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

Kelty TraiLogic TN2

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Lightweight, high quality tent with lots of room. The footprint is impossible to find at the moment so either make your own out of Tyvek, or temporarily use a footprint from a similar 2-man tent if you have one (I used my Marmot Limelight footprint - not ideal but it worked). The Kelty TraiLogic TN2 tent is a Backpacker Magazine Editor's Choice winner with some good reason. The tent fly rolls up on the head end and is secured at the top of the tent, and can also be closed by 2 people without ever… Full review

MSR OutfitterWing

rated 4.5 of 5 stars MSR recently made this product much better by adding the 8 foot poles to their inventory. By adding these poles to the wing you have a virtual palace of a work area to cover a picnic table or camp kitchen. I use the 12" type stakes that Cabela's sells for its outfitter series tents and it makes for a very solid shelter. It is great for group outtings for shade and rain protection. I have used this car camping several times and it works very well. The other uses also apply. It is definitely either… Full review

Mountain Hardwear Airjet 2

rated 2 of 5 stars If the seams had not failed I would have rated this tent 5 stars. Loved this tent. I actually put it to some good backpacking use. I used it for ten years, but only a few times a year. Unfortunately its failure in seam tape design, as has been mentioned by other reviewers, was its downfall.The entire front wall, where you enter and exit came unglued on my last trip this month. This tent could have had another 5 years service, minimum, with the use I put into it. I suspect I could have squeezed 10… Full review

Kelty TraiLogic TN2

rated 4 of 5 stars Easy to use, not very heavy backpacking tent. It comes with the star gazing rain fly which is great! Setup is super easy with this tent. Kelty has color coordinated poles, tent, and rain fly so that putting it together is really simple. The color coordination is not obscene or obvious so no one will know that it is there unless they are putting the tent up.  The tent has the ability to keep the rain fly rolled up and out of the way so that you can view the stars at night. If the weather turns you… Full review

Eureka! Timberline 2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Just purchased another Eureka Timberline. My last one survived 25 years. It is easy to set up and long lasting. I have survived many a rainy night with no problems. I find this tent easy to set up. I have done it in the dark many a time. Wind, rain have no effect on the tent at night. It is stable, and water tight. It can get a little warm even with the vents open, but I have found that if there is no chance of rain, without the rain fly it is very comfortable. There is plenty of room for two adults,… Full review

ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2.0

rated 3.5 of 5 stars This is a great tent for its price. Fairly lightweight and packable, but compared to other two-person tents it isn't very roomy inside. Additionally, when the wind starts blowing expect some water to blow under the vestibule and into the tent. Setup: The tent is fairly easy to set up once you've practiced at least once. Goes much quicker with two people. Not a fast pitch design. Footprint is not included Stability: There is a small air vent that requires its own line and stake. If you get lazy and… Full review

Northwest Territory Sierra Dome Backpack Tent 9' x 7'

rated 5 of 5 stars Held up in a storm that was raining 2 inches an hour for a whole night. I got this tent for a week of camping with my buddy. Four days in my camping trip one night at 11pm until 12 pm the next day it rains 2 inches an hour with 20mph winds. No rain came it at all. The only drawback and I knew better was to let anything touch the walls of the tent. Well the foot of my sleeping bag was wet because it was drawing the moisture of the rain. There were no puddles or seam leackage in the tent. We did not… Full review

Northwest Territory Kmart model

rated 4 of 5 stars Very nice tent for the price, easy setup and tear down with two or more people. Overall a very great tent with ease of setup and tear down. Other campers are in awe of the space inside and the look of the windows. Full review

Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2

rated 5 of 5 stars Super lightweight tent that meets the requirements for weight and room. Provides great weather protection from the toughest storms. I used this tent along with footprint on the JMT. Had uncharacteristic heavy rain and hail during the trip and the tent performed super. Tent was easy to set up even on all the granite that exists in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Never had an issue with condensation even during heavy rain. To vent the top of the door zipper can be open and to allow venting but keeps… Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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Amok Draumr
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)

Amok Draumr
Hammock
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
$19
ALPS Mountaineering 4-Person Floor Saver
ALPS Mountaineering
4-Person Floor Saver
Footprint
$29
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
$12
ALPS Mountaineering Aries 2
ALPS Mountaineering
Aries 2
Three-Season Tent
$156 - $174
 
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
$26
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
$182 - $259
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
$28
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
$150 - $162
ALPS Mountaineering Extreme 3
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering
Extreme 3
Three-Season Tent
$195 - $209
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
$110
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 2 AL
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
ALPS Mountaineering
Lynx 2 AL
Three-Season Tent
$128 - $129
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 4 AL
ALPS Mountaineering
Lynx 4 AL
Three-Season Tent
$162
ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 2
ALPS Mountaineering
Meramac 2
Three-Season Tent
$80
ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 3
ALPS Mountaineering
Meramac 3
Three-Season Tent
$90
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.