Tents and Shelters

Recent Tent/Shelter Reviews

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
The North Face Stormbreak 1

This test is basic, but works wonderfully. I have taken it on several two- and three-day backpacking trips. I am a 5'5" female and there is plenty of room inside, and it is light and fits inside my pack very well. I would definitely recommend it for any solo backpacker who is on a budget but wants a quality tent. It is great in the spring, summer, and fall. I have not gone camping with it in the winter yet. This tent is easy to set up. It is color-coded to attach the fly correctly, and the poles… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Eureka! Rainier

Eureka! Rainier—the perfect trail companion! Everyone has covered this tent very clearly in reviews, all to my agreement. I just want to add that mine was purchased somewhere around 1992! Yes, from Dick's or perhaps the chain they bought out in the late nineties. Anyway, I broke it out this afternoon in preparation for Patagonia, always waiting for it to crumble out of the bag. NOPE, still well intact, very pliable, and pops right up into place! It's been with me to the big parks (Yosemite, Yellowstone,… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Hammock Gear Premium Incubator 20°

Bigger in size with a finer down than its ECO version, Hammock Gear’s Premium Incubator 20 is one of the best full-price gear purchases I have ever made. Once again the cottage industry proves its superiority to shelved items at REI. I suffer from a hiking condition known as CBS (Cheap B@st@rd Syndrome). If you look over my gear reviews you will see loads of sentences like, “I bought this on clearance,” or “It was on sale.” And I often steer clear of name-brand stuff, unless I pick it… Full review

rated 2.5 of 5 stars
Kelty Gunnison 2

Disappointed in zipper quality. I purchased a Kelty Gunnison 2 around late October 2019 and was very excited about setting it up. The awning and the three-season build were the selling points for me. The tent has withstood the AZ desert weather and 68 mph wind gusts. However, by the end of Jan 2020, the front zipper began splitting. I was able to fix it to where both zippers were functional, or so I thought. As of Feb 2, 2020, the bottom zipper continues to split and I can only use the top zipper… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
TiTo 6 mm Titanium Tent Pegs

Extremely strong 6x145/165 mm titanium pegs for pitching on rocky, compacted, or frozen ground. Such pegs are successfully hammered into ground, which would otherwise damage any aluminum stake. Since 2016 I've owned several tunnel tents, which require four stable pegs for successful pitching: Hilleberg Kaitum 3, Nallo 3 and Fjallraven Abisko Lite 3 (all reviewed by me). Quite often the stock DAC J-stakes don't work well, namely on rocky, compacted or frozen ground. Hammering the peg in such conditions… Full review

rated 2.5 of 5 stars
L.L.Bean Microlight FS 2

Lightweight—at a cost. If you look at my profile, you’ll see that my three reviews prior to this one have all been 5 stars. You might assume that I lack objectivity in reviewing the things that I purchase. Well, in my old age I’ve learned to research more carefully than I had in the past.  I thought I’d done my diligence before purchasing this L.L. Bean Microlight FS 2 tent. I liked that it was very versatile in the various configurations for ventilating the tent. One could spend comfortable… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Hilleberg Anjan 2

TENT DESIGN UPDATED IN 2017 Tough weather protection for a three-season tent. I ordered and received my Hilleberg Anjan 2 in early 2018, to complete the last half of my bicycle tour from Phoenix back to Wisconsin. The tent was redesigned in 2017 I believe, to address the rain protection issues that were described in the previous review. The corners of the outer tent now extend to the ground, while still offering ventilation all the way round via catenary design. I ordered the tent to give my Hilleberg… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
The North Face VE 24

These older NF VE tents are brutal beasts. The newer models, as I have reconditioned two, are not made with the same quality. Just picked up a smelly VE24 today. No poles, but I have plenty of parts poles to make a set. Needs some patching to the pole sleeves, some floor sealer, and she's ready for another 10 years. I have the first of the original VE25's and it's my go-to tent 85 percent of the time when I motorcycle or winter camp. Can't stand up in it, but plenty of headroom for sitting in a… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Hilleberg Nallo 3

The Nallo 3 is a well suitable tent for weight-conscious trips in severe conditions, offering comfort, weather resistance, and durability in a reasonably lightweight package. It's probably the best “compact” tent for my personal tasks. But the best tent isn’t good enough—I cannot get to become friends with its entrance. Also the living space is rather limited for three occupants. Background Me, my wife and son (he’s almost 5 at the moment of me writing this) enjoy year-round backcountry… Full review

user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hammock Gear Premium Incubator 20° added Feb 3, 2020
$270 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
TiTo 6 mm Titanium Tent Pegs added Feb 2, 2020
$15
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
L.L.Bean Microlight FS 2 added Jan 21, 2020
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hyke & Byke Zion 2P added Nov 20, 2019
$90
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Wilderness Experience Moonlight Mesh added Sep 18, 2019
discontinued
NEW!
Hilleberg Anaris added Sep 17, 2019
$595
available Spring 2020
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Live Infinitely Universal Camping Hammock Mosquito Net added Jul 22, 2019
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Tentsmiths Forester Tent added Jul 22, 2019
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
YAMA Mountain Gear Swiftline 2P added Jun 20, 2019
$395 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
VauDe Taurus UL 2P added Jun 17, 2019
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Nature’s Hangout DoubleHang Camping Hammock added Jun 13, 2019
NEW!
MSR Front Range Bug/Floor Insert added Jun 11, 2019
$250
available Spring 2020
NEW!
MSR Habitude 6P added Jun 11, 2019
$600
available Spring 2020
NEW!
MSR Habitude 4P added Jun 11, 2019
$500
available Spring 2020
NEW!
MSR Front Range Tarp Shelter added Jun 10, 2019
$280
available Spring 2020
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
MEC Nunatak 3P added May 23, 2019
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Snugpak Ionosphere added Apr 29, 2019
$165
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Naturehike Cloud UP 2 added Apr 25, 2019
$165
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Arrowhead New River UnderQuilt added Apr 5, 2019
$145 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Heroclip Mini added Mar 25, 2019
$15
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Heroclip Small added Mar 25, 2019
$16 - $17
MSR Zoic 3 Fast & Light Body added Mar 11, 2019
$83 - $139
MSR Zoic 1 Fast & Light Body added Mar 11, 2019
$54 - $89
MSR Zoic 2 Fast & Light Body added Mar 11, 2019
$71 - $119
MSR Pro Bivy added Mar 9, 2019
$200
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
My Trail Poncho UL Tarp added Feb 10, 2019
$100 MSRP
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Interstellar Bivy added Jan 24, 2019
$275
MSR Zoic 2 added Jan 24, 2019
$350
MSR Zoic 1 added Jan 24, 2019
$300
MSR Thru-Hiker Mesh House 1 added Jan 16, 2019
$150
MSR Zoic 3 added Jan 16, 2019
$400
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: 4 of 5 (1)
Marmot Taku added Dec 8, 2018
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 2 added Nov 30, 2018
$53 - $159
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Vitals StormLoft 15-Degree Down UnderQuilt added Nov 19, 2018
$205 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
TNH Outdoors Two-Person Backpacking Tent added Sep 27, 2018
 
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
MSR 1-Person Tent added Sep 27, 2018
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
L.L.Bean Camping Hammock added Sep 5, 2018
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Merkapa XL Double Parachute Nylon Hammock added Aug 18, 2018
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Ozark Trail Backpacking Tent with Vestibule, Sleeps 1 added Aug 18, 2018
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 6 ZF FG added Aug 8, 2018
$320 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hillary 8-Man Tent added Aug 7, 2018
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Ozark Trail 12-Person Instant Cabin Tent with Screen Room added Jul 31, 2018
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Hike-N-Light Tyvek tent footprints added Jul 15, 2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Zpacks Z-Line Dyneema Cord 1.2 mm added Jul 8, 2018
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Fullyy hammock bugnet added Jul 5, 2018
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Clark TX-270 added Jul 5, 2018
$389 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
BlueField Emergency Tarp added Jul 4, 2018
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Tribe Provisions Adventure Hammock added Jun 22, 2018
$40 MSRP
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