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

Sierra Designs Lookout

rated 4 of 5 stars Had my Lookout since 1996. Lots of use for backcountry paddling and backpacking. The Lookout has served me well in the 22 seasons I have owned it. A slightly crooked pole hasn't stopped this tent from performing. I gave it a bath a couple seasons ago and it was DIRTY!! but still holding strong from weather of all kinds. I have actually used this as a 4-season tent. From deep snow and cold to hot and humid. You don't want to stay in too long in the sun as it heats up quite quickly with the fly on. Full review

Eureka! Zeus 2EXO

rated 3 of 5 stars Good tent. Needs a rain fly. I used this tent several time in the mountains in CA and CO. It took me about five times to realize that if you sleep head-in vs head-by-the door, it vents your breath through the ceiling vent over your head—no condensation problem.  That worked fine until last time camping in all night constant rain for the first time. I am not sure if it leaked or if the rain sealed the ventilation in the surface, but it was like sleeping in drizzling rain inside the tent. I am… Full review

Marmot Limelight 3P

rated 5 of 5 stars I don't normally take the time to write reviews, but I have to for this tent. Perfect tent for avid back country travelers to weekend warriors. Tent is functional, durable, and easy to set up. I've been using/abusing it for 8 years and the tent is going strong like it was its first campout. Highly recommended. This tent is the real deal and has made me a Marmot tent customer for life (much respect to Mountain Hardwear though). I've thought of every possible way to give this tent 4.5 stars, and I… Full review

Stephenson's Warmlite 2R

rated 5 of 5 stars Great tent. I got my first 2R Stephenson tent around 1974. Did several trips to the Grand Teton, up to the Canadian Rockies and then down to Peru. It was lightweight and stood up great in some wild windy snowy weather at high altitudes.  On the saddle between the Grand and Middle Teton one time, the winds shredded two lady climbers' tent and they had to join us. Our tent held great, while it was cramped for four.  Unfortunately, my tent did not hold up too well after I got married and my son… Full review

Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1

rated 1 of 5 stars This tent is a piece of garbage. I'm confident I could craft a better shelter out of rope and tarp. I can't for the life of me figure why Big Agnes hails this tent as their claim to fame in the tent world. This is by far the worst tent I have ever used, much less owned. Big Agnes makes some decent gear, especially their sleeping bags, but the Seedhouse is a big middle finger to their customers. For a one-man tent the setup process is okay, and relatively quick, but they could have thought it out… Full review

Sea to Summit Hammock Bug Net

rated 5 of 5 stars An awesome product. Versatile, easy to put on, and allows for great visibility. Well designed and well executed. Definitely a product worth checking out if you're a hammock user looking for a standalone bugnet. This review is a part of a review of the entire Sea to Summit Hammock System. Please refer to my Sea to Summit Ultralight Hammock review to see the full review of the Ultralight Hammock and its components. Most of the information below is just separated out here again for visibility purposes. Full review

Sea to Summit Hammock Tarp

rated 4 of 5 stars A great tarp, though a little on the minimalist side. Looking to go lighter? This may be the tarp for you. This review is a part of a review of the entire Sea to Summit Hammock System. Please refer to my Sea to Summit Ultralight Hammock review to see the full review of the Ultralight Hammock and its components. Most of the information below is just separated out here again for visibility purposes. Hammock Tarp: The Hammock Tarp is made of Ultra-Sil Nano 15D Nylon fabric, which provides a high… Full review

Slumberjack Sightline 1

rated 4 of 5 stars Good tent for backpacking trips. Stores relatively small and lightweight. I used this tent for a backpacking trip in the Tetons. The tent worked well and kept me dry the entire time. Even through a large thunderstorm, the tent withstood hail and rain along with heavy winds with no issue at all. The tent had plenty of room for me and my 70L pack. The tent is easy to pitch and easy to pack up. The only downside was the bag ripped after our trip. However the company sent me a new bag within a few days. Full review

Therm-a-Rest Slacker Snuggler

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The Slacker Snuggler is a great little underquilt. I think it’s a perfect fit for hanging in summer, late spring, and early fall. Retailing at $79.95, it is much more expensive than CCF pads and a bit heavier, but much more comfortable. The Snuggler is about half the cost of similarly rated down quilts, but easier to use and maintain. The Slacker Snuggler came without any instructions, and there are no instructions for use or care on the Therm-a-Rest website; an insert of some variety showing… 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)
Clam Quick-Set Escape Warm Weather Tent
$300 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
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
TAS Auscam Bivvy Bag Bivy Sack
$250 MSRP
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
$35
Alite Murphy 2 Three-Season Tent
$219
Alite Sierra Shack Three-Season Tent
$130
 
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
$21
ALPS Mountaineering 3-Person Floor Saver Footprint
$28
ALPS Mountaineering 4-Person Floor Saver Footprint
$45 MSRP
ALPS Mountaineering 6-Person Floor Saver Footprint
$30
ALPS Mountaineering Aries 2 Three-Season Tent
$150
ALPS Mountaineering Aries 2 Floor Saver Footprint
$19
ALPS Mountaineering Aries 3 Three-Season Tent
$196
ALPS Mountaineering Aries 3 Floor Saver Footprint
$30
ALPS Mountaineering Camp Creek Three-Season Tent
$162 - $249
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 - $259
ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 2 Floor Saver Footprint
$19
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 3 Three-Season Tent
$200 - $231
ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 3 Floor Saver Footprint
$28
 
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering Comet 1.5 Three-Season Tent
discontinued
 
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
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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.