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
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL3
Set it up in Sweden on an island in the middle of a lake during quiet sunny weather. During the night a heavy storm started and the wind direction had turned, so wasn't set up with the head in the storm. Despite that the tent held up very well and I never feared that it would budge. Was using the storm lines with MSR Needle Stakes as extra. Love it! Full review
Ozark Trail 12' x 10' Family Dome Tent
I had one I used for 10 years. It withstood all kinds of weather. The door zippers finally gave out and got a tear in the floor. I have been looking to replace it and am unable to find anything of comparable quality. To the person looking for the rain fly, I kept mine along with the poles. You can contact me at Amensch4@gmail.com. Loved this tent. Full review
Mollusc Nano 2
I invented this tent so the reader needs to understand first off that I am utterly biased in its favour but I do think it easily solves the hateful summer overheating problem that afflicts just about every other nylon tent and its 'open and close' functionality confers a lot of collateral advantages that people who have used the tent rave about. Yes, we would love it if people want to buy one but as a pretty unique design we also want to put it out to the camping community for feedback so we can… Full review
Marmot Limelight 3P
Easy to set up and loved the inner ceiling net. Cold Friday night setup in the dark. I was testing this tent as a Ranger for The Dyrt at Bear Springs Group Campgrounds in Mt. Hood National Forest. Two-minute setup. Love this tent. Top things I liked about the Limelight tent: It comes with a footprint (hate it when those are sold separately). What is normally a few separate poles is just a one-pole-unit-hooked-together, making it a snap to set up quickly. The entire inner ceiling is a net. Full review
ALPS Mountaineering Tasmanian 2
So far we have only set up the tent in the backyard in nice spring weather. First impressions are that the tent quality is very good for the price. The large vestibule gives a neat front porch feel to it. It is very spacious inside for two, and there are gear pockets all around the interior just above the floor. The fabric color is relaxing. We just received this tent and will be updating this review once we use it a few times. First impressions were that this is a well constructed tent with the… Full review
Little Shop of Hammocks Toaster Down Under Quilt
A full length 800 FP HyperDri goose down hammock under quilt rated for 0 F. Available in a large variety of colour combinations and fabric types, I choose the A90 (.9 oz/sq yrd.) olive outside with the same A90 fabric in black on the inside. After testing it out a few nights this winter it is more than capable of taking you down to the 0 degree point. I remained toasty and warm well past freezing on a couple nights. Over stuff of the down is available for those venturing out in sub 0 temps. Very… Full review
Exped Bivybag VentAir/PU
If you plan on sleeping in hot weather get something that keeps the fabric off your body and allows for windflow/airflow. I don't like the flexible wire, cannot seem to get the hood to stay off my face, it doesn't breathe as well as what I had hoped, but is it the most breathable bivy bag available (40000MVTR—found this out by emailing staff in America). I don't like it because I don't like fabric touching my face in general, not only that, but the fabric has to be super breathable and super air… Full review
Therm-a-Rest Slacker Hammock House
The Slacker Hammock House is the “grand slam” Therm-a-Rest needed to prove they are a worthy contender in the hammock market. The Hammock House is both a reliable all-in-one system and an exceptional value for the money. I came away from this test greatly impressed and eager to recommend this system to anyone looking to start backpacking with a hammock. Because I feel the need to discuss each component of the Hammock House in detail, this is a very long review. If you are not a detail-oriented… Full review
The North Face Dyad 22
Not for big people... I have to admit I bought mine used and the seam tape was literally falling off. In the end I got it for free, as the seller basically sold me an extremely used dirty tent that he advertised as used but in great condition. He didn't want it back and refunded me full. Now for the tent. My guess, all tents are based off 6' 110 pounds wet of pure muscle or little people. Because I am not. I am 6'3" 309 lbs with wide shoulders. As every two-person tent I have ever owned was like… Full review
Top-Rated Tents and Shelters
What’s the “best” tent or shelter for you? Consider your personal outdoor needs, preferences, and budget:
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.
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.
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.
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.