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.
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Recent Tent/Shelter Reviews
MSR Carbon Reflex 1
The MSR Carbon Reflex 1 is a one person, very light and robustly constructed, three season double wall tent that would make a great choice for the weight conscience backpacker who’s focus is less on available space and more on shaving a few more ounces from the base weight of their pack. Overview The Carbon Reflex 1 is MSR’s lightest double-walled solo tent design. The tent is a non-freestanding configuration made utilizing ripstop nylon with DuraShield waterproof coatings for the rainfly… Full review
Ozark Trail Tent
Its a cheap tent! I purchased an eight-man Ozark tent in 1998 to take my little brother camping. I silicone sprayed the entire tent on the first day. I finally retired it after 20 years of service. 16 days a year in that tent since new and had some zipper problems. That's it! Look you get what you pay for. Ozark is a cheap tent manufacturer. If your tent leaks, you didn't seal it. Another rule, when it rains, don't touch the sides!!! EVER!!! Take your time and prepare your tent for camping. It pays… Full review
Kelty Domolite 2
Great tent. Sets up in three minutes like it states on the box!!! Other reviews I just read are totally false. It doesn’t weigh 8 lbs, try 6 lbs without the extra tent stakes. Poles slide into sleeves with ease and you don’t need all the tent stakes only 3 instead of the 8 or 9—less weight. Your sleep pad and sleeping bag will keep your tent in place with three stakes. Great tent, bathtub floor sewn and sealed with Talffa tape, leak proof seams. I really love my Domolite and bought a second… Full review
Mountainsmith Morrison Footprint
This footprint has grommets, clips, and loops on corner tabs. I would recommend to anyone wanting a fitted footprint. I use this footprint on my Mountainsmith Upland 2 tent and it is a perfect fit. The footprint has clips and so does my rain fly so it attaches perfectly. The fly clips can be tightened or slacked out to assure it a custom fit on the tent. I use the grommets to attach to the tent poles themselves. After I lay out the footprint and set up the tent minus fly I just place the tent on… Full review
Marmot Tungsten 1P
Light, hard-wearing, fully waterproof, ultra low condensation, two-layer, one-person tent with lots of internal room and very quick and simple to set up. Bought mine online from Campsaver in the States to get one in 'Shadow/Moss' colour scheme (which is a sort of camoflage green, which blends well into the countryside). I saved about £87 by doing this, so it was worth the inconvenience of having to wait several weeks for it to arrive. While waiting for it to arrive I watched some YouTube videos… Full review
Jeep 3-Room Screen Combo Dome Tent
Durable enough to withstand 10 years in storage and still be in great shape! Spacious tent with lots of windows for ventilation, hanging 3-tier shelf, and low hanging pockets for storage! I have had this tent for close to 12 years and it has actually been in storage for almost 10. I was nervous to take it out and set it up, wondering what kind of shape it would be in. I was pleasantly surprised to find no holes and no musty smell. It went up as easy as I remember it. We put it up in probably 10… Full review
Blacks Mountain Tent
Bought second-hand in about 1981, for 40 quid if I recall. Used in all weathers, nothing fazed it. Apparently, in the original form the flysheet was optional! I bought this secondhand in about 1981 from a work colleague. It was the first tent I owned personally, and the start of a lifelong collecting habit (I think the current count is 12). It was used in a variety of places from the Lakes to Norway. Originally designed for high mountain, 4-season use, it was perhaps a bit of overkill, but I appreciated… Full review
Mountainsmith Upland 2
Great tent at a great price. Will accommodate the taller camper. Best used for car or motorcycle camping. Would recommend for anyone looking for a quality tent at a budget price. This is a discontinued tent but there are some still out there to be had for as much as 60% off retail price. For me this is a perfect tent. I'm 6'2" and have plenty of room in the tent. This tent is a true rectangle shape that measures 93" long and 56" wide with 45" of headroom. It will hold two people easily, but keep… Full review
NEMO Losi 2P
Practical and top quality. Nemo has been my tent maker of choice for many years. The Losi comes with the known overall quality. Setup is easy after the first time. It takes little time to get used to the different locks. The cross poles are a bit big when deployed, requiring space. Tent is solid though light. Resists winds beautifully. Ventilation seems poor. Condensation is a factor unless both vestibule doors are fully open. Wet bottom and head space were an issue. We ended putting Goretex around… Full review
Top-Rated Tents and Shelters
What’s the “best” tent or shelter for you? Consider your personal outdoor needs, preferences, and budget:
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.
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.
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.
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.