Tents and Shelters

Without the right shelter or tent, an ordinary campout or adventure can quickly turn sour. When scouring for the best tents and shelters, always read reviews first and know exactly what you’re looking for. There are so many different types of tents and shelters on the market today. Some will suit your needs swimmingly and others not so much. From 1-person backpacking tents to large family-sized tents built for car camping, this is a broad category filled with options. Looking for the best tents and shelters? We’ve broken down and reviewed the best.

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Kelty Tallboy 6 Person Tent

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CORE 12 Person Instant Cabin Tent

CORE 12 Person Instant Cabin Tent

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Ozark Trail 12 Person Tent

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12 Person Tents

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Types of Tents and Shelters

If you’re planning on combining long day hikes with overnight camp-outs, then a backpacking tent is a must. Compared to larger car-camping tents, backpacking tents are very lightweight, small, and simple to set up. They require very little in the way of set-up time and can easily be attached to a backpacking pack. These are versatile tents designed for adventure.

They come in 1-person, 2-person, 3-person, and 4-person options. Backpacking tents are also broken down by seasonality: 3-season and 4-season. 3-season tents are designed to withstand cold, whereas 4-season tents can be used year-round. We’ve reviewed all of the best backpacking tents on the market today.

General camping tents are the type of tents most of us are well acquainted with. They come in a variety of sizes and styles. Most start at 2-person capacity and can go up to 8+ capacity. These are generally used for car camping as they are a bit heavier and more complex than backpacking tents. Much like backpacking tents, camping tents are broken down by size, seasonality, and number of doors.

Generally, you can find 2-season, 3-season, and 4-season tents. The season you buy depends on when you do most of your camping. Camping tents can also be broken down as freestanding (the average type of tent), vehicle (meant for backs of cars or trucks), and non-freestanding. We’ve reviewed each camping tent to find the best for you and your family.

Much as the name implies, camping shelters provide shelter from the elements. They are not as complex or comfortable as tents but they can do the trick in a bind. There are several types of shelters, they include:

  • Shade shelters- Generally used in conjunction with a tent to seek shade while still enjoying your surroundings
  • Bug shelters- Also used in conjunction with a tent. Have mesh walls to keep bugs out, while still allowing you to enjoy the view.
  • Tarp shelters- Can be used as an alternative to traditional tents fo sleeping.
  • Emergency shelters- Best used in the case of an emergency.

As is the case with camping and backpacking tents, each shelter is available in sizes to accommodate 1-person to 8+ people. The type of shelter you require largely depends on your needs and the type of camping you prefer. We’ve reviewed all of the best shelters on the market today to make your decision a little bit easier.

Rooftop tents are tents that attach to the roof of your vehicle. They are a relatively new form of camping gear and tend to pop-up or fold-out from on top of a car. Most rooftop tents can accommodate 2-people up to 4-people. Each is available to suit 3-season or 4-season usage.

Find Your Perfect Tent Or Shelter

There is no shortage of options when it comes to tents and shelters. Use our reviews as a guide and keep your needs in mind. After all, not every camper will require or yearn for the same type or style of shelter.