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

MSR Carbon Reflex 2

rated 3 of 5 stars Tent body super light, packable, and easy to set up. Fly sticks to itself like Saran Wrap, hook/Velcro closure awkward reaching the lowest one from inside tent. Worried about leaks. Poor MSR customer service regarding fly stickiness issue. Bought the updated 2016 version in May, set it up inside. Was challenging because it is not freestanding. Fly was stuck to itself so badly, when I would get a section unpeeled and work on a different section, the other section would re-stick like Saran Wrap. … Full review

Peaktop 8 Man Big Tunnel Spider Family Group Camping Tent

rated 0.5 of 5 stars Rubbish—first time used 8 month 2016: good weather, four anchor points ripped out. I repaired the holes, other tents on site OK. A week later went again, end ones pulled, tent collapsed. Came home. Steer clear. Got hold of the firm. No returns after 3 months. I told them when I bought it I wouldn't be using for three months. Outdoorline max lead, International ltd—steer clear. Get a caravan. Full review

The North Face Assault 2

rated 0.5 of 5 stars You must have not experienced any rain. I did. The tent IS NOT WATERPROOF. All my things inside were soaked. Water poured down inside the tent walls and collected on the floor. I DO NOT RECOMMEND BUYING IT! This is not an all-season tent. It is NOT waterproof. Few hours rain in summer in Scandinavia was enough to get our sleeping mats, bags, clothes completely soaked. DON'T WASTE MONEY ON IT, DON'T BUY IT. Full review

Asolo Chameleon 6

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great family tent. I've had this tent for 10 years now and it is still going strong! The vestibule is the great thing about it. It is a great place to hang out if it rains, just bring your chairs and it becomes a living room. Well ventilated and roomy. True, just one door, but the back window opens up completely if you need an emergency exit. Full review

Warbonnet RidgeRunner

rated 5 of 5 stars Why do you want a Warbonnet Ridgerunner? It lays flat, like a bed. It also lays flat, like a bed. Then there is how it lays flat. I just got my RidgeRunner today. YAY! Had to run it out and find two trees. I found two that were about 20 feet apart. I put up straps and connected whoopies. They said to have the RR sag close to the ground, it will lift when you put the Spreader bars in. It lifted. I went over, laid into it, and ended up on the ground. I had it hanging way too low. I tightened, and… Full review

Outbound 14' Shelter Room

rated 5 of 5 stars We love this screen tent. We constantly have folks stop take pictures and ask where to buy one. I hope Outbound continues to produce these tents. I know many folks in the United States market are looking for this tent. Excellent bug sun rain protection: blocks wind blown rain from picnic table since it is not all screen, it's a "shelter room" Leaves plenty of space around the picnic table and to store gear bikes toys for children to play on rainy camp days. Pockets for storage. Full review

The North Face 2-Meter Dome

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Great tent but a major design flaw. Great tent, except for the large roof vent design. If the fly is on you need to insert an aluminum pole to prop up the chimney. Without this pole a large swimming pool will form on top your tent. However with the pole in your screen must be left open on top the tent to accommodate the pole. Thus bugs can enter. So it's either water or bugs. Major oversight on North Face design. Full review

Integral Designs Bugaboo II Bivy

rated 1.5 of 5 stars Great material, almost nailed it, but flawed design. This version seems to be an evolution of the well known Integral Designs Salathe Bivy.   A simple, fairly lightweight, but also burly durable bivy. Material is improved. Simple brim is perfect. Lots of pluses. However, the new center zipper appears to be a choice of form over function. The older versions had two symmetrical partial side zippers. Obviously one zipper versus two means weight savings. I can only assume this is the reason they went… Full review

Eureka! Tetragon 5

rated 4.5 of 5 stars It would be 5 stars if the one pole segment end had not cracked so easily. Otherwise, easy single person setup and it has thrived in numerous Northeast thunderstorms without a drop of water leaking! I bought this tent about 5 years ago. Used for car camping on multiple occasions. It sets up easy (only two poles) and has been water tight in some big storms. The front vestibule is a bit small, but I am tall, at 6'3", so this is relative. Nice height inside the tent. It also offers a vertical and horizontal… Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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Coghlan's ABS Tent Pegs Stake
Coghlan's Aluminum Tent Pegs Stake
$1 - $2
Coghlan's Cord-lok Tent Accessory
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Needle Stake Kit Stake
$1 - $11
REI Aluminum Hook Tent Stake Stake
Sierra Designs Hex Peg Stake
$2 - $159
Coghlan's Nail Pegs Stake
$2 - $3
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Mini Groundhog Stake Stake
$2 - $16
Vargo Aluminum Summit Tent Stake Stake
Coghlan's Guy Line Adapters Tent Accessory
Coghlan's Guy Ropes with Slides Tent Accessory
Nite Ize Figure 9 Rope Tightener Tent Accessory
$2 - $6
Hilleberg Tent Pole Holder Tent Accessory
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
MSR Groundhog Tent Stake Stake
$2 - $19
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Nite Ize CamJam Cord Tightener Tent Accessory
$2 - $6
Coghlan's Mini Stretch Cord Tent Accessory
Coghlan's Mosquito Head Net Bug Net
Eagles Nest Outfitters Hammock Repair Kit Hammock Accessory
Gossamer Gear Tite-Lite Titanium Tent Stakes Stake
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Lawson Equipment Titanium Tent Stake Stake
Coghlan's Stretch Cord Tent Accessory
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Nite Ize Figure 9 Carabiner Tent Accessory
$3 - $10
Vargo Titanium Tent Stake Stake
$3 - $19
Sea to Summit Ground Control Tent Peg Stake
$3 - $26
Coghlan's Steel Tent Stakes Stake
Coghlan's Skewer Pegs Stake
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Tarp Clips Tent Accessory
Ultimate Survival Technologies Emergency Survival Bag Bivy Sack
REI Snow Stake Stake
Coghlan's Tarp Holder Tent Accessory
Coghlan's Polypropylene Tent Pegs Stake
Coghlan's Tent Whisk & Dust Pan Tent Accessory
$3 - $4
Coghlan's Ultralight Tent Stakes Stake
Eagles Nest Outfitters DripStrips Hammock Accessory
$3 - $4
Coghlan's Infants Mosquito Net Bug Net
Coghlan's No-See-Um Head Net Bug Net
Snow Peak Solid Stake Stake
Liberty Bottleworks Bug Head Net Bug Net
Liberty Mountain Paracord Tent Accessory
user rating: 2 of 5 (2)
Vargo Titanium Ascent Tent Stake Stake
Vargo Titanium Crevice Stake Stake
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Vargo Titanium Nail Peg Stake
Eagles Nest Outfitters Aluminum Wiregate Carabiner Hammock Accessory
Coghlan's Braided Nylon Cord Tent Accessory
Reliance Power Peg Stake
$4 - $5
Brooks-Range Tensioner Cord Set Tent Accessory
MSR Tent Pole Repair Splints Tent Accessory
MSR Blizzard Stake Stake
$4 - $18
UCO StakeLights Stake
MSR Cyclone Stake Stake
$5 - $24
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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.