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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Price

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

Vango Tempest 400

rated 5 of 5 stars A sturdy, lightweight and compact all-in-one or fly-first pitch tent suitable for up to four persons or a family. This modestly priced Duke of Edinburgh recommended kit can handle a wide range of weather conditions, uses quality materials, and has a clever tunnel design with excellent ventilation giving you confidence to accompany you for your next outdoor challenge. An 'all in one' or fly-first pitch Duke of Edinburgh recommended tunnel tent with three colour-coded alloy poles for quick setup day… Full review

Eureka! Solitaire

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Good tent, small, light, easy setup. View of the stars, and warm. Picked up this tent for $30 USD, from the Eureka website outlet.  Warning, Eureka's website states that refurbished tents may be dirty. They are not kidding, this tent was extremely muddy. Set it up (and wiped it down) in the backyard last night and slept in it. Very small but I was able to fit my pack and some misc. items I grabbed to test it out. (I am 5'9" and 240 lbs, not a small guy and I fit fine). My sleeping pad also fit,… Full review

Eureka! Apex 2XT

rated 4 of 5 stars Compact when packed, easy to use, good starter tent. I bought this tent 5 years ago for a ridiculously low price and it has held up remarkably well, despite abuse and nights spent with a hairy, wet, clawed German Shepherd. It's kept me dry in torrential rainstorms and is very easy to set up by yourself, though it fits two adults, gear, and a dog (if you all like to cuddle). Never had any issues with zippers catching or breaking, which is a huge pet peeve of mine. It has always seemed stable and… Full review

ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2.0

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Going on my third year with this tent and it has performed better than expected. Great for two people and better if you're solo. My son and I recently backpacked a 7-day, 60-mile loop with the Boy Scouts in the Weminuche Wilderness in Colo. We had nice weather along with a few rainy days. Tent performed flawlesly. The two door vestibule is really nice as we each had our own entry and plenty of space to keep our backpacks.  No crawling over each other to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Full review

ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2.0

rated 5 of 5 stars At a little over four pounds, the ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2.0 will scare away all the very weight conscious wimps, but the price, durability, and simplicity of its two-pole system, more than makes up for the weight, as far as I am concerned. I'd recommend Alps products as a nice alternative to anyone on an REI budget. I bought the Zephyr 2, for JMT #13, in 2013. It arrived just a few days before I took off and I didn't spend any time setting it up, but rather just accounted for all the parts… Full review

Mountain Hardwear Lightwedge 3 DP

rated 4.5 of 5 stars After having the MH Lightwedge 2 for a period of a couple years, I decided to upgrade and couldn't be happier with my purchase of the MH Lightwedge 3! This tent has tremendous quality and a very strong pole design with super rapid clips that pop it up in minutes — even single-handedly. I have owned everything from Mountain Hardwear jackets, sleeping bags, to backpacks, but my favorite has to be their tents. As mentioned I have has the MH Light Wedge 2 tent for several years — and was eager to… Full review

ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 1.0

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Awesome, lightweight tent at an unbeatable price! Perfect for entry-level users. I've had this tent for six or so months now, and it's still giving me good vibes. A few notes: While I haven't really used this tent in cold weather, it's almost completely mesh, so better have a good sleeping bag! The included bag is kinda big. Orange rain fly isn't the best for stealth camping. This is a generously sized single-person tent, I would say a couple wouldn't be uncomfortable in here at all. I've seen a… Full review

The North Face Flint 1 Tent

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Easy and fast to set up. Holds up well in the rain. Extra spacious inside. I've used this tent on the side of the river out of my kayak and in the mountains out of my backpack. It's easy to store and easy to set up. I have sat through a rainstorm in it and even without a footprint it kept me dry. I love this lightweight tent. Full review

Eureka! Solitaire

rated 5 of 5 stars Loved my very first solo tent! I bought this tent for a solo hike on the Dobson Trail. For my first solo tent, I found it very lightweight and compact. Easy setup. No enough instructions for the fly though. 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 Y-Peg
Sierra Designs
Y-Peg
Stake
$1 - $11
SMC Sheet Tent Stake
SMC
Sheet Tent Stake
Stake
$2
REI Aluminum Hook Tent Stake
REI
Aluminum Hook Tent Stake
Stake
$2
Sierra Designs Hex Peg
Sierra Designs
Hex Peg
Stake
$2 - $11
Nite Ize Figure 9 Carabiner
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Nite Ize
Figure 9 Carabiner
Tent Accessory
$2 - $10
Sierra Designs J Stake
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs
J Stake
Stake
$2 - $15
REI Snow Stake
REI
Snow Stake
Stake
$2
Vargo Aluminum Summit Tent Stake
Vargo
Aluminum Summit Tent Stake
Stake
$13
MSR Groundhog Tent Stake
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
MSR
Groundhog Tent Stake
Stake
$2 - $19
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 - $13
MSR Mini Groundhog Stake
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR
Mini Groundhog Stake
Stake
$3 - $17
Eagles Nest Outfitters Hammock Repair Kit
Eagles Nest Outfitters
Hammock Repair Kit
Hammock Accessory
$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
$4 MSRP
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
Nite Ize Gear Tie 24"
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Nite Ize
Gear Tie 24"
Tent Accessory
$4 - $5
Eagles Nest Outfitters DripStrips
Eagles Nest Outfitters
DripStrips
Hammock Accessory
$5
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
Sierra Designs Night Glow Disc Attic
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs
Night Glow Disc Attic
Gear Loft
$5
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
Nite Ize Big S-Biner Plastic
Nite Ize
Big S-Biner Plastic
Tent Accessory
$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
MSR Cyclone Stake
MSR
Cyclone Stake
Stake
$6 - $24
 
Evernew
Titanium Peg
Stake
$6
Nite Ize Figure 9 Tent Line Kit
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Nite Ize
Figure 9 Tent Line Kit
Tent Accessory
$7 - $10
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
Black Diamond Replacement Tent Stakes
Black Diamond
Replacement Tent Stakes
Stake
$8 MSRP
Coghlan's Tube Tent
Coghlan's
Tube Tent
Tarp/Shelter
$8
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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.