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

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

Walrus Armadillio

rated 5 of 5 stars These tents are awesome. They withstood weather when others were snapping poles and going down! I highly recommend them. I've had mine for ten years. I've never had any problem with the Walrus tent. I've owned the Armidillo and it's withstood weather conditions like no others could where I camped. Zipper claps wore out as normal, but it was up for ten days at a time during the summer when camping so it took a lot of use. Rain cover is worn so I'm looking for a replacement, but the tent is in great… Full review

Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2

rated 4 of 5 stars Very lightweight and great for solo or two-person backpacking. Overall, I really like this tent so far. It is light and packs up quite small and is also quite easy to set up. The first time I set it up was in light rain, and it was quick enough to set up that the inside did not get wet at all. The poles are pretty easy to set up, though I'm a little concerned that the 3-way junction might be a site for future weakness, but it's a little to early to say for sure.  So far I have only used the tent… Full review

Black Diamond HiLight

rated 5 of 5 stars I was in a rainstorm from 3 a.m. to 10 a.m. (7 hrs). I expected to be wet and my gear soaked. On the contrary, I stayed dry during a 7-hr downpour of rain. I did not want to get out of the tent, because temperatures were in the mid-30's. I was afraid if I got soaked, hypothermia might set in. I stayed warm and dry during this downpour. Further up the trail I ran into snow. I'm glad I had the Black Diamond Hi-light tent to keep me dry and warm! I was out doing a solo backpacking trip when I got caught… Full review

Mountainsmith Mountain Shelter LT

rated 4 of 5 stars Basic shelter at a basic price. The Mountainsmith Mountain Shelter LT sets up with trekking poles, which means it is light, about 2 pounds, and packs into a small, compressible bag. There is plenty of room inside for two hikers and their gear. At just over a hundred dollars it costs much less than most options on the market. The I set the the shelter up it took for ever and was frustrating. This is what you get from reading the instructions on the side of the stuff bag. I watched Mountainsmith's… Full review

Northwest Territory Family Cabin 8-Person Tent 14' x 14'

rated 4 of 5 stars Love this tent. Hate that the zippers and hooks are corroding and falling apart. They should be made of something besides what they are made of. Awesome concept otherwise. This tent is easy to set up and take down. Packs up nicely! Big plus there! Plenty of room. Tall enough for my tall boyfriend! Love this tent. Trying to repair the breaking hooks and preserve the zippers. Don't want to lose this awesome tent. Full review

Coleman 8-Person Instant Tent

rated 2 of 5 stars I will never buy a Coleman product again. They use to be the number one name in outdoor stuff. Now nothing lasts. Used the tent twice before two corner joints broke. Bought two air beds, both lost air in a matter of a few hours.  Full review

L.L.Bean Mountain Light XT 3-Person Tent

rated 5 of 5 stars We actually have a prior year's model (rust and light grey), which supposedly has been improved for this year's green model. Hard to imagine how they could improve it, but apparently it is a slightly stronger fabric, and is actually $50 less expensive! The design is the same, and so our review would be useful for this, or prior year's model. This free-standing tent is easy to assemble, goes up quickly, and also can be taken down with ease. In our family, it is usually put up by one person, without… 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
$240 MSRP
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.