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 »

Categories

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Tarps and Shelters
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Accessories

Brands

Marmot
Nite Ize
Big Agnes
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NEMO
L.L.Bean
Eureka!
Blacks
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Genders

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Price

less than $25
$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

Marmot EOS 1P

rated 4 of 5 stars I have used this tent for about a year in all four seasons and it's a very good lightweight option for most people under 6'. I like that the majority of the tent body is mesh, making for great ventilation in the summer w/o the rainfly and also great for stargazing. Overall I would recommend this tent to anyone wanting a lightweight 3-season option. I've had this tent for a little over a year and while I usually prefer to use a hammock, I have used this on four separate trips when the weather (rain)… Full review

Nite Ize CamJam Cord Tightener

rated 4 of 5 stars This item is ideal for the person who travels light and needs to make camp and break camp quickly. A must have if you use a tarp for shelter as opposed to a tent. I have used Nite Ize Cam Jams a lot in the past two years. They have become my favorite way to fasten my tarp shelters securely and quickly. They allow me to quickly break down camp and pack up, rather than sitting around fighting a knot when I need to move on in a hurry. I really like how they are compatible with 550 paracord and how… Full review

Big Agnes Fly Creek UL3

rated 3.5 of 5 stars It stands up to wind, weighs next to nothing, and is roomy for two people This thing stood up well in the legendary Patagonia winds (make sure you pitch it with either the front or rear facing the wind, not sideways), and has kept me dry, mostly, in heavy rains. The fly attaches to the sides, and has to be guyed out all the way to be really solid in wind. The downside of that is that the floor then curves upward, kind of like the edges of a bathtub. This means that if you are on any slope at all,… Full review

Ozark Trail 11 x 9 Vacation Cottage

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This tent set up easy in about 30 minutes without instructions (you should put metal rafters together and place rain fly on before raising with studs.). Suggest purchasing heavy duty pegs. Full review

NEMO Meta 1P

rated 5 of 5 stars My tent for my 2013 AT thru-hike. I'm 6'2" and had extra space at my feet and head. Great great great tent!!!!  Know what it is and and what it is not and you will not be disappointed.  I would buy this tent again without hesitation.  Full review

L.L.Bean Microlight Solo

rated 5 of 5 stars Outstanding tent by L.L. Bean. I used this tent for a 2011-2012 section hike of the entire A.T. The tent is super lightweight and fast setup. Skip the Velcro and just use the color coded tabs. If you are color blind, put duck tape with matching letters. A to A, B to B. KISS. It was outstanding and kept me dry during the worst rain and snow. During black fly season, the mesh screen kept bugs out and in the heat of summer it allowed the slightness breeze to cool me down. This tent was the envy of… Full review

Marmot Aspen 2

rated 5 of 5 stars First off, the Marmot Aspen 2 is a solid tent for an EXCELLENT price! The tent is only available at Dicksportinggoods.com for $130. However, the brand Marmot is great and for this price how can you beat it!? On to specs. This tent has two doors (two vestibules) and is free standing. The tents contains three aluminum poles two that go in your standard crossing pattern, and one that goes across to hold it up which I thought was unique and helpful. It is a 2-person tent and it weighs around 5 pounds. Full review

Eureka! Spitfire 1

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great for the $$, and reliable. Aside from going to a hammock, you cannot beat the size/weight of this little killer. It is pretty darn reliable. I took this backpacking on a few occasions where I needed more security than a hammock could offer, or needed room for my dog. Goes up super easy, and has a very simple design. Has enough room for your pack or your dog, as long as either isn't too big. Top vent is a little questionable, as it is a semi-rigid piece of material that secures upward to Velcro… Full review

Marmot Limelight 3P

rated 5 of 5 stars I love this tent! Very solid construction, waterproof, and spacious for two people pus gear. I often use it solo and I don't have to store any gear in the vestibules. Ventilation is great and very easy to set up! Excellent customer service at Marmot! Design, materials, and construction are really top notch. Super easy to set up, and if it's raining, you can set up the fly and the (included) footprint only, first, and then clip the tent body to the poles while you are all dry, under the fly. Nice… Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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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
$430 - $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
$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 - $197
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
$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
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
$60
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
$247
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 (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
$60 - $69
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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.