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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Recent Tent/Shelter Reviews

The North Face Northwind

rated 1 of 5 stars Outstanding design, simple to erect. However if it rains you might as well go and sleep outside!!! The tent was returned to North Face and nothing was done it was returned to me as it left pretty disgusting from a company like North Face. How can North Face get it so wrong all they need to do to make the tent a five star+ tent is to make it waterproof end of story. Full review

The North Face Northwind

rated 1 of 5 stars Outstanding design, simple to erect. However if it rains you might as well go and sleep outside!!! The tent was returned to North Face and nothing was done it was returned to me as it left pretty disgusting from a company like North Face. How can North Face get it so wrong all they need to do to make the tent a five star+ tent is to make it waterproof end of story. Full review

Mountain Hardwear Mountain Jet 2

rated 0.5 of 5 stars Most seams are glued, zero stitching in the areas like the entire tub of the tent. the tent has absolutely fallen apart at the seams. poor construction terrible POS. I will never purchase another item from Mountain Hardware! Most seams are glued, zero stitching in the areas like the entire tub of the tent. the tent has absolutely fallen apart at the seams. poor construction terrible POS.  I will never purchase another item from Mountain Hardware! Full review

Eagles Nest Outfitters ENO Junglenest HouseFly Rain Tarp

rated 5 of 5 stars The ENO Housefly Rain Tarp is a large hammock shelter designed to provide full coverage with the added benefit of overlapping doors that provide full wind and weather protection with the added convenience of buckles to stow the doors out of the way when not needed. I was looking to assemble my first hammock system and decided that the ENO HouseFly offered the most ready to go, factory provided, features that would expedite my entry into the world of hammock camping. The HouseFly is 10' 6" X 10'… Full review

Big Agnes Tumble 2 mtnGLO

rated 5 of 5 stars The tent was super easy to assemble, especially considering it was my first tent to ever try to put together. It also has lot of mesh pockets within the tent, which was helpful to be able to find stuff quick and easy. The tent was super easy to assemble especially considering it was my first tent to ever try to put together. The footprint was not included of course, and I could not easily find it in the REI store. It must be bought online.  The ventilation was great! There is only one door though,… Full review

Moss Tents Starlet (Three-Season)

rated 5 of 5 stars Beautiful, technically satisfying, sadly no longer made. Just wanted to include my review of this no-longer-obtainable tent so as to post pictures. Okay, also to reminisce a little. I bought this when my little Italian sportbike was still up and running and I'd just started the adventure of motorcycle camping. The tent I had at the time was a Eureka Bike-N-Hike. It had served me well, including several motorcycle trips, a car-camping trip one July from north of the Arctic Circle through Alaska,… Full review

Mountain Hardwear Ghost UL 2

rated 4 of 5 stars For the backpacker who can afford to purchase an ultralight tent and who doesn’t mind compromising on space (and therefore also a measure of comfort), the Mountain Hardwear Ghost UL 2 offers a well-made, viable option for a double-wall two-person tent. Introduction For backpackers intent on lightening their loads, reducing shelter weight is often a priority. Weight reduction almost invariably means a push-and-pull among item characteristics: if quality is maintained as weight goes down, cost generally… Full review

REI Half Dome 2

rated 5 of 5 stars I LOVE this tent! It is easy to set up in daylight or at night and works in the snow or on dirt. It easily fits two people and because I'm short I can even stow my pack at my feet. This tent has met all of my expectations and I would recommend it for backpacking, mountaineering, and just general camping. I love this tent. It is incredibly easy to set up and can be done easily even in the dark. The fly is a little more difficult to set up in the dark and sometimes I don't stake it. I just attach… Full review

Northwest Territory 16' x 14' Extreme Vacation Home

rated 5 of 5 stars Love my tent. Storm broke five of the pole hubs. Roof hubs are fine. Does anyone have any they are wiling to sell? Maybe your tent was ruined and hubs are intact. Other than learning how to set the tent up, it's great. Roomy for my family. Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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Coghlan's ABS Tent Pegs Stake
$1
Coghlan's Aluminum Tent Pegs Stake
$1 - $2
Coghlan's Cord-lok Tent Accessory
$1
Sierra Designs Hex Peg Stake
$1 - $119
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Needle Stake Kit Stake
$1 - $11
REI Aluminum Hook Tent Stake Stake
$2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Mini Groundhog Stake Stake
$2
 
Vargo Aluminum Summit Tent Stake Stake
$16
Nite Ize Figure 9 Rope Tightener Tent Accessory
$2 - $6
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Nite Ize CamJam Cord Tightener Tent Accessory
$2 - $6
Coghlan's Mini Stretch Cord Tent Accessory
$2
 
Reliance Power Peg Stake
$2 - $3
Coghlan's Mosquito Head Net Bug Net
$2
Coghlan's Nail Pegs Stake
$2 - $3
Gossamer Gear Tite-Lite Titanium Tent Stakes Stake
$3
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Lawson Equipment Titanium Tent Stake Stake
$3 MSRP
Coghlan's Stretch Cord Tent Accessory
$3
Vargo Titanium Tent Stake Stake
$3
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Nite Ize Figure 9 Carabiner Tent Accessory
$3 - $10
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
MSR Groundhog Tent Stake Stake
$3 - $19
Ultimate Survival Technologies Emergency Survival Bag Bivy Sack
$3
REI Snow Stake Stake
$3
Eagles Nest Outfitters Hammock Repair Kit Hammock Accessory
$3
Coghlan's Tarp Holder Tent Accessory
$3
 
Liberty Bottleworks Bug Head Net Bug Net
$3
Eagles Nest Outfitters DripStrips Hammock Accessory
$3 - $4
Coghlan's Skewer Pegs Stake
$3
Coghlan's No-See-Um Head Net Bug Net
$4
Snow Peak Solid Stake Stake
$4 - $6
user rating: 2 of 5 (2)
Vargo Titanium Ascent Tent Stake Stake
$24
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 Paracord Tent Accessory
$4 - $87
MSR Tent Pole Repair Splints Tent Accessory
$4
MSR Blizzard Stake Stake
$4 - $18
UCO StakeLights Stake
$4
MSR Cyclone Stake Stake
$5 - $24
 
Eagles Nest Outfitters Ridgeline 2 with Prusik Knots Hammock Accessory
$5
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Nite Ize Gear Tie Tent Accessory
$5 - $25
Coghlan's Mosquito Netting Bug Net
$5
Nite Ize KnotBone Adjustable Bungee Tent Accessory
$5
NRS River Wing Spare Plastic Stakes Stake
$5
 
Outbound All Purpose Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$5
MSR Night Glow Zipper Pulls Tent Accessory
$5
MSR Universal Zipper Pulls Tent Accessory
$5 - $9
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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.