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

Jeep samt-15120 8 person 3 room family dome tent

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Many people love to camp. Some will use tents, while others will use a camper. If you have a Jeep, a compromise between these two approaches is to use a Wenger three-room tent. This tent attaches to the Jeep and provides a stable object to hold the tent in place regardless of the wind. It also permits you top use the back of the Jeep, and you can access a table and storage area without leaving the tent. Thanks to the fact that everything is color coded to tell you where it goes, setting up this… Full review

Marmot Nusku 2P

rated 4 of 5 stars This Nusku 2 has become my most used tent. It packs small enough for use on a motorcycle or tobaggan and can be relied on in any weather. I was looking for a freestanding four season tent that had a smaller pitch than my Andromeda 2. I settled on the Marmot Nusku 2 based on previous experience with Marmot equipment and the design specs for the tent. I have used the tent in spring, summer, fall and winter and have found it to be a faithful addition to my equipment choices. It pitches quickly and… Full review

Mountain Hardwear Lightpath 2

rated 3.5 of 5 stars All right. I bought this tent as a space saver for motorcycle camping. It saved space and was very light. However, I did not know that the ceiling height was so low at 38". I have to kick my legs into the vestibule to take my pants off and put my shirt on and vice versa. It would be a great tent for someone who doesn't mind the limited maneuverability. Overall, for what it was designed it does a very good job. No way of fitting two people in there. Full review

Coleman Hooligan 2

rated 4 of 5 stars Great tent. This is a great tent from a great company. Coleman stands by their products just like any of the other big manufacturers. The floor of this thing is indestructible. Slide it over rocks, sticks, stumps whatever and never fear of tearing it. The single pole means setup is a breeze. 5 minutes or less easy after you stake the floor down. There is no need for a footprint with this baby because the floor is that indestructible. I use it for car camping or if there is a need for more "space"… Full review

Mountain Hardwear Taurine 2

rated 5 of 5 stars This tent is the jam. Man, I love this tent. The storage space inside is something that really comes into play for those extended stays. The vertical walls give the tent a very spacious feel and is easily capable of accommodating two people with bunches of gear. For the winter, the venting options are numerous with double sided doors and interior vents. The vestibules can zip from the top or bottom as well creating even more ventilation. This tent rocks, and is stable as all get out. Full review

Tarptent Double Rainbow

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a very lightweight, single wall, two-door tent that is very durable, easy to set up and withstands inclement weather (especially high winds). Tent material is silicone impregnated ripstop nylon; tent pole is Easton aluminum; full mesh netting for bug protection I received this tent last December as a Christmas gift. I seam sealed it myself. After using the tent stakes that came with it once, I swapped them out for a more rugged stake, the MSR Groundhog. The original stakes were just too… Full review

VauDe Campo XT 5

rated 4 of 5 stars The Campo XT5 seems to be a quality tent that should last for a good number of years. I just received my Campo XT5 from Campsaver after much thought. I have camped for 50 years and very much enjoy it. My wife does not because of the inconveniences my smaller mountaineering tents pose for her.¬† Basically if I am going to get her to join me on outings I needed a bigger tent. I also considered options from Big Agnes, Kelty, Marmot, REI, and Redvers. For comparison, my¬†other tents include an original… Full review

Big Agnes Burn Ridge Outfitter 2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A great mid-weight, affordable backpacking tent. I can set up the tent in 2 minutes after a few setup experiences. I love the fact that it is free-standing and rarely use the pegs (this also allows me to hold the upper pole and shake out the tent before packing). The quick-clips are far superior to sleeved poles. By exchanging the included pegs with titanium, I shed several ounces. I also use a Mylar footprint (emergency poncho) which costs $1 each and is recyclable at the end of the trip. It is… Full review

Cabela's Alaskan Guide 8-Man

rated 2.5 of 5 stars Good for standing up against strong wind and not getting wet from hard rains. Bad for being warm. I have camped in this 8-person guide tent numerous times. As far as being sturdy in a strong wind or being waterproof this tent cannot be beat. However for cold weather camping it falls a bit short. This is the first time i have used it in very cold weather meaning no snow with wind, rain and temps in the teens. I am not sure how you can stay warm in a tent that has three open roof vents that cannot… Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Jeep samt-15120 8 person 3 room family dome tent reviewed Nov 26, 2014
Marmot Nusku 2P
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Marmot Nusku 2P reviewed Nov 23, 2014
$449 MSRP
Mountain Hardwear Lightpath 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Mountain Hardwear Lightpath 2 reviewed Nov 21, 2014
$175 MSRP
Coleman Hooligan 2
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Coleman Hooligan 2 reviewed Nov 21, 2014
$60
Mountain Hardwear Taurine 2
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Mountain Hardwear Taurine 2 reviewed Nov 21, 2014
discontinued
Tarptent Double Rainbow
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Tarptent Double Rainbow reviewed Nov 21, 2014
$260 MSRP
VauDe Campo XT 5
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
VauDe Campo XT 5 reviewed Nov 20, 2014
$360 - $449
Big Agnes Burn Ridge Outfitter 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Burn Ridge Outfitter 2 reviewed Nov 19, 2014
$150 - $199
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Cabela's Alaskan Guide 8-Man reviewed Nov 18, 2014
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1 reviewed Nov 18, 2014
$264 - $329
Sierra Madre Research Pares
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sierra Madre Research Pares reviewed Nov 18, 2014
$85 MSRP
Eureka! Spitfire 1
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (26)
Eureka! Spitfire 1 reviewed Nov 16, 2014
$100 - $109
ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2.0
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2.0 reviewed Nov 16, 2014
$130 - $219
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
Walrus Skyline reviewed Nov 13, 2014
Kelty Noah's Tarp 12
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (14)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 12 reviewed Nov 9, 2014
$60 - $99
Kelty TN2
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (4)
Kelty TN2 reviewed Nov 8, 2014
$250
Eureka! Alpine Meadows
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
Eureka! Alpine Meadows reviewed Nov 7, 2014
discontinued
Wiggy's Freedom Shelter
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Wiggy's Freedom Shelter reviewed Nov 7, 2014
$350 MSRP
Exped Orion
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Exped Orion reviewed Nov 6, 2014
$609
Mountain Hardwear Haven 2
user rating: 3 of 5 (6)
Mountain Hardwear Haven 2 reviewed Nov 4, 2014
discontinued
REI Kingdom 4 Tent
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (2)
REI Kingdom 4 Tent reviewed Nov 3, 2014
$389
Hennessy Hammock Hyperlite Asym Zip
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hennessy Hammock Hyperlite Asym Zip reviewed Nov 3, 2014
$260
The North Face Himalayan Hotel
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
The North Face Himalayan Hotel reviewed Nov 2, 2014
discontinued
ALPS Mountaineering Jagged Peak 2
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Jagged Peak 2 reviewed Oct 26, 2014
DD Hammocks Tarp 3x3
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DD Hammocks Tarp 3x3 reviewed Oct 22, 2014
Mountain Hardwear Drifter 3
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Mountain Hardwear Drifter 3 reviewed Oct 21, 2014
$214 - $285
LightHeart Gear SoLong 6
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
LightHeart Gear SoLong 6 reviewed Oct 21, 2014
$298 MSRP
Eureka! Timberline 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (19)
Eureka! Timberline 2 reviewed Oct 19, 2014
$120 - $152
Big Agnes Lone Spring 3
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Lone Spring 3 reviewed Oct 18, 2014
$216 - $269
Kelty Grand Mesa 4
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Kelty Grand Mesa 4 reviewed Oct 17, 2014
$200 - $239
Tarptent Scarp 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Tarptent Scarp 2 reviewed Oct 16, 2014
$355 MSRP
Coleman Hooligan 4 Tent
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coleman Hooligan 4 Tent reviewed Oct 15, 2014
$116 MSRP
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1 reviewed Oct 14, 2014
$296 - $369
Mountain Hardwear Direkt 2
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Direkt 2 reviewed Oct 14, 2014
$440 - $550
Outdoor Research Aurora Bivy
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Outdoor Research Aurora Bivy reviewed Oct 12, 2014
$157 - $200
Marmot Limelight 2P
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (22)
Marmot Limelight 2P reviewed Oct 11, 2014
$163 - $219
Mountainsmith Morrison 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Mountainsmith Morrison 2 reviewed Oct 10, 2014
$126 - $161
Marmot Limelight 3P
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Marmot Limelight 3P reviewed Oct 9, 2014
$209 - $279
Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock reviewed Oct 9, 2014
$20
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 reviewed Oct 9, 2014
$312 - $389
Exped Andromeda II
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Exped Andromeda II reviewed Oct 9, 2014
Marmot Limelight 4P
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Marmot Limelight 4P reviewed Oct 9, 2014
$277 - $369
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Eureka! Wind River 2 reviewed Oct 8, 2014
discontinued
Lawson Equipment Titanium Tent Stake
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Lawson Equipment Titanium Tent Stake reviewed Oct 8, 2014
$3 MSRP
Coleman SunDome 4 Tent 9' x 7'
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
Coleman SunDome 4 Tent 9' x 7' reviewed Oct 8, 2014
$70 - $84
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 reviewed Oct 7, 2014
$320 - $399
Simply Light Designs Streamliner SL
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Simply Light Designs Streamliner SL reviewed Oct 5, 2014
HammockGear Standard Cuben Fiber Tarp with Doors
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
HammockGear Standard Cuben Fiber Tarp with Doors reviewed Oct 2, 2014
$295 MSRP
Jacks 'R' Better Greylock 3
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Jacks 'R' Better Greylock 3 reviewed Oct 2, 2014
$220 MSRP
Eureka! Midori 2
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Eureka! Midori 2 reviewed Oct 2, 2014
$160
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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.