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 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

Sierra Designs Sirius 2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great summer tent. I thought the tent would get wet from splash back in heavy rain. I stayed in the tent twice in really heavy rains and have stayed completely dry.  It's a one pole design which makes it super easy to set up. The criss cross design radiates out from a small central hub that clips to the top of the tent.  At first I couldn't figure out what the big yellow velcro straps were on the bottom side of the fly. I found out it's so you can roll your fly back like a sardine lid and velcro… Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Amok Draumr Hammock
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Polyethylene Plastic Sheeting Tarp Tarp/Shelter
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Jeep 3-Room Screen Combo Dome Tent 3-4 Season Convertible Tent
 
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
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: 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
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Adventure 16 Bug Bivy Bivy Sack
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Adventure Designs Diamondback Four-Season Tent
 
user rating: 0 of 5 (1)
Alpine Design hammock
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
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 (2)
Alpine Design Mesa 8 Tent with Screen Porch Three-Season Tent
ALPS Mountaineering 2-Person Floor Saver Footprint
$30 MSRP
ALPS Mountaineering 4-Person Floor Saver Footprint
$30
ALPS Mountaineering 5-Person Floor Saver Footprint
ALPS Mountaineering 6-Person Floor Saver Footprint
$60 MSRP
ALPS Mountaineering Aries 2 Three-Season Tent
$175
 
ALPS Mountaineering Aries 2 Floor Saver Footprint
$19
ALPS Mountaineering Aries 3 Three-Season Tent
$189 - $195
 
ALPS Mountaineering Aries 3 Floor Saver Footprint
ALPS Mountaineering Aztec 3 Three-Season Tent
ALPS Mountaineering Aztec 4 Three-Season Tent
ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 2 Three-Season Tent
$182
ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 2 Floor Saver Footprint
$30 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 3 Three-Season Tent
$203
ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 3 Floor Saver Footprint
$43 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering Comet 1.5 Three-Season Tent
discontinued
ALPS Mountaineering Edge 1 Three-Season Tent
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
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Extreme 2 Three-Season Tent
$175
ALPS Mountaineering Extreme 2 Floor Saver Footprint
$19
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Extreme 3 Three-Season Tent
$210
ALPS Mountaineering Extreme 3 Footprint Footprint
$43 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Extreme 3 Outfitter Three-Season Tent
$320 MSRP
ALPS Mountaineering Galaxy 2 Three-Season Tent
$160
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering Glacier 2 3-4 Season Convertible Tent
discontinued
ALPS Mountaineering Helix 3 Tent Three-Season Tent
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Jagged Peak 2 Four-Season Tent
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Jagged Peak 3 Four-Season Tent
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1 Three-Season Tent
 
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1 Floor Saver Footprint
$18
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 2 AL Three-Season Tent
$200 MSRP
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 4 AL Three-Season Tent
$250 MSRP
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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.