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

Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 4-Person

rated 5 of 5 stars In the category of floorless tents, the Ultamid 4 is the best product I've owned (I've owned four other pyramid- styled tents) and used several others. Because of the Cuben-fiber the Ultamid is also the lightest and the strongest of the lot (mine weighs 22.5 ounces with the staking cords but not the stakes). This tent will sleep four people (tight), but is light enough to use as a palatial solo tent. I've owned four pyramid-styled tents since the early 1980s including the original Chouinard Pyramid,… Full review

Black Diamond Skylight

rated 0.5 of 5 stars Retiring it after three years. Can't keep out rain. Leaks like a sieve in steady rain. Condensation builds up in bad weather when you close the vestibule even with recommended venting. Lightweight, but don't trust it in inclement weather. I have used this tent for three years. Purchased from BD in 2013. Also have an Eldorado and Fitzroy. Those are keepers. The Skylight is unreliable. It will not handle anything but balmy weather. It will not keep out a steady rain. Finally had to put a tarp over… Full review

Marmot Traillight 2P

rated 4 of 5 stars A decent solo tent for the summer sub-alpine. I bought this as a solo summer mountain tent and am happy with what I have. It is perfect for one person. If two men are sharing this tent then they are probably sharing more than a tent. I have not had it in any summer snow conditions (YET), but if you're able to tie it down it should handle a couple of inches, which makes the 5 lb total travel weight reasonable.  I've had it for a few years on 6 or 7 backcountry trips. Everything has held up well. Full review

REI Hobitat 4

rated 5 of 5 stars A tent big enough to stand in, or lounge inside with several friends during stormy weather. Great for most types of weather, even light snow. Great all around, car camping tent. Full review

Big Agnes Rattlesnake SL1 mtnGLO

rated 5 of 5 stars Light and spacious for a 1P tent. I've been searching for a 1P tent that balances space with weight. This is the one. Fairly taut tent without guys Side entry facilitates the ol' in and out. Setup: Really easy setup. There's a solo collapsible pole system and one cross pole for the top. Just insert the poles into the 4 corners, clip the tent to the poles, and fasten the top cross pole, Done. No sleeves, no problem. The fly has 4 corner clips that make it very simple. Additionally, the fly fastens… Full review

REI Half Dome 2

rated 2.5 of 5 stars Good in fair weather only. ANY amount of rain consistently ends up coming in through the vents even velcroed shut. Heavy rain bounces into the tent from under the flaps. After many soaked nights, I have begun adding modifications since I live in Australia and can't really exchange it—fingers crossed on the mods. This tent is great in dry weather. We have used it in all sorts of terrain—hard earth, soft earth, duff, grass, river cobbles (with protective blanket under, that was car camping), etc. Full review

Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1

rated 4.5 of 5 stars In my estimation this tent has all four major attributes necessary in a one-man, three-season tent. Ease of setup, ease to dismantle, durability, and weight. One downfall is there is a minimum of headroom for taller folks, I'm 5'9" and it just accommodates me. I've camped in mine through rain and wind storms and stayed protected and dry. i've used this tent in the Arizona desert and the woods of the Boundary Waters in upper Minnesota and it delivers time after time. I usually use it staked down… Full review

Sierra Designs Comet

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Fast setup, good fly. Full review

Kelty Salida 2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This product is great as far as airflow, weight, and price point. Larger vestibules area similar to the Sierra Design Flash Lightning and the like would be awesome, but you sacrifice weight for convenient storage. But for a smaller size weight 2-man tent this is a great buy if you can get your hands on one. I took this pack for five days out on the PCT last year in February and it performed flawlessly. I had no issues with condensation even though it got quite cold and stayed quite damp. I do use… Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 4-Person reviewed Feb 11, 2016
$825
user rating: 3 of 5 (10)
Black Diamond Skylight reviewed Feb 10, 2016
$450 - $499
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Marmot Traillight 2P reviewed Feb 8, 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
REI Hobitat 4 reviewed Feb 8, 2016
$269 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Rattlesnake SL1 mtnGLO reviewed Feb 8, 2016
$300
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (35)
REI Half Dome 2 reviewed Feb 7, 2016
$150
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1 reviewed Feb 4, 2016
$320 - $329
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Sierra Designs Comet reviewed Feb 4, 2016
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Kelty Salida 2 reviewed Feb 4, 2016
$149 - $169
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Macpac Olympus reviewed Feb 4, 2016
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Etowah Outfitters 8 x 10 Tarp reviewed Feb 2, 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Dutchware ARGON Vented Sock reviewed Feb 1, 2016
$57 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
Eureka! Tetragon 5 reviewed Feb 1, 2016
$170
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Hilleberg Akto reviewed Feb 1, 2016
$530
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
MSR Elixir 2 reviewed Jan 31, 2016
$250
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Tentsmiths 11'3" x 14' x 8' Wall Tent reviewed Jan 30, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Salewa Micra II reviewed Jan 30, 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Sea to Summit Escapist 15D Tarp reviewed Jan 28, 2016
$169
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (24)
Marmot Limelight 2P reviewed Jan 24, 2016
$219 - $249
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Warbonnet Traveler Double Layer 1.1 reviewed Jan 24, 2016
$75 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Eureka! Mountain Pass 2XT reviewed Jan 20, 2016
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (21)
Eureka! K2 XT reviewed Jan 20, 2016
$500
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Stormbreak 2 reviewed Jan 20, 2016
$159
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1 reviewed Jan 18, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
The North Face Roadrunner 22 reviewed Jan 18, 2016
discontinued
 
user rating: 2 of 5 (11)
Ozark Trail 10' x 14' Cabin Tent reviewed Jan 18, 2016
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Lawson Equipment Reflective Glowire reviewed Jan 17, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Mountainsmith Mountain Shelter LT reviewed Jan 17, 2016
$130
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Big Agnes Fishhook UL 2 reviewed Jan 15, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
ALPS Mountaineering Mystique 1.5 reviewed Jan 9, 2016
$123
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
ALPS Mountaineering Mystique 2 reviewed Jan 9, 2016
$132 - $153
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Dutchware Kevlar Tree Huggers reviewed Jan 7, 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (32)
Eagles Nest Outfitters SingleNest reviewed Jan 6, 2016
$48 - $59
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg Allak reviewed Jan 6, 2016
$955
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Tarptent Contrail reviewed Jan 6, 2016
$199 MSRP
 
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
Sierra Designs Flash Magic reviewed Jan 3, 2016
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
MSR MicroZoid reviewed Jan 3, 2016
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Zip reviewed Jan 1, 2016
$180
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (22)
The North Face Mountain 25 reviewed Dec 31, 2015
$539 - $589
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Helsport Ringstind Superlight 1-2 reviewed Dec 29, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Hilleberg Nammatj 3 reviewed Dec 28, 2015
$795
 
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Ozark Trail 10x10 First Up reviewed Dec 28, 2015
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Jeep 3-Room Screen Combo Dome Tent reviewed Dec 21, 2015
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Kelty Grand Mesa 2 reviewed Dec 21, 2015
$139 - $219
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Ozark Trail 9 x 9 First-Up Tent reviewed Dec 17, 2015
discontinued
NEW!
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg Tarp 5 reviewed Dec 14, 2015
$165
available Spring 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
The North Face Stormbreak 1 reviewed Dec 13, 2015
$129
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Dream Hammock ThunderBird reviewed Dec 12, 2015
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Tarptent Double Rainbow reviewed Dec 10, 2015
$260 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
MSR Fury reviewed Dec 9, 2015
$580 - $599
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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.