Tents and Shelters

Recent Tent/Shelter Reviews

Macpac Microlight

rated 4.5 of 5 stars My 'Go to', tent. UK all year. Easy to setup, easy to sleep in, easy to pack up. I'm 6'1", 14 stone and this is my first choice tent.  I do 4/5 day hikes in the UK, averaging 20+ miles (32k+) in mainly mountain and hill country.  I need a tent to rely on.  This is it. There are lighter tents and there are larger tents.  The Microlight does all that I need: I can store all my stuff inside, cook, sit up...  At a squeeze two could use it - packs outside! Mine was an auction buy...£15 including… Full review

The North Face Starfire Extreme

rated 5 of 5 stars Gotta chime in with other recent reviews. I've had this tent since 1995 and it is simply bomber and still going strong. Twenty four years later, still a great tent! Fabric has not deteriorated. Several iterations of seam sealer have made the fly look a bit unkempt, but this 'uber Tadpole on steroids' has been taken on countless Arctic Alaska trips and has withstood wind, rain, sun, etc. It's dark inside--good for sleeping under the Midnight Sun. Full review

Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL1

rated 3 of 5 stars Warning: Doorway should have been designed with a ceiling overhang to prevent rain entering. Tent is ultra lightweight. Fly Creek is easy to assemble, holds up in the tundra in high winds, rain fly is highly storm resistant, materials are strong. Confined space does not allow a person over six feet to sit up. Ventilation is impossible due to small space. Entering or exiting during a rainstorm will allow rain to fill the interior floor due to lack of a high extension of the rain fly over the doorway. Full review

Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL2

rated 5 of 5 stars I bought the two-person as it's only a few ounces more than the one-person and I needed room for my dog. My first trip I was a little nervous at the light weight, but it held up on several big rains and pretty confident now. My dog's nails did put a few tears in the floor, but fixed easy enough. I have also used on several wildland deployments and treat this lightweight tent a little more gentle. I skipped the overpriced footprint and made a Tyvex floor that can double as a small tarp when outside… Full review

Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL1

rated 4 of 5 stars A one-person, ultralight, three-season backpacking tent, the Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL1 provides reasonable comfort and very good weather resistance for a packed weight of 2lb 1oz. I bought my Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL1 a little over a year ago, after doing a LOT of research. I’d set a goal of four pounds for my tent, sleeping pad, and sleeping bag, and the Fly Creek let me come in at about 1 ounce over. Close enough for me! I can easily shave that ounce by leaving stuff sacks at home.  A “semi-freestanding”… Full review

Marmot Halo 6P

rated 5 of 5 stars 30+ years camping, hunting, backpacking experience—favorite tent of all time. We have had this tent for several years now. We have had no issues with it whatsoever. We camp all over the place with this, and while it's far too bulky to carry in a backpack by one person, we do tend to backpack with this tent or ride in on horses/mules to camp with this tent more often than any other. The height in this tent is phenomenal. The fact that we can fit our family of five, hounds, and all our gear in here… Full review

Marmot Tungsten 2P

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Not the lightest, but durable and roomy. This is a good all round tent, but won’t suit those obsessed with weight or super-compact sizes. Easy to set up. Can be done in pouring rain by laying out the footprint and frame first, throw the fly over, then install the inner. Like all "2P" tents, it’s really suited to only one. Have had no issues with rain or dampness. Good for canoe camping, not great for ultralight hikes. Full review

The North Face VE 25

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Can resist the worst the world can give... I have two of the first VE25 that came after the VE24 was fazed out. The other I just got is the full expedition model, black floor full yellow tent and fly. I have noticed that the two, as far as material, are not the same. Although the floor on #2 is thicker the tent material seems thin and lightweight. The older model had coating on the outer front door and rear door section. The newer model does not. Also the older fly the coating was on the outside… Full review

Marmot EOS 1P

rated 5 of 5 stars Used the EOS 1P for 10 years of loaded bicycle touring and backpacking. I love my EOS 1P. I bought one 10 years ago for two reasons—weight and the length of the poles when they are folded. I use it for long solo bicycle touring so I wanted to be able to pack everything inside my panniers. After 14,000 miles of touring in all conditions I will purchase another one if this one ever wears out. So far the zippers and screens are perfect. The rainfly has a sticky feel from age but it still repels water. Full review

Hilleberg Stalon XL Four-Season
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
The North Face 2-Meter Dome Four-Season
MSR H.U.B. High-Altitude Utility Four-Season
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Mountain Hardwear Space Station Four-Season
$4900 MSRP
Tepui Ruggedized Series Autana 3 Roof-Top Tent
$2,550 - $3,049
Tepui Ruggedized Autana 4 Roof-Top Tent
$2,400 - $3,049
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Stronghold Four-Season
$3000 MSRP
Tepui HyBox Roof-Top Tent
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Dome 8 Four-Season
$2500 MSRP
Hilleberg Atlas Four-Season
Tepui Explorer Series Autana 4
$2,300 - $2,399
Marmot Lair 8P Four-Season
Yakima SkyRise HD Tent Medium Roof-Top Tent
Tepui Ruggedized Series Kukenam 3 Roof-Top Tent
$2,100 - $2,149
The North Face Geodome 4 Tent Three-Season
Tepui Explorer Series Autana 3 Roof-Top Tent
$1,895 - $1,999
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg Saitaris Four-Season
Cabela's Outfitter Wall Tents by Montana Canvas Accessory
Tepui LoPro 3 Roof-Top Tent
Big Agnes Guard Station 8 Four-Season
Yakima SkyRise Tent Medium Roof-Top Tent
$1,499 - $1,599
Tepui Baja Series Ultralite Kukenam 4 Roof-Top Tent
Tepui Explorer Series Kukenam 3 Roof-Top Tent
$1,425 - $1,549
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Hilleberg Saivo Four-Season
Fjallraven Polar Endurance 3 Four-Season
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
MSR Stormking Four-Season
$1,125 - $1,499
Hilleberg Keron 4 GT Four-Season
Hilleberg Keron 4 Four-Season
$1,195 - $1,425
Tepui LoPro 2 Roof-Top Tent
Cabela's Outfitter Blend Wall Tents by Montana Canvas Three-Season
Hilleberg Keron 3 GT Four-Season
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Hilleberg Keron 3 Four-Season
$1,095 - $1,310
Hilleberg Kaitum 4 GT Four-Season
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg Kaitum 4 Four-Season
$1,125 - $1,295
MSR H.U.B. Gear Shed Vestibule
$937 - $1,250
Snow Peak Amenity Dome 4 Three-Season
Exped Ursa VI Three-Season
$860 - $1,249
Hilleberg Tarra Four-Season
Hilleberg Kaitum 3 GT Four-Season
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
Big Agnes Tiger Wall 3 Carbon Three-Season
Heimplanet Nias Three-Season
Hilleberg Allak 3 Four-Season
$100 - $1,160
Hilleberg Atlas Inner Tent 8 Accessory
Tepui Baja Series Mesh Ayer 2 Roof-Top Tent
$925 - $1,149
Hilleberg Kaitum 2 GT Four-Season
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg Kaitum 2 Four-Season
$970 - $1,120
MSR Guideline Pro 2 Four-Season
Yakima SkyRise Tent Small Roof-Top Tent
$770 - $1,099
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