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

Northwest Territory Family Cabin 8-Person Tent 14' x 14'

rated 3 of 5 stars Used two time and the zipper broke and cant' seem to find a part or even get any help finding one. . does great in the rain and are good quality BESIDES THE ZIPPER super upset The set up for the tent is awesome i did it with my girlfriend within 15 minutes( 2 blondes that's good timing) . Did awesome in the rain which we had for 11 days straight nothing go wet inside the tent.! THERE IS A  LOT OF ROOM we had two queen size double high air mattresses and 1 twin kid one! plus 4 people and all there… Full review

The North Face Tadpole 2

rated 5 of 5 stars Fine little tent! Would recommend it to anyone looking for a sturdy backcountry two-person tent in the four pound range. Northface tents used to be the most innovative, durable and carefully stitched backcountry tents in the business, IMHO. Nothing lasts forever though, and it's been years since anyone has mentioned Northface as a cutting edge gear supplier. Until now: Wow! The current incarnation of the Tadpole 2 (2014 vers.) seems like a return to the old Northface. Proven, rock solid pole configuration,… Full review

Exped Orion

rated 3 of 5 stars Not a 4-season tent! Excellent spring/autumn tent. Too hot in summer, too unstable in winter. Setup: It's a really easy setup - the last pole might snag a little on the other two, but easily fixed. But i haven't found a way to stake it down before putting in the poles yet, so you have to hold on tight when setting up in windy conditions. can be a bit difficult to stake out the vestibules tight enough, but in nice weather you don't need any stakes.  Stability: It's very stable in moderate wind,… Full review

Terra Nova Voyager

rated 0.5 of 5 stars I have had this tent the Terra Nova Voyager for just under a year now, mostly taken out in fair weather. I decided to camp on top of Pen-y-fan 11/04/15. The wind conditions were moderate to strong at the time, but with this being rated a 4-season tent I was confident it would withstand the weather being thrown at it, but boy was I wrong. The arch pole over the door kept being blown back onto the tent and me inside all night. Despite being pitched correctly the result in the morning was a broken… Full review

Northwest Territory Olympic Cottage Deluxe Cabin Tent

rated 3 of 5 stars We have used ours for three camping trips, good space, love the closet features and the partition. I had to color code the instruction label in order to remember how to do it each time. On the 3rd trip the hubby didn't pay attention to taking it down properly (taking down wall poles first) then setting the ceiling framing on ground to separate. He snapped the steeple hub ( if I remember correctly). Turns out there is no place to get replacement parts! Full review

Sierra Designs Night Watch CD

rated 5 of 5 stars My favorite 4-season tent. At 7 lbs, it's several pounds lighter than my Trango 2. It keeps me dry and comfortable in sub zero. The tent is comfortable in seasons other than winter because of its clever venting. : Easy 3 pole setup.  Stability: Tent is very taut when guyed out. Camped in -20°F with 20-30 mph winds. I tied the fly to some logs and shrubs and staked it out best I could in frozen ground. No flapping. No problems.Weather Resistance: I've always stayed dry and the tent is 14 years… Full review

Sierra Designs Yahi 4

rated 5 of 5 stars A fantastic, well thought out and well engineered tent. Setup: Really easy. Footprint clips onto tent through patented Jake's feet clips. Poles insert and fit great. Stability: Does very well in non-extreme weather. I've used it in 4 seasons and it has been great.  Weather resistance: Fly hangs really low keeping all weather out.  Ventilation: Does pretty well. Has minimal condensation. Room and storage: Has 4 double compartment personal pockets and 2 wall mesh pockets. Packability:  Has a handled… Full review

Mountain Hardwear Trango 2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Excellent winter tent. Waterproof, bombproof, roomy, lots of pockets, big vestibules, heavy. The Trango 2 is a very durable and reliable tent. If I know I'm going to be in for nasty weather, I bring this titan. It stays warm inside. It vents pretty well. You can cook in the vestibule. On really cold nights when your body is flushing out excess fluid, you can actually urinate in the vestibule and exit on the other side in the morning. Sounds gross but the alternative at -30° is even worse. I've… Full review

ALPS Mountaineering Zenith 2 AL Tent

rated 4 of 5 stars Excellent value...quality materials, good design In the midst of making future plans to Thru-Hike the AT I figured I needed a newer, lighter weight 2-man backpacking tent (have a North Face Westwind bought in 1982). I'm not crazy weight conscious so a few extra pounds are fine for added comfort.  Saw this tent on Sierra Trading Post, seemed the right size and style, and with a coupon it was the deal of the century ($84 and free shipping). Set it up in my living room...determined it would take a… Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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Coghlan's ABS Tent Pegs Stake
$1
Coghlan's Cord-lok Tent Accessory
$1
SMC Sheet Tent Stake Stake
$2
REI Aluminum Hook Tent Stake Stake
$2
Sierra Designs Hex Peg Stake
$2 - $14
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs J Stake Stake
$2 - $17
REI Snow 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
Coghlan's Stretch Cord Tent Accessory
$2
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Nite Ize Figure 9 Carabiner Tent Accessory
$2 - $10
Gossamer Gear Tite-Lite Titanium Tent Stakes Stake
$3
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Lawson Equipment Titanium Tent Stake Stake
$3 MSRP
MSR Blizzard Stake Stake
$3 - $4
Vargo Titanium Tent Stake Stake
$4 - $13
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Mini Groundhog Stake Stake
$3 - $17
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
MSR Groundhog Tent Stake Stake
$3 - $19
Eagles Nest Outfitters Hammock Repair Kit Hammock Accessory
$3
Coghlan's Tarp Holder Tent Accessory
$3
Coghlan's Aluminum Tent Pegs Stake
$3
Coghlan's Skewer Pegs Stake
$3
Snow Peak Solid Stake Stake
$4 - $11
Liberty Mountain Guy Line Adjusters Tent Accessory
$4
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Vargo Titanium Nail Peg Stake
$4 MSRP
Vargo Titanium Ascent Tent Stake Stake
$24
Vargo Titanium Crevice Stake Stake
$24
Coghlan's Steel Tent Stakes Stake
$4
Coghlan's Nail Pegs Stake
$4
Coghlan's Braided Nylon Cord Tent Accessory
$4
Coghlan's Tent Whisk & Dust Pan Tent Accessory
$4
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Nite Ize Gear Tie Tent Accessory
$4 - $25
Liberty Mountain Para Cord Tent Accessory
$4
Eagles Nest Outfitters DripStrips Hammock Accessory
$5
Nite Ize KnotBone Adjustable Bungee Tent Accessory
$5 - $9
Texsport Rip-Stop Polyethylene Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$5
NRS River Wing Spare Plastic Stakes Stake
$5
Coghlan's Tube Tent Tarp/Shelter
$6
Gear Aid Strap Tender Tent Accessory
$6
 
Coghlan's LED Nail Pegs Stake
$6
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Dutchware Ridgeline Biners Hammock Accessory
$6 MSRP
MSR Cyclone Stake Stake
$6 - $24
 
Evernew Titanium Peg Stake
$6
Sierra Designs Internal Guy Kit Tent Accessory
$7
NRS River Wing Spare Metal Stakes Stake
$7
Reliance Power Peg Stake
$7
Nite Ize S-Biner Plastic Tent Accessory
$7
Black Diamond Replacement Tent Stakes Stake
$8
Sea to Summit Tent Pole Bag Tent Accessory
$8
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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.