Tents and Shelters

Recent Tent/Shelter Reviews

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Eureka! Rainier

Eureka! Rainier—the perfect trail companion! Everyone has covered this tent very clearly in reviews, all to my agreement. I just want to add that mine was purchased somewhere around 1992! Yes, from Dick's or perhaps the chain they bought out in the late nineties. Anyway, I broke it out this afternoon in preparation for Patagonia, always waiting for it to crumble out of the bag. NOPE, still well intact, very pliable, and pops right up into place! It's been with me to the big parks (Yosemite, Yellowstone,… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Hammock Gear Premium Incubator 20°

Bigger in size with a finer down than its ECO version, Hammock Gear’s Premium Incubator 20 is one of the best full-price gear purchases I have ever made. Once again the cottage industry proves its superiority to shelved items at REI. I suffer from a hiking condition known as CBS (Cheap B@st@rd Syndrome). If you look over my gear reviews you will see loads of sentences like, “I bought this on clearance,” or “It was on sale.” And I often steer clear of name-brand stuff, unless I pick it… Full review

rated 2.5 of 5 stars
Kelty Gunnison 2

Disappointed in zipper quality. I purchased a Kelty Gunnison 2 around late October 2019 and was very excited about setting it up. The awning and the three-season build were the selling points for me. The tent has withstood the AZ desert weather and 68 mph wind gusts. However, by the end of Jan 2020, the front zipper began splitting. I was able to fix it to where both zippers were functional, or so I thought. As of Feb 2, 2020, the bottom zipper continues to split and I can only use the top zipper… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
TiTo 6 mm Titanium Tent Pegs

Extremely strong 6x145/165 mm titanium pegs for pitching on rocky, compacted, or frozen ground. Such pegs are successfully hammered into ground, which would otherwise damage any aluminum stake. Since 2016 I've owned several tunnel tents, which require four stable pegs for successful pitching: Hilleberg Kaitum 3, Nallo 3 and Fjallraven Abisko Lite 3 (all reviewed by me). Quite often the stock DAC J-stakes don't work well, namely on rocky, compacted or frozen ground. Hammering the peg in such conditions… Full review

rated 2.5 of 5 stars
L.L.Bean Microlight FS 2

Lightweight—at a cost. If you look at my profile, you’ll see that my three reviews prior to this one have all been 5 stars. You might assume that I lack objectivity in reviewing the things that I purchase. Well, in my old age I’ve learned to research more carefully than I had in the past.  I thought I’d done my diligence before purchasing this L.L. Bean Microlight FS 2 tent. I liked that it was very versatile in the various configurations for ventilating the tent. One could spend comfortable… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Hilleberg Anjan 2

TENT DESIGN UPDATED IN 2017 Tough weather protection for a three-season tent. I ordered and received my Hilleberg Anjan 2 in early 2018, to complete the last half of my bicycle tour from Phoenix back to Wisconsin. The tent was redesigned in 2017 I believe, to address the rain protection issues that were described in the previous review. The corners of the outer tent now extend to the ground, while still offering ventilation all the way round via catenary design. I ordered the tent to give my Hilleberg… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
The North Face VE 24

These older NF VE tents are brutal beasts. The newer models, as I have reconditioned two, are not made with the same quality. Just picked up a smelly VE24 today. No poles, but I have plenty of parts poles to make a set. Needs some patching to the pole sleeves, some floor sealer, and she's ready for another 10 years. I have the first of the original VE25's and it's my go-to tent 85 percent of the time when I motorcycle or winter camp. Can't stand up in it, but plenty of headroom for sitting in a… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Hilleberg Nallo 3

The Nallo 3 is a well suitable tent for weight-conscious trips in severe conditions, offering comfort, weather resistance, and durability in a reasonably lightweight package. It's probably the best “compact” tent for my personal tasks. But the best tent isn’t good enough—I cannot get to become friends with its entrance. Also the living space is rather limited for three occupants. Background Me, my wife and son (he’s almost 5 at the moment of me writing this) enjoy year-round backcountry… Full review

rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Northwest Territory Family Cabin 8-Person Tent 14' x 14'

Nice picture on package, but poor quality on materials and craftsmanship. Metal clips that hold tent to poles break easily. Not worthy of your time or money. Full review

 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Eureka! Rainier reviewed Feb 7, 2020
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hammock Gear Premium Incubator 20° reviewed Feb 3, 2020
$270 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (22)
Kelty Gunnison 2 reviewed Feb 2, 2020
$125 - $160
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
TiTo 6 mm Titanium Tent Pegs reviewed Feb 2, 2020
$15
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
L.L.Bean Microlight FS 2 reviewed Jan 22, 2020
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg Anjan 2 reviewed Jan 20, 2020
$740
user rating: 5 of 5 (12)
The North Face VE 24 reviewed Jan 17, 2020
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Hilleberg Nallo 3 reviewed Jan 15, 2020
$855
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (14)
Northwest Territory Family Cabin 8-Person Tent 14' x 14' reviewed Jan 13, 2020
$170 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Grand Shelters IceBox Igloo Tool reviewed Jan 9, 2020
$190 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (12)
Sierra Designs Clip Flashlight CD reviewed Jan 3, 2020
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
LightHeart Gear SoLong 6 reviewed Dec 3, 2019
$298 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg Keron 3 GT reviewed Dec 2, 2019
$1,330
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Hilleberg Jannu reviewed Nov 20, 2019
$1,040
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hyke & Byke Zion 2P reviewed Nov 20, 2019
$90
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Big Agnes Big House 6 reviewed Nov 16, 2019
$450
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
Macpac Minaret reviewed Nov 11, 2019
$500 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
Sierra Designs Asp 3 reviewed Nov 9, 2019
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Cabela's Alaskan Guide 6-Man reviewed Nov 8, 2019
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (9)
Kelty TN2 reviewed Oct 31, 2019
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Vitals StormLoft 15-Degree Down UnderQuilt reviewed Oct 27, 2019
$205 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
REI Arete ASL 2 Tent reviewed Oct 22, 2019
$399
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Interstellar Bivy reviewed Oct 14, 2019
$275
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
MSR FreeLite 2 reviewed Oct 13, 2019
$490
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Snugpak Ionosphere reviewed Oct 9, 2019
$165
user rating: 4 of 5 (12)
Cabela's Alaskan Guide reviewed Oct 9, 2019
$350
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Naturehike Cloud UP 2 reviewed Oct 8, 2019
$165
user rating: 4 of 5 (24)
Sierra Designs Clip Flashlight 2 reviewed Oct 6, 2019
$200
 
user rating: 2 of 5 (13)
Ozark Trail 13' x 10' Screen House reviewed Oct 5, 2019
discontinued
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Eureka! Summit reviewed Oct 3, 2019
discontinued
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 2 reviewed Sep 30, 2019
$53 - $159
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Carbon Reflex 1 Fast & Light Body reviewed Sep 26, 2019
$100
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
MSR E-Bivy reviewed Sep 26, 2019
$11 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Experience Moonlight Mesh reviewed Sep 18, 2019
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (8)
Timber Top Tent reviewed Sep 15, 2019
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1 reviewed Sep 14, 2019
$96 - $119
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (8)
REI Half Dome 2 HC reviewed Sep 12, 2019
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
3F Gear Lanshan 2 reviewed Sep 12, 2019
$158
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Easton Rimrock 1 reviewed Sep 10, 2019
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (20)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 12 reviewed Sep 4, 2019
$55 - $79
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Wild River B-487UWF 3-Man reviewed Sep 1, 2019
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Zpacks Duplex Tent reviewed Aug 28, 2019
$599 MSRP
 
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (20)
Ozark Trail 12 x 14 Screen House reviewed Aug 28, 2019
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo reviewed Aug 24, 2019
$200 MSRP
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Sierra Designs Polaris reviewed Aug 21, 2019
discontinued
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Blacks Mountain Tent reviewed Aug 19, 2019
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL2 reviewed Aug 13, 2019
$350 - $389
user rating: 4 of 5 (12)
The North Face Rock 32 reviewed Aug 13, 2019
$209 MSRP
 
user rating: 2 of 5 (33)
Ozark Trail Tent reviewed Aug 6, 2019
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
REI Camp Dome 2 reviewed Aug 4, 2019
$100
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