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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Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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Hennessy Hammock Safari Deluxe Asym Zip Hammock
Crazy Creek B.A. Tarp Tarp/Shelter
Kelty Airlift 6 Three-Season Tent
$400 - $499
Mammut Ultralight Bivi Bivy Sack
REI InCamp 4 Three-Season Tent
Big Agnes Mine Mountain Series Footprint Footprint
Mountain Hardwear Supermega UL 2 Person Tent Three-Season Tent
Exped Travel Hammock Duo Hammock
Bergans Groundcloth 6040 Footprint
Hilleberg Kaitum 3 GT Four-Season Tent
Marmot Pulsar 1P Three-Season Tent
$202 - $268
MSR Dry Line Kit Tent Accessory
NEMO Asashi Link Vestibule
Mountain Hardwear Trango 3 Footprint Footprint
$76 - $85
MSR 5 Foot Adjustable Pole Tent Accessory
$24 - $29
EMS Sugar Shack 3 Footprint Footprint
Exped Snow & Sand Anchor Tent Accessory
Coghlan's Tarp Holder Tent Accessory
Hilleberg Keron 4 Footprint Footprint
Hilleberg Nammatj 3 GT Footprint Footprint
L.L.Bean Microlight FS 2-Person Backpacking Tent, Footprint Footprint
Sierra Designs Yahi Annex 4+2 Footprint Footprint
$56 - $79
Kammok Glider Hammock Shelter Hammock Accessory
Big Agnes Blacktail LE Tent Three-Season Tent
Coleman Montana 8 Tent Three-Season Tent
Hilleberg Nallo 4 Footprint Footprint
$98 - $128
NRS River Wing Spare Metal Stakes Stake
Black Diamond Eldorado Ground Cloth Footprint
$40 - $49
NEMO Losi 3P Footprint Footprint
$30 - $39
Bergans Rondane 2P Four-Season Tent
The North Face Sputnik 2 Footprint Footprint
Kelty Adjustable Pole Tent Accessory
$35 - $39
Wild Country Sololite Groundsheet Protector Footprint
Big Agnes Jack Rabbit SL1 Three-Season Tent
$196 - $279
Big Agnes Angel Springs UL3 Three-Season Tent
$337 - $449
L.L.Bean King Pine HD 6-Person Dome Three-Season Tent
Mountain Hardwear Supermega UL 2 Footprint PL Footprint
Mountain Hardwear T6 Aluminum Tent Pegs Stake
NEMO Bugout Tarp/Shelter
$200 - $249
L.L.Bean Vector XL 6-Person Dome Footprint Footprint
Terra Nova Laser Space 2 Groundsheet Footprint
NEMO Veda 1P Three-Season Tent
$280 - $349
Kelty Granby 4 Footprint Footprint
Wild Country Hoolie 2 Three-Season Tent
Coleman Elite Montana 8
Kelty Shadehouse Accessory Wall Tent Accessory
$18 - $24
The North Face Kaiju 4 Three-Season Tent
$225 - $299
Rab Nylon Ground Cloth Footprint
$20 - $41
Big Agnes Mad House 4 3-4 Season Convertible Tent
MSR AC-Bivy Bivy Sack
$190 - $199
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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.