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.

Learn more about how to choose a tent/shelter below »

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Price

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$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

Recent Tent/Shelter Reviews

The North Face Mountain 24

rated 4 of 5 stars My Mountain 24 is now quite old, but until recently, has been a good solid 4-season mountaineering tent. I bought my Mountain 24 in 1997 and have many years of excellent service (Arctic/Andes/Alps). I spent a Christmas with two other 6'+ climbers at 6000m, and so it has been really tested. On another occasion we spent four days tent-bound due to the arctic weather and all was good. It's great in strong winds. It's not the lightest tent, but at the time of buying was probably one of the best tents… Full review

REI Half Dome 2

rated 5 of 5 stars Superb ventilation, roomy, and easy to assemble. The stitching and material appears high quality. At first, I was a little concerned about the openness of this tent. I used this tent during some late fall rainy seasons, and winter sub-freezing conditions. It does appear a little heavy, but the simplicity and design make up for it. There is enough room for two 260-pound men and air mattresses. I feel the user should add two more tie-offs and pegs, at the sides, when they use this tent. Why doesn't… Full review

NEMO Moki

rated 2 of 5 stars More wasted money. Used the tent several times, seam sealed as specified and still finding the Pawprint wet. Last night it poured down and I woke to find a puddle in one corner. This was after clagging the tent up with seam sealer. The inside always wets out and wet patches appear all over inside and in most cases droplets run down on the inside. Not condensation — water from outside. I guess the United Kingdom must get more rain than anywhere else as not a bad word to be said anywhere. Being… Full review

Catoma EBNS Enhanced Bed Net System

rated 3.5 of 5 stars The Catoma EBNS (military version) has some good qualities about it. If you're looking for something more than a bivy sack and don't mind the weight, this is an option you might want to look at. There are two versions of the Catoma EBNS. The civilian and military/tactical versions. Both are similar in design, I have the military/tactical version of the Catoma EBNS. Set up is a breeze. It's dummy proof. But follow the instructions on how to hold the tent folded up before removing the strap because… Full review

The North Face VE 24

rated 5 of 5 stars The VE24 has proven itself to be able to handle very adverse weather conditions with durability to last year after year. Whether holding out in an Alaskan blizzard or Tropical Storm you can count on the VE24 to hold its own against the elements. I purchased my VE24 in 2012 from an avid trekking couple that purchased it new in '78-'79. I listened to their stories of the many years of adventures in Alaska, the many blizzards, snow and rain storms they weathered through in this tent. Including weathering… Full review

Northwest Territory Olympic Cottage Deluxe Cabin Tent

rated 0.5 of 5 stars I fell in love with the look of this tent so I bought one. On the first night of camping it got windy and the pole hubs broke, three of them to be exact. This made the tent unusable. It ruined our trip. Nothing in a tent frame should be plastic...EVER! If the tent is remade with everything metal on a frame, I would buy it. Full review

Kelty Salida 1

rated 4 of 5 stars Well made, good materials. Very nice looking. Just received it and set it up indoors. Very easy to pitch. A major complaint: no fly vent. With the high walls, the lack of upper fly vent will make this tent hot in summer. I wanted a high wall solo for early spring and late fall, so it will work for me. Mesh on tent body is only near top of tent. Rectangular tent bag is different; had to add ties to tent body and fly to keep size down when packed. Not lightweight, but not heavy either. A very well… Full review

MSR Flylite

rated 2.5 of 5 stars A minimalist, 2-person, non-freestanding shelter best suited for lightweight backpacking in mild weather. As with most any single wall shelter, maximum venting is desirable (as much as weather allows) and with this particular design, considerate campsite selection is key. I do not recommended it for high winds and extended heavy rain. About the product: The manufacturers product page is here. Here is an interesting reference to it in the review of another product by MSR staff. (This reference states… Full review

Hilleberg Nammatj 3 GT

rated 5 of 5 stars This is the bad weather, big guy, kitchen sink guy, sky falling, Taj Mahal of tents. I wanted this tent since getting into backpacking about 10 years ago. Finally got it couple of years ago and wow. Used it 3 times. Super easy setup and the vestibule is beyond your best hopes. Two times it rained hard on these trips (both on Art Loeb Trail, N.C.), great place to hole up and lay around. I have three other tents — REI Half Dome 2 Plus, Kelty Gunnison 2, and a Kelty 4 A-frame — and it beat them… Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
The North Face Mountain 24 reviewed Mar 30, 2015
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (33)
REI Half Dome 2 reviewed Mar 28, 2015
$199
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
NEMO Moki reviewed Mar 28, 2015
$680 - $849
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Catoma EBNS Enhanced Bed Net System reviewed Mar 28, 2015
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
The North Face VE 24 reviewed Mar 26, 2015
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user rating: 3.5 of 5 (15)
Northwest Territory Olympic Cottage Deluxe Cabin Tent reviewed Mar 23, 2015
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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Kelty Salida 1 reviewed Mar 23, 2015
$122 - $144
NEW!
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Flylite reviewed Mar 21, 2015
$350
available Spring 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Hilleberg Nammatj 3 GT reviewed Mar 18, 2015
$925
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Clark NX-250 reviewed Mar 14, 2015
$429 MSRP
 
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
Northwest Territory Big Timber reviewed Mar 11, 2015
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user rating: 0.5 of 5 (2)
Alpine Design Mesa 8 Tent with Screen Porch reviewed Mar 8, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (11)
Mountain Hardwear Skyview 3 reviewed Mar 8, 2015
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Hillary Cabin Tent 9 x 12 reviewed Mar 5, 2015
user rating: 4 of 5 (16)
Marmot EOS 1P reviewed Mar 2, 2015
$199 - $249
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Nite Ize CamJam Cord Tightener reviewed Mar 1, 2015
$2 - $6
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL3 reviewed Feb 27, 2015
$344 - $449
 
user rating: 3 of 5 (6)
Ozark Trail 11 x 9 Vacation Cottage reviewed Feb 25, 2015
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user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
NEMO Meta 1P reviewed Feb 16, 2015
$330 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
L.L.Bean Microlight Solo reviewed Feb 11, 2015
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Aspen 2 reviewed Feb 5, 2015
$150 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (27)
Eureka! Spitfire 1 reviewed Feb 4, 2015
$110 - $139
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Marmot Limelight 3P reviewed Jan 30, 2015
$223 - $279
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Blacks Mountain Tent reviewed Jan 30, 2015
user rating: 3 of 5 (36)
Ozark Trail 2-Person Junior Dome Tent reviewed Jan 26, 2015
$23 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Walrus Rapeede XV reviewed Jan 26, 2015
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user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Grand Trunk Nano-7 reviewed Jan 25, 2015
$70 - $79
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Marmot Bise 2P reviewed Jan 25, 2015
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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
MSR Elixir 3 reviewed Jan 14, 2015
$240 - $299
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Tarptent Contrail reviewed Jan 5, 2015
$199 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (9)
Mountain Hardwear EV 2 reviewed Jan 5, 2015
$699 - $700
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Sierra Designs Zia 3 reviewed Jan 5, 2015
$239 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2 reviewed Jan 3, 2015
$280 - $349
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Sierra Designs Gamma reviewed Dec 31, 2014
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Bibler Ahwahnee reviewed Dec 29, 2014
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user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Moss Tents Starlet (Three-Season) reviewed Dec 26, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
ZPacks Triplex reviewed Dec 21, 2014
$695 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
NEMO Hunker 2P reviewed Dec 20, 2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Sierra Designs Stretch Dome 3 reviewed Dec 19, 2014
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Eureka! Timberline 4 reviewed Dec 15, 2014
$190 - $229
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
The North Face Flint 2 reviewed Dec 15, 2014
$149 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 reviewed Dec 14, 2014
$280 - $389
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (8)
Marmot Earlylight 2P reviewed Dec 13, 2014
$229
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
EMS Velocity 1 Tent reviewed Dec 12, 2014
$269
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
LightHeart Gear Duo reviewed Dec 5, 2014
$295 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
NEMO Morpho 1P reviewed Dec 5, 2014
$390 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Clark North American reviewed Dec 2, 2014
$359 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Eureka! Spitfire 2 reviewed Dec 2, 2014
$138 - $179
user rating: 4 of 5 (11)
Eureka! Backcountry 2 reviewed Dec 1, 2014
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user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Jeep 3-Room Screen Combo Dome Tent reviewed Nov 26, 2014
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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.