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
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 - $399.99
$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

Recent Tent/Shelter Reviews

Little Shop of Hammocks Toaster Under Quilt

rated 5 of 5 stars A full length 800 FP HyperDri goose down hammock under quilt rated for 0 F. Available in a large variety of colour combinations and fabric types, I choose the A90 (.9 oz/sq yrd.) olive outside with the same A90 fabric in black on the inside. After testing it out a few nights this winter it is more than capable of taking you down to the 0 degree point, I remained toasty and warm well past freezing on a couple nights. Over stuff of the down is available for those venturing out in sub 0 temps. Very… Full review

Exped Bivy Bag Ventair/PU

rated 3 of 5 stars If you plan on sleeping in hot weather get something that keeps the fabric of your body and allows for windflow/airflow. I don't like the flexible wire, cannot seem to get the hood to stay off face, it doesn't breathe as well as what I had hoped but is it the most breathable bivy bag available (40000MVTR - found this out by emailing staff in America). I don't like it because I don't like fabric touching my face in general, not only that but the fabric has to be super breathable and super air permitting… Full review

Therm-a-Rest Slacker Hammock House

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The Slacker Hammock House is the “grand slam” Therm-a-Rest needed to prove they are a worthy contender in the hammock market. The Hammock House is both a reliable all-in-one system and an exceptional value for the money. I came away from this test greatly impressed and eager to recommend this system to anyone looking to start backpacking with a hammock. Because I feel the need to discuss each component of the Hammock House in detail, this is a very long review. If you are not a detail-oriented… Full review

The North Face Dyad 22

rated 3 of 5 stars Not for big people... I have to admit I bought mine used and the seam tape was literally falling off. In the end I got it for free, as the seller basically sold me an extremely used dirty tent that he advertised as used but in great condition. He didn't want it back and refunded me full. Now for the tent. My guess, all tents are based off 6' 110 pounds wet of pure muscle or little people. Because I am not. I am 6'3" 309 lbs with wide shoulders. As every two-person tent I have ever owned was like… Full review

Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1

rated 4 of 5 stars The Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1 is lightweight, packs down small, and most importantly, there's enough room for 1 person! This review is for the older model (2007).  Setup: The setup of the Seedhouse 1 is not as easy as most current models. There are three permanent loops that you have to run your spine pole through before you can tack the poles into the grommets in the three corners. Once the pole is slid through, there is one more tricky component. The sides of the fly need to be clipped into the… Full review

Sierra Designs Superflash

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Bought new very long ago. Treasured tent, not used for many years. Recently used it again, found coating on flysheet has gone gummy. Inner tent OK, poles like new. Perhaps person above with bad poles would like to sell me theirs or buy mine. Excellent design. Should be updated with polyester flysheet. Full review

Cabela's Alaskan Guide

rated 5 of 5 stars Strongest dome tent I have owned! I have both the 8 man tent and the 6 man tent with the added floor protector for both plus they made a corridor to connect two tents.   We use the 8 man tent to sleep in and the six man to keep all of our gear.   These tent are extremely strong and by far the most well made tent I have had.       Full review

Cabela's Alaskan Guide 8-Man

rated 5 of 5 stars Strongest dome tent I have owned! I have both the 8 man tent and the 6-Man tent with the added floor protector for both, plus they made a corridor to connect two tents.  We use the 8-man tent to sleep in and the 6-man to keep all of our gear.  These tent are extremely strong and by far the most well made tent I have had. Full review

Ozark Trail Tent

rated 0.5 of 5 stars Expensive for something that you could get a better deal from a closeout store. As an American soldier who is nearing 30 years of service, a soldier who has lived in tents for months in Iraq and Afghanistan, a soldier who knows what a good tent is and what a HORRIBLE tent is, I say do not, Do Not, DO NOT buy an Ozark Trail tent. This piece of crap promises the buyer a lot for a lot of money, but what you get is something of lesser quality than if you bought a tent from the local Dollar store. Like… Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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Coghlan's ABS Tent Pegs Stake
$1
Coghlan's Aluminum Tent Pegs Stake
$1 - $2
MSR Dart Tent Stakes Stake
$1 - $12
REI Aluminum Hook Tent Stake Stake
$2
Coghlan's Nail Pegs Stake
$2
Vargo Aluminum Summit Tent Stake Stake
$16
Coghlan's Guy Line Adapters Tent Accessory
$2
Coghlan's Guy Ropes with Slides Tent Accessory
$2
Nite Ize Figure 9 Rope Tightener Tent Accessory
$2 - $5
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Needle Stake Kit Stake
$2 - $14
Hilleberg Tent Pole Holder Tent Accessory
$2
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Nite Ize CamJam Cord Tightener Tent Accessory
$2 - $6
Coghlan's Mini Stretch Cord Tent Accessory
$2
 
Coghlan's Mosquito Head Net Bug Net
$2
Gossamer Gear Tite-Lite Titanium Tent Stakes Stake
$3
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Lawson Equipment Titanium Tent Stake Stake
$3 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Nite Ize Figure 9 Carabiner Tent Accessory
$3 - $10
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Mini Groundhog Stake Stake
$3 - $16
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
MSR Groundhog Tent Stakes Stake
$3 - $19
Vargo Titanium Tent Stake Stake
$4 - $19
Sea to Summit Ground Control Tent Peg Stake
$3 - $26
Coghlan's Steel Tent Stakes Stake
$3
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Tarp Clips Tent Accessory
$3
Liberty Bottleworks Bug Head Net Bug Net
$3
Ultimate Survival Technologies Emergency Survival Bag Bivy Sack
$3
REI Snow Stake Stake
$3
Coghlan's Stretch Cord Tent Accessory
$3
Coghlan's Polypropylene Tent Pegs Stake
$3
Coghlan's Skewer Pegs Stake
$3
Coghlan's Ultralight Tent Stakes Stake
$3
Coghlan's Infants Mosquito Net Bug Net
$3
Snow Peak Solid Stake Stake
$4 - $10
Slumberjack Steel Stakes Stake
$4
Coghlan's No-See-Um Head Net Bug Net
$4
user rating: 2 of 5 (2)
Vargo Titanium Ascent Tent Stake Stake
$24
Vargo Titanium Crevice Stake Stake
$24
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Vargo Titanium Nail Peg Stake
$27
Nite Ize KnotBone Adjustable Bungee Tent Accessory
$4
Reliance Power Peg Stake
$4 - $7
 
Brooks-Range Tensioner Cord Set Tent Accessory
$4
Coghlan's Tent Whisk & Dust Pan Tent Accessory
$5
UCO StakeLights Stake
$5 - $19
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Deluxe Mosquito Head Net Bug Net
$5
Liberty Mountain Paracord Tent Accessory
$5 - $79
MSR Night Glow Zipper Pulls Tent Accessory
$5
 
Eagles Nest Outfitters Ridgeline 2 with Prusik Knots Hammock Accessory
$5
Eagles Nest Outfitters Aluminum Wiregate Carabiner Hammock Accessory
$5
Eagles Nest Outfitters DripStrips Hammock Accessory
$5
MSR Tent Pole Repair Splints Tent Accessory
$5
MSR Universal Zipper Pulls Tent Accessory
$5 - $6
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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.