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

The North Face Talus 33

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Solid, dependable tent. I bought this model of the Talus in 2000 (different color). It has only ever served as a 3-season tent for me (lower fabric is not suitable for snow).  It survived in a hot attic for a couple years when I wasn't backpacking — the seams on the fly de-laminated and the elastics in the poles became increasingly less elastic, but neither failure was catastrophic. The tent itself was unaffected. I have incurred some damage on the pole sleeves (mostly by poking the poles too… Full review

Ozark Trail 3 Room Family Tent

rated 2.5 of 5 stars Large roomy tent, useful for occasional use. Has two room dividers, but has no hook & loops for the windows when opened and only one door. I am very disappointed with my new tent. I am surprised Ozark Trail made a tent like this one. It just has so many less than desirable features or lack of.   There are no hook and loops for the windows or the door. When opened they just flop down and look very sloppy and unkempt. Plus, my dogs walked all over them. I finally stuffed them into the bottom… Full review

Kelty Vortex 2

rated 5 of 5 stars Great tent for bicycle touring. I purchased an early version of this tent around 1998 for about $200 new, and in 2011 found a used Webforce version in mint condition on Ebay for $50. All of my camping has been bicycle touring. The tents were used on trips on the West Coast through Oregon and California (six trips altogether), the Erie Canal in New York, The GAP-C&O Canal in Maryland, several multi-week trips through Pennsylvania, and two trips to New Zealand. Absolutely fantastic tent. Never… Full review

Sierra Designs Lookout CD

rated 5 of 5 stars Abused for over 16 years. Abused is the correct terminology. It's been buried in the snow...not talking about the crap videos online, but rather 4 feet of snowfall without shoveling!!!!! Yeah. Packed through the Lost Coast......pissing rain with over 10 years of abuse in the Trinity Alps, NNF, throughout the Sierra, Mt Whitney to Mt Hood. Trinity Alps through winter, on and on and on and on and on. Anyone that tells you that this tent is for the birds hasn't used it. Yes......one time, ohhhh I forgot… Full review

Tentsile X3 Giant Pegs

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Tentsile's Giant Pegs are a quick and easy solution to placing stakes in hard soil when a rock or hammer is not readily available. This reviewer found these pegs so handy, he is left wondering why screw-in tent stakes are not more common. Recently, I tested and reviewed the Tentsile Flite for Trailspace. While I did not care much for that product, I did find the stakes that came with it to be superior to the cheap J-stakes that normally come with a tent or tarp. In fact, I felt these X3 Giant… Full review

Eureka! Alpine Meadows

rated 5 of 5 stars Best camping tent I have seen or used over 30 years in 4-season use: monsoon downpours, snow, high wind, both 2-man and a 4-man. Never had the problems others had with their wide variety of tents. I pine for its discontinued presence. With some of the improvements made for tents today, they could be applied to the Alpine Meadows design: snaps instead of hooks, faultless zippers, maybe in the polyester fiber makeup. If I had known this tent was to be discontinued, I'd have bought six more to pass… Full review

Ozark Trail 9 x 9 Sport Dome Tent

rated 4 of 5 stars Nothing bad to say about the product. I purchased the tent back when Hurricane Katrina came through Mississippi. The problem now in 2016 is I cannot find my dome rods, any suggestions?  Full review

Northwest Territory Sierra Dome Backpack Tent 9' x 7'

rated 4 of 5 stars This tent for the price you pay, will be what you get, but indeed for just camping it out, use for one man, is heaven sent. About six to eight pounds, with a ceiling of forty six inches in height allows for sitting up to change. Nine feet by seven feet allows for one person to throw a sleeping back into it with their gear too. Slightly crammed for two but still okay. Rainfly is pretty much a stretch top and hook on, but also able to be tied down. Recommended for fall, spring, and summer. But not… Full review

Bergans Compact Light 2

rated 4 of 5 stars The zipper on the rainfly split after the second use, but I had also drawn it too taut when I set it up in a full-blown storm. It did, however, provide excellent shelter in adverse conditions, even with my humble repairs on the zipper. Loved it the first use here in Colorado, where we had rain and some sleet. We took it up to the Snowy Range in Wyoming, where the winds were sustained and we had rain, sleet and snow. The zipper on the rainfly split near the top of the tent. We battled that one out,… 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
Coghlan's Cord-lok Tent Accessory
REI Aluminum Hook Tent Stake Stake
Sierra Designs Hex Peg Stake
$2 - $119
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Needle Stake Kit Stake
$2 - $11
Vargo Aluminum Summit Tent Stake Stake
Nite Ize Figure 9 Rope Tightener Tent Accessory
$2 - $6
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Mini Groundhog Stake Stake
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Nite Ize CamJam Cord Tightener Tent Accessory
$2 - $5
Coghlan's Mini Stretch Cord Tent Accessory
Reliance Power Peg Stake
$2 - $3
Coghlan's Mosquito Head Net Bug Net
Eagles Nest Outfitters Hammock Repair Kit Hammock Accessory
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
MSR Groundhog Tent Stake Stake
$2 - $19
Coghlan's Nail Pegs Stake
$2 - $3
REI Snow Stake Stake
Gossamer Gear Tite-Lite Titanium Tent Stakes Stake
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Lawson Equipment Titanium Tent Stake Stake
Coghlan's Stretch Cord Tent Accessory
Vargo Titanium Tent Stake Stake
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Nite Ize Figure 9 Carabiner Tent Accessory
$3 - $10
Ultimate Survival Technologies Emergency Survival Bag Bivy Sack
Coghlan's No-See-Um Head Net Bug Net
Coghlan's Tarp Holder Tent Accessory
Liberty Bottleworks Bug Head Net Bug Net
Coghlan's Skewer Pegs Stake
Snow Peak Solid Stake Stake
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
Eagles Nest Outfitters DripStrips Hammock Accessory
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Tarp Clips Tent Accessory
Coghlan's Steel Tent Stakes Stake
Coghlan's Braided Nylon Cord Tent Accessory
Coghlan's Tent Whisk & Dust Pan Tent Accessory
Brooks-Range Tensioner Cord Set Tent Accessory
Liberty Mountain Paracord Tent Accessory
$4 - $79
MSR Tent Pole Repair Splints Tent Accessory
Eagles Nest Outfitters Ridgeline 2 with Prusik Knots Hammock Accessory
MSR Blizzard Stake Stake
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Nite Ize Gear Tie Tent Accessory
$5 - $25
Coghlan's Mosquito Netting Bug Net
NRS River Wing Spare Plastic Stakes Stake
Outbound All Purpose Tarp Tarp/Shelter
MSR Cyclone Stake Stake
$5 - $24
MSR Night Glow Zipper Pulls Tent Accessory
Evernew Titanium Peg Stake
Sea to Summit Accessory Carabiner Set Tent Accessory
Gear Aid Strap Tender Tent Accessory
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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.