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 »

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$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
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$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 out of the tent and some drunken tomfoolery the tent is showing its 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 five 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… Full review

Walrus Rapeede XV

rated 4 of 5 stars Easy set up and break down. Very waterproof. 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 spot at this RV campsite. 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"… 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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Coghlan's ABS Tent Pegs Stake
$1
Sierra Designs Y-Peg Stake
$1 - $8
Coghlan's Cord-lok Tent Accessory
$1
SMC Sheet Tent Stake Stake
$2
REI Aluminum Hook Tent Stake Stake
$2
Sierra Designs Hex Peg Stake
$2 - $14
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs J Stake Stake
$2 - $15
REI Snow Stake Stake
$2
Vargo Aluminum Summit Tent Stake Stake
$15
Coghlan's Mini Stretch Cord Tent Accessory
$2
Coghlan's Stretch Cord Tent Accessory
$2
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Nite Ize Figure 9 Carabiner Tent Accessory
$2 - $10
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Lawson Equipment Titanium Tent Stake Stake
$3 MSRP
MSR Blizzard Stake Stake
$3 - $4
Vargo Titanium Tent Stake Stake
$4 - $13
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Mini Groundhog Stake Stake
$3 - $17
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
MSR Groundhog Tent Stake Stake
$3 - $19
Eagles Nest Outfitters Hammock Repair Kit Hammock Accessory
$3
Coghlan's Tarp Holder Tent Accessory
$3
Coghlan's Aluminum Tent Pegs Stake
$3
Snow Peak Solid Stake Stake
$4 - $9
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Vargo Titanium Nail Peg Stake
$4 MSRP
Vargo Titanium Ascent Tent Stake Stake
$4 MSRP
Vargo Titanium Crevice Stake Stake
$24
Coghlan's Steel Tent Stakes Stake
$4
Coghlan's Nail Pegs Stake
$4
Coghlan's Braided Nylon Cord Tent Accessory
$4
Coghlan's Tent Whisk & Dust Pan Tent Accessory
$4
Nite Ize Gear Tie 3" Tent Accessory
$4
Nite Ize Gear Tie 6" Tent Accessory
$4
Liberty Mountain Para Cord Tent Accessory
$4
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Nite Ize Gear Tie 24" Tent Accessory
$4 - $5
Eagles Nest Outfitters DripStrips Hammock Accessory
$5
Nite Ize KnotBone Adjustable Bungee Tent Accessory
$5 - $9
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Nite Ize CamJam Cord Tightener Tent Accessory
$5
Nite Ize Gear Tie 18" Tent Accessory
$5 - $6
NRS River Wing Spare Plastic Stakes Stake
$5
Gear Aid Strap Tender Tent Accessory
$6
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Dutchware Ridgeline Biners Hammock Accessory
$6 MSRP
MSR Cyclone Stake Stake
$6 - $24
 
Evernew Titanium Peg Stake
$7
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Nite Ize Figure 9 Tent Line Kit Tent Accessory
$7 - $10
Nite Ize Gear Tie 32" Tent Accessory
$7
NRS River Wing Spare Metal Stakes Stake
$7
Reliance Power Peg Stake
$7
Sea to Summit Tent Pole Bag Tent Accessory
$8
Black Diamond Replacement Tent Stakes Stake
$8 MSRP
Texsport Rip-Stop Polyethylene Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$8
NRS River Wing Spare Rope Set Tent Accessory
$8
REI Schwag Pockets Gear Loft
$10
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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.