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

Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Pro

rated 3 of 5 stars Decent starter hammock, comfortable and adequate. If you hang out on the East Coast, get one. After many times watching the sun get lower and searching around for a decent tent pad in SNP and surrounding areas, I, one day, encountered a fella comfortably hanging in a hammock. Thinking back to the many times of tent pad searching and noting the huge amount of trees available, I decided a hammock was worth a try. Totally worth it, especially in SNP and I assume other East Coast parks. On to the hammock… Full review

Six Moon Designs Lunar Duo

rated 4.5 of 5 stars VERY roomy, lightweight two-person tent. I've had this tent for about a year now, and I'm very happy with it. I previously had a Mountain Hardwear Hammerhead 3, which was bombproof but huge and heavy. The Lunar Duo does the job at less than half the weight (3 pounds vs 8). I bought the "Explorer," the sil-nylon version. Setup: Pretty straightforward, but it takes a bit of practice, especially if you're doing it alone. I usually have to take a couple passes at the stake-out points and guy lines before… Full review

Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest

rated 2 of 5 stars Overpriced for what you get, sizes are deceiving. Unless you get it at a significant sale price, there are other choices out there that are just as good. I own a number of hammocks, and the ENO is the more expensive than any of them and gives no advantage in quality for the extra price. My most expensive hammock is a Yukon Outfitters double, which, although its specs say that it is the same width as the ENO, is fully TWO FEET wider than the DoubleNest. It is also two feet longer. So unless you are… Full review

The North Face Pebble

rated 4 of 5 stars Durable, moderate weight, moderate packability. Setup: Because this tent stretches nice and tight and has very little flapping in the wind or pooling of rainwater, it also takes some practice to set it up efficiently. But overall it's not too bad. My main complaint with setup is that the model I bought in 2002 still used pole sleeves rather than clips and the poles had to be threaded through this in a crisscross manner and this is kind of annoying.  Stability: I have camped in some windy locations… Full review

L.L.Bean King Pine HD 4-Person Dome

rated 5 of 5 stars Top dollar car camping tent, once you try you won't go back. I write here about the old model King Pine Dome 4. If you can't have the nicest house where you live, this tent will play the part in any campground.  I have replaced the shatter-prone plastic stakes with steel stakes for the 8 required for the tent body. The footprint is color-coded matching the tent body for routing poles and tent body quickly. The poles are shock-corded fiberglass with hard mounted aluminum sleeves to join them as… Full review

Brooks-Range Ultralite Solo Tarp

rated 0.5 of 5 stars This tarp does not hold up, and does not keep a single word promised in the information from Brooks-Range. I have had this tarp for two years. I've only used it twice. Once on one winter hike to cover up the lean-to, and once on a hike in the Whites in the month of August. I was using it in combination with my Rab eVent bivy that I normally only use during the winter. The tarp is very small for 1 person and it can only just be done under perfect conditions. I was setting camp at the Liberty Springs… Full review

Ozark Trail 3 Room Family Tent

rated 3.5 of 5 stars We've used Ozark Trail tents for 10 years purchasing larger tents as our family grew. They are great tents if cared for properly. Our family has used Ozark Trail tents for over ten years, purchasing larger tents as our family grew. They hold up in heavy winds and rain if properly cared for. Recently, my family and I took our tent down, packed it away, put it on our trailer, and as we headed home we got stuck in a HEAVY rain storm. When we got home we were unaware that the tarps to the tents had… Full review

Wild Country Mistral

rated 5 of 5 stars Top quality tent, two can live in for an extended time without feeling cramped. Very stable, described as three-season but might manage four. All in all a great tent doing all the things you require a tent to do, provide shelter, offer good cooking space, and allow you to sleep in peace with adequate space to store your gear. Bought this second hand when looking for a new tent in 2011, now having used it on a number of occasions in varying conditions feel I obtained a bargain. Perfect for a base… Full review

Eureka! Spitfire 1

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Gen 1 Spitfire — Has performed far beyond what the cost would have you believe. I purchased my gen-1 Spitfire 7 or 8 years ago. It has endured wind, soaking rain, thunderstorms and sleet without a problem. I've used it to canoe camp, backpack, motorcycle camp and car camp. My tent has the vent zipper, which is quite useful. Given how small the vestibules are, I'm not sure I'd want to sacrifice this feature for inside access to the other side as the newer versions do. It's easy enough to cram a… Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Pro
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Grand Trunk
Skeeter Beeter Pro
reviewed Sep 17, 2014
$80
Six Moon Designs Lunar Duo
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Six Moon Designs
Lunar Duo
reviewed Sep 16, 2014
Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest
user rating: 5 of 5 (106)
Eagles Nest Outfitters
DoubleNest
reviewed Sep 6, 2014
$59 - $89
The North Face Pebble
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
The North Face
Pebble
reviewed Sep 4, 2014
discontinued
L.L.Bean King Pine HD 4-Person Dome
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
L.L.Bean
King Pine HD 4-Person Dome
reviewed Sep 3, 2014
$349
Brooks-Range Ultralite Solo Tarp
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Brooks-Range
Ultralite Solo Tarp
reviewed Sep 2, 2014
$100
 
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (9)
Ozark Trail
3 Room Family Tent
reviewed Aug 31, 2014
discontinued
Wild Country Mistral
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Wild Country
Mistral
reviewed Aug 29, 2014
discontinued
Eureka! Spitfire 1
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (25)
Eureka!
Spitfire 1
reviewed Aug 29, 2014
$110 - $129
NEMO Losi 3P
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
NEMO
Losi 3P
reviewed Aug 28, 2014
$450 MSRP
 
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Byer
Amazonas Hammock
reviewed Aug 28, 2014
Kelty TraiLogic TN2
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Kelty
TraiLogic TN2
reviewed Aug 27, 2014
$250
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 - $169
ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2.0
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
ALPS Mountaineering
Zephyr 2.0
reviewed Aug 20, 2014
$165 - $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
$170
MSR Carbon Core Stake Kit
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
MSR
Carbon Core Stake Kit
reviewed Aug 14, 2014
$28 - $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
$439
 
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
$450 - $469
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Big Agnes
Seedhouse SL2
reviewed Aug 2, 2014
$280 - $349
Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Grand Trunk
Ultralight Hammock
reviewed Aug 1, 2014
$30
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
$260 - $359
Eureka! Pinnacle Pass 3XTA
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Eureka!
Pinnacle Pass 3XTA
reviewed Jul 26, 2014
discontinued
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
$320 - $399
Black Diamond HiLight
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Black Diamond
HiLight
reviewed Jul 22, 2014
$380
Mountainsmith Mountain Shelter LT
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Mountainsmith
Mountain Shelter LT
reviewed Jul 22, 2014
$110 - $129
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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.