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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$500 and above

Recent Tent/Shelter Reviews

Wild Country Mistral

rated 5 of 5 stars Top quality tent, two can live in for an extended time without feeling cramped. Very stable described as three season but might manage four. All in all a great tent doing all the things you require a tent to do, provide shelter, offer good cooking space and allow you to sleep in peace with adequate space to store your gear. Bought this second hand when looking for a new tent in 2011, now having used it on a number of occasions in varying conditions feel I obtained a bargain. Perfect for a base camp… Full review

Eureka! Spitfire 1

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Gen 1 Spitfire - Has performed far beyond what the cost would have you believe. I purchased my gen-1 Spitfire 7 or 8 years ago. It has endured wind, soaking rain, thunderstorms and sleet without a problem. I've used it to canoe camp, backpack, motorcycle camp and car camp. My tent has the vent zipper, which is quite useful. Given how small the vestibules are, I'm not sure I'd want to sacrifice this feature for inside access to the other side as the newer versions do. It's easy enough to cram a few… Full review

NEMO Losi 3P

rated 5 of 5 stars Seems to be absolutely bomb proof. Good size and easy setup, without having to go buy third party stakes and guy line. I just returned from a week in Big Bend National Park, camping in the Chisos Basin. This is monsoon season down there and we were hammered every afternoon with 30 minutes to an hour of WILD rain and wind. I'm happy to report that using only the basic tie out points this tent never leaked, not a drop. And while I could hear the fly snapping and bouncing at night, I never experienced… Full review

Byer Amazonas Hammock

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Amazing product for the price, super light (under 16 oz). Still in pack, though it's only good during warmer months. No rain guard, but that's nothing a good tarp won't fix. To start, I'm a bit of a beginner when it comes to backpacking trips, but am already in love with it. I've found that through years of camping there's always a rock or funky angle that a tent sits on when you want to set camp somewhere besides the "pads" set up for specified sites. So I decided to go for a hammock. I found the… Full review

Kelty TraiLogic TN2

rated 4 of 5 stars Lightweight, high quality tent with lots of room. The footprint is impossible to find at the moment so either make your own out of Tyvek, or temporarily use a footprint from a similar 2-man tent if you have one (I used my Marmot Limelight footprint - not ideal but it worked). The Kelty TraiLogic TN2 tent is a Backpacker Magazine Editor's Choice winner with some good reason. The tent fly rolls up on the head end and is secured at the top of the tent, and can also be closed by 2 people without ever… Full review

MSR OutfitterWing

rated 4.5 of 5 stars MSR recently made this product much better by adding the 8 foot poles to their inventory. By adding these poles to the wing you have a virtual palace of a work area to cover a picnic table or camp kitchen. I use the 12" type stakes that Cabela's sells for its outfitter series tents and it makes for a very solid shelter. It is great for group outtings for shade and rain protection. I have used this car camping several times and it works very well. The other uses also apply. It is definitely either… Full review

Mountain Hardwear Airjet 2

rated 2 of 5 stars If the seams had not failed I would have rated this tent 5 stars. Loved this tent. I actually put it to some good backpacking use. I used it for ten years, but only a few times a year. Unfortunately its failure in seam tape design, as has been mentioned by other reviewers, was its downfall.The entire front wall, where you enter and exit came unglued on my last trip this month. This tent could have had another 5 years service, minimum, with the use I put into it. I suspect I could have squeezed 10… Full review

Kelty TraiLogic TN2

rated 4 of 5 stars Easy to use, not very heavy backpacking tent. It comes with the star gazing rain fly which is great! Setup is super easy with this tent. Kelty has color coordinated poles, tent, and rain fly so that putting it together is really simple. The color coordination is not obscene or obvious so no one will know that it is there unless they are putting the tent up.  The tent has the ability to keep the rain fly rolled up and out of the way so that you can view the stars at night. If the weather turns you… Full review

Eureka! Timberline 2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Just purchased another Eureka Timberline. My last one survived 25 years. It is easy to set up and long lasting. I have survived many a rainy night with no problems. I find this tent easy to set up. I have done it in the dark many a time. Wind, rain have no effect on the tent at night. It is stable, and water tight. It can get a little warm even with the vents open, but I have found that if there is no chance of rain, without the rain fly it is very comfortable. There is plenty of room for two adults,… Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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Coghlan's ABS Tent Pegs
Coghlan's
ABS Tent Pegs
Stake
$1
Coghlan's Cord-lok
Coghlan's
Cord-lok
Tent Accessory
$1
Sierra Designs Hex Peg
Sierra Designs
Hex Peg
Stake
$1 - $139
Sierra Designs J Stake
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs
J Stake
Stake
$1 - $15
SMC Sheet Tent Stake
SMC
Sheet Tent Stake
Stake
$2
REI Aluminum Hook Tent Stake
REI
Aluminum Hook Tent Stake
Stake
$2
MSR Groundhog Tent Stake
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
MSR
Groundhog Tent Stake
Stake
$2 - $19
REI Snow Stake
REI
Snow Stake
Stake
$2
Vargo Aluminum Summit Tent Stake
Vargo
Aluminum Summit Tent Stake
Stake
$13
MSR Mini Groundhog Stake
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR
Mini Groundhog Stake
Stake
$2 - $17
Nite Ize Figure 9 Carabiner
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Nite Ize
Figure 9 Carabiner
Tent Accessory
$2 - $10
Coghlan's Mini Stretch Cord
Coghlan's
Mini Stretch Cord
Tent Accessory
$2
Coghlan's Stretch Cord
Coghlan's
Stretch Cord
Tent Accessory
$2
MSR Blizzard Stake
MSR
Blizzard Stake
Stake
$3 - $4
Vargo Titanium Tent Stake
Vargo
Titanium Tent Stake
Stake
$4 - $22
Eagles Nest Outfitters Hammock Repair Kit
Eagles Nest Outfitters
Hammock Repair Kit
Hammock Accessory
$3
Coghlan's Tarp Holder
Coghlan's
Tarp Holder
Tent Accessory
$3
Coghlan's Aluminum Tent Pegs
Coghlan's
Aluminum Tent Pegs
Stake
$3
Coghlan's Skewer Pegs
Coghlan's
Skewer Pegs
Stake
$3
Snow Peak Solid Stake
Snow Peak
Solid Stake
Stake
$4 - $9
Vargo Titanium Nail Peg
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Vargo
Titanium Nail Peg
Stake
$23
Vargo Titanium Ascent Tent Stake
Vargo
Titanium Ascent Tent Stake
Stake
$24
Vargo Titanium Crevice Stake
Vargo
Titanium Crevice Stake
Stake
$24
Coghlan's Steel Tent Stakes
Coghlan's
Steel Tent Stakes
Stake
$4
Texsport Rip-Stop Polyethylene Tarp
Texsport
Rip-Stop Polyethylene Tarp
Tarp/Shelter
$4
Coghlan's Nail Pegs
Coghlan's
Nail Pegs
Stake
$4
Coghlan's Braided Nylon Cord
Coghlan's
Braided Nylon Cord
Tent Accessory
$4
Coghlan's Tent Whisk & Dust Pan
Coghlan's
Tent Whisk & Dust Pan
Tent Accessory
$4
Nite Ize Gear Tie 3"
Nite Ize
Gear Tie 3"
Tent Accessory
$4
Nite Ize Gear Tie 6"
Nite Ize
Gear Tie 6"
Tent Accessory
$4
Liberty Mountain Para Cord
Liberty Mountain
Para Cord
Tent Accessory
$4
Eagles Nest Outfitters DripStrips
Eagles Nest Outfitters
DripStrips
Hammock Accessory
$4
Nite Ize Gear Tie 24"
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Nite Ize
Gear Tie 24"
Tent Accessory
$4 - $5
MSR Cyclone Stake
MSR
Cyclone Stake
Stake
$5 - $24
Nite Ize KnotBone Adjustable Bungee
Nite Ize
KnotBone Adjustable Bungee
Tent Accessory
$5 - $9
Nite Ize CamJam Cord Tightener
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Nite Ize
CamJam Cord Tightener
Tent Accessory
$5
Nite Ize Gear Tie 18"
Nite Ize
Gear Tie 18"
Tent Accessory
$5 - $6
NRS River Wing Spare Plastic Stakes
NRS
River Wing Spare Plastic Stakes
Stake
$5
Black Diamond Pole Link Converter
Black Diamond
Pole Link Converter
Tent Accessory
$5 MSRP
Sierra Designs Night Glow Disc Attic
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs
Night Glow Disc Attic
Gear Loft
$5 - $24
 
Evernew
Titanium Peg
Stake
$6
Gear Aid Strap Tender
Gear Aid
Strap Tender
Tent Accessory
$6
Dutchware Ridgeline Biners
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Dutchware
Ridgeline Biners
Hammock Accessory
$6 MSRP
Nite Ize Big S-Biner Plastic
Nite Ize
Big S-Biner Plastic
Tent Accessory
$7
MSR Camring Cord Tensioners
MSR
Camring Cord Tensioners
Tent Accessory
$7 - $12
Nite Ize Gear Tie 32"
Nite Ize
Gear Tie 32"
Tent Accessory
$7
DAC J-stake
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
DAC
J-stake
Stake
$7
NRS River Wing Spare Metal Stakes
NRS
River Wing Spare Metal Stakes
Stake
$7
Reliance Power Peg
Reliance
Power Peg
Stake
$7
MSR Night Glow Zipper Pulls
MSR
Night Glow Zipper Pulls
Tent Accessory
$7 - $9
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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.