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

Quest Viper

rated 5 of 5 stars I've owned this tent longer than I've owned a cell phone. I love this tent and haven't any plans to replace it. I look for another one on eBay just to have two. This company made great tents that were easy to set up and handled all that nature could through at them. Two entry's and vestibules so you never have to sleep face to face with those you don't really want to with. Great ventilation. Rain resistant to the max. All clip set up can be done in 5 minutes. Full review

Wenzel Current

rated 3 of 5 stars Lightweight, inexpensive, solo backpacking tent. Suitable for reasonably dry hiking areas. This inexpensive, lightweight, single-wall tent won't keep you perfectly dry in a rainstorm, but for the minimal size and weight it is still well worth carrying. I carried one of these on three section hikes on the PCT and it performed well even in the snow. It kept me out of the wind and the rain, although of course there isn't a whole lot of rainfall in that part of the country, so it would probably not… Full review

Eagles Nest Outfitters SlapStrap

rated 3 of 5 stars The SlapStraps are ENO's most basic suspension system. They work fine but lack versatility — a much desired characteristic in the backcountry when scoping out anchor points for a hammock. I recently reviewed my ENO DoubleNest and thought it would be appropriate to include a review of the suspension system I use with said hammock. The ENO SlapStraps are an ENO manufactured accessory that works with any of their hammocks. These are only one of various suspension systems ENO manufactures for their… Full review

NEMO Meta 1P

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Excellent lightweight tent and a good price. I purchased this tent from a reputable outfitter for $175. It came with all guy lines, 6 stakes, and footprint.  There is a slight learning curve to setting up, but after just two setups I have no problem erecting the tent in under 2 minutes if I'm in a hurry. I am able to pitch the tent very tautly.  I have used this tent a total of 8 times now and would highly recommend it for any three-season use. It has handled extremely well in various weather… Full review

Sierra Designs Flashlight 2

rated 2 of 5 stars Great concept that needs more work. I bought this tent after reviewing various choices online. I had also owned the previous Flashlight and really like it. When I set the tent up I immediately realized that there is a serious design problem. The issue is that it is impossible to get a taut pitch on the tent body. Since this also incorporates the "fly" in that it is a single wall roof, the tent droops and sags and there are depressions in the fabric in the lower part of the roof that will be susceptible… Full review

Eureka! Pinnacle Pass 3XTA

rated 4 of 5 stars This is a great light enough to pack tent, but built to do it all. Huge vestibules on both sides provide room for gear and to cook if needed. This is my go-to tent when I am going to the woods and don't want to be concerned no matter the weather forecast. Easy to set up by yourself and easy to pack in and out of any location. Great space with vestibules on both sides of the tent.  Full review

Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest

rated 4 of 5 stars A versatile, portable, comfortable and easily accessible option for overnight sleeping or just a quick rest. Compresses to a size slightly larger than a grapefruit. With more than 100 reviews on Trailspace and almost all of them receiving either a 4 or 5-star rating, I think that goes to show this product is pretty well liked, easily accessible and performs well. There isn't a lot that I can add to the numerous reviews from people who have spent more time in their ENO DoubleNest than I have. You… Full review

The North Face Nebula Tent

rated 5 of 5 stars This is the most versatile, spacious, lightweight tent period. I bought my Nebula tent 15 years ago in London. I traveled extensively and camped in Canada's National Parks for 30 days. I have used it all over in Africa as well and it stood up to all the weather. It is very easy to pitch, even for one person; 10 min at a relaxed pace. I use a reflective ground sheet to protect the tent and as extra space outside the entrances of the tent. Stability is great and no problems with condensation because… Full review

Walrus Armadillio

rated 5 of 5 stars These tents are awesome. They withstood weather when others were snapping poles and going down! I highly recommend them. I've had mine for ten years. I've never had any problem with the Walrus tent. I've owned the Armidillo and it's withstood weather conditions like no others could where I camped. Zipper claps wore out as normal, but it was up for ten days at a time during the summer when camping so it took a lot of use. Rain cover is worn so I'm looking for a replacement, but the tent is in great… Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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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
Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest
user rating: 5 of 5 (105)
Eagles Nest Outfitters
DoubleNest
reviewed Jul 25, 2014
$62 - $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
$285 - $379
Mountainsmith Mountain Shelter LT
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Mountainsmith
Mountain Shelter LT
reviewed Jul 22, 2014
$130
 
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
discontinued
ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 1.0
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
ALPS Mountaineering
Zephyr 1.0
reviewed Jul 15, 2014
$200
Hilleberg Staika
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Hilleberg
Staika
reviewed Jul 14, 2014
$895
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Ozark Trail
14' x 12' 7-Person Family Tent With Porch
reviewed Jul 13, 2014
discontinued
 
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (16)
Ozark Trail
12 x 14 Screen House
reviewed Jul 13, 2014
discontinued
Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Zip
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Hennessy Hammock
Expedition Asym Zip
reviewed Jul 12, 2014
$153 - $169
The North Face Merlin 33
user rating: 3 of 5 (9)
The North Face
Merlin 33
reviewed Jul 11, 2014
discontinued
The North Face Asylum Bivy
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
The North Face
Asylum Bivy
reviewed Jul 11, 2014
$199 MSRP
Tarptent Notch
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Tarptent
Notch
reviewed Jul 11, 2014
$259 MSRP
Eagles Nest Outfitters SingleNest
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (30)
Eagles Nest Outfitters
SingleNest
reviewed Jul 10, 2014
$53 - $84
Eureka! Solitaire
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (46)
Eureka!
Solitaire
reviewed Jul 8, 2014
$75 - $89
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Sierra Designs
Summer Moon
reviewed Jul 7, 2014
discontinued
The North Face Flint 2
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
The North Face
Flint 2
reviewed Jul 7, 2014
$149 MSRP
Eagles Nest Outfitters Fast Fly Rain Tarp
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Eagles Nest Outfitters
Fast Fly Rain Tarp
reviewed Jul 4, 2014
$64 - $79
Paha Que' The ScreenRoom
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (5)
Paha Que'
The ScreenRoom
reviewed Jul 4, 2014
Eagles Nest Outfitters SlapStrap Pro
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
Eagles Nest Outfitters
SlapStrap Pro
reviewed Jul 4, 2014
$22 - $24
Eagles Nest Outfitters Atlas Hammock Suspension System
user rating: 5 of 5 (15)
Eagles Nest Outfitters
Atlas Hammock Suspension System
reviewed Jul 4, 2014
$27 - $29
Eureka! Alpine Meadows
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Eureka!
Alpine Meadows
reviewed Jul 3, 2014
discontinued
ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2.0
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
ALPS Mountaineering
Zephyr 2.0
reviewed Jul 3, 2014
$220
Kelty Eden 4
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Kelty
Eden 4
reviewed Jul 3, 2014
$250 MSRP
Grand Trunk TreeSling
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Grand Trunk
TreeSling
reviewed Jul 3, 2014
$18 - $19
Marmot Firefly 2P
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Marmot
Firefly 2P
reviewed Jul 2, 2014
$223 - $318
High Peak Jasperlite
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
High Peak
Jasperlite
reviewed Jun 30, 2014
Kelty Domolite 4
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Kelty
Domolite 4
reviewed Jun 30, 2014
discontinued
Eagles Nest Outfitters Double Deluxe
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eagles Nest Outfitters
Double Deluxe
reviewed Jun 29, 2014
$76 - $84
The North Face Meadowland 4
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face
Meadowland 4
reviewed Jun 29, 2014
discontinued
Easton Slickrock 2P
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Easton
Slickrock 2P
reviewed Jun 29, 2014
$202 - $298
The North Face Minibus 3
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
The North Face
Minibus 3
reviewed Jun 29, 2014
$399 MSRP
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
NorthPole
Glacier's Edge, Hiker
reviewed Jun 27, 2014
Eagles Nest Outfitters Guardian Bug Net
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Eagles Nest Outfitters
Guardian Bug Net
reviewed Jun 26, 2014
$49 - $59
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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.