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
The North Face Nebula Tent
Best of many three- and four-season tents I've owned. Supported 8 inches of wet snow in Minnesota. Held up to 50 mph winds in Utah. Didn't leak a drop in a heavy three-day rain in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge. Wish I could find another as a backup. Full review
Sierra Designs Light Year 1
This tent is bomb proof and lightweight! I think the only drawback is the smaller vestibule. That being said it is still all you will need in most cases. I would highly recommend this tent to anyone looking for a great 3.5-season tent that works well for backpacking, bike packing, motorcycle camping, and yes, even overlanding....as a backup for when there's not enough room in the RTT! First of all, let me say I have the previous model of this tent. Now, here's what I have to say: I have taken it… Full review
Aegismax Wind Hard Quilt
If you're looking for a quilt that won't break the bank and you don't expect cold temperatures (sub 40° F / 5° C ), this Aegismax Wind Hard quilt is an excellent choice. TEMPERATURE RATING The Aegismax Wind Hard quilt has been in my sights for awhile. I finally picked one up and was able to get out on a multi-day backpacking trip in some perfect weather to put this quilt to the test. The company rates the quilt at 0° - 5° Celsius (32° - 41° F) and my personal experience matches this assessment… Full review
Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL2
Great lightweight tent, but you have to know how to set it up to make it work. Bought this to lighten my gear, upgrading from my beginner Half Dome 2 (6 lbs). This tent is 2 lbs! (without the tent, pole, and stake sacks). Setup/Stability/Weather: Read a lot of reviews before buying and it seems the people who like it most take the time to learn how to stake it out properly. It took me a few practice runs, but once you adjust some of the guy-lines and stake it properly, the tent is really sturdy… Full review
The North Face Double Headed Toad 44 BX
My wife and I bought this tent used four years ago and have used it many times since. It is the perfect tent, and I would recommend it to anyone. We are a family of four—our boys are now 11 and 8—and our Double Headed Toad has served us well in a wide range of camping situations. It's so easy to set up that I trained the kids to do it, and they can have it pitched in a couple of minutes. It has never leaked or succumbed to wind, and its mesh-based internal construction means condensation is… Full review
Big Agnes Copper Hotel HV UL2
The addition of a huge vestibule to Big Agnes's tried and true Copper Spur series provides a garage for stowing gear, wet dogs, or foul-weather cooking with a minimal weight penalty—great if you need it. Sticky zippers and a little bit too much netting are setbacks. A few years back I took a four-day hike in the Rondane mountains of Norway with my four-legged buddy Ralph. On day two we exhausted ourselves with a sketchy off-trail traverse over Digeronden, an unstable rock pile greased up with… Full review
Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Pro
Very good hammock. Best symmetrical hammock of its class. I would have given it 5 stars, but I don't like the stock suspension. See below for details. I'm 6' 2" and 220 lbs. I can sleep ultra comfy in it. It's super durable. By durable, I mean getting wasted in the woods with my friends and manhandling it in the dark many times over two years. It's been dripping in sweat from muggy Florida nights and it's had condensation freeze on the bug net from cold nights. I made some mods to it but the hammock… Full review
Enlightened Equipment Revelation APEX
Revelation APEX 20 and 40 degree Fahrenheit quilts. 40-degree quilt: Good winter top layer so far. 20-degree quilt: F.O.B. (fresh out of box), but looking forward to using it soon. Background The Revelation APEX is Enlightened Equipment's Revelation quilt that uses CLIMASHIELD APEX synthetic insulation, instead of down. The Revelation APEX was previously branded by EE as the Prodigy. Other Trailspace members have written reviews about both the Revelation down quilt and the Prodigy that I suggest… Full review
MEC Tarn 3 Plus
A great tent that I've been using for many years, and hope/expect to get many more years of use from it. Story Time: Okay, first off, I should mention how I came into possession of this MEC Tarn 3 Plus tent. About 10-12 years ago, I frequented eBay quite a bit looking for great deals on lightly used mountain bikes and other equipment. One day, I came across a police auction site, propertyroom.com. It has since gone downhill a bit, but back then, it was a decent place to find nice mountain bikes… Full review
Top-Rated Tents and Shelters
What’s the “best” tent or shelter for you? Consider your personal outdoor needs, preferences, and budget:
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.
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.
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.
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.