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

Bergans Compact Light 2

rated 4 of 5 stars The zipper on the rainfly split after the second use, but I had also drawn it too taut when I set it up in a full blown storm. It did, however, provide excellent shelter in adverse conditions, even with my humble repairs on the zipper. Loved it the first use here in Colorado, where we had rain, and some sleet. We took it up to the Snowy Range in Wyoming, where the winds were sustained and we had rain, sleet and snow. The zipper on the rainfly split near the top of the tent. We battled that one out,… Full review

Tentsile Flite

rated 3 of 5 stars Tentsile's Flite tree tent is the company's lightest version of its hammock-tent hybrids. Combining the comfort of a hammock with the structure of a 2-person tent, the Flite is a novel idea that just does not execute very well. Although I like the concept of the Flite, the cons are significant enough that it would be hard for this reviewer to honestly recommend it to others. First let me say, I have written and read enough reviews to know that when someone dismisses a product many people will vehemently disagree… Full review

LightHeart Gear Duo

rated 5 of 5 stars Sweet combination of low weight, durability, storm-worthiness, and room for two large people! I have owned over 20 tents in the last 25 years, and I have my new favorite. All LightHeartGear tents are now made in North Carolina too!! TVThis is not my first tent, but it may be my last!!! I needed to get a true two-person tent, and I decided to sell my LightHeartGear SoLong6, as it is more of a 1 1/2 person tent. I loved it, but I am 6'1" 295# and I like to bring my son, who is 6'4", so we needed a… Full review

UnderGround Quilts Zeppelin 20°F

rated 5 of 5 stars The 66 inch "7/8 length" 20-degree under quilt is a weight and space savings option for the not-too-tall hammock camper. At 5'8" I find that I get almost full length coverage. http://www.undergroundquilts.com/uq/default.html Suffice to say, I'm a big fan of Underground Quilts Outdoor Equipment! Over the past 4 or 5 years I've bought five tarps, three under quilts, and one top quilt from them. That's enough to have a good grasp of the company and the people behind it, their product lines, their quality… Full review

Texsport Hasting Square Dome Tent

rated 2 of 5 stars You get what you pay for. You give up a lot when looking for a low cost solution. I purchased an earlier version of this tent and I'm writing this review due to the exceptionally poor customer service I have received from Texsport. Overall the design is OK... and the tent is fairly easy to set up. I will admit that when I purchased the tent, I was taken by a sale and the low cost. The first trip out, we had a nice rain for a couple days and the tent proved to be untreated for waterproofing.  (all… Full review

REI InCamp 4

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Bought this tent last week for car camping to replace old leaker. Bought this tent last week for car camping and I'm very happy with it. Slept in it five nights, two rainy and three windy with no problems. First I had the Kaiju 4 and sent it back as the pole diameter was too small. The brow pole was stressed to a point on snapping. Purchased the InCamp 4—great vertical space and thick poles with pre-bent sections. Happy camper!!!!!!! Full review

Magellan (Academy Sports) Bryce Canyon Cabin Tent

rated 0.5 of 5 stars I've owned tents this size from other brands that have lasted years even with abuse from teen groups, an occasional snowstorm, and one or two storms while left outside in the backyard (it was Jeep brand). I've used this tent about once a year for the last five years. With light use, no snow... But one solid wind storm, this tent is worthless. The fiberglass poles are not nearly as durable as they should be. The metal poles have no key to secure them to the nylon straps, and the rain flap, the size… Full review

Hilleberg Allak

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Outstanding and fully free-standing. The Allak's combined qualities of being fully free-standing (including lobbies), having an all-in-one pitch (including footprint), and managing true four-season endurance is pretty irresistible; especially to those like me, who—only too often—find they have to pitch their tent fast in weird inhospitable places in fading light and driving rain. I chose the Allak above Hilleberg's Staika (same sort of thing, heavier, even stronger) and Soulo (very similar specifications… Full review

Eureka! Equinox 6

rated 5 of 5 stars I purchase six of the Equinox 6 tents for a Girl Scout 5-day trip to Canada. Very roomy 10'x11' slept eight 9-year-olds per tent, 15 years later still in great shape. Purchased these six tents from L.L. Bean in 1998 for a Junior Girl Scout trip to Quebec, Canada. 23 8 to 11 year olds. Very sturdy and easy to put up even for 8 year olds. The only problem is that the floor weather stripping needs to be resealed, but easy to do. The floor material is very water tight (we once filled one with 8 inches… Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Bergans Compact Light 2 reviewed Apr 30, 2016
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Tentsile Flite reviewed Apr 25, 2016
$350
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
LightHeart Gear Duo reviewed Apr 24, 2016
$295 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
UnderGround Quilts Zeppelin 20°F reviewed Apr 24, 2016
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Texsport Hasting Square Dome Tent reviewed Apr 22, 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
REI InCamp 4 reviewed Apr 20, 2016
$206
 
user rating: 2 of 5 (19)
Magellan (Academy Sports) Bryce Canyon Cabin Tent reviewed Apr 10, 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Hilleberg Allak reviewed Apr 8, 2016
$945 - $955
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Eureka! Equinox 6 reviewed Apr 1, 2016
$420 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
REI Quarter Dome 1 reviewed Mar 31, 2016
$229
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Dutchware 11 Foot Netless Hammock reviewed Mar 30, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (13)
Sierra Designs Lightning 2 reviewed Mar 29, 2016
$216 - $269
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Eureka! Timberline 4 reviewed Mar 28, 2016
$184 - $229
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs Flash 2 FL reviewed Mar 28, 2016
$400
 
user rating: 2 of 5 (13)
Ozark Trail 9 x 7 Tent 3-4 Person reviewed Mar 27, 2016
$40 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Eureka! Caddis reviewed Mar 26, 2016
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
REI Passage 2 Tent reviewed Mar 24, 2016
$159
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Dream Hammock Sparrow reviewed Mar 20, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (108)
Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest reviewed Mar 20, 2016
$70 - $89
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Hilleberg Nammatj 3 GT reviewed Mar 19, 2016
$979
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Ozark Trail 9 Person 2 Room Instant Cabin Tent with Screen Room reviewed Mar 17, 2016
$200 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (20)
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2 reviewed Mar 16, 2016
$350
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Marmot Boreas 3P reviewed Mar 15, 2016
$369 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 2 reviewed Mar 14, 2016
$175
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Cabela's Alaskan Guide reviewed Mar 13, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Grand Trunk Double Parachute Nylon Hammock reviewed Mar 12, 2016
$65 - $74
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Serac Classic Camping Hammock reviewed Mar 12, 2016
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL4 reviewed Mar 11, 2016
$500 - $649
user rating: 5 of 5 (8)
The North Face Himalayan Hotel reviewed Mar 9, 2016
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 6 reviewed Mar 8, 2016
$154
 
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (84)
Northwest Territory Vacation Home 10-Person Tent 14' x 14' reviewed Mar 7, 2016
$250 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Kelty Salida 1 reviewed Mar 7, 2016
$134 - $144
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Six Moon Designs Skyscape X reviewed Feb 28, 2016
$565 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
Nite Ize Figure 9 Tent Line Kit reviewed Feb 28, 2016
$8 - $10
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Raven Designs Treehugger Double Hammock reviewed Feb 28, 2016
$70 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Six Moon Designs Gatewood Cape reviewed Feb 28, 2016
$135 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (27)
Mountain Hardwear Trango 2 reviewed Feb 27, 2016
$498 - $650
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Tungsten 2P reviewed Feb 25, 2016
$158 - $199
user rating: 4 of 5 (12)
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1 reviewed Feb 25, 2016
$320 - $329
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
EMS Velocity 1 Tent reviewed Feb 22, 2016
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Atlas Hammock Utility Straps reviewed Feb 20, 2016
$15
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Mountain Hardwear Light Wedge 2 reviewed Feb 20, 2016
$225 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (29)
MSR Hubba Hubba reviewed Feb 19, 2016
$300 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Sierra Designs Zia 3 reviewed Feb 19, 2016
$239 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
MSR E-Wing reviewed Feb 19, 2016
$100 - $148
 
user rating: 2 of 5 (11)
Ozark Trail 13' x 10' Screen House reviewed Feb 19, 2016
discontinued
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
MSR Mo Room 3P reviewed Feb 18, 2016
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 12 reviewed Feb 17, 2016
$50 - $69
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
UnderGround Quilts Winter Dream reviewed Feb 13, 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
The North Face Stormbreak 1 reviewed Feb 13, 2016
$129
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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.