Tents and Shelters

Recent Tent/Shelter Reviews

Kelty TN2

rated 5 of 5 stars This tent is fun. I have multiple tents but this one too user friendly to skip on. The color coding and special features make this my go to tent for backpacking with friends and car camping with the wife. I've used the tn2 multiple times and the durability mixed with the user friendly setup and features leaves no room for disappointment. It serves every need from backpacking as a couple to car camping.  Setup The setup is color coded and clean. You couldn't possibly have a need for the instructions… Full review

Sierra Designs Sweet Suite 3

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Spacious three person shelter with lots of vestibule space. Light enough to carry for two or even solo, yet sturdy enough to take on the elements. Easy set up and take down including Sierra Design’s “Burrito Bag” stuff sack.                                    Long Pond Pines - Baxter State Park Specs: Vestibule Area: 8.9 sq ft + 8.9 sq ft / 0.83 sq m + 0.83 sq m Floor Area: 40.4 ft2 / 3.75 m2 Peak Height: 43" / 109.2 cm Dimensions (L x W): 85 x 70(head)… Full review

Outdoor Research Alpine Bivy

rated 4 of 5 stars This is my first Bivy Sac. I wanted to try one for its compact size and as a backcountry shelter. After much research I settled on the OR Alpine Bivy. I used it recently for a two night outing and so far I’m very pleased. I would recommend taking the time to stake it down. Earlier this fall I slept in the Alpine Bivy for two consecutive nights on the Atlantic Coast in Newfoundland. The first evening was beautiful About 5deg Celcius. I slept with the cover open and watched the stars through the… Full review

Outdoor Research Helium Bivy

rated 5 of 5 stars Needing to minimize backpack weight is no reason to miss out on overnight winter adventures. A quality bivy will do the job nicely, without adding significantly to a backpack burden. Shelter can be important, especially in winter. The breathable, water-resistant OR Helium Bivy includes a bug net for summer, generous head-room (secured by a nested carbon-fiber hoop), and five points of suspension to secure it against high winds if you need to exit during the night. Accumulating outside snow can be… Full review

Dutchware Hookworm

rated 5 of 5 stars Less than a gram, but these tiny titanium hooks make a huge impact. Super fast setup, adjustment, and take down are the norm with these on your shelter tie outs. Dutchware at its simplest. These tiny hooks are threaded onto a line that is permanently attached to your stake. A knot at the end of the line prevents them from falling off. Just a tiny titanium hook with a hole in the center and a bit of a nib on the other end. A twisted loop of line tossed over the end of the nib gets drawn tight and… Full review

Dutchware Continuous Ridgeline

rated 5 of 5 stars As usual, Dutchware took something simple and made it even simpler. 35' of ridgeline with a Dutch Hook on one end plus a Dutch Tarp Wasp that goes wherever you put it on the line and stays there. Fast, knotless setup and take down for the tarp user on the go. Components: 35' of 1.75mm dyneema provides the line in this ridgeline. You can order it with or without reflective threads woven in. This is a strong, yet light line that doesn't stretch much at all under stress.On one end a Dutch Hook has… Full review

Marmot Taku

rated 3 of 5 stars The Taku is a Goretex, single-walled tube style tent made to keep the cold out and the warmth in. The lack of vestibule, inability to free-stand, and leaky floor leave too much to be desired for the large price tag. Setup: The Taku utilizes three “hoop” semi circular poles to provide integrity to the tent. Each pole becomes consecutively smaller moving towards the foot. The first two poles are inserted into reinforced pockets in the interior of the tent. The third pole is put in place on the… Full review

Slumberjack Contour Bivy

rated 4.5 of 5 stars First shelter I carry for survival. I purchased my first Slumberjack Contour bivy in 2010 on the advice of my son. I carried it on a motorcycle trip that started in Death Valley where I survived a 50-mile-an-hour sandstorm. Later on that same trip while in Zion during flash floods it saved me from torrential rains. While in Bryce during a snowfall of two feet it kept me warm, maybe up to 10° difference, while my three-season tent protected me from the snow. I'm sorry it only lasted eight years. Full review

MSR FreeLite 1

rated 4 of 5 stars This is a very light tent that packs small. It's not for people who like to have a roomy tent, but there is room to keep your pack and other things either inside or in the vestibule. I bought this tent at an REI garage sale. I have been working to decrease my pack weight for a while and liked the look and setup of this tent. It is under 3 pounds and packs very small. I recently purchased a smaller backpack (45 l) since I don't usually go backpacking in the winter months anymore. So, although I love… Full review

user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Dutchware Hookworm added Dec 11, 2018
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Dutchware Continuous Ridgeline added Dec 11, 2018
$33 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Marmot Taku added Dec 8, 2018
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 2 added Nov 30, 2018
$128
Marmot Crane Creek 3P added Nov 30, 2018
$150
Marmot Crane Creek 2P added Nov 30, 2018
$130
SlingFin Kahiltna Dome added Nov 30, 2018
$5,750
Fjallraven Abisko Lite 1 Footprint added Nov 30, 2018
$520
ALPS Mountaineering Two-Room Floor Saver added Nov 30, 2018
$45 - $51
Cabela's Deluxe Alaknak II Poles added Nov 30, 2018
$26
Mountainsmith Carpet Stakes added Nov 30, 2018
$40
Big Agnes Windy Point 1 added Nov 30, 2018
$140
Eagles Nest Outfitters Guardian DX Bug Net added Nov 30, 2018
$75
Eagles Nest Outfitters Islander LED Blanket added Nov 30, 2018
$70
Mountainsmith Aluminum Adjustable Tarp Poles added Nov 30, 2018
$72
Ultimate Survival Technologies SlothCloth Bug Hammock added Nov 30, 2018
$70
Kammok Bolt Pack added Nov 30, 2018
$25
Coleman Wonderlake 2P added Nov 30, 2018
$34 - $39
Hammock Bliss Stay Dry Jumbo Rain Fly added Nov 30, 2018
$91
NEMO Wagontop 4P LX added Nov 30, 2018
$680
Burton Whetstone Shelter added Nov 30, 2018
$180
VauDe Mark II Floor Protector added Nov 30, 2018
$31
Big Agnes Windy Point 2 added Nov 30, 2018
$168
Big Agnes Windy Point 3 Footprint added Nov 30, 2018
$35
Big Agnes Windy Point 3 added Nov 30, 2018
$196
SlingFin 2Lite --> 2Lite Trek Conversion Kit added Nov 30, 2018
$45
CAMP Minima 1 SL added Nov 30, 2018
$250
Kammok Cord Pack added Nov 30, 2018
$29
Hammock Bliss Sky Kid added Nov 30, 2018
$38
 
MSR Hubba NX 2P added Nov 29, 2018
$349
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Vitals StormLoft 15 Down Underquilt added Nov 19, 2018
$215 MSRP
REI Camp Wrap added Oct 2, 2018
$100
Mountainsmith Foothills Camping Blanket added Oct 2, 2018
$60
 
REI Trail Supplies Fleece Blanket added Oct 2, 2018
$40
 
REI Camp Blanket added Oct 2, 2018
$80
REI Hammock Underquilt added Oct 2, 2018
$100
Kelty Shindig Blanket added Oct 2, 2018
$52
Mountainsmith Medium Mellow Meadow Blanket added Oct 2, 2018
$80
Slumberjack Roughhouse 4-Person added Sep 28, 2018
$165
Salewa Alpine Lodge IV added Sep 28, 2018
$650
Salewa Alpine Hut IV added Sep 28, 2018
$480
Salewa Denali II Footprint added Sep 28, 2018
$34
Salewa Denali II added Sep 28, 2018
$216
Tentsile Safari Connect added Sep 28, 2018
$595
Tentsile Trillium XL Hammock added Sep 28, 2018
$280
Snugpak Jungle Hammock added Sep 28, 2018
$79
Tentsile No Trace Kit added Sep 28, 2018
$55
Salewa Denali III Footprint added Sep 28, 2018
$44
Stansport Everest Dome Tent added Sep 28, 2018
$71
Rab Survival Zone Lite Bivi added Sep 28, 2018
$150 - $155
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