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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Four-Season
3-4 Season Convertible
Three-Season
Warm Weather
Bivy Sacks
Tarps and Shelters
Hammocks
Bug Nets
Accessories

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Eagles Nest Outfitters
Hilleberg
MSR
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Grand Trunk
Kodiak Canvas
REI
EMS
Black Diamond
Hyperlite Mountain Gear

User

Unisex
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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

Northwest Territory Vacation Home 10-Person Tent 14' x 14'

rated 4 of 5 stars How do u make your own poles for this I bought this tent with no poles hoping I could order them. Can't seem to find them anywhere. Does anyone know how to make your own poles Full review

Tribe Provisions Hammock

rated 4 of 5 stars The Tribe Provisions Hammock is a comfortable, lightweight, durable hammock that offers great value for the average person. The Tribe Provisions Hammock is a comfortable, lightweight, durable hammock that offers great value for the average person. The hammock system that I purchased on Amazon came with a hammock, two cords and two carabiners. Everything packs neatly into the attached storage bag. I don't use the cords and carabiners, but rather I purchased a different strap system to hang my hammock… Full review

Kodiak Canvas 10x10 Flex-Bow Canvas Tent Deluxe

rated 5 of 5 stars I think this one of the best tents out there for car camping. Its most significant downsides - it’s weight and packed size - are directly related to what makes great, which is its durability and roominess. Even though it's not perfect - no tent is - I'm giving it five stars because it does everything I want it to do. Setup: Putting the tent up is simple but takes some muscle because the tent and poles are so heavy. The tent rolls out and should be staked down first. Then, the roof rods are put… Full review

ALPS Mountaineering Mystique 2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Awesome, light weighted tent Awesome, light weighted tent Loved it during my backpack hiking to Humboldt peak, colorado Full review

Six Moon Designs Deschutes

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This tarp is well made, spacious, and not difficult to pitch. It's essentially the more popular Lunar Solo, but without a floor/net. I've used this tarp on a thru-hike of the Colorado Trail, and in various trips in the Rockies, Ontario, Quebec, and the eastern U.S. It is easy to pitch, requiring one pole, and is well sewn so it's not terribly difficult to manage a taut pitch. It packs down very small, about the size of a Nalgene if necessary. Like all single-wall shelters, condensation can build… Full review

Outdoor Research Advanced Bivy

rated 5 of 5 stars Great bivy sack! I own the OR Advanced Bivy, which I purchased at REI in 2003. I LOVE it!  It came with me on a four-week backpack of the Hotsprings Trail in Central Idaho (Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness). On this trip, I used it inside the REI Quarter Dome for a few more degrees of temperature warmth, and rolled the whole shebang up (plain blue foam sleep pad, 0 degree bag, bivy), and strapped it to the bottom of the pack inside a black plastic bag. It really helped keep this girl… Full review

Kelty Noah's Tarp 12

rated 5 of 5 stars Excellent versatile tarp that is extremely rain and wind resistant. Every camper/backpacker should own at least one of these! I own this tarp in the 12' and 9' size and love them so much. They can be set up in so many different ways. There are guide loops along one diagonal seam if you want to string a rope through them. There are also loops along the edges to create a shelter in any situation. There are poles that can be purchased separately to prop up one or two corners to create a raised shelter… Full review

Oztent RV-5

rated 1 of 5 stars Reading the list of warranty exclusions on the website seems to indicate to me that the tent is actually not fit for purpose. Very poor stitching and webbing etc. is not hot cut or edge sealed The fabric is not breathable at all; the original Oz-Tent made from Australian woven poly/cotton Coredux canvas was very breathable and therefore comfortable in most weathers. It retails for a premium price and it is certainly quite expensive for the quality of the manufacture. As manufactured it is missing… Full review

Zpacks Solplex

rated 5 of 5 stars The Solplex is the most functional and spacious tent at around 1 pound. It has been my #1 favorite piece of gear for several years and my treasured home for two thru-hikes, going on three. If you are seeking a truly ultralight but full-protection shelter, this is it. Conditions: I purchased my Solplex spring of 2016. I have slept in it over 100 nights and it has been in my pack the length of New Zealand’s Te Araroa, the Colorado Trail, and approximately 10 days on both the Appalachian and Florida… Full review

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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user rating: 5 of 5 (109)
Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Hammock
$52 - $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
$250 - $379
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Grand Trunk Double Parachute Nylon Hammock Hammock
$65 - $74
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Kodiak Canvas 10x10 Flex-Bow Canvas Tent Deluxe Four-Season Tent
$550
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
REI Passage 2 Tent Three-Season Tent
$159 - $275
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
$225 - $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: 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
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
$50 - $79
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Byer Easy Traveller Hammock
$36 - $49
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Trek Light Gear Single Hammock Hammock
$52
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
$119 - $159
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eagles Nest Outfitters OneLink SingleNest Hammock
$157 - $219
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Double Deluxe Hammock
$64 - $84
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Kammok Roo Single Hammock
$69 - $99
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
$75 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eagles Nest Outfitters OneLink DoubleNest Hammock
$165 - $219
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
$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
$35 - $52
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)
Black Diamond Eldorado Four-Season Tent
$700
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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.