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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$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

Recent Tent/Shelter Reviews

Kelty TraiLogic TN2

rated 4 of 5 stars Easy to use, not very heavy backpacking tent. It comes with the star gazing rain fly which is great! Setup is super easy with this tent. Kelty has color coordinated poles, tent, and rain fly so that putting it together is really simple. The color coordination is not obscene or obvious so no one will know that it is there unless they are putting the tent up.  The tent has the ability to keep the rain fly rolled up and out of the way so that you can view the stars at night. If the weather turns you… Full review

Byer Moskito Kakoon

rated 4 of 5 stars LIGHTER! STRONGER! DURABLE! A completely new design makes this Moskito the best Byer of Maine camping hammock yet! Now with a new hanging system, flexible fiberglass rods for the netting and double-fold triple stitching, the Moskito Kakoon by Amazonas improves upon the Moskito Traveller hammock and makes it a stronger, more durable, and more effective way to keep insects from spoiling a good night’s rest. The Moskito Kakoon has a standard integral hanging rope for easy setup, full-length fabric… Full review

Eureka! Timberline 2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Just purchased another Eureka Timberline. My last one survived 25 years. It is easy to set up and long lasting. I have survived many a rainy night with no problems. I find this tent easy to set up. I have done it in the dark many a time. Wind, rain have no effect on the tent at night. It is stable, and water tight. It can get a little warm even with the vents open, but I have found that if there is no chance of rain, without the rain fly it is very comfortable. There is plenty of room for two adults,… Full review

ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2.0

rated 3.5 of 5 stars This is a great tent for its price. Fairly lightweight and packable, but compared to other two-person tents it isn't very roomy inside. Additionally, when the wind starts blowing expect some water to blow under the vestibule and into the tent. Setup: The tent is fairly easy to set up once you've practiced at least once. Goes much quicker with two people. Not a fast pitch design. Footprint is not included Stability: There is a small air vent that requires its own line and stake. If you get lazy and… Full review

Northwest Territory Sierra Dome Backpack Tent 9' x 7'

rated 5 of 5 stars Held up in a storm that was raining 2 inches an hour for a whole night. I got this tent for a week of camping with my buddy. Four days in my camping trip one night at 11pm until 12 pm the next day it rains 2 inches an hour with 20mph winds. No rain came it at all. The only drawback and I knew better was to let anything touch the walls of the tent. Well the foot of my sleeping bag was wet because it was drawing the moisture of the rain. There were no puddles or seam leackage in the tent. We did not… Full review

Northwest Territory Kmart model

rated 4 of 5 stars Very nice tent for the price, easy setup and tear down with two or more people. Overall a very great tent with ease of setup and tear down. Other campers are in awe of the space inside and the look of the windows. Full review

Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2

rated 5 of 5 stars Super lightweight tent that meets the requirements for weight and room. Provides great weather protection from the toughest storms. I used this tent along with footprint on the JMT. Had uncharacteristic heavy rain and hail during the trip and the tent performed super. Tent was easy to set up even on all the granite that exists in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Never had an issue with condensation even during heavy rain. To vent the top of the door zipper can be open and to allow venting but keeps… Full review

Kelty Acadia 4

rated 4 of 5 stars Nice tent for car camping. Easy setup with good protection from cold and rain. Cool when needed. Best for two or three people. Excellent product for car camping after many uses. Plenty of room in the vestibules on both sides. Large doors mean no restrictions on entry and exit. A queen air mattress can even fit through either doorway. The two doors allow easy access and airflow when using the rain fly, which i almost use. However, on dry balmy nights, removing the rain fly allows good breeze and… Full review

MSR Carbon Core Stake Kit

rated 2 of 5 stars Too fragile. I used these stakes twice before one of them broke. Surprisingly it didn't break while driving it into the ground. I had difficulty removing the stakes from the ground, and one of them broke as I wiggled it side-to-side attempting to loosen it. The end of the stake is still in the ground in the Sierra Nevada. 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 - $10
Sierra Designs J Stake
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs
J Stake
Stake
$1 - $14
SMC Sheet Tent Stake
SMC
Sheet Tent Stake
Stake
$2
REI Aluminum Hook Tent Stake
REI
Aluminum Hook Tent Stake
Stake
$2
MSR Groundhog Tent Stake
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
MSR
Groundhog Tent Stake
Stake
$2 - $19
REI Snow Stake
REI
Snow Stake
Stake
$2
Vargo Aluminum Summit Tent Stake
Vargo
Aluminum Summit Tent Stake
Stake
$13
Nite Ize Figure 9 Carabiner
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Nite Ize
Figure 9 Carabiner
Tent Accessory
$2 - $10
MSR Mini Groundhog Stake
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR
Mini Groundhog Stake
Stake
$2 - $17
Coghlan's Mini Stretch Cord
Coghlan's
Mini Stretch Cord
Tent Accessory
$2
Coghlan's Stretch Cord
Coghlan's
Stretch Cord
Tent Accessory
$2
MSR Blizzard Stake
MSR
Blizzard Stake
Stake
$3 - $4
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
MSR Cyclone Stake
MSR
Cyclone Stake
Stake
$5 - $24
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
$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
Nite Ize Big S-Biner Plastic
Nite Ize
Big S-Biner Plastic
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
MSR Night Glow Zipper Pulls
MSR
Night Glow Zipper Pulls
Tent Accessory
$7 - $9
MSR Universal Zipper Pulls
MSR
Universal Zipper Pulls
Tent Accessory
$7 - $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.