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

MSR Carbon Reflex 2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Lightweight and surprisingly sturdy 3-season tent. I've had this tent for three years and used it annually for a winter backpacking trip in Arkansas. We have relatively mild winters in Arkansas in general. However this year we hit the trailhead in 15-degree weather with snow on the ground. I was very concerned about this tent. I do have the footprint as well. The footprint only covers the tent floor it does not cover the vestibules. It would really be nice if the footprint would at least cover the… Full review

Marmot Tungsten 1P

Not a backpacking tent...if you're considering this tent, be forewarned that is does not pack down compact and is not super light. However, it is a good quality, spacious 1-person tent with nice features. OK, I haven't used this tent but looked at one in the store...just wanted to save people some frustration if trying to order online as I found the manufacturer's description misleading. I was shocked at how big it was in the stuff sack, and wouldn't say that it's very light. The Tungsten 1 had… Full review

MSR Remote 2

rated 5 of 5 stars If strength and livability are your goals in a four season tent the Remote 2 may be for you. MSR Remote 2 The MSR Remote 2 is a tent for when you KNOW the weather will be a challenge and you want a livable shelter; more than just a Black Diamond Firstlight/Eldorado or Mountain Hardwear Direkt 2. I own two other  4-season tents and one three season one, and I have “slept” in a wind-shredded 3-season tent at 9,000 feet.  I've also survived several raging wind and rainstorms in a casket-sized,… Full review

Appy Trails Mark V

rated 4 of 5 stars Lightweight and a lot of room. I got this as a way of reducing my load on summer-friendly climate trips.. Well, I bought too much tent. This thing is big, and not just big but with an extraordinarily high peak, something like 5' high at the door. The tent is essentially a lightweight version of a tent once used by the Boy Scouts for events like Piedmont. It requires either the lightweight pole that is supplied or a trekking pole. The foot end requires a 12" aluminum rod that keeps that end of the… Full review

Kelty Gunnison 2

rated 4 of 5 stars Outstanding tent for warm to moderate cold, rain, wind, and snow. Sturdy and reliable. This tent lasted from around 2006 when it was purchased until the end of 2016 with heavy use in every season in Southern Arizona, and in spring, summer, and fall in Southern Utah, Northern New Mexico, and Oregon. New bungee cords were installed in the poles in about 2012 or 2013 because they were really loose and worn. I fixed the zippers once on both entry ways in 2014 and 2015. By 2016 there were a number… Full review

Tarptent Scarp 1

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I am rating the newer 2016 model. Adaptable, four-season capability in a small(ish) package. I purchased the 2016 updated model last summer with the basic included solid interior.  I've used the Scarp in varying conditions with no issues, other than it being an equivalent to a hot box with the solid inner during warmer weather.  I will list the new specs first: Extra wide interior states it can allow two pads and sleep two people. Please be VERY comfortable with this other person responsible… Full review

YAMA Mountain Gear Cirriform Tarp 1P - 0.8 oz Dyneema

rated 5 of 5 stars Versatile quality, handmade, full weather protection in a sleek design. I purchased the DW Cirriform in .8 cuben but use the tarp alone during the shoulder season and have grown to love the versatility of the entire kit. I was hesitant to switch to cuben/dynemma after only using sil shelters for so long, but the weight savings in this piece while still having full weather protection from anything that nature throws your way is exhilarating!  Gen at Yama is great to work with and understanding of… Full review

The North Face Apogee 24

rated 4 of 5 stars Sturdy and yellow. Heavy but strong. 7 lbs. Big in your pack, but not bad if you need it this strong in snow and wind. Could fit three people inside if needed. Floor is starting to get sticky but top not delaminating. Yet. For camping below treeline it's overkill and no view outside, limited ventilation. In snow it's great, needs 2 stakes for vestibule but holds up otherwise. Similar to Mountain 25. There are cheaper and lighter options now. Look at Warmlite if you can stand flaky customer service. Full review

Marmot Swallow 2P

rated 5 of 5 stars I have had this tent since 2002. I have to say it has lasted better than any tent I know of. I have about 100 days in this tent and it has backpacked and car camped everywhere in the PNW. I think the tents you can get now are better with material and weight, but I returned a Mountain Hardwear tent I got as a replacement because it wasn't good enough. Pitch it quick in a puddle of mud and pick it up in two days without getting wet. I am serious. I camped at the Oregon coast numerous times and stayed… 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
$30
 
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 - $44
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
$30 MSRP
ALPS Mountaineering 3-Person Floor Saver Footprint
ALPS Mountaineering 4-Person Floor Saver Footprint
$30
ALPS Mountaineering 6-Person Floor Saver Footprint
$25 - $42
ALPS Mountaineering Aries 2 Three-Season Tent
$187
ALPS Mountaineering Aries 2 Floor Saver Footprint
$19
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
$182
ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 2 Floor Saver Footprint
$19 - $20
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
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
 
ALPS Mountaineering Edge 6 Three-Season Tent
$200
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Extreme 2 Three-Season Tent
$240 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.