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

Marmot Pulsar 2P

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Some great things about this tent and some pretty lousy things about this tent make it a split decision. Setup: The tent is easy enough to pitch. There are two poles with segmented parts. You insert the end of the pole into the grommet in each corner. I don't have the footprint. The fly has hook clips that fit over guy cords at the corners of the tent (see pic). The fly has (had) some underside velcro straps that are supposed to hold the fly to the poles in case of inclement weather. Unfortunately,… Full review

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

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)
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
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
$24
 
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
$39
Alite Murphy 2 Three-Season Tent
$219
Alite Sierra Shack Three-Season Tent
$120
 
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
$19
ALPS Mountaineering 3-Person Floor Saver Footprint
ALPS Mountaineering 4-Person Floor Saver Footprint
$21
ALPS Mountaineering 6-Person Floor Saver Footprint
$30
ALPS Mountaineering Aries 2 Three-Season Tent
$150
ALPS Mountaineering Aries 2 Floor Saver Footprint
ALPS Mountaineering Aries 3 Three-Season Tent
$196
ALPS Mountaineering Aries 3 Floor Saver Footprint
$28
 
ALPS Mountaineering Camp Creek Three-Season Tent
$162
ALPS Mountaineering Camp Creek Two-Room
$227
ALPS Mountaineering Cedar Ridge Rimrock 8 Two Room Three-Season Tent
$230
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 2 Three-Season Tent
$250 MSRP
ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 2 Floor Saver Footprint
$14 - $19
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 3 Three-Season Tent
$280 MSRP
ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 3 Floor Saver Footprint
$28
 
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
 
ALPS Mountaineering Edge 6 Three-Season Tent
$200
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Extreme 2 Three-Season Tent
$175
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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.