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 »

Category

Four-Season
3-4 Season Convertible
Three-Season
Warm Weather
Bivy Sacks
Tarps and Shelters
Hammocks
Bug Nets
Accessories

Brand

MSR
Sierra Designs
Eureka!
Cooke Custom Sewing
Macpac
Black Diamond
Outdoor Research
The North Face
Coghlan's
Hilleberg

User

Unisex
Men's
Kids'

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

MSR Stormking

rated 1 of 5 stars Beware of 'Unplanned Obsolescence'. Consider alternatives to PU-coated mountain tents. Flysheet horror show. We loved our Stormking tent when we used it for a week on the Isle of Arran. When we took it out of storage this week, for a winter camp in the Cuillin, we were shocked to find that the flysheet had deteriorated: the seam-tape was crumbling off and the PU coating was sticking to our hands. We contacted MSR, who told us to go away and chemically remove the PU and reseal the seams ourselves! Full review

Sierra Designs Meteor 2

rated 3 of 5 stars A two-person tent best suited for those that value livability a little more than shaving ounces. Sierra Designs touts it as good for car camping or backpacking and I agree; this really is that rare 'tweener design. This is a great couples tent for those milder weather trips. Though marketed as a three-season tent, I would avoid using it  during  the edges of shoulder seasons or winter for reasons listed below. The manufactures page can be found at this link. But here are the primary specs:… Full review

Eureka! Zeus 2EXO

rated 3.5 of 5 stars A very good shelter I have traveled the PCT from end to end three times using a Zeus 1. I love this tent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is easy to put up under any conditions and is light. I have spent time in this tent through really bad rain and wind storms. I wish I could find a new one, but because of the butthead management of Eureka they no longer make them. Will Smith, Dallas, Oregon Full review

Cooke Custom Sewing 1.9oz Silicone Tundra Tarp

rated 4 of 5 stars Sturdy materials well put together make the Tundra Tarp perfect for applications where lighter materials might be a liability. Custom made in two weights (1.1 oz and 1.9 oz) and a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors Cooke gives you a lot of options to fit your needs. The numerous tie out loops and flat shape let you get really creative in your setup with lots of options at your disposal. Cooke Custom Sewing is a small family business well known in the paddling community for their shelters, packbags,… Full review

Macpac Minaret

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A four-season, plus two you never knew existed, tent. Absolutely bomb proof design, but a trifle on the small side for two. My son who works in Fiordland, NZ, has owned one for a number of years and this tent has never let him down winter or summer. It is heavy at just short of 6 lbs, but the weight is worth it when the going gets really tough. On a trip out to Pysegur there were force 12 hurricane winds and torrential rain, a little inland and in a more sheltered site we spent two days tent bound. Full review

Black Diamond HiLight

rated 4 of 5 stars Bought this tent for solo winter camping and for emergency shelter. It weighs 2.8 lbs and is described as a 1-2 person. In the den it was a challenge, but in the wind it is downright frustrating. The tent is like a parachute because you have to go inside to install the poles. I'll be spending some time practicing setting up the tent. This tent is a one-person tent! I have a 6-foot Western Mountaineering sleeping bag rated for -25 degrees. It took 3/4 of the tent and it would almost touch the tent… Full review

Macpac Minaret

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The standard by which other tents could be judged. Capable of keeping you dry and sheltered in gale force winds and torrential rain—this, after all, is what a four-season tent is all about. The first Minaret I ever used was loaned to me by a good friend for a trip into the central North Island sub alpine country in summer. That was over fifteen years ago. This version was over 10 years old and was pretty faded but it still did a good job. A few years later I purchased another one secondhand that… Full review

Outdoor Research Advanced Bivy

rated 4 of 5 stars I used this very often for three years and then infrequently for the next eight years. It worked great. Bivy use has its pros and cons, but I will leave all that to the experts and just tell what I know about this product.  I used this with a poncho tarp as my primary shelter for three years of hard use. It was great. The only issue I had was condensation in temps below 20 F degrees in the Southeast. I took my Western Mountaineering Alpinlite down to 9 degrees with this bivy and, it was cold,… Full review

The North Face Peregrine

rated 5 of 5 stars 18 years old, and I still love this tent!! Weathered severe thunderstorms/tornados in Wisconsin in August, 1999, and then later on trips in Kansas and Missouri. Despite severe winds and torrential downpour, we always stayed dry and didn't get blown away. Couldn't hear several kids singing at the top of their voices in another tent three feet away during part of the storm in Oshkosh... But here it is 18 years later and it is still holding up very well. I've had to re-apply the weather proofing a… Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
MSR Stormking reviewed Jan 16, 2018
$937 - $1,499
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs Meteor 2 reviewed Jan 14, 2018
$250 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (28)
Eureka! Zeus 2EXO reviewed Jan 13, 2018
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Cooke Custom Sewing 1.9oz Silicone Tundra Tarp reviewed Jan 12, 2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Macpac Minaret reviewed Jan 10, 2018
$500 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Black Diamond HiLight reviewed Jan 6, 2018
$400
user rating: 4 of 5 (12)
Outdoor Research Advanced Bivy reviewed Jan 3, 2018
$320 - $325
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
The North Face Peregrine reviewed Jan 3, 2018
discontinued
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
The North Face Oval-25 reviewed Jan 1, 2018
user rating: 5 of 5 (8)
The North Face VE 24 reviewed Dec 31, 2017
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (30)
MSR Hubba reviewed Dec 31, 2017
$250 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Reflective Guy Line reviewed Dec 27, 2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (19)
Hilleberg Akto reviewed Dec 26, 2017
$530 - $555
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Marmot Sanctum reviewed Dec 22, 2017
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Tentsile Connect 2P Tree Tent reviewed Dec 21, 2017
$450 - $494
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3 reviewed Dec 17, 2017
$500
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Heroclip reviewed Dec 14, 2017
$20 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Gossamer Gear SpinnShelter reviewed Dec 14, 2017
$195 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Equip Mosquito Hammock reviewed Dec 14, 2017
$50 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (9)
MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2P reviewed Dec 13, 2017
$400
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
REI Passage 2 Tent reviewed Dec 12, 2017
$159
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Exped Travel Box II Plus reviewed Dec 10, 2017
$179
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Six Moon Designs Skyscape Scout reviewed Dec 7, 2017
$125 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Easton Torrent 2 reviewed Dec 6, 2017
$400
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1 reviewed Nov 30, 2017
$120
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Kelty TN2 reviewed Nov 30, 2017
$155 - $249
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Marmot Tungsten 3P reviewed Nov 30, 2017
$190 - $259
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Therm-a-Rest Vela HD Quilt reviewed Nov 29, 2017
$240 - $279
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Loco Libre Gear Ghost Pepper 40° reviewed Nov 27, 2017
$240 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (17)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Atlas Straps reviewed Nov 24, 2017
$25 - $29
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Tarptent Rainbow reviewed Nov 23, 2017
$225 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Loco Libre Gear Carolina Reaper 30° reviewed Nov 21, 2017
$183 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
U.S. Military Poncho Liner Woobie reviewed Nov 16, 2017
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Sierra Designs Half Moon 3 reviewed Nov 16, 2017
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user rating: 5 of 5 (109)
Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest reviewed Nov 9, 2017
$51 - $89
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
Hilleberg Nammatj 3 GT reviewed Nov 9, 2017
$989 - $1,040
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kelty Outfitter Pro 2 reviewed Nov 8, 2017
$219 - $269
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
REI Base Camp 4 reviewed Nov 8, 2017
$369
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Kelty Streamside 4 reviewed Nov 6, 2017
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
REI Kingdom 6 Tent reviewed Nov 5, 2017
$439
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Tarptent Double Rainbow reviewed Nov 5, 2017
$260 MSRP
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Sierra Designs Lookout reviewed Oct 31, 2017
discontinued
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
No Limits Kings Peak II reviewed Oct 28, 2017
$70 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (7)
The North Face Tephra 22 reviewed Oct 22, 2017
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (12)
Terra Nova Ultra Quasar reviewed Oct 17, 2017
$780
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Eureka! Alpine Meadows reviewed Oct 14, 2017
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Papa Hubba NX reviewed Oct 13, 2017
$600
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Zpacks Duplex Tent reviewed Oct 12, 2017
$599 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Mountain Hardwear Light Wedge 2 reviewed Oct 11, 2017
$225 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
The North Face Trailhead 4 reviewed Oct 10, 2017
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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.