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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$500 and above

Recent Tent/Shelter Reviews

Ozark Trail 2-Person Junior Dome Tent

rated 4.5 of 5 stars After almost 15 years of abuse, motorcycle trips, camping, kids playing, weeks living out of the tent and some drunken tomfoolery the tent is showing its age. This tent has fared well over the years, only having a few dime size holes. Despite having those holes, on my most recent camping trip with five other tent campers my tent was the driest in the rain. It wasn't completely dry, but a few drops under the holes while most of the other tents had huge puddles is acceptable to me. Over the years… Full review

Walrus Rapeede XV

rated 4 of 5 stars Easy set up and break down. Very waterproof. Good for the back of a motorcycle. I brought this tent new from REI and was going to use it for a backpacking trip which got cancelled. I ended up using it for about a month. I got a job in Santa Barbara. I couldn't afford to stay in a hotel so I rented a camping spot at this RV campsite. They had a 10x12 sand box for you to put your tent in. Anyways, one night I woke up and it felt like I was on a waterbed. So I unzip my tent and I was sitting in 2"… Full review

Grand Trunk Nano-7

rated 3 of 5 stars Grand Trunk's Nano-7 is an ultralight hammock that is well-made. However, this user found the dimensions too small to be of any value to me. I would recommend this hammock for those who are several inches smaller than I am or those who don't mind a “banana hang” in their hammock. Note: While I did purchase this product new, I bought it with the CampSaver Gift Card I won from Trailspace in June 2014. Thank you, Trailspace! Now to the review... About the Reviewer I'm 6'2” tall. At the time of… Full review

Marmot Bise 2P

rated 4 of 5 stars Nice tent, compact. Used this tent camping several times.   Setting up in a downpour in the Cascade Mountain range was less than ideal as the mesh inner tent gets terribly soaked then the fly goes on top — Hillebergs are far superior in this respect. However once set up thank goodness for its excellent ventilation as the tent dries out (inside) relatively quick. Okay, now over snow.  Camping north of Pemberton BC during snowy conditions followed by -20 degrees C days. Snow load on tent caused… Full review

MSR Elixir 3

rated 5 of 5 stars Wonderful tent! Having been in Boy Scouts for many years and majoring in Wilderness Leadership in college, I have used many different styles and brands of tents — this one blows all of them away hands down. I also have worked in Outdoor Retail for the past 4 years and I have used it backpacking and front country car camping and have always been pleased. Great job, MSR! The headroom is great and setup is very easy. Great bang for your buck! Full review

Tarptent Contrail

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Actual weight is heavier than the stated weight. Tarptent lists the weight as 27.5 oz. The actual weight of the tent, four stakes, and the stuff sack is 32 oz. If you get the Tyvek ground cloth add another 5 oz. I'm not sure how much weight the seam sealing will add to the weight of the tent. Full review

Mountain Hardwear EV 2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great single wall tent for real!! Winter season. Keep this in mind: This tent is designed for high altitude and winter season (especially under freezing). Not for trail hikes. If someone has experience in winter season backpacking, with snow and strong wind, will know how construction of tent is important. Normally in strong winds, tent skin can touch the face through night, but EV2 never does. And we do not need bug screen in the snow field. If you check details of this tent, easily now this is… Full review

Sierra Designs Zia 3

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Great tent for car camping. Not the lightest tent. I bought my Zia 3 as my first backpacking tent. I have carried it mainly on weekend trips but last year bought a Clip Flashlight due to the lighter weight. I still use my Zia 3 when both of my boys go with me on trips or when I car camp.  It has withstood strong winds in the Ouachita Mountains as well as rain and thunderstorms. It has never leaked and been very roomy even with three people inside.  Full review

Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2

rated 4 of 5 stars Extremely lightweight and easy setup highlight this great little tent. I've been using a Marmot Limelight 2 for a few years now and absolutely love it. But I wanted to get something a little bit lighter in weight. After a lot of research, I purchased the Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2 and overall I'm quite pleased with my choice. I tend to backpack solo 99% of the time so weight was definitely a big consideration. The SL2 is about 1/2 the weight of the Limelight 2 and packs down smaller and very easily. Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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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
$300
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
$296 - $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: 4.5 of 5 (32)
REI Half Dome 2 reviewed Dec 20, 2014
$199
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
$170 - $189
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
$350 - $389
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (8)
Marmot Earlylight 2P reviewed Dec 13, 2014
$219 MSRP
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
$120 - $137
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
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Marmot Nusku 2P reviewed Nov 23, 2014
$449 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Mountain Hardwear Lightpath 2 reviewed Nov 21, 2014
$175 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Coleman Hooligan 2 reviewed Nov 21, 2014
$55 - $59
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Mountain Hardwear Taurine 2 reviewed Nov 21, 2014
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Tarptent Double Rainbow reviewed Nov 21, 2014
$260 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
VauDe Campo XT 5 reviewed Nov 20, 2014
$292 - $449
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Burn Ridge Outfitter 2 reviewed Nov 19, 2014
$140 - $199
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Cabela's Alaskan Guide 8-Man reviewed Nov 18, 2014
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1 reviewed Nov 18, 2014
$320 - $329
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sierra Madre Research Pares reviewed Nov 18, 2014
$85 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (26)
Eureka! Spitfire 1 reviewed Nov 16, 2014
$100 - $109
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2.0 reviewed Nov 16, 2014
$130 - $164
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
Walrus Skyline reviewed Nov 13, 2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (14)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 12 reviewed Nov 9, 2014
$70 - $99
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (4)
Kelty TN2 reviewed Nov 8, 2014
$250
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
Eureka! Alpine Meadows reviewed Nov 7, 2014
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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Wiggy's Freedom Shelter reviewed Nov 7, 2014
$350 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Exped Orion reviewed Nov 6, 2014
$609
user rating: 3 of 5 (6)
Mountain Hardwear Haven 2 reviewed Nov 4, 2014
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user rating: 2.5 of 5 (2)
REI Kingdom 4 Tent reviewed Nov 3, 2014
$389
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hennessy Hammock Hyperlite Asym Zip reviewed Nov 3, 2014
$280
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
The North Face Himalayan Hotel reviewed Nov 2, 2014
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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Jagged Peak 2 reviewed Oct 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.