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

ALPS Mountaineering
Big Agnes
Hillary
Eureka!
Sierra Designs
MAC-Gear
Cabela's
The North Face
Marmot
Ozark Trail

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

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
REI Half Dome 4 reviewed Oct 15, 2016
$224
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Skyledge 2 DP reviewed Oct 14, 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
NEMO Morpho AR reviewed Oct 14, 2016
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg Kaitum 3 reviewed Oct 3, 2016
$990
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Miltec by Sturm One-Man Recon Tent reviewed Sep 30, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eureka! ECWT reviewed Sep 29, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eureka! Combat Tent reviewed Sep 29, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eureka! TCOP reviewed Sep 29, 2016
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Coleman Sundome 2 reviewed Sep 28, 2016
$52 - $61
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
NEMO Veda 2P reviewed Sep 28, 2016
$52 - $429
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Sierra Designs Sirius 2 reviewed Sep 28, 2016
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Integral Designs Unishelter reviewed Sep 28, 2016
discontinued
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Eureka! Mountain Pass 1XT reviewed Sep 28, 2016
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Sundance 6 reviewed Sep 28, 2016
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
MSR Elixir 2 reviewed Sep 28, 2016
$250
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kifaru Woobie reviewed Sep 27, 2016
$169 MSRP
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (3)
Hillary Hex Dome with 2 Lockers reviewed Sep 27, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
MSR Fling reviewed Sep 26, 2016
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
MSR Mutha Hubba reviewed Sep 25, 2016
$400 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Fjallraven Abisko Endurance 2 reviewed Sep 24, 2016
$850
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
REI Arete ASL 2 Tent reviewed Sep 24, 2016
$399
 
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
Peak 1 Apollo reviewed Sep 23, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Sierra Designs Vapor Light 2 XL reviewed Sep 23, 2016
$330 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Flying Diamond 4 reviewed Sep 22, 2016
$375 - $499
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Big Agnes Tensleep Station 6 reviewed Sep 22, 2016
$500
user rating: 4 of 5 (26)
Marmot Limelight 2P reviewed Sep 22, 2016
$198 - $249
 
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
Hillary 4 Room Family Tent reviewed Sep 22, 2016
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Deluxe Mosquito Head Net reviewed Sep 22, 2016
$5
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Marmot Ajax 2 reviewed Sep 22, 2016
$150
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
The North Face Stormbreak 1 reviewed Sep 22, 2016
$110 - $129
user rating: 5 of 5 (12)
Mountain Hardwear Skyview 3 reviewed Sep 21, 2016
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
REI Minimalist reviewed Sep 21, 2016
$90 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
MSR Hoop reviewed Sep 20, 2016
$350 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Snugpak The Cave reviewed Sep 19, 2016
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Ember 2 reviewed Sep 17, 2016
$100
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 3 reviewed Sep 17, 2016
$121 - $249
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
DD Hammocks Tarp 3x3 reviewed Sep 17, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (13)
Bibler Ahwahnee reviewed Sep 17, 2016
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Alpine Mountain Gear Solo Plus Alaskan reviewed Sep 16, 2016
$150 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Eureka! Backcountry 1 reviewed Sep 16, 2016
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (21)
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2 reviewed Sep 16, 2016
$262 - $349
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg Kaitum 3 Footprint reviewed Sep 14, 2016
$112
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Hilleberg Nallo 3 reviewed Sep 14, 2016
$795
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Exped Vela I Extreme reviewed Sep 13, 2016
$429
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Hilleberg Nammatj 2 GT reviewed Sep 11, 2016
$980
user rating: 4 of 5 (15)
Sierra Designs Lightning 2 reviewed Sep 10, 2016
$260 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Hubba Hubba / NX / HP Footprint reviewed Sep 9, 2016
$34 - $49
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Slumberjack Trail Tent 3 reviewed Sep 8, 2016
$100 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Exped Venus II reviewed Sep 8, 2016
$579 - $599
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
Kelty Acadia 2 reviewed Sep 7, 2016
$130
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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.