Tents and Shelters

Recent Tent/Shelter Reviews

The North Face Meso 2

rated 2 of 5 stars Very disappointed with my North Face Meso 2. I paid the extra for a North Face tent as I thought paying the extra money was worth the quality I would get from the North Face. I was totally wrong, the tent has literally been used twice camping by a lake and the attachments on the fly sheet have come away. Like the other review on here, I bought mine in Cape Town, South Africa, through Duesouth, but don't know where to turn to have this design/build issue addressed. Full review

REI Kingdom 6 Tent

rated 3.5 of 5 stars With sufficient details from others' reviews I'll cut to my issues. Half the tent roof is screen but there is no provision for neatly stowing the fly after it is peeled back for porch use. So you get an untenable mess in a breeze. The quonset hut pole configuration relies on exotic custom castings for an inferior performance to the simpler overlapping dome design of the old King Pine Dome. Quonset huts are corrugated metal. Fabric is not the first substitute coming to mind. While nothing has gone… Full review

The North Face Rock 32

rated 3 of 5 stars It's a decent car camping tent. It's a decent car camping tent. I take it with me on extended stays and there's ample room for my gear and myself. Handles the wind great...the rain is another story. I had to waterproof the bathtub floor as the first time I used it rain seeped right through on anything touching the ground. Full review

Hilleberg Enan

rated 4 of 5 stars Replaces my bivy sack. I will not give a detailed review because an excellent detailed review (by Mike Gartman) has already been posted. I just want to add some not so obvious additional points. The first time I set this tent up I had some bad tent breathing motion of the outer relative to the inner, so they would touch in strong wind gusts. When I got the tent home I realized that on the two triangular head and foot sections of the tent there are a total of four loops that could have additional… Full review

Therm-a-Rest Down Snuggler

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I’ve tried this underquilt a few times in the backyard, but not yet overnight in the woods. Twice in the low 30s, it’s still been a little cool on my shoulder areas. I had to add a thin foam pad (from packing material that I salvaged) under my shoulders. I’m still experimenting with which end to use the adjustable cord side on. With my Therm-a-Rest Snuggler I noticed it was better to put the adjustable side on the head end to really snug it up under the hammock and bring more cover up around… Full review

Eureka! Mountain Pass 2XT

rated 5 of 5 stars Great tent. My wife and I used this tent for 199 days on the Appalachian Trail.  Eureka tents are the best. I've been camping in Eureka tents for nearly 40 years. Full review

Grand Shelters IceBox Igloo Tool

rated 4 of 5 stars An ingenious system that can be used to build igloos for up to five happy campers. Works as advertised, but using it efficiently requires a lot of experience, especially with difficult snow. I don’t recall when I first heard about the Icebox, but I do recall being pretty interested when an engineering-minded neighbor back in Vermont bought one. He built one igloo up in the fields behind his house, then promptly stashed the Icebox in his garage and more or less forgot about it. When he heard we… Full review

Kelty Grand Mesa 2

rated 5 of 5 stars After researching 2-3 man tents for a while I stumbled across the Grand Mesa 2. I found it at Academy Sports. It was on sale for $68. I'm guessing it was a returned item. All of the other lightweight tents I have been looking at were between $300-$500. So I thought I would give it a shot. I haven't used it yet, only setting it up in my hotel room before heading offshore for two weeks. It was real simple to set up. Seemed sturdy and has ample room for myself, 6'1" 225 lb. There is also enough room… Full review

My Trail Poncho UL Tarp

rated 3.5 of 5 stars For those willing to accept compromises in the pursuit of a low pack weight, the Poncho UL Tarp provides a reasonably durable, value option for rain gear, pack cover, and shelter—with a few important caveats. The Poncho UL Tarp is at its best as rain wear, pack cover, and shelter in more moderate conditions, but high winds or sustained heavy rain can make the user vulnerable to the elements. However, due to its versatility, it is an ideal multi-use item for day packs, emergency bags, etc. What… Full review

Hilleberg Stalon XL Four-Season
$5,800
SlingFin Kahiltna Dome Four-Season
$5,750
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
The North Face 2-Meter Dome Four-Season
$5,500
MSR H.U.B. High-Altitude Utility Four-Season
$5,000
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Mountain Hardwear Space Station Four-Season
$4900 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Stronghold Four-Season
$2,437
Tepui Ruggedized Autana 4 Roof-Top Tent
$2,300 - $2,949
Tepui HyBox Roof-Top Tent
$2,895
Tepui Ruggedized Series Autana 3 Roof-Top Tent
$2,550
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Dome 8 Four-Season
$2500 MSRP
Hilleberg Atlas Four-Season
$2,400
 
Tepui Explorer Series Autana 4
$2,300
Marmot Lair 8P Four-Season
$2,250
Tepui Ruggedized Series Kukenam 3 Roof-Top Tent
$2,100
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg Saitaris Four-Season
$1,995
Tepui Explorer Series Autana 3 Roof-Top Tent
$1,895
Big Agnes Guard Station 8 Four-Season
$1,700
Tepui LoPro 3 Roof-Top Tent
$1,650
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Hilleberg Saivo Four-Season
$1,530
Fjallraven Polar Endurance 3 Four-Season
$1,500
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
MSR Stormking Four-Season
$1,500
Hilleberg Keron 4 GT Four-Season
$1,425
Tepui Explorer Series Kukenam 3 Roof-Top Tent
$1,425
Hilleberg Keron 4 Four-Season
$1,195 - $1,425
Cabela's Outfitter Blend Wall Tents by Montana Canvas Three-Season
$1,350
Hilleberg Keron 3 GT Four-Season
$1,310
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Hilleberg Keron 3 Four-Season
$1,095 - $1,310
Cabela's Outfitter Wall Tents by Montana Canvas Accessory
$1,300
Hilleberg Kaitum 4 GT Four-Season
$1,295
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg Kaitum 4 Four-Season
$1,125 - $1,295
Tepui LoPro 2 Roof-Top Tent
$1,275
MSR H.U.B. Gear Shed Vestibule
$1,250
Snow Peak Amenity Dome 4 Three-Season
$350 - $1,249
Hilleberg Tarra Four-Season
$1,225
Hilleberg Kaitum 3 GT Four-Season
$1,220
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg Kaitum 3 Four-Season
$1,045 - $1,220
Cabela's Outfitter Range A-Frame Tent by Montana Canvas Three-Season
$1,200
Big Agnes Tiger Wall 3 Carbon Three-Season
$1,200
Heimplanet Nias Three-Season
$1,180
NEW!
Hilleberg Allak 3 Four-Season
$1,160
Hilleberg Atlas Inner Tent 8 Accessory
$1,155
Hilleberg Kaitum 2 GT Four-Season
$1,120
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg Kaitum 2 Four-Season
$970 - $1,120
MSR Guideline Pro 2 Four-Season
$1,100
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Hilleberg Staika Four-Season
$1,095
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
Hilleberg Nammatj 3 GT Four-Season
$1,090
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Hilleberg Nammatj 3 Four-Season
$880 - $1,090
Hilleberg Altai UL
$1,075
Hilleberg Atlas Inner Tent 6 Accessory
$1,075
Tepui Annex Roof-Top Tent
$259 - $1,050
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