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

Zpacks Duplex Tent

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Overall it is a great tent- roomy, light and comfortable both in the dessert and above 12,000 feet. Sturdy when pitched well and stands up to storms (though you will notice tiny micro-holes appearing after moderate use). I used this tent for 6 months (April-September) while hiking the PCT, and I'd make the same tent choice again.  Duplex setup in sand with rocks: Is it worth the money?! Yes - IF you plan on getting A LOT of use out of it, or if lowering your base weight is very important to you. Full review

MSR Stormking

rated 1 of 5 stars Beware of 'Unplanned Obsolescence'. Consider alternatives to PU-coated mountain tents. Flysheet horror show. We loved our Stormking tent when we used it for a week on the Isle of Arran. When we took it out of storage this week, for a winter camp in the Cuillin, we were shocked to find that the flysheet had deteriorated: the seam-tape was crumbling off and the PU coating was sticking to our hands. We contacted MSR, who told us to go away and chemically remove the PU and reseal the seams ourselves! Full review

Sierra Designs Meteor 2

rated 3 of 5 stars A two-person tent best suited for those that value livability a little more than shaving ounces. Sierra Designs touts it as good for car camping or backpacking and I agree; this really is that rare 'tweener design. This is a great couples tent for those milder weather trips. Though marketed as a three-season tent, I would avoid using it  during  the edges of shoulder seasons or winter for reasons listed below. The manufactures page can be found at this link. But here are the primary specs:… Full review

Eureka! Zeus 2EXO

rated 3.5 of 5 stars A very good shelter I have traveled the PCT from end to end three times using a Zeus 1. I love this tent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is easy to put up under any conditions and is light. I have spent time in this tent through really bad rain and wind storms. I wish I could find a new one, but because of the butthead management of Eureka they no longer make them. Will Smith, Dallas, Oregon Full review

Cooke Custom Sewing 1.9oz Silicone Tundra Tarp

rated 4 of 5 stars Sturdy materials well put together make the Tundra Tarp perfect for applications where lighter materials might be a liability. Custom made in two weights (1.1 oz and 1.9 oz) and a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors Cooke gives you a lot of options to fit your needs. The numerous tie out loops and flat shape let you get really creative in your setup with lots of options at your disposal. Cooke Custom Sewing is a small family business well known in the paddling community for their shelters, packbags,… Full review

Macpac Minaret

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A four-season, plus two you never knew existed, tent. Absolutely bomb proof design, but a trifle on the small side for two. My son who works in Fiordland, NZ, has owned one for a number of years and this tent has never let him down winter or summer. It is heavy at just short of 6 lbs, but the weight is worth it when the going gets really tough. On a trip out to Pysegur there were force 12 hurricane winds and torrential rain, a little inland and in a more sheltered site we spent two days tent bound. Full review

Black Diamond HiLight

rated 4 of 5 stars Bought this tent for solo winter camping and for emergency shelter. It weighs 2.8 lbs and is described as a 1-2 person. In the den it was a challenge, but in the wind it is downright frustrating. The tent is like a parachute because you have to go inside to install the poles. I'll be spending some time practicing setting up the tent. This tent is a one-person tent! I have a 6-foot Western Mountaineering sleeping bag rated for -25 degrees. It took 3/4 of the tent and it would almost touch the tent… Full review

Macpac Minaret

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The standard by which other tents could be judged. Capable of keeping you dry and sheltered in gale force winds and torrential rain—this, after all, is what a four-season tent is all about. The first Minaret I ever used was loaned to me by a good friend for a trip into the central North Island sub alpine country in summer. That was over fifteen years ago. This version was over 10 years old and was pretty faded but it still did a good job. A few years later I purchased another one secondhand that… Full review

Outdoor Research Advanced Bivy

rated 4 of 5 stars I used this very often for three years and then infrequently for the next eight years. It worked great. Bivy use has its pros and cons, but I will leave all that to the experts and just tell what I know about this product.  I used this with a poncho tarp as my primary shelter for three years of hard use. It was great. The only issue I had was condensation in temps below 20 F degrees in the Southeast. I took my Western Mountaineering Alpinlite down to 9 degrees with this bivy and, it was cold,… Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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Coghlan's ABS Tent Pegs Stake
Coghlan's Aluminum Tent Pegs Stake
$1 - $2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
DAC J-stake Stake
MSR Dart Tent Stakes Stake
$1 - $12
REI Aluminum Hook Tent Stake Stake
Coghlan's Nail Pegs Stake
Vargo Aluminum Summit Tent Stake Stake
Coghlan's Guy Line Adapters Tent Accessory
Coghlan's Guy Ropes with Slides Tent Accessory
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Needle Stake Kit Stake
$2 - $14
Hilleberg Tent Pole Holder Tent Accessory
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Mini Groundhog Stake Stake
$2 - $17
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Nite Ize CamJam Cord Tightener Tent Accessory
$2 - $6
Coghlan's Mini Stretch Cord Tent Accessory
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
MSR Groundhog Tent Stakes Stake
$2 - $19
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Nite Ize Figure 9 Carabiner Tent Accessory
$2 - $9
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Lawson Equipment Titanium Tent Stake Stake
Vargo Titanium Tent Stake Stake
$4 - $19
Sea to Summit Ground Control Tent Peg Stake
$3 - $26
Coghlan's Steel Tent Stakes Stake
Coghlan's Skewer Pegs Stake
REI Snow Stake Stake
Eagles Nest Outfitters Hammock Repair Kit Hammock Accessory
Coghlan's Stretch Cord Tent Accessory
Coghlan's Polypropylene Tent Pegs Stake
Slumberjack Steel Stakes Stake
Coghlan's Tent Whisk & Dust Pan Tent Accessory
$3 - $4
Coghlan's Ultralight Tent Stakes Stake
Coghlan's Infants Mosquito Net Bug Net
Snow Peak Solid Stake Stake
$4 - $10
Liberty Bottleworks Bug Head Net Bug Net
user rating: 2 of 5 (2)
Vargo Titanium Ascent Tent Stake Stake
Vargo Titanium Crevice Stake Stake
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Vargo Titanium Nail Peg Stake
$5 - $26
Nite Ize KnotBone Adjustable Bungee Tent Accessory
Brooks-Range Tensioner Cord Set Tent Accessory
MSR Tent Pole Repair Splints Tent Accessory
MSR Blizzard Stake Stake
$5 - $24
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Deluxe Mosquito Head Net Bug Net
Eagles Nest Outfitters DripStrips Hammock Accessory
MSR Night Glow Zipper Pulls Tent Accessory
$5 - $6
MSR Universal Zipper Pulls Tent Accessory
$5 - $6
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Nite Ize Gear Tie Tent Accessory
$5 - $25
NRS River Wing Spare Plastic Stakes Stake
Outbound All Purpose Tarp Tarp/Shelter
Sea to Summit Accessory Carabiner Set Tent Accessory
Gear Aid Strap Tender Tent Accessory
Coleman Wisk & Dust Pan Tent Accessory
Kelty Steel Stakes Stake
$6 - $8
Coghlan's Mosquito Head Net Bug Net
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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.