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

Kelty TraiLogic TN2

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Lightweight, high quality tent with lots of room. The footprint is impossible to find at the moment so either make your own out of Tyvek, or temporarily use a footprint from a similar 2-man tent if you have one (I used my Marmot Limelight footprint - not ideal but it worked). The Kelty TraiLogic TN2 tent is a Backpacker Magazine Editor's Choice winner with some good reason. The tent fly rolls up on the head end and is secured at the top of the tent, and can also be closed by 2 people without ever… Full review

MSR OutfitterWing

rated 4.5 of 5 stars MSR recently made this product much better by adding the 8 foot poles to their inventory. By adding these poles to the wing you have a virtual palace of a work area to cover a picnic table or camp kitchen. I use the 12" type stakes that Cabela's sells for its outfitter series tents and it makes for a very solid shelter. It is great for group outtings for shade and rain protection. I have used this car camping several times and it works very well. The other uses also apply. It is definitely either… Full review

Mountain Hardwear Airjet 2

rated 2 of 5 stars If the seams had not failed I would have rated this tent 5 stars. Loved this tent. I actually put it to some good backpacking use. I used it for ten years, but only a few times a year. Unfortunately its failure in seam tape design, as has been mentioned by other reviewers, was its downfall.The entire front wall, where you enter and exit came unglued on my last trip this month. This tent could have had another 5 years service, minimum, with the use I put into it. I suspect I could have squeezed 10… Full review

Kelty TraiLogic TN2

rated 4 of 5 stars Easy to use, not very heavy backpacking tent. It comes with the star gazing rain fly which is great! Setup is super easy with this tent. Kelty has color coordinated poles, tent, and rain fly so that putting it together is really simple. The color coordination is not obscene or obvious so no one will know that it is there unless they are putting the tent up.  The tent has the ability to keep the rain fly rolled up and out of the way so that you can view the stars at night. If the weather turns you… Full review

Eureka! Timberline 2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Just purchased another Eureka Timberline. My last one survived 25 years. It is easy to set up and long lasting. I have survived many a rainy night with no problems. I find this tent easy to set up. I have done it in the dark many a time. Wind, rain have no effect on the tent at night. It is stable, and water tight. It can get a little warm even with the vents open, but I have found that if there is no chance of rain, without the rain fly it is very comfortable. There is plenty of room for two adults,… Full review

ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2.0

rated 3.5 of 5 stars This is a great tent for its price. Fairly lightweight and packable, but compared to other two-person tents it isn't very roomy inside. Additionally, when the wind starts blowing expect some water to blow under the vestibule and into the tent. Setup: The tent is fairly easy to set up once you've practiced at least once. Goes much quicker with two people. Not a fast pitch design. Footprint is not included Stability: There is a small air vent that requires its own line and stake. If you get lazy and… Full review

Northwest Territory Sierra Dome Backpack Tent 9' x 7'

rated 5 of 5 stars Held up in a storm that was raining 2 inches an hour for a whole night. I got this tent for a week of camping with my buddy. Four days in my camping trip one night at 11pm until 12 pm the next day it rains 2 inches an hour with 20mph winds. No rain came it at all. The only drawback and I knew better was to let anything touch the walls of the tent. Well the foot of my sleeping bag was wet because it was drawing the moisture of the rain. There were no puddles or seam leackage in the tent. We did not… Full review

Northwest Territory Kmart model

rated 4 of 5 stars Very nice tent for the price, easy setup and tear down with two or more people. Overall a very great tent with ease of setup and tear down. Other campers are in awe of the space inside and the look of the windows. Full review

Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2

rated 5 of 5 stars Super lightweight tent that meets the requirements for weight and room. Provides great weather protection from the toughest storms. I used this tent along with footprint on the JMT. Had uncharacteristic heavy rain and hail during the trip and the tent performed super. Tent was easy to set up even on all the granite that exists in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Never had an issue with condensation even during heavy rain. To vent the top of the door zipper can be open and to allow venting but keeps… Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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Kelty TraiLogic TN2
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Kelty
TraiLogic TN2
reviewed Aug 27, 2014
$187 - $249
MSR OutfitterWing
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
MSR
OutfitterWing
reviewed Aug 26, 2014
discontinued
Mountain Hardwear Airjet 2
user rating: 2 of 5 (16)
Mountain Hardwear
Airjet 2
reviewed Aug 25, 2014
discontinued
Eureka! Timberline 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Eureka!
Timberline 2
reviewed Aug 21, 2014
$149 - $152
ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2.0
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
ALPS Mountaineering
Zephyr 2.0
reviewed Aug 20, 2014
$130 - $219
 
user rating: 3 of 5 (8)
Northwest Territory
Sierra Dome Backpack Tent 9' x 7'
reviewed Aug 20, 2014
$35 MSRP
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
Northwest Territory
Kmart model
reviewed Aug 19, 2014
discontinued
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Big Agnes
Fly Creek UL2
reviewed Aug 19, 2014
$312 - $389
Kelty Acadia 4
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Kelty
Acadia 4
reviewed Aug 15, 2014
$136 - $169
MSR Carbon Core Stake Kit
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
MSR
Carbon Core Stake Kit
reviewed Aug 14, 2014
$20 - $29
Marmot EOS 1P
user rating: 4 of 5 (15)
Marmot
EOS 1P
reviewed Aug 14, 2014
$249
MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2P
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
MSR
Hubba Hubba NX 2P
reviewed Aug 13, 2014
$390
Hilleberg Staika
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Hilleberg
Staika
reviewed Aug 13, 2014
$895
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (9)
Quest
Preying Mantis 4S
reviewed Aug 12, 2014
Amok Draumr
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)

Amok Draumr
reviewed Aug 11, 2014
Terra Nova Ultra Quasar
user rating: 5 of 5 (10)
Terra Nova
Ultra Quasar
reviewed Aug 8, 2014
$780
Big Agnes Lynx Pass 4
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Big Agnes
Lynx Pass 4
reviewed Aug 7, 2014
$320 MSRP
The North Face Tadpole 23
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (51)
The North Face
Tadpole 23
reviewed Aug 7, 2014
$199 MSRP
Eureka! Apex 3XT
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Eureka!
Apex 3XT
reviewed Aug 7, 2014
$210 MSRP
REI Kingdom 6 Tent
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
REI
Kingdom 6 Tent
reviewed Aug 6, 2014
$320
 
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (29)
Northwest Territory
16' x 14' Extreme Vacation Home
reviewed Aug 6, 2014
discontinued
LightHeart Gear Solo
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
LightHeart Gear
Solo
reviewed Aug 5, 2014
$245 MSRP
Big Agnes Tensleep Station 6
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Big Agnes
Tensleep Station 6
reviewed Aug 2, 2014
$352 - $469
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Big Agnes
Seedhouse SL2
reviewed Aug 2, 2014
$272 - $349
Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Grand Trunk
Ultralight Hammock
reviewed Aug 1, 2014
$24
Wild Country Mistral
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Wild Country
Mistral
reviewed Jul 31, 2014
discontinued
The North Face Canyonlands
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
The North Face
Canyonlands
reviewed Jul 30, 2014
discontinued
Sierra Designs Zeta 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Sierra Designs
Zeta 2
reviewed Jul 30, 2014
$200 MSRP
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
REI
Dash 2 Tent
reviewed Jul 30, 2014
$349
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Quest
Viper
reviewed Jul 29, 2014
Wenzel Current
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Wenzel
Current
reviewed Jul 29, 2014
Eagles Nest Outfitters SlapStrap
user rating: 3 of 5 (4)
Eagles Nest Outfitters
SlapStrap
reviewed Jul 28, 2014
$18 - $19
NEMO Meta 1P
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
NEMO
Meta 1P
reviewed Jul 28, 2014
$330 MSRP
Sierra Designs Flashlight 2
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs
Flashlight 2
reviewed Jul 27, 2014
$195 - $359
Eureka! Pinnacle Pass 3XTA
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Eureka!
Pinnacle Pass 3XTA
reviewed Jul 26, 2014
discontinued
Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest
user rating: 5 of 5 (105)
Eagles Nest Outfitters
DoubleNest
reviewed Jul 25, 2014
$49 - $89
The North Face Nebula Tent
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
The North Face
Nebula Tent
reviewed Jul 24, 2014
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Walrus
Armadillio
reviewed Jul 24, 2014
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Big Agnes
Copper Spur UL2
reviewed Jul 23, 2014
$300 - $399
Black Diamond HiLight
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Black Diamond
HiLight
reviewed Jul 22, 2014
$370 - $379
Mountainsmith Mountain Shelter LT
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Mountainsmith
Mountain Shelter LT
reviewed Jul 22, 2014
$104 - $110
 
user rating: 2 of 5 (10)
Northwest Territory
Family Cabin 8-Person Tent 14' x 14'
reviewed Jul 22, 2014
$170 MSRP
Coleman 8-Person Instant Tent
user rating: 2 of 5 (5)
Coleman
8-Person Instant Tent
reviewed Jul 21, 2014
$299 MSRP
L.L.Bean Mountain Light XT 3-Person Tent
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
L.L.Bean
Mountain Light XT 3-Person Tent
reviewed Jul 19, 2014
$249
 
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Hillary
3 Room 13 x 8
reviewed Jul 19, 2014
The North Face Tadpole 2
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
The North Face
Tadpole 2
reviewed Jul 17, 2014
$289
Sierra Designs Electron RC 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Sierra Designs
Electron RC 2
reviewed Jul 17, 2014
discontinued
The North Face VE 25
user rating: 4 of 5 (32)
The North Face
VE 25
reviewed Jul 16, 2014
$619
MSR Hubba
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (27)
MSR
Hubba
reviewed Jul 16, 2014
$280 - $339
Sierra Designs Night Watch CD
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Sierra Designs
Night Watch CD
reviewed Jul 16, 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.