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

NEMO Losi 3P

rated 5 of 5 stars A great lightweight, roomy, dry and stable tent. For me, this tent hits all the best points and is aesthetically a great tent to hunker down in every night on the trail. Love it! The inauguration of this tent was 12 days in Iceland and it pretty much dealt fantastically with all kinds of nasty weather; rain, sleet, wind. It was a breeze to set up, but most importantly was roomy and dry for two people. I've owned a variety of tents over the years and this is my favorite so far. A perfect balance… Full review

Exped Gemini 2

rated 5 of 5 stars Basically, two thumbs up! My wife and I have used this tent for the last three years and like it a lot. It has a very sturdy structure, really taut and stable. We like how, if you unzip the inner tent door completely, it hangs from its apex (top) so there is no way it can fall to the ground...keeps the zippers out of harm's way! The only thing we don't like is this: the end vents can't be closed. So, and here is the paradox, if it is windy and you want to use the end guy lines then pass through… Full review

Sierra Designs Bedouin 6

rated 4.5 of 5 stars i bought this over 10 years ago and it's still standing and repelling water ez..needs one little repair for an ember burn and hole where there is tension from one of the plastic hooks..would buy their new version in a heartbeat, but don't need a new one yet! I set it up on my own..nice footprint (I bought an extra) sheds wind and water easy..hot nights you can sleep w/o the fly...or if precipitation is questionable you can fold up the entire bottom 2 feet of the fly to allow air circulation. Quality… Full review

Ozark Trail 16' x 16' Instant Cabin Tent

rated 5 of 5 stars My husband and I highly recommend the Ozark Trail 16x16 Instant Cabin Tent. We put it up for the entire summer at one campsite. We bought the 3 room/12 person tent with the awning in front. We set it up along the Zumbro River in Millville, MN on May 30, 2016. Today is August 26. We plan to leave it there thru September.   We noticed a little tear on the rain fly, so last night we took the rain fly off and Scotchgarded it. This tent has been thru many, many heavy rains and winds. We have spent… Full review

MountainGoat Gear Mesh Tarp Storage Sleeves

rated 5 of 5 stars Lightweight, excellent product for tarp storage and deployment. MountainGoat Gear is a small cottage company consisting of a mother and occasionally daughter team that specialize in lightweight products like hammock and backpack accessories, and knitted hats. They're accessible via a web portal coop along with companies like Luke's Ultralite, ZPacks, Molly Mac, and several other popular cottage manufacturers.   The address is www.outdoortrailgear.com and the site is definitely worth a look if… Full review

Northwest Territory Sierra Dome Backpack Tent 9' x 7'

rated 2.5 of 5 stars I use it for travel camping with two or three night stays per camp. The first trip included some rain with much water intrusion. After seam sealing everything at home, all went well until the first rain this year—about 8 to 10 oz. of water from all sides. Not pleasant!! Also the "fly" arch support broke at the center junction and I would like a replacement, but where? I use it in spite of difficulties. Full review

Sierra Designs Night Watch CD

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Nice little snuggle tent for two. Very durable and stable. Ahhh....the "Snuggle tent"! I picked this up a while back and it was few years old with light use. This tent has been great. It's compact and backpacks well, even though it's a little heavier than today's lightweight backpackers. It is very durable and stable and I have put it through its paces over the years. It is time for a reapplication of waterproofing of the fly as it is a little seepy under rain, but after countless uses and a few… Full review

Cabela's West Wind Dome Tent

rated 4 of 5 stars Four-person version...nice sturdy dome tent with great vestibule fly that won't break the bank. My wife and I needed to replace a worn out, inexpensive 3-person tent in our "fleet" that we use for casual camping. Backpacking was not a concern since we have a Sierra Designs 2P backpacker, so we were willing to pick up a heavier option and upsize just a bit to a 4-person for the extra space. A 3-season tent was a must and a vestibule as well. Cost was of some concern since tents in this category can… Full review

MSR Carbon Reflex 2

rated 3 of 5 stars Tent body super light, packable, and easy to set up. Fly sticks to itself like Saran Wrap, hook/Velcro closure awkward reaching the lowest one from inside tent. Worried about leaks. Poor MSR customer service regarding fly stickiness issue. Bought the updated 2016 version in May, set it up inside. Was challenging because it is not freestanding. Fly was stuck to itself so badly, when I would get a section unpeeled and work on a different section, the other section would re-stick like Saran Wrap. … Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
NEMO Losi 3P reviewed Aug 30, 2016
$450 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Exped Gemini 2 reviewed Aug 28, 2016
$399
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Sierra Designs Bedouin 6 reviewed Aug 28, 2016
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ozark Trail 16' x 16' Instant Cabin Tent reviewed Aug 26, 2016
$279 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MountainGoat Gear Mesh Tarp Storage Sleeves reviewed Aug 26, 2016
$25 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (10)
Northwest Territory Sierra Dome Backpack Tent 9' x 7' reviewed Aug 25, 2016
$35 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (9)
Sierra Designs Night Watch CD reviewed Aug 24, 2016
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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Cabela's West Wind Dome Tent reviewed Aug 24, 2016
$160
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
MSR Carbon Reflex 2 reviewed Aug 22, 2016
$399 - $499
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (2)
Peaktop 8 Man Big Tunnel Spider Family Group Camping Tent reviewed Aug 22, 2016
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (2)
The North Face Assault 2 reviewed Aug 22, 2016
$449
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Asolo Chameleon 6 reviewed Aug 21, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Warbonnet RidgeRunner reviewed Aug 19, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Outbound 14' Shelter Room reviewed Aug 17, 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
The North Face 2-Meter Dome reviewed Aug 17, 2016
$5,500
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Integral Designs Bugaboo II Bivy reviewed Aug 15, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Eureka! Tetragon 5 reviewed Aug 15, 2016
$170
user rating: 4 of 5 (34)
The North Face VE 25 reviewed Aug 14, 2016
$669
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Rocky Peak 4 mtnGLO reviewed Aug 7, 2016
$225 - $299
user rating: 4 of 5 (30)
MSR Hubba Hubba reviewed Aug 4, 2016
$300 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Eagles Nest Outfitters SoloPod Hammock Stand reviewed Jul 31, 2016
$250
user rating: 5 of 5 (9)
The North Face Himalayan Hotel reviewed Jul 30, 2016
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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
KidCo PeaPod reviewed Jul 28, 2016
$80 MSRP
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
REI Passage 1 Tent reviewed Jul 28, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs Backcountry Bivy reviewed Jul 27, 2016
$97 - $149
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
LightHeart Gear Duo reviewed Jul 27, 2016
$315 MSRP
 
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (14)
Ozark Trail 16 x 9.5 Family Dome Tent reviewed Jul 26, 2016
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user rating: 3.5 of 5 (33)
Northwest Territory 16' x 14' Extreme Vacation Home reviewed Jul 25, 2016
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user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Sierra Designs Lightning 2 FL reviewed Jul 21, 2016
$277 - $379
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Black Diamond Squall reviewed Jul 21, 2016
$600 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Sierra Designs Orion AST reviewed Jul 21, 2016
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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Tumble 1 mtnGLO reviewed Jul 21, 2016
$180 - $239
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 2 reviewed Jul 19, 2016
$100 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
Grand Trunk Nano-7 reviewed Jul 17, 2016
$52 - $79
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Tensleep Station 4 reviewed Jul 14, 2016
$337 - $449
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
LiteFighter 1 Camo Tent reviewed Jul 14, 2016
$310 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Katabatic Gear Bristlecone Bivy reviewed Jul 9, 2016
$155 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Flat Tarp reviewed Jul 9, 2016
$300
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo LE reviewed Jul 7, 2016
$180 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
The North Face Mountain Marathon reviewed Jul 7, 2016
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (22)
Eureka! K-2 XT reviewed Jul 6, 2016
$500
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Big Agnes Big House 6 reviewed Jul 6, 2016
$300 - $399
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
NEMO Blaze 2P reviewed Jul 6, 2016
$337 - $449
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Rattlesnake SL2 mtnGLO reviewed Jul 5, 2016
$262 - $349
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Six Moon Designs Skyscape Trekker reviewed Jul 4, 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
HammockGear Incubator 20° reviewed Jul 4, 2016
$249 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Dream Hammock DangerBird reviewed Jul 4, 2016
$175 MSRP
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
EMS North Star Tent reviewed Jul 3, 2016
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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eureka! Taron 2 reviewed Jul 3, 2016
$145 - $179
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
NEMO Hornet 2P reviewed Jul 3, 2016
$370
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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.