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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$25 - $49.99
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$300 - $399.99
$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

Recent Tent/Shelter Reviews

Kelty TraiLogic TN2

rated 4 of 5 stars Great two-person tent. Very lightweight yet spacious. Recently bought the Trailogic TN2 and used it to to do some car camping in the Tetons and Yellowstone. Rained a lot one of the nights and the tent held up great. Best features are that it is easy to set up and very spacious inside and in vestibules. I have yet to try the stargazing mode but I am excited to use it. One problem was that water did pool in the top of the rain fly. This could have been an error in the setup. The fly as a whole did… Full review

Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock

rated 4 of 5 stars I highly recommend this hammock to beginning hammockers because it's affordable, and gives you an insight to whether or not you could be a hammocker. It's lghtweight, and packs down very small. I recommend this hammock to anyone who wants to get into hammocking. Hammocking can be very rewarding, and easy to use. Sadly though, not everyone can sleep in a hammock, where others hang hammocks in their rooms because they sleep better than in their bed. Whenever someone says "Where can I get a hammock,… Full review

Wild Country Mistral

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a superb tent, copes very well in all weathers. Have had my Mistral for 14 years and it's never let me down. Brilliant tent, great all rounder in all weathers. Have owned for 14 years. Very roomy for a 2-man tent. You won't be disappointed. Full review

The North Face Canyonlands

rated 5 of 5 stars Great tent! Mark again, My original review was in 1999 and I can't believe it's been 15 years since I bought this tent. Had this tent in rain, wind, and light snow. It's still kicking. Kept me dry and out of the wind in diverse conditions. I have taken care of it and stored it properly and it's still in great shape. Had my doubts when I bought it but I have none now. A great tent! It somehow turned into my 'go to' tent and has served me well. Full review

Sierra Designs Zeta 2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Amazing tent for a combination of backpacking and car-camping! Super easy to set up, can be done with one person in only a couple of minutes. This tent provides more than enough space for my partner and I and all our gear! When we're backpacking the weight isn't an issue and the setup is a breeze! This is probably the most waterproof tent I've ever used. We've been caught in storms (downpour and wind!) and the tent stayed completely dry despite bending somewhat under the intense wind (tent was perfectly… Full review

REI Dash 2 Tent

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Exceptional semi-freestanding lightweight 3-season tent. This is a fantastic tent for under 3 pounds. I love the fact that the material is 15 denier ripstop nylon (20 denier mesh). Plenty of mesh for great ventilation. Although the tent is rated for 2 people, it is best used as a 1 person with plenty of room for gear. I think it would be awesome if REI made a 1 person tent from the same material. I would definitely purchase it.  This tent pitches very quickly (under 1 minute in a hurry). The semi-freestanding… Full review

Quest Viper

rated 5 of 5 stars I've owned this tent longer than I've owned a cell phone. I love this tent and haven't any plans to replace it. I look for another one on eBay just to have two. This company made great tents that were easy to set up and handled all that nature could throw at them. Two entries and vestibules, so you never have to sleep face to face with those you don't really want to with. Great ventilation. Rain resistant to the max. All-clip setup can be done in 5 minutes. Full review

Wenzel Current

rated 3 of 5 stars Lightweight, inexpensive, solo backpacking tent. Suitable for reasonably dry hiking areas. This inexpensive, lightweight, single-wall tent won't keep you perfectly dry in a rainstorm, but for the minimal size and weight it is still well worth carrying. I carried one of these on three section hikes on the PCT and it performed well even in the snow. It kept me out of the wind and the rain, although of course there isn't a whole lot of rainfall in that part of the country, so it would probably not… Full review

Eagles Nest Outfitters SlapStrap

rated 3 of 5 stars The SlapStraps are ENO's most basic suspension system. They work fine but lack versatility — a much desired characteristic in the backcountry when scoping out anchor points for a hammock. I recently reviewed my ENO DoubleNest and thought it would be appropriate to include a review of the suspension system I use with said hammock. The ENO SlapStraps are an ENO manufactured accessory that works with any of their hammocks. These are only one of various suspension systems ENO manufactures for their… 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 Hex Peg
Sierra Designs
Hex Peg
Stake
$1 - $11
Sierra Designs J Stake
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs
J Stake
Stake
$1 - $15
SMC Sheet Tent Stake
SMC
Sheet Tent Stake
Stake
$2
REI Aluminum Hook Tent Stake
REI
Aluminum Hook Tent Stake
Stake
$2
REI Snow Stake
REI
Snow Stake
Stake
$2
Vargo Aluminum Summit Tent Stake
Vargo
Aluminum Summit Tent Stake
Stake
$2 MSRP
Coghlan's Stretch Cord
Coghlan's
Stretch Cord
Tent Accessory
$2
Nite Ize Figure 9 Carabiner
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Nite Ize
Figure 9 Carabiner
Tent Accessory
$2 - $10
MSR Blizzard Stake
MSR
Blizzard Stake
Stake
$3 - $4
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 Aluminum Tent Pegs
Coghlan's
Aluminum Tent Pegs
Stake
$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
$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
Eagles Nest Outfitters DripStrips
Eagles Nest Outfitters
DripStrips
Hammock Accessory
$4
Nite Ize Gear Tie 24"
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Nite Ize
Gear Tie 24"
Tent Accessory
$4 - $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
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
Sierra Designs Night Glow Disc Attic
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs
Night Glow Disc Attic
Gear Loft
$5 - $24
 
Evernew
Titanium Peg
Stake
$5
Coghlan's LED Nail Pegs
Coghlan's
LED Nail Pegs
Stake
$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
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 Big S-Biner Plastic
Nite Ize
Big S-Biner Plastic
Tent Accessory
$7
Sea to Summit Tent Pole Bag
Sea to Summit
Tent Pole Bag
Tent Accessory
$8
Black Diamond Replacement Tent Stakes
Black Diamond
Replacement Tent Stakes
Stake
$8 MSRP
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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.