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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Tarps and Shelters
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Sierra Designs
EMS
Black Diamond
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ALPS Mountaineering

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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

Marmot Tungsten 1P

Not a backpacking tent...if you're considering this tent, be forewarned that is does not pack down compact and is not super light. However, it is a good quality, spacious 1-person tent with nice features. OK, I haven't used this tent but looked at one in the store...just wanted to save people some frustration if trying to order online as I found the manufacturer's description misleading. I was shocked at how big it was in the stuff sack, and wouldn't say that it's very light. The Tungsten 1 had… Full review

MSR Remote 2

rated 5 of 5 stars If strength and livability are your goals in a four season tent the Remote 2 may be for you. MSR Remote 2 The MSR Remote 2 is a tent for when you KNOW the weather will be a challenge and you want a livable shelter; more than just a Black Diamond Firstlight/Eldorado or Mountain Hardwear Direkt 2. I own two other  4-season tents and one three season one, and I have “slept” in a wind-shredded 3-season tent at 9,000 feet.  I've also survived several raging wind and rainstorms in a casket-sized,… Full review

Appy Trails Mark V

rated 4 of 5 stars Lightweight and a lot of room. I got this as a way of reducing my load on summer-friendly climate trips.. Well, I bought too much tent. This thing is big, and not just big but with an extraordinarily high peak, something like 5' high at the door. The tent is essentially a lightweight version of a tent once used by the Boy Scouts for events like Piedmont. It requires either the lightweight pole that is supplied or a trekking pole. The foot end requires a 12" aluminum rod that keeps that end of the… Full review

Kelty Gunnison 2

rated 4 of 5 stars Outstanding tent for warm to moderate cold, rain, wind, and snow. Sturdy and reliable. This tent lasted from around 2006 when it was purchased until the end of 2016 with heavy use in every season in Southern Arizona, and in spring, summer, and fall in Southern Utah, Northern New Mexico, and Oregon. New bungee cords were installed in the poles in about 2012 or 2013 because they were really loose and worn. I fixed the zippers once on both entry ways in 2014 and 2015. By 2016 there were a number… Full review

Tarptent Scarp 1

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I am rating the newer 2016 model. Adaptable, four-season capability in a small(ish) package. I purchased the 2016 updated model last summer with the basic included solid interior.  I've used the Scarp in varying conditions with no issues, other than it being an equivalent to a hot box with the solid inner during warmer weather.  I will list the new specs first: Extra wide interior states it can allow two pads and sleep two people. Please be VERY comfortable with this other person responsible… Full review

YAMA Mountain Gear Cirriform Tarp 1P - 0.8 oz Dyneema

rated 5 of 5 stars Versatile quality, handmade, full weather protection in a sleek design. I purchased the DW Cirriform in .8 cuben but use the tarp alone during the shoulder season and have grown to love the versatility of the entire kit. I was hesitant to switch to cuben/dynemma after only using sil shelters for so long, but the weight savings in this piece while still having full weather protection from anything that nature throws your way is exhilarating!  Gen at Yama is great to work with and understanding of… Full review

The North Face Apogee 24

rated 4 of 5 stars Sturdy and yellow. Heavy but strong. 7 lbs. Big in your pack, but not bad if you need it this strong in snow and wind. Could fit three people inside if needed. Floor is starting to get sticky but top not delaminating. Yet. For camping below treeline it's overkill and no view outside, limited ventilation. In snow it's great, needs 2 stakes for vestibule but holds up otherwise. Similar to Mountain 25. There are cheaper and lighter options now. Look at Warmlite if you can stand flaky customer service. Full review

Marmot Swallow 2P

rated 5 of 5 stars I have had this tent since 2002. I have to say it has lasted better than any tent I know of. I have about 100 days in this tent and it has backpacked and car camped everywhere in the PNW. I think the tents you can get now are better with material and weight, but I returned a Mountain Hardwear tent I got as a replacement because it wasn't good enough. Pitch it quick in a puddle of mud and pick it up in two days without getting wet. I am serious. I camped at the Oregon coast numerous times and stayed… Full review

Eureka! Mountain Pass 3XTE

rated 5 of 5 stars Bomb proof tent. I bought this tent a few years ago after using a friend's Eureka tent for a while on and off. They certainly build quality products at reasonable prices. The tent is super easy to pitch, although I always struggle with the fly pole. There are plenty of wind stays to string the tent tight to support heavy winds and if pitched properly it can handle snow. All wind ties have a reflective marker, which is great at night so you don't trip. The best points about this tent are: Space. Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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user rating: 5 of 5 (108)
Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Hammock
$65 - $89
user rating: 5 of 5 (15)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Atlas Straps Hammock Accessory
$28 - $39
user rating: 5 of 5 (10)
Hilleberg Nallo 2 Four-Season Tent
$735
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
Hilleberg Soulo Four-Season Tent
$685
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
MSR E-Wing Tarp/Shelter
$100
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Hilleberg Nammatj 3 GT Four-Season Tent
$979 - $989
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Eagles Nest Outfitters ProFly Rain Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$74 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Marmot Limelight 4P Three-Season Tent
$369
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Grand Trunk Double Parachute Nylon Hammock Hammock
$65 - $74
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Sierra Designs Lightning 2 FL Three-Season Tent
$285 - $379
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
EMS Velocity 1 Tent Three-Season Tent
$188
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Mega Light Tarp/Shelter
$290
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Kodiak Canvas 10x10 Flex-Bow Canvas Tent Deluxe Four-Season Tent
$550
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg Kaitum 2 Four-Season Tent
$885 - $895
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg Nallo 3 GT Four-Season Tent
$885
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 2 AL Three-Season Tent
$112
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Flat Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$300 - $310
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
MSR Elixir 3 Three-Season Tent
$285 - $299
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 16 Tarp/Shelter
$100
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Napier Sportz SUV Tent Warm Weather Tent
$340 - $369
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eureka! Taron 2 Three-Season Tent
$145 - $179
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eagles Nest Outfitters HouseFly Rain Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$140
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Exped Gemini 2 Three-Season Tent
$349
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Grand Trunk Funky Forest Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$80
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Kammok Roo Hammock
$99
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Byer Easy Traveller Hammock
$25 - $39
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Cabela's XPG Expedition 4P Four-Season Tent
$400
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Kelty Triptease Lightline Tent Accessory
$14
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Nite Ize Figure 9 Carabiner Tent Accessory
$3 - $10
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eagles Nest Outfitters OneLink SingleNest Hammock
$203 - $209
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Double Deluxe Hammock
$64 - $84
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Hilleberg Nammatj 3 Four-Season Tent
$795 - $989
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Hilleberg Saivo Four-Season Tent
$1,345 - $1,365
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eagles Nest Outfitters JungleNest Hammock
$100
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eagles Nest Outfitters OneLink DoubleNest Hammock
$220
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ferrino Snowbound 3 Four-Season Tent
$250
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Reactor Hammock
$95
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg Enan Three-Season Tent
$585 - $635
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Thor 3P Four-Season Tent
$659
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Stronghold Four-Season Tent
$3,750
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Mica FL 2 Three-Season Tent
$279 - $379
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
L.L.Bean Mountain Light XT 3-Person Tent Three-Season Tent
$269
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
REI Quarter Dome 1 Three-Season Tent
$170
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Rattlesnake SL1 mtnGLO Three-Season Tent
$200 - $299
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Sub7 Hammock
$50 - $69
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs Convert 3 Four-Season Tent
$690
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Twin Sisters Tarp/Shelter
$225 - $299
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hennessy Hammock Hyperlite Asym Zip Hammock
$280
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Tarp Clips Tent Accessory
$3
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Zing Tarp/Shelter
$300
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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.