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 »

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Recent Tent/Shelter Reviews

Black Diamond Megamid

rated 5 of 5 stars Simply an outstanding shelter. Perfection. First purchased around 1986. Never owned a "tent" until going well above tree-line in snow for mountaineering. First Megamid lasted about 10-15-years. The zipper failed. My second Megamid was only recently replaced (only months ago). The inside waterproof lining began to fail allowing more water to breach the nylon skin. Still never a problem. Condensationa and any similar water simply drains down the sides of the tent and seeps into the ground. This is… Full review

Glacier's Edge Bandom Dome 3P

rated 2 of 5 stars Dry weather use only. This tent will leak heavily, and don't expect to be able to put it back in the stuff sack. I bought a couple of these for $24.99 since I've had a very good experience with a Glacier's Edge tent in the past. This time, though, not so much. Most of my camping is in good weather, I'm a summertime car camper, but I've definitely been caught out in a deluge or two and know the value of a dry tent. So now, whenever I buy a tent, I give it a water test.  After setting one of these… Full review

NEMO Hornet 2P

rated 4 of 5 stars Quality, design, and the benefit of lightweight equals win. Bought my new Hornet a couple of weeks ago and when I received it I was pleasantly surprised at just how light it was. Total weight (minus bags) was 2 pounds 3.3 ounces. The footprint (I bought separately) came in at a whopping 6.7 ounces; over a pound lighter than my last shelter. Of course I had to go and set it up immediately. Sadly though I had to wait until the weekend. When I set it up though I took my time slowly setting it up in… Full review

Wilderness Logics Tad Pole

rated 5 of 5 stars The Tad Pole is amazingly easy to use, very light, and most importantly waterproof. It covered my 9' hammock and kept me bone dry on a recent trip when the skies opened above me. This is an American made product from a small company, which I try to support whenever feasible. There are options (poles, additional pulls,etcetera) which I didn't use, but it's good to know they are available. UL backpackers will like the near weightlessness, and kayakers will like how it takes up virtually no space in… Full review

Six Moon Designs Haven Tarp & NetTent

rated 4 of 5 stars Two separate products that can work together or separately, this is a lightweight 2-person shelter system with full coverage and adequate space. The SMD Haven tarp and net tent are sold separately and can be used separately or together to create a lightweight 2-person shelter system that offers full coverage from the elements and adequate space. It is only available direct from the manufacturer, Six Moon Designs, a "cottage shop" that makes a variety of tarps, tents, packs, and raingear. I am not… Full review

Marmot Limelight 2P

rated 5 of 5 stars Durable and lightweight. There are so many good things to say about this tent. This is the first tent that I ever bought for my wife and I and we still use it, even with our 2yr old. However, we are very small people. No matter the condition though, I have never had a problem with this tent except for the zipper entry point on the weather cover. It would be a nice added feature if there was an easier way to secure the flap to the outside of the tent when going in and out, sometimes it gets annoyingly… Full review

The North Face Stratos

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This is a very good tent at an affordable price. It goes up very quickly and can withstand some strong weather. It is just big enough for 4 adults, but not for more than a weekend backpack. Alternatively car-camping, it is ideal for. Got this tent 18 years ago, and this Scottish summer (worst for 30 years) it leaked through the groundsheet. This is the only problem we ever had with it, and when new we sealed it up as per the manufacturer's instructions.   There is definitely a knack of pitching… Full review

Mountainsmith Genesee 4

rated 4 of 5 stars Great value in a 3-4 person backpacking tent. You would be hard-pressed to find the features of this tent at this price point. I bought this tent a couple years ago for backpacking with my two kids. This tent has exceeded my expectations. Easy for one person to set up. From ice to thunderstorms this tent has performed well in all kinds of weather and always kept us dry. Ventilation is adequate. I have only experienced condensation if I seal everything up with three people inside and it drops below… Full review

Kelty Cabana

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great roomy shelter that will fit a family of 4. Perfect for the beach. Gets a little stuffy inside if oriented away from air flow. I purchased this model sun shelter to use at the beach. It is a very good shelter. It requires 3 tent poles to put up and can be assembled by one person in about 5 minutes. It can be more challenging on a windy day. The shelter is very roomy. Two adults and two small children and one small dog fit inside comfortably. It provides good shade. On days with little wind,… Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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user rating: 4 of 5 (15)
Black Diamond Megamid reviewed Jul 31, 2015
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user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Glacier's Edge Bandom Dome 3P reviewed Jul 30, 2015
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
NEMO Hornet 2P reviewed Jul 30, 2015
$370
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Wilderness Logics Tad Pole reviewed Jul 30, 2015
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Six Moon Designs Haven Tarp & NetTent reviewed Jul 30, 2015
$200 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (23)
Marmot Limelight 2P reviewed Jul 30, 2015
$164 - $219
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (14)
The North Face Stratos reviewed Jul 29, 2015
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Mountainsmith Genesee 4 reviewed Jul 28, 2015
$200
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Kelty Cabana reviewed Jul 28, 2015
$77 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
High Sierra Appalachian Family Cabin Tent reviewed Jul 27, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Mutha Hubba HP reviewed Jul 25, 2015
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
SlingFin 2Lite Trek reviewed Jul 24, 2015
$329
available Fall 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Helsport Ringstind Superlight 1-2 reviewed Jul 24, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hennessy Hammock Safari Deluxe Asym Zip reviewed Jul 21, 2015
$225
 
user rating: 3 of 5 (17)
Ozark Trail 12 x 14 Screen House reviewed Jul 19, 2015
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user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
MSR E-Wing reviewed Jul 16, 2015
$125 - $174
user rating: 2 of 5 (2)
Columbia Black Mountain reviewed Jul 12, 2015
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
REI Kingdom 6 Tent reviewed Jul 12, 2015
$439
NEW!
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
SlingFin 2Lite reviewed Jul 12, 2015
$329
available Fall 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
The North Face VE 24 reviewed Jul 11, 2015
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user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Cabela's North Star Bivy reviewed Jul 11, 2015
user rating: 3 of 5 (10)
The North Face Merlin 33 reviewed Jul 11, 2015
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
REI Base Camp 6 reviewed Jul 10, 2015
$429
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
NEMO Obi 2P reviewed Jul 10, 2015
$390
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (28)
MSR Hubba reviewed Jul 9, 2015
$280 - $339
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
Bibler Tempest reviewed Jul 9, 2015
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user rating: 3 of 5 (4)
NEMO Morpho 1P reviewed Jul 9, 2015
$390 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Talus 2 reviewed Jul 9, 2015
$199
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 3 reviewed Jul 9, 2015
$196
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1 reviewed Jul 8, 2015
$240 - $319
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Catoma EBNS Enhanced Bed Net System reviewed Jul 7, 2015
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Hummingbird Hammocks Tree Straps reviewed Jul 7, 2015
$30 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Mountainsmith Mountain Shelter LT reviewed Jul 6, 2015
$130
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock reviewed Jul 5, 2015
$20
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Big Agnes Fishhook UL 2 reviewed Jul 2, 2015
$280
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
REI Quarter Dome 2 reviewed Jul 2, 2015
$299
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Grand Trunk Single Parachute Nylon Hammock reviewed Jul 2, 2015
$45 - $54
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Yukon Outfitters Mosquito Hammock reviewed Jul 2, 2015
$40 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3 reviewed Jul 2, 2015
$370 - $499
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Terra Nova Solar Photon 2 reviewed Jul 2, 2015
$490
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs Flash 3 reviewed Jul 2, 2015
$400
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
NEMO Obi 1P reviewed Jul 1, 2015
$320
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Ahwahnee Ground Cloth reviewed Jul 1, 2015
$40
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Moss Tents Tent reviewed Jun 29, 2015
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
Sierra Designs Light Year 1 reviewed Jun 29, 2015
$170 MSRP
 
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (83)
Northwest Territory Vacation Home 10-Person Tent 14' x 14' reviewed Jun 29, 2015
$250 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Six Moon Designs Skyscape Trekker reviewed Jun 28, 2015
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (32)
The North Face Rock 22 reviewed Jun 24, 2015
$189 MSRP
 
user rating: 2 of 5 (12)
Northwest Territory Family Cabin 8-Person Tent 14' x 14' reviewed Jun 23, 2015
$170 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
REI Hobitat 6 reviewed Jun 22, 2015
$319 MSRP
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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.