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
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$500 and above

Recent Tent/Shelter Reviews

Mountain Hardwear Lightpath 2

rated 3 of 5 stars Alright I bought this tent as a space saver for motorcycle camping.  It saved space and was very light. However, I did not know that the ceiling height was so low at 38". I have to kick my legs into the vestibule to take my pants off and put my shirt on and vice versa. It would be a great tent for someone who doesn't mind the limited maneuverability. Over all for what it was designed for it does a very good job. No way of fitting two people in there. Full review

Coleman Hooligan 2

rated 4 of 5 stars Great Tent This is a great tent from a great company. Coleman stands by their products just like any of the other big manufacturers. The floor of this thing is indestructible. Slide it over rocks, sticks, stumps whatever and never fear of tearing it. The single pole means set up is a breeze. 5 minutes or less easy after you stake the floor down. There is no need for a footprint with this baby because the floor is that indestructible. I use it for car camping or if there is a need for more "space"… Full review

Mountain Hardwear Taurine 2

rated 5 of 5 stars This Tent Is The Jam Man I love this tent. The storage space inside is something that really comes into play for those extended stays. The vertical walls give the tent a very spacious feel and is easily capable of accommodating 2 people with bunches of gear. For the winter, the venting options are numerous with double sides doors and interior vents. The vestibules can zip from the top or bottom as well creating even more ventilation. This tent rocks, and is stable as all get out. Full review

Tarptent Double Rainbow

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a very lightweight, single wall, two-door tent that is very durable, easy to set up and withstands inclement weather (especially high winds). Tent material is silicone impregnated ripstop nylon; tent pole is Easton aluminum; full mesh netting for bug protection I received this tent last December as a Christmas gift.  I seam sealed it myself.  After using the tent stakes that came with it once, I swapped them out for a more rugged stake, the MSR Groundhog.  The original stakes were just… Full review

VauDe Campo XT 5

rated 4 of 5 stars The Campo XT5 seems to be a quality tent that should last for a good number of years. I just received my Campo XT5 from Campsaver after much thought. I have camped for 50 years and very much enjoy it. My wife does not because of the inconveniences my smaller mountaineering tents pose for her.  Basically if I am going to get her to join me on outings I needed a bigger tent. I also considered options from Big Agnes, Kelty, Marmot, REI, and Redvers. For comparison, my other tents include an original… Full review

Big Agnes Burn Ridge Outfitter 2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A great mid-weight, affordable backpacking tent. I can set up the tent in 2 minutes after a few setup experiences. I love the fact that it is free-standing and rarely use the pegs (this also allows me to hold the upper pole and shake out the tent before packing). The quick-clips are far superior to sleeved poles. By exchanging the included pegs with titanium, I shed several ounces. I also use a Mylar footprint (emergency poncho) which costs $1 each and is recyclable at the end of the trip. It is… Full review

Cabela's Alaskan Guide 8-Man

rated 2.5 of 5 stars Good for standing up against strong wind and not getting wet from hard rains. Bad for being warm. I have camped in this 8-person guide tent numerous times. As far as being sturdy in a strong wind or being waterproof this tent cannot be beat. However for cold weather camping it falls a bit short. This is the first time i have used it in very cold weather meaning no snow with wind, rain and temps in the teens. I am not sure how you can stay warm in a tent that has three open roof vents that cannot… Full review

Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Some help with your decision whether to purchase the UL1. And it is freestanding! First start with the specs: Fly 9 oz; Inner 10.2 oz; Poles 6.9 oz; Tent Stuff sack 0.56 oz; Pole stuff sack 0.4 oz; Stake stuff sack 0.1 oz;  Replaced 11 original stakes 4.4 oz with 8 titanium stakes 0.56 oz (cost $10); Replaced 3.7 oz groundsheet (which was free with purchase) with 1 oz mylar (Cost $1). Total tent price after 21% off sale $260. Total weight 1 lb 12.7oz.  The Platinum is a lighter option which weighs… Full review

Sierra Madre Research Pares

rated 5 of 5 stars A really comfortable hammock for tall people, the quality from Sierra Madre is great and the Pares hammock is built with durability in mind. The fabric is different from any other hammock I've tried, and at 10.75' in length and 6.5' in width it really has a great diagonal lay! The unique stuff sack really compresses the Pares hammock down nicely, almost to a softball size. Product: Pares Hammock from Sierra Madre Research or SMr  Color: Green Chives I am 6' 2" at approximately 195lbs Setup: Because… 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 - $12
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
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 Blizzard Stake
MSR Blizzard Stake Stake
$2 - $3
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
Eagles Nest Outfitters Hammock Repair Kit
Eagles Nest Outfitters Hammock Repair Kit Hammock Accessory
$2
MSR Mini Groundhog Stake
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Mini Groundhog Stake Stake
$2 - $14
Nite Ize Figure 9 Carabiner
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Nite Ize Figure 9 Carabiner Tent Accessory
$2 - $10
Lawson Equipment Titanium Tent Stake
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Lawson Equipment Titanium Tent Stake Stake
$3 MSRP
Vargo Titanium Tent Stake
Vargo Titanium Tent Stake Stake
$4 - $22
Snow Peak Solid Stake
Snow Peak Solid Stake Stake
$3 - $9
Coghlan's Tarp Holder
Coghlan's Tarp Holder Tent Accessory
$3
Coghlan's Skewer Pegs
Coghlan's Skewer Pegs Stake
$3
Liberty Mountain Guy Line Adjusters
Liberty Mountain Guy Line Adjusters Tent Accessory
$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
Nite Ize KnotBone Adjustable Bungee
Nite Ize KnotBone Adjustable Bungee Tent Accessory
$4 - $7
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
MSR Cyclone Stake
MSR Cyclone Stake Stake
$5 - $24
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
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
 
Evernew Titanium Peg Stake
$6
Exped Tension Lock Mini
Exped Tension Lock Mini Tent Accessory
$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
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.