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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$500 and above

Recent Tent/Shelter Reviews

The North Face Stratos

rated 5 of 5 stars No leaks or wear visible after 18 years, 2-3 trips per year. Once slept 5 (2 shorter adults in middle of 4; slimmest lying at 90 degrees with hip & shoulder in space yielded this way). 4 could backpack fine at ave of 1.2kg (2.5lbs) each. Love this - would buy again. Baking hot, snow, hiking, car booting, campsite, wild camping... all accomplished with ease. Anyone who says too heavy, note you can sleep 4 unless all large, even 5 average adults at a squeeze.. by moving all kitbags into ample… Full review

The North Face Talus 33

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Solid, dependable tent. I bought this model of the Talus in 2000 (different color). It has only ever served as a 3-season tent for me (lower fabric is not suitable for snow).  It survived in a hot attic for a couple years when I wasn't backpacking — the seams on the fly de-laminated and the elastics in the poles became increasingly less elastic, but neither failure was catastrophic. The tent itself was unaffected. I have incurred some damage on the pole sleeves (mostly by poking the poles too… Full review

Ozark Trail 3 Room Family Tent

rated 2.5 of 5 stars Large roomy tent, useful for occasional use. Has two room dividers, but has no hook & loops for the windows when opened and only one door. I am very disappointed with my new tent. I am surprised Ozark Trail made a tent like this one. It just has so many less than desirable features or lack of.   There are no hook and loops for the windows or the door. When opened they just flop down and look very sloppy and unkempt. Plus, my dogs walked all over them. I finally stuffed them into the bottom… Full review

Kelty Vortex 2

rated 5 of 5 stars Great tent for bicycle touring. I purchased an early version of this tent around 1998 for about $200 new, and in 2011 found a used Webforce version in mint condition on Ebay for $50. All of my camping has been bicycle touring. The tents were used on trips on the West Coast through Oregon and California (six trips altogether), the Erie Canal in New York, The GAP-C&O Canal in Maryland, several multi-week trips through Pennsylvania, and two trips to New Zealand. Absolutely fantastic tent. Never… Full review

Sierra Designs Lookout CD

rated 5 of 5 stars Abused for over 16 years. Abused is the correct terminology. It's been buried in the snow...not talking about the crap videos online, but rather 4 feet of snowfall without shoveling!!!!! Yeah. Packed through the Lost Coast......pissing rain with over 10 years of abuse in the Trinity Alps, NNF, throughout the Sierra, Mt Whitney to Mt Hood. Trinity Alps through winter, on and on and on and on and on. Anyone that tells you that this tent is for the birds hasn't used it. Yes......one time, ohhhh I forgot… Full review

Tentsile X3 Giant Pegs

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Tentsile's Giant Pegs are a quick and easy solution to placing stakes in hard soil when a rock or hammer is not readily available. This reviewer found these pegs so handy, he is left wondering why screw-in tent stakes are not more common. Recently, I tested and reviewed the Tentsile Flite for Trailspace. While I did not care much for that product, I did find the stakes that came with it to be superior to the cheap J-stakes that normally come with a tent or tarp. In fact, I felt these X3 Giant… Full review

Eureka! Alpine Meadows

rated 5 of 5 stars Best camping tent I have seen or used over 30 years in 4-season use: monsoon downpours, snow, high wind, both 2-man and a 4-man. Never had the problems others had with their wide variety of tents. I pine for its discontinued presence. With some of the improvements made for tents today, they could be applied to the Alpine Meadows design: snaps instead of hooks, faultless zippers, maybe in the polyester fiber makeup. If I had known this tent was to be discontinued, I'd have bought six more to pass… Full review

Ozark Trail 9 x 9 Sport Dome Tent

rated 4 of 5 stars Nothing bad to say about the product. I purchased the tent back when Hurricane Katrina came through Mississippi. The problem now in 2016 is I cannot find my dome rods, any suggestions?  Full review

Northwest Territory Sierra Dome Backpack Tent 9' x 7'

rated 4 of 5 stars This tent for the price you pay, will be what you get, but indeed for just camping it out, use for one man, is heaven sent. About six to eight pounds, with a ceiling of forty six inches in height allows for sitting up to change. Nine feet by seven feet allows for one person to throw a sleeping back into it with their gear too. Slightly crammed for two but still okay. Rainfly is pretty much a stretch top and hook on, but also able to be tied down. Recommended for fall, spring, and summer. But not… Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
The North Face Stratos reviewed May 30, 2016
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user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
The North Face Talus 33 reviewed May 23, 2016
discontinued
 
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (10)
Ozark Trail 3 Room Family Tent reviewed May 23, 2016
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (19)
Kelty Vortex 2 reviewed May 23, 2016
discontinued
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Sierra Designs Lookout CD reviewed May 18, 2016
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Tentsile X3 Giant Pegs reviewed May 16, 2016
$15 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Eureka! Alpine Meadows reviewed May 16, 2016
discontinued
 
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (19)
Ozark Trail 9 x 9 Sport Dome Tent reviewed May 12, 2016
discontinued
user rating: 3 of 5 (9)
Northwest Territory Sierra Dome Backpack Tent 9' x 7' reviewed May 2, 2016
$35 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Bergans Compact Light 2 reviewed Apr 30, 2016
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Tentsile Flite reviewed Apr 25, 2016
$350
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
LightHeart Gear Duo reviewed Apr 24, 2016
$315 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
UnderGround Quilts Zeppelin 20°F reviewed Apr 24, 2016
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Texsport Hasting Square Dome Tent reviewed Apr 22, 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
REI InCamp 4 reviewed Apr 20, 2016
$206
 
user rating: 2 of 5 (19)
Magellan (Academy Sports) Bryce Canyon Cabin Tent reviewed Apr 10, 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Hilleberg Allak reviewed Apr 8, 2016
$955
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Eureka! Equinox 6 reviewed Apr 1, 2016
$420 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
REI Quarter Dome 1 reviewed Mar 31, 2016
$229
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Dutchware 11 Foot Netless Hammock reviewed Mar 30, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (13)
Sierra Designs Lightning 2 reviewed Mar 29, 2016
$172 - $269
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Eureka! Timberline 4 reviewed Mar 28, 2016
$184 - $229
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs Flash 2 FL reviewed Mar 28, 2016
$300 - $399
 
user rating: 2 of 5 (13)
Ozark Trail 9 x 7 Tent 3-4 Person reviewed Mar 27, 2016
$40 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Eureka! Caddis reviewed Mar 26, 2016
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
REI Passage 2 Tent reviewed Mar 24, 2016
$159
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Dream Hammock Sparrow reviewed Mar 20, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (108)
Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest reviewed Mar 20, 2016
$52 - $89
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Hilleberg Nammatj 3 GT reviewed Mar 19, 2016
$979
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Ozark Trail 9 Person 2 Room Instant Cabin Tent with Screen Room reviewed Mar 17, 2016
$200 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (20)
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2 reviewed Mar 16, 2016
$280 - $349
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Marmot Boreas 3P reviewed Mar 15, 2016
$369 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 2 reviewed Mar 14, 2016
$175
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Cabela's Alaskan Guide reviewed Mar 13, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Grand Trunk Double Parachute Nylon Hammock reviewed Mar 12, 2016
$52 - $74
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Serac Classic Camping Hammock reviewed Mar 12, 2016
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL4 reviewed Mar 11, 2016
$485 - $649
user rating: 5 of 5 (8)
The North Face Himalayan Hotel reviewed Mar 9, 2016
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 6 reviewed Mar 8, 2016
$154
 
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (84)
Northwest Territory Vacation Home 10-Person Tent 14' x 14' reviewed Mar 7, 2016
$250 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Kelty Salida 1 reviewed Mar 7, 2016
$108 - $144
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Six Moon Designs Skyscape X reviewed Feb 28, 2016
$565 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
Nite Ize Figure 9 Tent Line Kit reviewed Feb 28, 2016
$8 - $10
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Raven Designs Treehugger Double Hammock reviewed Feb 28, 2016
$70 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Six Moon Designs Gatewood Cape reviewed Feb 28, 2016
$135 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (27)
Mountain Hardwear Trango 2 reviewed Feb 27, 2016
$498 - $650
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Tungsten 2P reviewed Feb 25, 2016
$180 - $199
user rating: 4 of 5 (12)
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1 reviewed Feb 25, 2016
$256 - $329
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
EMS Velocity 1 Tent reviewed Feb 22, 2016
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Atlas Hammock Utility Straps reviewed Feb 20, 2016
$12 - $14
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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.