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

Hillary Cabin Tent 9 x 12

rated 3 of 5 stars I just picked up a beautiful vintage Hillary 6-8 person cabin tent. It's cream canvas with green stripes and looks like a circus tent. It's in great shape except, you probably guessed it...no poles! I really want to keep and use this tent. Can anyone provide me with the pole sizes, lengths andossibly a diagram It's a great tent, but I have no poles, diagram, or manual. I really want to keep this tent and use it.  Can sokmeone please supply me with pole lengths and perhaps a diagram that would help… Full review

Marmot EOS 1P

rated 4 of 5 stars I have used this tent for about a year in all four seasons and it's a very good lightweight option for most people under 6'. I like that the majority of the tent body is mesh, making for great ventilation in the summer w/o the rainfly and also great for stargazing. Overall I would recommend this tent to anyone wanting a lightweight 3-season option. I've had this tent for a little over a year and while I usually prefer to use a hammock, I have used this on four separate trips when the weather (rain)… Full review

Nite Ize CamJam Cord Tightener

rated 4 of 5 stars This item is ideal for the person who travels light and needs to make camp and break camp quickly. A must have if you use a tarp for shelter as opposed to a tent. I have used Nite Ize Cam Jams a lot in the past two years. They have become my favorite way to fasten my tarp shelters securely and quickly. They allow me to quickly break down camp and pack up, rather than sitting around fighting a knot when I need to move on in a hurry. I really like how they are compatible with 550 paracord and how… Full review

Big Agnes Fly Creek UL3

rated 3.5 of 5 stars It stands up to wind, weighs next to nothing, and is roomy for two people This thing stood up well in the legendary Patagonia winds (make sure you pitch it with either the front or rear facing the wind, not sideways), and has kept me dry, mostly, in heavy rains. The fly attaches to the sides, and has to be guyed out all the way to be really solid in wind. The downside of that is that the floor then curves upward, kind of like the edges of a bathtub. This means that if you are on any slope at all,… Full review

Ozark Trail 11 x 9 Vacation Cottage

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This tent set up easy in about 30 minutes without instructions (you should put metal rafters together and place rain fly on before raising with studs.). Suggest purchasing heavy duty pegs. Full review

NEMO Meta 1P

rated 5 of 5 stars My tent for my 2013 AT thru-hike. I'm 6'2" and had extra space at my feet and head. Great great great tent!!!!  Know what it is and and what it is not and you will not be disappointed.  I would buy this tent again without hesitation.  Full review

L.L.Bean Microlight Solo

rated 5 of 5 stars Outstanding tent by L.L. Bean. I used this tent for a 2011-2012 section hike of the entire A.T. The tent is super lightweight and fast setup. Skip the Velcro and just use the color coded tabs. If you are color blind, put duck tape with matching letters. A to A, B to B. KISS. It was outstanding and kept me dry during the worst rain and snow. During black fly season, the mesh screen kept bugs out and in the heat of summer it allowed the slightness breeze to cool me down. This tent was the envy of… Full review

Marmot Aspen 2

rated 5 of 5 stars First off, the Marmot Aspen 2 is a solid tent for an EXCELLENT price! The tent is only available at Dicksportinggoods.com for $130. However, the brand Marmot is great and for this price how can you beat it!? On to specs. This tent has two doors (two vestibules) and is free standing. The tents contains three aluminum poles two that go in your standard crossing pattern, and one that goes across to hold it up which I thought was unique and helpful. It is a 2-person tent and it weighs around 5 pounds. Full review

Eureka! Spitfire 1

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great for the $$, and reliable. Aside from going to a hammock, you cannot beat the size/weight of this little killer. It is pretty darn reliable. I took this backpacking on a few occasions where I needed more security than a hammock could offer, or needed room for my dog. Goes up super easy, and has a very simple design. Has enough room for your pack or your dog, as long as either isn't too big. Top vent is a little questionable, as it is a semi-rigid piece of material that secures upward to 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 (1)
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
$45 MSRP
ALPS Mountaineering 5-Person Floor Saver Footprint
ALPS Mountaineering 6-Person Floor Saver Footprint
$60 MSRP
ALPS Mountaineering Aries 2 Three-Season Tent
$156 - $187
 
ALPS Mountaineering Aries 2 Floor Saver Footprint
$19
ALPS Mountaineering Aries 3 Three-Season Tent
$175 - $209
 
ALPS Mountaineering Aries 3 Floor Saver Footprint
$28
ALPS Mountaineering Aztec 3 Three-Season Tent
ALPS Mountaineering Aztec 4 Three-Season Tent
ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 2 Three-Season Tent
$195
ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 2 Floor Saver Footprint
$19
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 3 Three-Season Tent
$217
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
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Extreme 2 Three-Season Tent
$162 - $187
ALPS Mountaineering Extreme 2 Floor Saver Footprint
$30
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Extreme 3 Three-Season Tent
$195 - $224
ALPS Mountaineering Extreme 3 Footprint Footprint
$43
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 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
$28
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
ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 2 Three-Season Tent
$70
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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.