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

Tarptent StratoSpire 2

rated 5 of 5 stars Lightweight and amazingly strong if guyed out properly with extra line, stakes, and trekking poles. Fits me, wife, dog, and all of our gear comfortably. Very light with generous features. Lots of zippers, doors, and vestibule space. The guy line and stakes that the tent ship with are a bit wimpy for challenging conditions, but add a little extra trip-tease line, a few more stakes and even two more trekking poles (2+2 = total of 4) if you have them and this tent could withstand a tornado.   My first… Full review

Tarptent Rainshadow 2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Excellent ultralight, waterproof, fast to erect tent. Used ~dozen times so far on backpacking trips and Boy Scout 'trailer' camps. No complaints. Sets up faster than almost all other adult Scouter's tents (and the 6 other tents I own too.) Weighs far less and costs about the same as those others too. Very fine netting keeps the bugs out. Spacious enough for dad and son to sleep and store all gear inside.  (It would be too tight w/ three adults + gear inside.) Recommend a large piece of window film… Full review

Northwest Territory Family Cabin 8-Person Tent 14' x 14'

rated 3 of 5 stars Used two times and the zipper broke and can't seem to find a part or even get any help finding one. Does great in the rain and is good quality BESIDES THE ZIPPER. Super upset. The setup for the tent is awesome. I did it with my girlfriend within 15 minutes. Did awesome in the rain which we had for 11 days straight—nothing got wet inside the tent! THERE IS A LOT OF ROOM. We had two queen size double high air mattresses and 1 twin kid one! Plus 4 people and all their luggage. The zipper is the only… Full review

The North Face Tadpole 2

rated 5 of 5 stars Fine little tent! Would recommend it to anyone looking for a sturdy backcountry two-person tent in the four pound range. North Face tents used to be the most innovative, durable, and carefully stitched backcountry tents in the business, IMHO. Nothing lasts forever though, and it's been years since anyone has mentioned North Face as a cutting edge gear supplier. Until now: Wow! The current incarnation of the Tadpole 2 (2014 vers.) seems like a return to the old North Face. Proven, rock solid pole… Full review

Exped Orion

rated 3 of 5 stars Not a 4-season tent! Excellent spring/autumn tent. Too hot in summer, too unstable in winter. Setup: It's a really easy setup. The last pole might snag a little on the other two, but easily fixed. But I haven't found a way to stake it down before putting in the poles yet, so you have to hold on tight when setting up in windy conditions. Can be a bit difficult to stake out the vestibules tight enough, but in nice weather you don't need any stakes.  Stability: It's very stable in moderate wind, and… Full review

Terra Nova Voyager

rated 0.5 of 5 stars I have had this tent the Terra Nova Voyager for just under a year now, mostly taken out in fair weather. I decided to camp on top of Pen-y-fan 11/04/15. The wind conditions were moderate to strong at the time, but with this being rated a 4-season tent I was confident it would withstand the weather being thrown at it, but boy was I wrong. The arch pole over the door kept being blown back onto the tent and me inside all night. Despite being pitched correctly the result in the morning was a broken… Full review

Northwest Territory Olympic Cottage Deluxe Cabin Tent

rated 3 of 5 stars We have used ours for three camping trips, good space, love the closet features and the partition. I had to color code the instruction label in order to remember how to do it each time. On the 3rd trip the hubby didn't pay attention to taking it down properly (taking down wall poles first) then setting the ceiling framing on ground to separate. He snapped the steeple hub ( if I remember correctly). Turns out there is no place to get replacement parts! Full review

Sierra Designs Night Watch CD

rated 5 of 5 stars My favorite 4-season tent. At 7 lbs, it's several pounds lighter than my Trango 2. It keeps me dry and comfortable in sub zero. The tent is comfortable in seasons other than winter because of its clever venting. : Easy 3 pole setup.  Stability: Tent is very taut when guyed out. Camped in -20°F with 20-30 mph winds. I tied the fly to some logs and shrubs and staked it out best I could in frozen ground. No flapping. No problems.Weather Resistance: I've always stayed dry and the tent is 14 years… Full review

Sierra Designs Yahi 4

rated 5 of 5 stars A fantastic, well thought out and well engineered tent. Setup: Really easy. Footprint clips onto tent through patented Jake's feet clips. Poles insert and fit great. Stability: Does very well in non-extreme weather. I've used it in 4 seasons and it has been great.  Weather resistance: Fly hangs really low keeping all weather out.  Ventilation: Does pretty well. Has minimal condensation. Room and storage: Has 4 double compartment personal pockets and 2 wall mesh pockets. Packability:  Has a handled… Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Tarptent StratoSpire 2 reviewed Apr 26, 2015
$325 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Tarptent Rainshadow 2 reviewed Apr 26, 2015
$265 MSRP
 
user rating: 2 of 5 (11)
Northwest Territory Family Cabin 8-Person Tent 14' x 14' reviewed Apr 25, 2015
$170 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
The North Face Tadpole 2 reviewed Apr 24, 2015
$289 - $309
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Exped Orion reviewed Apr 24, 2015
$619
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (4)
Terra Nova Voyager reviewed Apr 20, 2015
$540
 
user rating: 3 of 5 (16)
Northwest Territory Olympic Cottage Deluxe Cabin Tent reviewed Apr 16, 2015
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user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Sierra Designs Night Watch CD reviewed Apr 16, 2015
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs Yahi 4 reviewed Apr 15, 2015
$400
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (26)
Mountain Hardwear Trango 2 reviewed Apr 12, 2015
$472 - $600
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
ALPS Mountaineering Zenith 2 AL Tent reviewed Apr 11, 2015
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user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Sierra Designs Sirius 2 reviewed Apr 10, 2015
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user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
The North Face Foundation 6 reviewed Apr 9, 2015
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Raven Designs Gear Asgard A2 reviewed Apr 8, 2015
$500 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Sierra Designs Vapor Light 1 reviewed Apr 8, 2015
$250 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (22)
Eureka! Alpenlite XT reviewed Apr 8, 2015
$370
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
The North Face Salamander 23 reviewed Apr 7, 2015
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user rating: 1 of 5 (4)
Quest (Dick's) 10x10 Sun Shelter reviewed Apr 7, 2015
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
The North Face Westwind 2 reviewed Apr 7, 2015
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user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Spotlight Bivy reviewed Apr 7, 2015
$220
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Eureka! Scorpion reviewed Apr 5, 2015
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user rating: 3 of 5 (10)
Mountain Hardwear EV 2 reviewed Apr 4, 2015
$699 - $700
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
Kelty TN2 reviewed Apr 3, 2015
$230 - $249
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Catoma EBNS Enhanced Bed Net System reviewed Apr 2, 2015
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (31)
The North Face Rock 22 reviewed Apr 2, 2015
$189 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Hammeck ENVY-S reviewed Apr 1, 2015
$205 MSRP
 
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
$850
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 (1)
Kelty Salida 1 reviewed Mar 23, 2015
$120 - $144
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user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Flylite reviewed Mar 21, 2015
$350
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
$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
$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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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.