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

Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Pro

rated 3 of 5 stars Decent starter hammock, comfortable and adequate. If you hang out on the East Coast, get one. After many times watching the sun get lower and searching around for a decent tent pad in SNP and surrounding areas, I, one day, encountered a fella comfortably hanging in a hammock. Thinking back to the many times of tent pad searching and noting the huge amount of trees available, I decided a hammock was worth a try. Totally worth it, especially in SNP and I assume other East Coast parks. On to the hammock… Full review

Six Moon Designs Lunar Duo

rated 4.5 of 5 stars VERY roomy, lightweight two-person tent. I've had this tent for about a year now, and I'm very happy with it. I previously had a Mountain Hardwear Hammerhead 3, which was bombproof but huge and heavy. The Lunar Duo does the job at less than half the weight (3 pounds vs 8). I bought the "Explorer," the sil-nylon version. Setup: Pretty straightforward, but it takes a bit of practice, especially if you're doing it alone. I usually have to take a couple passes at the stake-out points and guy lines before… Full review

Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest

rated 2 of 5 stars Overpriced for what you get, sizes are deceiving. Unless you get it at a significant sale price, there are other choices out there that are just as good. I own a number of hammocks, and the ENO is the more expensive than any of them and gives no advantage in quality for the extra price. My most expensive hammock is a Yukon Outfitters double, which, although its specs say that it is the same width as the ENO, is fully TWO FEET wider than the DoubleNest. It is also two feet longer. So unless you are… Full review

The North Face Pebble

rated 4 of 5 stars Durable, moderate weight, moderate packability. Setup: Because this tent stretches nice and tight and has very little flapping in the wind or pooling of rainwater, it also takes some practice to set it up efficiently. But overall it's not too bad. My main complaint with setup is that the model I bought in 2002 still used pole sleeves rather than clips and the poles had to be threaded through this in a crisscross manner and this is kind of annoying.  Stability: I have camped in some windy locations… Full review

L.L.Bean King Pine HD 4-Person Dome

rated 5 of 5 stars Top dollar car camping tent, once you try you won't go back. I write here about the old model King Pine Dome 4. If you can't have the nicest house where you live, this tent will play the part in any campground.  I have replaced the shatter-prone plastic stakes with steel stakes for the 8 required for the tent body. The footprint is color-coded matching the tent body for routing poles and tent body quickly. The poles are shock-corded fiberglass with hard mounted aluminum sleeves to join them as… Full review

Brooks-Range Ultralite Solo Tarp

rated 0.5 of 5 stars This tarp does not hold up, and does not keep a single word promised in the information from Brooks-Range. I have had this tarp for two years. I've only used it twice. Once on one winter hike to cover up the lean-to, and once on a hike in the Whites in the month of August. I was using it in combination with my Rab eVent bivy that I normally only use during the winter. The tarp is very small for 1 person and it can only just be done under perfect conditions. I was setting camp at the Liberty Springs… Full review

Ozark Trail 3 Room Family Tent

rated 3.5 of 5 stars We've used Ozark Trail tents for 10 years purchasing larger tents as our family grew. They are great tents if cared for properly. Our family has used Ozark Trail tents for over ten years, purchasing larger tents as our family grew. They hold up in heavy winds and rain if properly cared for. Recently, my family and I took our tent down, packed it away, put it on our trailer, and as we headed home we got stuck in a HEAVY rain storm. When we got home we were unaware that the tarps to the tents had… Full review

Wild Country Mistral

rated 5 of 5 stars Top quality tent, two can live in for an extended time without feeling cramped. Very stable, described as three-season but might manage four. All in all a great tent doing all the things you require a tent to do, provide shelter, offer good cooking space, and allow you to sleep in peace with adequate space to store your gear. Bought this second hand when looking for a new tent in 2011, now having used it on a number of occasions in varying conditions feel I obtained a bargain. Perfect for a base… Full review

Eureka! Spitfire 1

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Gen 1 Spitfire — Has performed far beyond what the cost would have you believe. I purchased my gen-1 Spitfire 7 or 8 years ago. It has endured wind, soaking rain, thunderstorms and sleet without a problem. I've used it to canoe camp, backpack, motorcycle camp and car camp. My tent has the vent zipper, which is quite useful. Given how small the vestibules are, I'm not sure I'd want to sacrifice this feature for inside access to the other side as the newer versions do. It's easy enough to cram a… Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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Amok Draumr
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)

Amok Draumr
Hammock
Black Polyethylene Plastic Sheeting Tarp
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)

Black Polyethylene Plastic Sheeting Tarp
Tarp/Shelter
 
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)

Peaktop 8 Man Big Tunnel Spider Family Group Camping Tent
ProForce Jungle Hammock with Mosquito Net
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
Vivere Parachute Nylon 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
Adventure 16 Bug Bivy
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Adventure 16
Bug Bivy
Bivy Sack
$55
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Adventure Designs
Diamondback
Four-Season Tent
 
user rating: 0 of 5 (1)
Alpine Design
hammock
Alpine Design Hiker Biker
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
Alpine Design
Hiker Biker
Three-Season Tent
Alpine Design Hiker Biker II
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 (1)
Alpine Design
Mesa 8 Tent with Screen Porch
Three-Season Tent
ALPS Mountaineering 2-Person Floor Saver
ALPS Mountaineering
2-Person Floor Saver
Footprint
$19
ALPS Mountaineering 4-Person Floor Saver
ALPS Mountaineering
4-Person Floor Saver
Footprint
$45 MSRP
ALPS Mountaineering 5-Person Floor Saver
ALPS Mountaineering
5-Person Floor Saver
Footprint
ALPS Mountaineering 6-Person Floor Saver
ALPS Mountaineering
6-Person Floor Saver
Footprint
$60 MSRP
ALPS Mountaineering Aries 2
ALPS Mountaineering
Aries 2
Three-Season Tent
$156 - $174
 
ALPS Mountaineering
Aries 2 Floor Saver
Footprint
$19
ALPS Mountaineering Aries 3
ALPS Mountaineering
Aries 3
Three-Season Tent
$182
 
ALPS Mountaineering
Aries 3 Floor Saver
Footprint
ALPS Mountaineering Aztec 3
ALPS Mountaineering
Aztec 3
Three-Season Tent
ALPS Mountaineering Aztec 4
ALPS Mountaineering
Aztec 4
Three-Season Tent
ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 2
ALPS Mountaineering
Chaos 2
Three-Season Tent
$169 - $259
ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 2 Floor Saver
ALPS Mountaineering
Chaos 2 Floor Saver
Footprint
$30 MSRP
ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 3
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
ALPS Mountaineering
Chaos 3
Three-Season Tent
$182 - $289
ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 3 Floor Saver
ALPS Mountaineering
Chaos 3 Floor Saver
Footprint
$28
ALPS Mountaineering Comet 1.5
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering
Comet 1.5
Three-Season Tent
discontinued
ALPS Mountaineering Edge 1
ALPS Mountaineering
Edge 1
Three-Season Tent
ALPS Mountaineering Edge 2
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering
Edge 2
Three-Season Tent
discontinued
ALPS Mountaineering Edge 4
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering
Edge 4
Three-Season Tent
discontinued
ALPS Mountaineering Extreme 2
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering
Extreme 2
Three-Season Tent
$150 - $162
ALPS Mountaineering Extreme 3
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering
Extreme 3
Three-Season Tent
$195 - $209
ALPS Mountaineering Extreme 3 Footprint
ALPS Mountaineering
Extreme 3 Footprint
Footprint
$43 MSRP
ALPS Mountaineering Extreme 3 Outfitter
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering
Extreme 3 Outfitter
Three-Season Tent
$320 MSRP
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering
Glacier 2
3-4 Season Convertible Tent
discontinued
ALPS Mountaineering Helix 3 Floor Saver
ALPS Mountaineering
Helix 3 Floor Saver
Footprint
ALPS Mountaineering Helix 3 Tent
ALPS Mountaineering
Helix 3 Tent
Three-Season Tent
ALPS Mountaineering Jagged Peak 2
ALPS Mountaineering
Jagged Peak 2
Four-Season Tent
ALPS Mountaineering Jagged Peak 3
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering
Jagged Peak 3
Four-Season Tent
 
ALPS Mountaineering
Lynx 1
Three-Season Tent
$110
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 2 AL
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
ALPS Mountaineering
Lynx 2 AL
Three-Season Tent
$200 MSRP
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 4 AL
ALPS Mountaineering
Lynx 4 AL
Three-Season Tent
$162
ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 2
ALPS Mountaineering
Meramac 2
Three-Season Tent
$280 MSRP
ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 3
ALPS Mountaineering
Meramac 3
Three-Season Tent
$90
ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 4
ALPS Mountaineering
Meramac 4
Three-Season Tent
$190 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.