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

REI Dash 2 Tent

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Exceptional semi-freestanding lightweight 3-season tent. This is a fantastic tent for under 3 pounds. I love the fact that the material is 15 denier ripstop nylon (20 denier mesh). Plenty of mesh for great ventilation. Although the tent is rated for 2 people, it is best used as a 1 person with plenty of room for gear. I think it would be awesome if REI made a 1 person tent from the same material. I would definitely purchase it.  This tent pitches very quickly (under 1 minute in a hurry). The semi-freestanding… Full review

Quest Viper

rated 5 of 5 stars I've owned this tent longer than I've owned a cell phone. I love this tent and haven't any plans to replace it. I look for another one on eBay just to have two. This company made great tents that were easy to set up and handled all that nature could throw at them. Two entries and vestibules, so you never have to sleep face to face with those you don't really want to with. Great ventilation. Rain resistant to the max. All-clip setup can be done in 5 minutes. Full review

Wenzel Current

rated 3 of 5 stars Lightweight, inexpensive, solo backpacking tent. Suitable for reasonably dry hiking areas. This inexpensive, lightweight, single-wall tent won't keep you perfectly dry in a rainstorm, but for the minimal size and weight it is still well worth carrying. I carried one of these on three section hikes on the PCT and it performed well even in the snow. It kept me out of the wind and the rain, although of course there isn't a whole lot of rainfall in that part of the country, so it would probably not… Full review

Eagles Nest Outfitters SlapStrap

rated 3 of 5 stars The SlapStraps are ENO's most basic suspension system. They work fine but lack versatility — a much desired characteristic in the backcountry when scoping out anchor points for a hammock. I recently reviewed my ENO DoubleNest and thought it would be appropriate to include a review of the suspension system I use with said hammock. The ENO SlapStraps are an ENO manufactured accessory that works with any of their hammocks. These are only one of various suspension systems ENO manufactures for their… Full review

NEMO Meta 1P

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Excellent lightweight tent and a good price. I purchased this tent from a reputable outfitter for $175. It came with all guy lines, 6 stakes, and footprint.  There is a slight learning curve to setting up, but after just two setups I have no problem erecting the tent in under 2 minutes if I'm in a hurry. I am able to pitch the tent very tautly.  I have used this tent a total of 8 times now and would highly recommend it for any three-season use. It has handled extremely well in various weather… Full review

Sierra Designs Flashlight 2

rated 2 of 5 stars Great concept that needs more work. I bought this tent after reviewing various choices online. I had also owned the previous Flashlight and really like it. When I set the tent up I immediately realized that there is a serious design problem. The issue is that it is impossible to get a taut pitch on the tent body. Since this also incorporates the "fly" in that it is a single wall roof, the tent droops and sags and there are depressions in the fabric in the lower part of the roof that will be susceptible… Full review

Eureka! Pinnacle Pass 3XTA

rated 4 of 5 stars This is a great light enough to pack tent, but built to do it all. Huge vestibules on both sides provide room for gear and to cook if needed. This is my go-to tent when I am going to the woods and don't want to be concerned no matter the weather forecast. Easy to set up by yourself and easy to pack in and out of any location. Great space with vestibules on both sides of the tent.  Full review

Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest

rated 4 of 5 stars A versatile, portable, comfortable and easily accessible option for overnight sleeping or just a quick rest. Compresses to a size slightly larger than a grapefruit. With more than 100 reviews on Trailspace and almost all of them receiving either a 4 or 5-star rating, I think that goes to show this product is pretty well liked, easily accessible and performs well. There isn't a lot that I can add to the numerous reviews from people who have spent more time in their ENO DoubleNest than I have. You… Full review

The North Face Nebula Tent

rated 5 of 5 stars This is the most versatile, spacious, lightweight tent period. I bought my Nebula tent 15 years ago in London. I traveled extensively and camped in Canada's National Parks for 30 days. I have used it all over in Africa as well and it stood up to all the weather. It is very easy to pitch, even for one person; 10 min at a relaxed pace. I use a reflective ground sheet to protect the tent and as extra space outside the entrances of the tent. Stability is great and no problems with condensation because… Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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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
$30 MSRP
ALPS Mountaineering 4-Person Floor Saver
ALPS Mountaineering
4-Person Floor Saver
Footprint
$30
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
 
ALPS Mountaineering
Aries 2 Floor Saver
Footprint
$19
ALPS Mountaineering Aries 3
ALPS Mountaineering
Aries 3
Three-Season Tent
 
ALPS Mountaineering
Aries 3 Floor Saver
Footprint
ALPS Mountaineering Axis 5 Floor Saver
ALPS Mountaineering
Axis 5 Floor Saver
Footprint
$20
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
$260
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
$43 MSRP
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
$162
ALPS Mountaineering Extreme 3
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering
Extreme 3
Three-Season Tent
$210
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
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 2 AL
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
ALPS Mountaineering
Lynx 2 AL
Three-Season Tent
$110
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 4 AL
ALPS Mountaineering
Lynx 4 AL
Three-Season Tent
$250 MSRP
ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 2
ALPS Mountaineering
Meramac 2
Three-Season Tent
$280 MSRP
ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 3
ALPS Mountaineering
Meramac 3
Three-Season Tent
$370 MSRP
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.