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
Hyperlite Mountain Gear
Kelty

User

Unisex
Men's
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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

Kodiak Canvas 10x10 Flex-Bow Canvas Tent Deluxe

rated 5 of 5 stars I bought this 4-season tent several years ago primarily for use at Burning Man, where you see 100s of these. It's because, well - if it's water-proof, it's going to be dust-proof - and it definitely is. A lot of people make the mistake out at Burning Man of using mesh-roofed tents and thus get badly dusted.  With a Kodiak, it's dust proof and you can completely zip it up.  Only issue is, for desert environments, you need a shade structure over it because it gets pretty hot without one - I suspend… Full review

Outdoor Research Helium Bivy

rated 4 of 5 stars Spacious lightweight bivy, waterproof, and breathable with minimal condensation issues. I have spent almost two weeks in the Outdoor Research Helium Bivy and found it to be pretty acceptable for my use. I bought it from Massdrop for $148.07, and when received, tried it out on my back lawn without turning off the early morning sprinklers. I slept comfortably all night and did not get wet from the sprinklers, which were on for 20 minutes.  More recently, I took the bivy on an almost two-week trip… Full review

Kelty Mantra 7

rated 4 of 5 stars I camped with the tent for eight years. At first, the poles were too long and ripped the tent. Kelt gave us new poles and fixed the tear. This tent held up in severe winds and rain and kept us dry. Another storm off Lake Michigan, our family went to sleep in the car. When we returned, the tent was blown up the bluff, lodged between two trees, and was still intact (it needed more weight to hold it down or bigger stakes to keep it down). This spring the tent leaked and I was told the polyurethane… Full review

MSR Carbon Reflex 1

rated 4 of 5 stars The MSR Carbon Reflex 1 is a one-person, very light, and robustly constructed, three-season double wall tent that would make a great choice for the weight conscience backpacker whose focus is less on available space and more on shaving a few more ounces from the base weight of their pack. Overview The Carbon Reflex 1 is MSR’s lightest double-walled solo tent design. The tent is a non-freestanding configuration made utilizing ripstop nylon with DuraShield waterproof coatings for the rainfly and… Full review

Ozark Trail Tent

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Its a cheap tent! I purchased an eight-man Ozark tent in 1998 to take my little brother camping. I silicone sprayed the entire tent on the first day. I finally retired it after 20 years of service. 16 days a year in that tent since new and had some zipper problems. That's it! Look you get what you pay for. Ozark is a cheap tent manufacturer. If your tent leaks, you didn't seal it. Another rule, when it rains, don't touch the sides!!! EVER!!! Take your time and prepare your tent for camping. It pays… Full review

Kelty Domolite 2

rated 4 of 5 stars Great tent. Sets up in three minutes like it states on the box!!! Other reviews I just read are totally false. It doesn’t weigh 8 lbs, try 6 lbs without the extra tent stakes. Poles slide into sleeves with ease and you don’t need all the tent stakes only 3 instead of the 8 or 9—less weight. Your sleep pad and sleeping bag will keep your tent in place with three stakes. Great tent, bathtub floor sewn and sealed with Talffa tape, leak proof seams. I really love my Domolite and bought a second… Full review

Mountainsmith Morrison Footprint

rated 5 of 5 stars This footprint has grommets, clips, and loops on corner tabs. I would recommend to anyone wanting a fitted footprint. I use this footprint on my Mountainsmith Upland 2 tent and it is a perfect fit. The footprint has clips and so does my rain fly so it attaches perfectly. The fly clips can be tightened or slacked out to assure it a custom fit on the tent. I use the grommets to attach to the tent poles themselves. After I lay out the footprint and set up the tent minus fly I just place the tent on… Full review

Marmot Tungsten 1P

rated 5 of 5 stars Light, hard-wearing, fully waterproof, ultra low condensation, two-layer, one-person tent with lots of internal room and very quick and simple to set up. Bought mine online from Campsaver in the States to get one in 'Shadow/Moss' colour scheme (which is a sort of camoflage green, which blends well into the countryside). I saved about £87 by doing this, so it was worth the inconvenience of having to wait several weeks for it to arrive. While waiting for it to arrive I watched some YouTube videos… Full review

Jeep 3-Room Screen Combo Dome Tent

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Durable enough to withstand 10 years in storage and still be in great shape! Spacious tent with lots of windows for ventilation, hanging 3-tier shelf, and low hanging pockets for storage! I have had this tent for close to 12 years and it has actually been in storage for almost 10. I was nervous to take it out and set it up, wondering what kind of shape it would be in. I was pleasantly surprised to find no holes and no musty smell. It went up as easy as I remember it. We put it up in probably 10… Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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user rating: 5 of 5 (109)
Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Hammock
$35 - $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 (5)
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
$290 - $299
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
MSR Elixir 3 Three-Season Tent
$180 - $299
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: 5 of 5 (3)
Marmot Tungsten 1P Three-Season Tent
$179
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
$100
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
REI Quarter Dome 1 Three-Season Tent
$279
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Napier Sportz SUV Tent Warm Weather Tent
$360 - $399
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering Zenith 3 AL Tent Three-Season Tent
$130
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering Orion 4 Three-Season Tent
$117
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eagles Nest Outfitters HouseFly Rain Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$140
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Marmot Haven 2P Three-Season Tent
$400
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Exped Gemini 2 Three-Season Tent
$449
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Grand Trunk Funky Forest Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$80
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Byer Easy Traveller Hammock
$36 - $39
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Trek Light Gear Single Hammock Hammock
$60
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Kelty Triptease Lightline Tent Accessory
$15
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
The North Face Stormbreak 2 Three-Season Tent
$143 - $159
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eagles Nest Outfitters OneLink SingleNest Hammock
$187 - $219
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Double Deluxe Hammock
$85
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Kammok Roo Single Hammock
$55 - $82
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Hilleberg Nammatj 3 Four-Season Tent
$840
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Hilleberg Saivo Four-Season Tent
$1,440
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eagles Nest Outfitters JungleNest Hammock
$100
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eagles Nest Outfitters OneLink DoubleNest Hammock
$220
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Reactor Hammock
$72 - $94
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg Enan Three-Season Tent
$635
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Therm-a-Rest Vela 35F/2C Quilt Top Quilt
$240
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Stronghold Four-Season Tent
$2,812 - $3,750
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg Snow and Sand Peg Stake
$85
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Rattlesnake SL1 mtnGLO Three-Season Tent
$240
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Sub7 Hammock
$53
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs Convert 3 Four-Season Tent
$600
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Twin Sisters Tarp/Shelter
$320 - $399
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hennessy Hammock Hyperlite Asym Zip Hammock
$280
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Tarp Clips Tent Accessory
$4
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Remote 2 Four-Season Tent
$800
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eureka! Suite Dream 2 Three-Season Tent
$187 - $249
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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.