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

Sea to Summit Escapist 15D Tarp

rated 4 of 5 stars A non-free standing shelter by design that works well with a variety of conditions and platforms. It can be pitched with a pair of trekking poles or in between two trees. It's a versatile shelter that can be used as a ground shelter or even as a hammock tarp. Since this is a modular system, the weight can be easily be distributed between two people. Best used for 3-season backpacking and can be used a solo or 2 Person shelter. Manufacturer Specs: http://www.seatosummit.com.au/products/bug-protection/escapist/… Full review

Eagles Nest Outfitters Housefly Rain Tarp

rated 5 of 5 stars 4 words, Will keep you dry. The Eagles Nest HouseFly is probably one if the best investments I've made to date in my camping gear. I spent 14 days in the Daniel Boone National Forest and it really proved itself worthy of packing. The first night out it rained, not just your mother's everyday light shower, it poured buckets. I wasn't sure if the ENO HouseFly would be up for the job. But to my surprise, me and my gear stayed perfectly dry. I was truly amazed. It's much lighter than most of the… Full review

Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Pro

rated 3 of 5 stars Decent starter hammock, comfortable and adequate. If you hang out on the East Coast, get one. After many times watching the sun get lower and searching around for a decent tent pad in SNP and surrounding areas, I, one day, encountered a fella comfortably hanging in a hammock. Thinking back to the many times of tent pad searching and noting the huge amount of trees available, I decided a hammock was worth a try. Totally worth it, especially in SNP and I assume other East Coast parks. On to the hammock… Full review

Six Moon Designs Lunar Duo

rated 4.5 of 5 stars VERY roomy, lightweight two-person tent. I've had this tent for about a year now, and I'm very happy with it. I previously had a Mountain Hardwear Hammerhead 3, which was bombproof but huge and heavy. The Lunar Duo does the job at less than half the weight (3 pounds vs 8). I bought the "Explorer," the sil-nylon version. Setup: Pretty straightforward, but it takes a bit of practice, especially if you're doing it alone. I usually have to take a couple passes at the stake-out points and guy lines before… Full review

Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest

rated 2 of 5 stars Overpriced for what you get, sizes are deceiving. Unless you get it at a significant sale price, there are other choices out there that are just as good. I own a number of hammocks, and the ENO is the more expensive than any of them and gives no advantage in quality for the extra price. My most expensive hammock is a Yukon Outfitters double, which, although its specs say that it is the same width as the ENO, is fully TWO FEET wider than the DoubleNest. It is also two feet longer. So unless you are… Full review

The North Face Pebble

rated 4 of 5 stars Durable, moderate weight, moderate packability. Setup: Because this tent stretches nice and tight and has very little flapping in the wind or pooling of rainwater, it also takes some practice to set it up efficiently. But overall it's not too bad. My main complaint with setup is that the model I bought in 2002 still used pole sleeves rather than clips and the poles had to be threaded through this in a crisscross manner and this is kind of annoying.  Stability: I have camped in some windy locations… Full review

L.L.Bean King Pine HD 4-Person Dome

rated 5 of 5 stars Top dollar car camping tent, once you try you won't go back. I write here about the old model King Pine Dome 4. If you can't have the nicest house where you live, this tent will play the part in any campground.  I have replaced the shatter-prone plastic stakes with steel stakes for the 8 required for the tent body. The footprint is color-coded matching the tent body for routing poles and tent body quickly. The poles are shock-corded fiberglass with hard mounted aluminum sleeves to join them as… Full review

Brooks-Range Ultralite Solo Tarp

rated 0.5 of 5 stars This tarp does not hold up, and does not keep a single word promised in the information from Brooks-Range. I have had this tarp for two years. I've only used it twice. Once on one winter hike to cover up the lean-to, and once on a hike in the Whites in the month of August. I was using it in combination with my Rab eVent bivy that I normally only use during the winter. The tarp is very small for 1 person and it can only just be done under perfect conditions. I was setting camp at the Liberty Springs… Full review

Ozark Trail 3 Room Family Tent

rated 3.5 of 5 stars We've used Ozark Trail tents for 10 years purchasing larger tents as our family grew. They are great tents if cared for properly. Our family has used Ozark Trail tents for over ten years, purchasing larger tents as our family grew. They hold up in heavy winds and rain if properly cared for. Recently, my family and I took our tent down, packed it away, put it on our trailer, and as we headed home we got stuck in a HEAVY rain storm. When we got home we were unaware that the tarps to the tents had… 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
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 Mini Groundhog Stake
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR
Mini Groundhog Stake
Stake
$3 - $17
MSR Groundhog Tent Stake
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
MSR
Groundhog Tent Stake
Stake
$3 - $19
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 Skewer Pegs
Coghlan's
Skewer Pegs
Stake
$3
Snow Peak Solid Stake
Snow Peak
Solid Stake
Stake
$4 - $9
MSR Blizzard Stake
MSR
Blizzard Stake
Stake
$4
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
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
$7
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
Nite Ize Figure 9 Tent Line Kit
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Nite Ize
Figure 9 Tent Line Kit
Tent Accessory
$7 - $10
Sea to Summit Tent Pole Bag
Sea to Summit
Tent Pole Bag
Tent Accessory
$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.