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

Eagles Nest Outfitters
Hilleberg
MSR
Marmot
Grand Trunk
Kodiak Canvas
EMS
Black Diamond
Eureka!
Mountain Hardwear

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

Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1

rated 4 of 5 stars The lightest tent I've ever owned I used mine several times and found that though it's light, it didn't afford the room and access I like, so I sold it. Full review

Ozark Trail Backpacking Tent with Vestibule, Sleeps 1

rated 4 of 5 stars Best solo tent on a poor man's budget It's just as described and I'm impressed with the materials and the workmanship. The seams all double-stitched and at 12 per inch on the zippers where there's the most stress. Seams on the tub floor and silnylon fly are sealed with seam tape to assure they're waterproof. The fabrics compare to my Mountain Hardwear Drifter 2 tent. The aluminum poles are usable, but appear to be lesser quality and care should be taken with them. As with all two pole dome type… Full review

ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2

rated 4 of 5 stars GREAT tent if under 100 USD. Recommended, but warning if you plan to use in heavy rain. I'm a hammock camper, but I needed a backup shelter for when there's not hammocking possible, but it had to also fit my gf. I purchased the Alps Mountaineering's Zephyr 2 on July 2018 from Steep&Cheap. The measurement specs do not lie, it's all as stated on Alps' website. I like that a lot. Only set up a few times in the park and did a few personal tests for water resistance there. I will update my review… Full review

Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2

rated 5 of 5 stars Two is really one. I have the two-person and really it is only comfortable with one person. Glad I did not buy the one-person. Handy little tent, been in several drenching rains/hail and has kept me dry. It is interesting in that the vestibule does have some sag in it, will hold a small puddle no matter how tight the pegs are, and the zipper while it has not failed me, seems frail. Great piece of kit. I have used on several wildland fire deployments. I have had great luck with Big Agnes products. Full review

Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3

rated 4 of 5 stars A great lightweight, three-season backpacker's tent: tight for three, roomy for two, light, easy to pitch, plenty of headroom, dual side entrances with vestibules big enough for gear storage but not cooking or large dogs. Sticky zippers are one drawback. This is my third review of a Big Agnes (BA)  Copper Spur (CS) series tent. In 2016 I posted a reviewed the CS UL2, now called the CS UL2 Classic, and last January I reviewed the Copper Hotel HV UL2, supplied to me courtesy of BA via the Trailspace… Full review

Hillary 8-Man Tent

rated 5 of 5 stars OMG, I love this tent. Yes, maybe for nostalgic reasons, and quite possibly because I know nothing else. Nonetheless, I love the tent. Dad bought it in 1976 when he bought a jet boat, so it was only meant for summers by the river, but recently (since Dad gave it to me) it has been used in the mountains and extremely high winds with rain downpours and did great. Dad probably scotchguarded it at some point. Being that this tent is over 40 years old and not even a hole, just one broken pole that I… Full review

Eureka! Spitfire 1

rated 5 of 5 stars A lightweight 1-person shelter with adequate room for the average person and gear, with very durable materials that appear to be a long-lasting product in a very affordable 1-man shelter. Very weatherproof and quick setups and a small footprint to fit in tight spots!! The number one reason that backpackers will carry the extra weight of a tent is for rain and snow protection. The Eureka Spitfire does just that and with an affordable price and it does it very well with a respectable packing weight… Full review

Sierra Designs Superflash

rated 5 of 5 stars I own one—bought new, and still in phenomenal shape. Love it. Easy to set up and withstands the weather. Used over several summers working in Yellowstone and sadly hasn‘t been used much recently. If anyone has any parts, I’d love to have some on hand just in case... Full review

MAC-Gear 35 Degree Down Top Quilt

rated 0.5 of 5 stars Terrible customer service! Paid for four quilts...two 35-degree underquilts and two 35-degree top quilts. Kept asking for tracking info when they shipped as have problems with packages being delivered to wrong address in neighborhood. Never received tracking. I called and emailed several times. Finally received an "Order Complete" email. A week went by, two weeks, three weeks, a month, and still no quilts or tracking information. Finally five weeks after order was supposedly complete I received… Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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user rating: 5 of 5 (109)
Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Hammock
$56 - $89
user rating: 5 of 5 (17)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Atlas Straps Hammock Accessory
$25 - $29
user rating: 5 of 5 (10)
Hilleberg Nallo 2 Four-Season Tent
$40 - $750
user rating: 5 of 5 (9)
MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2P Three-Season Tent
$400
user rating: 5 of 5 (8)
Hilleberg Soulo Four-Season Tent
$695
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
Hilleberg Nammatj 3 GT Four-Season Tent
$1,040
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
MSR E-Wing Tarp/Shelter
$100
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Marmot Limelight 4P Three-Season Tent
$303 - $379
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Grand Trunk Double Parachute Nylon Hammock Hammock
$45 - $74
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Kodiak Canvas 10x10 Flex-Bow Canvas Tent Deluxe Four-Season Tent
$550
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
EMS Velocity 1 Tent Three-Season Tent
$269
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Mega Light Tarp/Shelter
$217 - $299
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
MSR Elixir 3 Three-Season Tent
$300
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg Kaitum 2 Four-Season Tent
$940
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg Nallo 3 GT Four-Season Tent
$895
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (32)
Eagles Nest Outfitters SingleNest Hammock
$45 - $59
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (30)
Eureka! Spitfire 1 Three-Season Tent
$140
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (30)
Eureka! Apex 2XT Three-Season Tent
$77 - $139
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (28)
Mountain Hardwear Trango 2 Four-Season Tent
$650
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (23)
Marmot Limelight 3P Three-Season Tent
$224 - $299
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (23)
Eureka! K-2 XT Four-Season Tent
$500
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (22)
Eureka! Alpenlite XT Four-Season Tent
$370
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (22)
The North Face Mountain 25 Four-Season Tent
$430 - $599
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (21)
Eureka! Timberline 2 Three-Season Tent
$190
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (21)
Kelty Gunnison 2 Three-Season Tent
$190
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (21)
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2 Three-Season Tent
$262 - $349
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (19)
Hilleberg Akto Four-Season Tent
$555
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (19)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 12 Tarp/Shelter
$48 - $69
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (19)
Kelty Grand Mesa 2 Three-Season Tent
$98 - $139
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
REI Half Dome 2 Plus Three-Season Tent
$229
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Hammock
$136
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Eureka! Timberline 4 Three-Season Tent
$240
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2 Three-Season Tent
$130 - $219
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Hennessy Hammock Ultralight Backpacker Asym Hammock
$250
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3 Three-Season Tent
$450
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (14)
NEMO Losi 3P Three-Season Tent
$400
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (14)
MSR Groundhog Tent Stakes Stake
$3 - $19
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 Three-Season Tent
$380
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Guardian Bug Net Hammock Accessory
$45 - $59
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 9 Tarp/Shelter
$60
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Eureka! Timberline SQ Outfitter 6 Three-Season Tent
$550 - $579
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Eureka! Assault Outfitter 4 Four-Season Tent
$479
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Kelty Salida 2 Three-Season Tent
$120 - $149
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Mountain Hardwear Viperine 2 Three-Season Tent
$299
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
REI Camp Dome 2 Three-Season Tent
$100 - $239
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Big Agnes Big House 4 Three-Season Tent
$300 - $399
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Kelty Gunnison 4 Three-Season Tent
$280
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
REI Quarter Dome 2 Three-Season Tent
$349
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Flat Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$355
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 16 Tarp/Shelter
$70 - $99
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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.