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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Price

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$300 - $399.99
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$500 and above

Recent Tent/Shelter Reviews

Marmot Traillight 2P

rated 4 of 5 stars A desent solo tent for the summer sub-alpine I bought this as a solo summer mountain tent and am happy with what I have. It is perfect for one person. If two men are sharing this tent then they are probably sharing more than a tent. I have not had it in any summer snow conditions (YET), but if you're able to tie it down it should handle a couple of inches, which makes the 5 lb total travel weight reasonable.  I've had it for a few years on 6 or 7 backcountry trips. Everything has held up well… Full review

REI Hobitat 4

rated 5 of 5 stars A tent big enough to stand in, or lounge inside with several friends during stormy weather. Great for most types of weather, even light snow. Great all around, car camping tent. Full review

Big Agnes Rattlesnake SL1 mtnGLO

rated 5 of 5 stars Light and spacious for a 1P tent. I've been searching for a 1P tent that balances space with weight. This is the one. fairly taught tent without guys side entry facilitates the ol' in and out. Set up: Really easy set up. There's a solo collapsible pole system and one cross pole for the top. Just insert the poles into the 4 corners, clip the tent to the poles, and fasten the top cross pole, Done. No sleeves, no problem. The fly has 4 corner clips that make it very simple. Additionally, the fly fastens… Full review

REI Half Dome 2

rated 2.5 of 5 stars Good in fair weather only. ANY amount of rain consistently ends up coming in through the vents even velcroed shut. Heavy rain bounces into the tent from under the flaps. After many soaked nights, I have begun adding modifications since I live in Australia and can't really exchange it—fingers crossed on the mods. This tent is great in dry weather. We have used it in all sorts of terrain—hard earth, soft earth, duff, grass, river cobbles (with protective blanket under, that was car camping), etc. Full review

Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1

rated 4.5 of 5 stars In my estimation this tent has all four major attributes necessary in a one-man, three-season tent. Ease of setup, ease to dismantle, durability, and weight. One downfall is there is a minimum of headroom for taller folks, I'm 5'9" and it just accommodates me. I've camped in mine through rain and wind storms and stayed protected and dry. i've used this tent in the Arizona desert and the woods of the Boundary Waters in upper Minnesota and it delivers time after time. I usually use it staked down… Full review

Sierra Designs Comet

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Fast setup, good fly. Full review

Kelty Salida 2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This product is great as far as airflow, weight, and price point. Larger vestibules area similar to the Sierra Design Flash Lightning and the like would be awesome, but you sacrifice weight for convenient storage. But for a smaller size weight 2-man tent this is a great buy if you can get your hands on one. I took this pack for five days out on the PCT last year in February and it performed flawlessly. I had no issues with condensation even though it got quite cold and stayed quite damp. I do use… Full review

Macpac Olympus

rated 5 of 5 stars Legendary mountain tent for Australia / NZ. I have been camping, hiking, XC skiing, and mountaineering for 40 (+) years and have owned many (many) tents. Winter experience covers most of the Australian alps, Antarctica, NZ, Patagonia, and a very cold German winter. This is the only 4-season tent I have ever owned, and I suspect that it will last me the next 20 years.  The Macpac Olympus is a very popular / highly regarded tent, particularly in Australia / NZ. Macpac was originally a NZ brand, but… Full review

Etowah Outfitters 8 x 10 Tarp

rated 5 of 5 stars A very durable yet lightweight shelter for anyone not looking to spend hundreds of dollars on an overpriced shelter. Lighter than most more expensive shelters and made in the U.S.A. I picked this shelter up in 2006 and used it for 10 years before it finally wore out. For the price I don't think you could beat that. I put an average of 30- 40 nights a year under this tarp before finally taking it with me on my 2014 thru hike of the Appalachian Trail. It made it halfway before finally needing to… Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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Coghlan's ABS Tent Pegs Stake
$1
Coghlan's Cord-lok Tent Accessory
$1
REI Aluminum Hook Tent Stake Stake
$2
Sierra Designs Hex Peg Stake
$2 - $14
REI Snow Stake Stake
$2
 
Vargo Aluminum Summit Tent Stake Stake
$16
Nite Ize Figure 9 Rope Tightener Tent Accessory
$2 - $6
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
MSR Groundhog Tent Stake Stake
$2 - $19
Coghlan's Mini Stretch Cord Tent Accessory
$2
Coghlan's Stretch Cord Tent Accessory
$2
Reliance Power Peg Stake
$2 - $3
Coghlan's Nail Pegs Stake
$2 - $3
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Nite Ize Figure 9 Carabiner Tent Accessory
$2 - $9
Gossamer Gear Tite-Lite Titanium Tent Stakes Stake
$3
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Lawson Equipment Titanium Tent Stake Stake
$3 MSRP
Vargo Titanium Tent Stake Stake
$3
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Mini Groundhog Stake Stake
$3 - $17
Easton Nano Tent Stake Stake
$3 - $19
Ultimate Survival Technologies Emergency Survival Bag Bivy Sack
$3
Eagles Nest Outfitters Hammock Repair Kit Hammock Accessory
$3
Coghlan's Tarp Holder Tent Accessory
$3
Coghlan's Aluminum Tent Pegs Stake
$3
Coghlan's Skewer Pegs Stake
$3
Snow Peak Solid Stake Stake
$4 - $11
user rating: 2 of 5 (2)
Vargo Titanium Ascent Tent Stake Stake
$4 MSRP
Vargo Titanium Crevice Stake Stake
$24
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Vargo Titanium Nail Peg Stake
$27
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Tarp Clips Tent Accessory
$4
Coghlan's Steel Tent Stakes Stake
$4
Coghlan's Braided Nylon Cord Tent Accessory
$4
Coghlan's Tent Whisk & Dust Pan Tent Accessory
$4
 
Brooks-Range Tensioner Cord Set Tent Accessory
$4
Liberty Mountain Para Cord Tent Accessory
$4
UCO StakeLights Stake
$5
Eagles Nest Outfitters Ridgeline 2 with Prusik Knots Hammock Accessory
$5
Eagles Nest Outfitters DripStrips Hammock Accessory
$5
MSR Blizzard Stake Stake
$5
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Nite Ize Gear Tie Tent Accessory
$5 - $25
NRS River Wing Spare Plastic Stakes Stake
$5
 
Outbound All Purpose Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$5
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Nite Ize CamJam Cord Tightener Tent Accessory
$6
 
Evernew Titanium Peg Stake
$6
Sea to Summit Accessory Carabiner Set Tent Accessory
$6
Gear Aid Strap Tender Tent Accessory
$6
Coghlan's LED Nail Pegs Stake
$6
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Dutchware Ridgeline Biners Hammock Accessory
$6 MSRP
MSR Cyclone Stake Stake
$6 - $24
Slumberjack Steel Stakes Stake
$7
MSR Universal Zipper Pulls Tent Accessory
$7 - $9
NRS River Wing Spare Metal Stakes Stake
$7
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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.