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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Tarps and Shelters
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less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 - $399.99
$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

Recent Tent/Shelter Reviews

Wild River B-487UWF 3-Man

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a vintage product that is extremely lightweight for its size (8x10) and easy to set up. Good for backpacking. I've had this tent for many years (I think I got it in the late '70s) and for the last 20 years it has been rolled up in my garage. I recently took it out and it's like new other than a faded streak along one edge. I can't find any info on the web regarding Wild River products so hopefully someone will know something about them. I've backpacked in the mountains with it and it performed… Full review

Mountain Hardwear Haven 3

rated 2 of 5 stars Rain fly never fit correctly and the zipper seams eventually fell apart. Except for that I really liked the design of the tent We used the heck out of this tent for several years and many long trips. The rain fly never fit correctly. This was clearly a design and engineering flaw. After a few years the zipper adhesive and stitching on the rain fly came apart completely, despite my efforts at repair. I contacted Mountain Hardwear about this and eventually sent the tent back to them. They gave me… Full review

MSR ToughStake

rated 3 of 5 stars The odds strongly favor the possibility that the manufacturer of the awesome bomb-shelter tent you bought skimped on the stakes to save cost and weight. Therefore you'll be needing a few more decent ones to get the job done. Consider these if your winter trips (or sand camping I assume) tend to be in pack-able snow.  MSR Toughstake I tested these stakes along with a four-season MSR Remote 2 tent.  Regular stakes do practically NOTHING for you in snow when the wind comes. If you are in deep snow… Full review

Dutchware ARGON Vented Sock

rated 5 of 5 stars I borrowed it from a friend and used it in 20°F weather. It really helped block the chill and was toasty in my 20°F bag with 40°F UQ. Used it to supplement my base winter gear. It really helped block out the wind and keep the chill out.  Full review

Coleman Hooligan 2

rated 4 of 5 stars Easy to set up and easy to tear down. I got this tent for car camping not backpacking as it is too heavy for backpacking. Very easy to set up by one person. Stuffing it back in the carry bag required a little finessing, but it will go. Plenty of room for a queen size air mattress and gear. I like that you can remove the rain fly for stargazing. Full review

Out Gear Recreation Singled Out Hammock

rated 5 of 5 stars All around everyday hammock! I take this thing everywhere with me and compared to the competition, including price, quality of material, ease of use, and design it is the same or better on many levels. The straps and hammock all fit into one small package, easily manageable on day hikes, just chillin' or relaxing, or even summer camping! This is a must buy and is extremely comfortable! If you've never laid in one of these you'll definitely be pleasantly surprised!  Full review

Nite Ize Figure 9 Carabiner

rated 4 of 5 stars A tarp camper's friend. These work great for quick tarp setups. Lunch breaks in the rain, late evening campsites, you need a tarp up quick, use these. On a cold, after sundown camp setup my fingers having been in the rain all day would not have been capable of tying good knots in the dark. These little babies allowed my tired self the quick setup that I so wanted. Purists may scoff, but I have an older friend, a WW2 vet, who scoffs at modern climbing hardware. He tells tales of major climbs using… Full review

Eureka! Solitaire

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great tent for what it is. I thought this tent was easy to set up. Having never used anything but US Army issue before, this thing was a breeze. I did replace the stakes with the large nail type stakes since I tend to camp in some rocky terrain. I've used this tent in rainstorms and good old Georgia summer heat and thought that the rain fly and ventilation were great. I carry a 7,800 cubic inch pack that I put way too much stuff in and it and my boots fit in the gear area, just barely. I'm only… Full review

Out Gear Recreation Singled Out Hammock

rated 5 of 5 stars High quality materials at a great price. My entire family has been using this hammock indoors for 6 months now and it's still like brand new. We love it so much we installed another one. Best backpack hammock I've tried. I love that it's made in the USA by a small business. Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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Coghlan's ABS Tent Pegs Stake
$1
MSR Dart Tent Stakes Stake
$1
Coghlan's Aluminum Tent Pegs Stake
$1 - $2
REI Aluminum Hook Tent Stake Stake
$2
Coghlan's Nail Pegs Stake
$2
Vargo Aluminum Summit Tent Stake Stake
$16
Nite Ize Figure 9 Rope Tightener Tent Accessory
$2
Coghlan's Guy Line Adapters Tent Accessory
$2
Coghlan's Guy Ropes with Slides Tent Accessory
$2
Hilleberg Tent Pole Holder Tent Accessory
$2
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Nite Ize CamJam Cord Tightener Tent Accessory
$2 - $6
Coghlan's Mini Stretch Cord Tent Accessory
$2
Gossamer Gear Tite-Lite Titanium Tent Stakes Stake
$3
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Lawson Equipment Titanium Tent Stake Stake
$3 MSRP
Vargo Titanium Tent Stake Stake
$4
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Nite Ize Figure 9 Carabiner Tent Accessory
$3 - $10
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Mini Groundhog Stake Stake
$3 - $16
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
MSR Groundhog Tent Stakes Stake
$3 - $19
Coghlan's Steel Tent Stakes Stake
$3
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Tarp Clips Tent Accessory
$3
Coghlan's Skewer Pegs Stake
$3
Liberty Bottleworks Bug Head Net Bug Net
$3
Ultimate Survival Technologies Emergency Survival Bag Bivy Sack
$3
REI Snow Stake Stake
$3
Coghlan's Stretch Cord Tent Accessory
$3
Coghlan's Polypropylene Tent Pegs Stake
$3
Coghlan's Tent Whisk & Dust Pan Tent Accessory
$3 - $4
Coghlan's Ultralight Tent Stakes Stake
$3
Coghlan's Infants Mosquito Net Bug Net
$3
Snow Peak Solid Stake Stake
$4 - $6
Coghlan's No-See-Um Head Net Bug Net
$4
Vargo Titanium Crevice Stake Stake
$4 MSRP
user rating: 2 of 5 (2)
Vargo Titanium Ascent Tent Stake Stake
$24
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Vargo Titanium Nail Peg Stake
$27
Nite Ize KnotBone Adjustable Bungee Tent Accessory
$4
Reliance Power Peg Stake
$4 - $7
 
Brooks-Range Tensioner Cord Set Tent Accessory
$4
UCO StakeLights Stake
$5 - $19
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Deluxe Mosquito Head Net Bug Net
$5
Liberty Mountain Paracord Tent Accessory
$5 - $79
 
Eagles Nest Outfitters Ridgeline 2 with Prusik Knots Hammock Accessory
$5
Eagles Nest Outfitters Aluminum Wiregate Carabiner Hammock Accessory
$5
Eagles Nest Outfitters DripStrips Hammock Accessory
$5
MSR Blizzard Stake Stake
$5 - $24
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Nite Ize Gear Tie Tent Accessory
$5 - $25
NRS River Wing Spare Plastic Stakes Stake
$5
Outbound All Purpose Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$5
Evernew Titanium Peg Stake
$6
MSR Tent Pole Repair Splints Tent Accessory
$6
Sea to Summit Accessory Carabiner Set Tent Accessory
$6
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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.