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.

Learn more about how to choose a tent/shelter below »

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3-4 Season Convertible
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Warm Weather
Bivy Sacks
Tarps and Shelters
Hammocks
Bug Nets
Accessories

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Price

less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 - $399.99
$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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Mountainsmith Mountain Dome 2 Three-Season Tent
$180
NEMO Tango Solo & Slipcover 1P Top Quilt
$330
Cabela's Ultimate Alaknak 13' x 27' Tent
$1,740
Kelty Discovery 6
$130
ALPS Mountaineering Somerset 4 Three-Season Tent
$130
Big Agnes Manzanares HV SL2 mtnGLO Three-Season Tent
$350
Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest LED Hammock
$60 - $99
Mountainsmith Genesee 4 Footprint Footprint
$30 - $31
L.L.Bean Woodlands Screen House Tarp/Shelter
$289
Exped Polaris Footprint Footprint
$44 - $58
MSR Mutha Hubba / Mutha Hubba HP Footprint Footprint
$60 - $499
Hilleberg Nammatj 2 Mesh Inner Tent Accessory
$215
Exped Mira I HyperLite Footprint Footprint
$44 - $48
Terra Nova Photon Groundsheet Protector Footprint
$30
MSR Night Glow Zipper Pulls Tent Accessory
$5 - $6
Sea to Summit Specialist Duo
$499
Cabela's Ultimate Alaknak 12' x 12' Tent
$900 - $1,319
Slumberjack Daybreak 3 Three-Season Tent
$96
Exped Mira II/III Gear Loft Gear Loft
$17 - $21
Kelty Outfitter Pro 2 Footprint Footprint
$24 - $30
ALPS Mountaineering Aries 2 Floor Saver Footprint
$16 - $19
Hilleberg 127 cm x 9 mm Pole Pole
$22
Kelty Horizon 2 Footprint Footprint
$24 - $39
Hilleberg Jannu Footprint Footprint
$80
MSR Mutha Hubba NX Fast & Light Body Three-Season Tent
$112
MSR Remote 3 Footprint Footprint
$50 - $69
MSR H.U.B. Gear Shed Vestibule
$938
Snugpak All Weather Shelter Tarp/Shelter
$89
Hilleberg Pole Holder Kit for Tarra Tent Accessory
$28
NEMO Losi LS 3P Three-Season Tent
$300 - $489
Sierra Designs Sweet Suite 3 Three-Season Tent
$345
NEMO Losi 2P Pawprint Footprint
$37 - $44
NEMO Losi 3P Pawprint Footprint
$52 - $53
Hammock Bliss Double Hammock Hammock
$68
REI Kingdom Sleep Bedding Top Quilt
$167
Black Diamond Twilight Bivy Bivy Sack
$112 - $150
NEMO Hornet 1P Three-Season Tent
$247 - $329
Big Agnes Headwall UL Hammock
$80
Hilleberg Kaitum 4 GT Four-Season Tent
$1,255
Therm-a-Rest Argo Blanket Top Quilt
$67
Cabela's Outfitter Range A-Frame Tent by Montana Canvas Three-Season Tent
$1,050
Snow Peak Ponta Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$100
Exped Hammock Suspension Kit Extreme Hammock Accessory
$39 - $49
NEMO Blaze 1P Three-Season Tent
$300 - $399
Mountain Hardwear Hylo 2 Three-Season Tent
$178 - $206
Hilleberg 10 mm Pole Section Pole
$9
Hilleberg Allak Footprint Footprint
$86
Eagles Nest Outfitters CamoNest Hammock
$42 - $84
REI Kingdom 6 Footprint Footprint
$60
Big Agnes Van Camp SL2 Footprint Footprint
$45
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What’s the “best” tent or shelter for you? Consider your personal outdoor needs, preferences, and budget:

  • Conditions:
    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.
  • Capacity:
    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.
  • Livability:
    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.
  • Design:
    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.