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
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 - $399.99
$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

Recent Tent/Shelter Reviews

Sierra Designs Lookout

rated 4.5 of 5 stars All-in-all, this is a true workhorse of a tent. It's suitable for all weather conditions, it's spacious, durable, and lightweight. A few personal preferences that they could have done differently, but overall I give it a 9/10...because nobody's perfect. Haha! Setup 9/10: Without instructions, it took a couple tries to figure out the poles the first time. Otherwise, setup was a breeze. The poles attach to the tent exclusively with grommets and clips, so there aren't any annoying sleeves to deal with. Full review

Gander Mountain Trailhead 8 Family Dome

rated 4 of 5 stars Well made, lots of space. Well made and holds my family of five and dog as well as my sister in-law and her three daughters. We have two queen size beds and three full size beds. Blocks wind well and keeps the heat inside on cool nights.  Full review

The North Face Bullfrog 23

rated 5 of 5 stars Very good tent. Light and easy to use. I've been using this tent for over 30 years now, and with few waterproof treatments it's still a very good tent. Light, fast, and easy to mount, it never failed me, even when the rain was pouring down! Full review

Sierra Designs High Route 1 FL

rated 3.5 of 5 stars The High Route tent is a light tent that is designed to be stable in nasty weather and offers plenty of headroom. It's not intuitive to set up, but with practice it becomes straightforward. The Sierra Designs High Route 1 FL tent, a collaboration between long-distance hiker Andrew Skurka and Sierra Designs, has been highly anticipated over the last couple of years of development. I believe Sierra Designs is one of the most innovative mainstream outdoor companies there is, consistently coming up… Full review

Sierra Designs Flash 2 FL

rated 4 of 5 stars First ever tent, pushed this design to its limits in harsh conditions in Scotland, Northern Canada, California desert and Tahoe in rain, snow, hail, and relentless desert sun. It stands up every time to the challenge. A couple of years ago, I was in love with a woman. I was young, like 24 or 25, but she meant the world to me then and has left her mark on me still, for sure. Things happened, we went on a "Break", but really, come on, everyone knows it's a break-up just spelled differently. Eventually… Full review

The North Face Mica FL 2

rated 4 of 5 stars North Face's first real stab at a relatively ultralight tent is pretty dang good, except for one or two sore thumbs that may irritate you when setting it up. Some may laugh at the sight of me calling this an ultralight tent, but for how roomy it is yet able to hold such a low weight qualifies it in my opinion. I haven't used this tent more than a few times now, but I can definitely say it holds up to weather. First time using it, I got hit unexpectedly with a huge thunderstorm. Thankfully, this… Full review

REI Half Dome 2

rated 0.5 of 5 stars Huge flaws from the first use—the floor seems to soak up any ground moisture, even on nights when it didn't rain, and the zippers broke very quickly. When I contacted customer service I received automated replies. I'm a seasoned traveller, hiker, and cyclist and in my opinion there are much better tents out there than this one. I purchased this tent a couple of years ago, thinking after all the great reviews, and with REI's hefty reputation at its back, that it would be a good tent. The tent leaked… Full review

Ozark Trail 10' x 14' Cabin Tent

rated 0.5 of 5 stars This tent is a total piece of junk! The material is cheap vinyl that they use to make garbage bags. I set this tent up in my backyard in England, and we had a rainstorm with winds, and the tent cover has tears all over it! The tent also leaks from the bottom. I had water all over the floor. Anyone thinking about buying this, forget it and get a real tent.  Full review

Terra Nova Titanium 1g Skewer Pegs

rated 2 of 5 stars An over-specialized bit of gear that works for limited applications or hard-core ultralighters under certain conditions, but overall probably not worth the money. This is a review of the Terra Nova 1g Titanium Skewers. I am not connected to Terra Nova in any way, and I purchased the product retail. These titanium skewers come in a pack of six. They are essentially “micro stakes”—very small, thin, and ultralight titanium stakes. And while they might be good for a few specialized uses, overall… Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Alpine Mountain Gear Solo Plus Alaskan Three-Season Tent
$150 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Atak Outdoor Lighted Tent Stakes Stake
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Polyethylene Plastic Sheeting Tarp Tarp/Shelter
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
BugBaffler Insect Protective Headnet Bug Net
$9 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Clam Quick-Set Escape Warm Weather Tent
$300 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Go Roam Hammock Hammock
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Jeep 3-Room Screen Combo Dome Tent 3-4 Season Convertible Tent
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kamp-Rite Oversize Tent Cot Three-Season Tent
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
KidCo PeaPod
$80 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Miltec by Sturm One-Man Recon Tent Three-Season Tent
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (2)
Peaktop 8 Man Big Tunnel Spider Family Group Camping Tent
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
ProForce Jungle Hammock with Mosquito Net Hammock
$59 MSRP
 
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Rhino G-4 Grand Geodesic Tent Four-Season Tent
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Standing Room 100 Hanging Tent Three-Season Tent
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
TAS Auscam Bivvy Bag Bivy Sack
$250 MSRP
Topist Mosquito Net Hammock Hammock
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vivere Parachute Nylon Hammock Hammock
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
ABC Tents Type 1 Four-Season Tent
discontinued
 
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Academy Broadway 6-1/2-Ft. x 7-Ft. 3-Person Dome Tent Three-Season Tent
 
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Academy Broadway tent Four-Season Tent
 
AceCamp Multi-Layer Reflective Tent Tarp/Shelter
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Adventure 16 Bug Bivy Bivy Sack
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Adventure Designs Diamondback Four-Season Tent
Alite Meadow Mat Under Quilt
Alite Sierra Shack Three-Season Tent
$97 - $129
 
user rating: 0 of 5 (1)
Alpine Design hammock
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (6)
Alpine Design Hiker Biker Three-Season Tent
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Alpine Design Hiker Biker II
 
user rating: 2 of 5 (2)
Alpine Design Horizon Dome 9 Tent
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (3)
Alpine Design Mesa 8 Tent with Screen Porch Three-Season Tent
ALPS Mountaineering 2-Person Floor Saver Footprint
$22 - $26
ALPS Mountaineering 3-Person Floor Saver Footprint
$24
ALPS Mountaineering 4-Person Floor Saver Footprint
$45 MSRP
ALPS Mountaineering 5-Person Floor Saver Footprint
$35
ALPS Mountaineering 6-Person Floor Saver Footprint
$60 MSRP
ALPS Mountaineering Aries 2 Three-Season Tent
$139
ALPS Mountaineering Aries 2 Floor Saver Footprint
$23
ALPS Mountaineering Aries 3 Three-Season Tent
$167
ALPS Mountaineering Aries 3 Floor Saver Footprint
$35
ALPS Mountaineering Camp Creek Three-Season Tent
$178 - $249
 
ALPS Mountaineering Camp Creek Two-Room
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 2 Three-Season Tent
$132 - $259
ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 2 Floor Saver Footprint
$21 - $26
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 3 Three-Season Tent
$280 MSRP
ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 3 Floor Saver Footprint
$30
 
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering Comet 1.5 Three-Season Tent
discontinued
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Edge 2 Three-Season Tent
discontinued
 
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Edge 4 Three-Season Tent
discontinued
 
ALPS Mountaineering Edge 6 Three-Season Tent
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Extreme 2 Three-Season Tent
$140
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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.