomfoolery the tent is showing it's age. This tent has fared well over the years, only having a few dime size holes. Despite having those holes on my most recent camping trip with 5 other tent campers my tent was the driest in the rain. It wasn't completely dry but a few drops under the holes while most of the other tents had huge puddles is acceptable to me. Over the years I have… Full review

Walrus Rapeede XV

rated 4 of 5 stars Easy set up and break down. very water proof. good for the back of a motorcycle I brought this tent new from REI and was going to use it for a backpacking trip which got cancelled. I ended up using it for about a month. I got a job in Santa Barbara, I couldn't afford to stay in a hotel so i rented a camping shot at this RV camp site they had a 10x12 sand box for you to put your tent in. Anyways one night i woke up and it felt like i was on a waterbed so i unzip my tent and i was sitting in 2" of… Full review

Grand Trunk Nano-7

rated 3 of 5 stars Grand Trunk's Nano-7 is an ultralight hammock that is well-made. However, this user found the dimensions too small to be of any value to me. I would recommend this hammock for those who are several inches smaller than I am or those who don't mind a “banana hang” in their hammock. Note: While I did purchase this product new, I bought it with the CampSaver Gift Card I won from Trailspace in June 2014. Thank you, Trailspace! Now to the review... About the Reviewer I'm 6'2” tall. At the time of… Full review

Marmot Bise 2P

rated 4 of 5 stars Nice tent, compact. Used this tent camping several times.   Setting up in a downpour in the Cascade Mountain range was less than ideal as the mesh inner tent gets terribly soaked then the fly goes on top — Hillebergs are far superior in this respect. However once set up thank goodness for its excellent ventilation as the tent dries out (inside) relatively quick. Okay, now over snow.  Camping north of Pemberton BC during snowy conditions followed by -20 degrees C days. Snow load on tent caused… Full review

MSR Elixir 3

rated 5 of 5 stars Wonderful tent! Having been in Boy Scouts for many years and majoring in Wilderness Leadership in college, I have used many different styles and brands of tents — this one blows all of them away hands down. I also have worked in Outdoor Retail for the past 4 years and I have used it backpacking and front country car camping and have always been pleased. Great job, MSR! The headroom is great and setup is very easy. Great bang for your buck! Full review

Tarptent Contrail

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Actual weight is heavier than the stated weight. Tarptent lists the weight as 27.5 oz. The actual weight of the tent, four stakes, and the stuff sack is 32 oz. If you get the Tyvek ground cloth add another 5 oz. I'm not sure how much weight the seam sealing will add to the weight of the tent. Full review

Mountain Hardwear EV 2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great single wall tent for real!! Winter season. Keep this in mind: This tent is designed for high altitude and winter season (especially under freezing). Not for trail hikes. If someone has experience in winter season backpacking, with snow and strong wind, will know how construction of tent is important. Normally in strong winds, tent skin can touch the face through night, but EV2 never does. And we do not need bug screen in the snow field. If you check details of this tent, easily now this is… Full review

Sierra Designs Zia 3

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Great tent for car camping. Not the lightest tent. I bought my Zia 3 as my first backpacking tent. I have carried it mainly on weekend trips but last year bought a Clip Flashlight due to the lighter weight. I still use my Zia 3 when both of my boys go with me on trips or when I car camp.  It has withstood strong winds in the Ouachita Mountains as well as rain and thunderstorms. It has never leaked and been very roomy even with three people inside.  Full review

Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2

rated 4 of 5 stars Extremely lightweight and easy setup highlight this great little tent. I've been using a Marmot Limelight 2 for a few years now and absolutely love it. But I wanted to get something a little bit lighter in weight. After a lot of research, I purchased the Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2 and overall I'm quite pleased with my choice. I tend to backpack solo 99% of the time so weight was definitely a big consideration. The SL2 is about 1/2 the weight of the Limelight 2 and packs down smaller and very easily. Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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user rating: 5 of 5 (106)
Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Hammock
$65 - $84
user rating: 5 of 5 (15)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Atlas Hammock Suspension System Hammock Accessory
$30
user rating: 5 of 5 (10)
Terra Nova Ultra Quasar Four-Season Tent
$780
user rating: 5 of 5 (9)
Hilleberg Nallo 2 Four-Season Tent
$715
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Terra Nova Super Quasar Four-Season Tent
$880
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Eagles Nest Outfitters ProFly Rain Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$80 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Hilleberg Soulo Four-Season Tent
$655 - $665
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
NEMO Losi 2P Three-Season Tent
$256 - $389
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
MSR E-Wing Tarp/Shelter
$100 - $174
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Marmot Limelight 4P Three-Season Tent
$339 - $369
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
L.L.Bean Microlight 2 Three-Season Tent
$239
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
NEMO Moki Four-Season Tent
$850
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Mega Light Tarp/Shelter
$229 - $270
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg Nammatj 3 GT Four-Season Tent
$925
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg Kaitum 2 Four-Season Tent
$865 - $995
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg Nallo 3 GT Four-Season Tent
$865
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 2 AL Three-Season Tent
$120 - $129
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
EMS Velocity 1 Tent Three-Season Tent
$269
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
MSR Elixir 3 Three-Season Tent
$300
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Sierra Designs Lightning 2 UL Three-Season Tent
$252 - $359
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
The North Face 2-Meter Dome Four-Season Tent
$4,675 - $5,500
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Granite Gear White Lightnin' Tarp/Shelter
$150 - $184
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Marmot Haven 2P Three-Season Tent
$400
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Grand Trunk Funky Forest Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$80
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Byer Easy Traveller Hammock
$47
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Big Agnes Tensleep Station 6 Three-Season Tent
$450 - $469
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eagles Nest Outfitters JungleNest Hammock Hammock
$99
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL4 Three-Season Tent
$539 - $629
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Kelty Triptease Lightline Tent Accessory
$15 - $19
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Nite Ize Figure 9 Carabiner Tent Accessory
$2 - $10
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eagles Nest Outfitters OneLink SingleNest Hammock
$205
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Hilleberg Unna Four-Season Tent
$620
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eureka! Grand Manan Tour
$335
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Double Deluxe Hammock
$85
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Grand Trunk Double Parachute Nylon Hammock Hammock
$65 - $74
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eagles Nest Outfitters OneLink DoubleNest Hammock
$220
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Kelty Screenhouse Warm Weather Tent
$130 - $249
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Thor 3P Four-Season Tent
$639 - $659
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
REI Quarter Dome T2 Plus Three-Season Tent
$250
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Stronghold Four-Season Tent
$3,500
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Mica FL 2 Three-Season Tent
$322 - $379
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 16 Tarp/Shelter
$100
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg Snow and Sand Peg Stake
$70
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs Convert 3 Four-Season Tent
$690 - $699
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Twin Sisters Tarp/Shelter
$300
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hennessy Hammock Hyperlite Asym Zip Hammock
$280
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
REI Passage 2 Tent Three-Season Tent
$159
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Zing Tarp/Shelter
$380 - $399
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Reactor Hammock Hammock
$95
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Eldorado Four-Season Tent
$480 - $699
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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.