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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MSR
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Tarptent
YAMA Mountain Gear
The North Face
Eureka!
Sierra Designs
Kodiak Canvas

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$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 - $399.99
$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

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: 4.5 of 5 (7)
MSR Carbon Reflex 2 reviewed Jan 19, 2017
$500
Marmot Tungsten 1P reviewed Jan 18, 2017
$116 - $179
NEW!
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Remote 2 reviewed Jan 16, 2017
$800
available Spring 2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Appy Trails Mark V reviewed Jan 14, 2017
$120 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (21)
Kelty Gunnison 2 reviewed Jan 11, 2017
$190 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Tarptent Scarp 1 reviewed Jan 9, 2017
$295 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
YAMA Mountain Gear Cirriform Tarp 1P - 0.8 oz Dyneema reviewed Jan 9, 2017
$360 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
The North Face Apogee 24 reviewed Jan 7, 2017
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (14)
Marmot Swallow 2P reviewed Jan 6, 2017
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Eureka! Mountain Pass 3XTE reviewed Jan 2, 2017
$270
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Sierra Designs Superflash reviewed Dec 28, 2016
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Kodiak Canvas 10x10 Flex-Bow Canvas Tent Deluxe reviewed Dec 16, 2016
$550
user rating: 3 of 5 (11)
MSR Missing Link reviewed Dec 11, 2016
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
ALPS Mountaineering Tasmanian 2 reviewed Dec 9, 2016
$245
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Kelty Crestone 1 reviewed Dec 4, 2016
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
REI Mountain 3 reviewed Dec 3, 2016
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (29)
MSR Hubba reviewed Dec 2, 2016
$250 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Paha Que' Wilderness Rainfly for Hammock reviewed Nov 29, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Equinox Sprawler Ultralite Bivi reviewed Nov 25, 2016
$63 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
SlingFin CrossBow 2 Footprint reviewed Nov 22, 2016
$60 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
SlingFin CrossBow 2 Mesh Drop-In reviewed Nov 22, 2016
$90 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
SlingFin CrossBow 2 R/S reviewed Nov 22, 2016
$580 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
SlingFin CrossBow 2 Mesh reviewed Nov 22, 2016
$480 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
SlingFin CrossBow 2 StormPak reviewed Nov 22, 2016
$395 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
Mountain Hardwear Trango 3.1 reviewed Nov 19, 2016
$750
user rating: 3 of 5 (24)
Ozark Trail 9' x 8' Dome Tent reviewed Nov 12, 2016
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
MSR Holler reviewed Nov 11, 2016
$400 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Bushcraft Outfitters 10' x 10' Tarp reviewed Nov 10, 2016
$64 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (11)
Outdoor Research Advanced Bivy reviewed Nov 10, 2016
$319 - $325
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (7)
Eureka! Tetragon 5 reviewed Oct 31, 2016
$170
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
The North Face Rock 32 reviewed Oct 25, 2016
$209 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
REI Dash 2 Tent reviewed Oct 20, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Tasmanian 2 Floor Saver reviewed Oct 20, 2016
$21
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Ozark Trail 16' x 16' Instant Cabin Tent reviewed Oct 19, 2016
$279 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
REI Half Dome 2 Plus reviewed Oct 19, 2016
$219
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
NEMO Hornet 2P reviewed Oct 19, 2016
$370
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
The North Face VE 24 reviewed Oct 17, 2016
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Elk Mountain Tents 13x16 Wall Tent reviewed Oct 17, 2016
$795 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
REI Half Dome 4 reviewed Oct 15, 2016
$299
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Skyledge 2 DP reviewed Oct 14, 2016
$335 - $349
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
NEMO Morpho AR reviewed Oct 14, 2016
$390
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Cabela's XPG Expedition 4P reviewed Oct 13, 2016
$400
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (3)
EMS Velocity 2 Tent reviewed Oct 5, 2016
$237
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg Kaitum 3 reviewed Oct 3, 2016
$950
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Miltec by Sturm One-Man Recon Tent reviewed Sep 30, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eureka! ECWT reviewed Sep 29, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eureka! Combat Tent reviewed Sep 29, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eureka! TCOP reviewed Sep 29, 2016
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Garuda Jalan Jalan reviewed Sep 29, 2016
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Coleman Sundome 2 reviewed Sep 28, 2016
$65 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.