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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Big Agnes Yahmonite 5 Tent Three-Season Tent
Snow Peak Penta Ease Ground Sheet Footprint
Kelty Trail Ridge 8 Three-Season Tent
$367 - $489
NEMO Galaxi 3P Three-Season Tent
$225 - $299
Terra Nova Super Quasar Groundsheet Protector Footprint
Stoic Templum 4 Three-Season Tent
Kelty Range Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$104 - $129
Marmot Colfax 2P Footprint Footprint
$32 - $39
Big Agnes Deep Creek Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$170 - $179
The North Face Triarch 2 Three-Season Tent
Kelty Mirada Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$90 - $119
Exped Scout Hammock Hammock
Eagles Nest Outfitters Festy Flags Tent Accessory
Exped Bivybag EVent/PU Bivy Sack
$207 - $258
Crazy Creek B.A. Tarp Tarp/Shelter
Big Agnes Gilpin Falls 4 mtnGLO Three-Season Tent
$422 - $649
Coleman Teammate Instant Shade
Kelty Airlift 6 Three-Season Tent
Kelty Yellowstone 8 Footprint Footprint
Marmot Colfax 4P Three-Season Tent
$295 - $369
Nite Ize Figure 9 Rope Tightener Tent Accessory
$2 - $6
Exped Travel Hammock Duo Hammock
$40 - $58
Marmot Argent 4p Footprint Footprint
$40 - $49
NEMO Helio Clover Mat Tent Accessory
$15 - $19
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Echo II Ultralight Shelter System Tarp/Shelter
MSR Dry Line Kit Tent Accessory
$8 - $9
NEMO Asashi Link Vestibule
Mountain Hardwear Trango 3 Footprint Footprint
$72 - $90
Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest-ATC Special Addition Hammock
Hilleberg Stalon XL Basic Four-Season Tent
Marmot Force 1P Three-Season Tent
$348 - $349
Eagles Nest Outfitters Ridgeline 2 with Prusik Knots Hammock Accessory
Big Agnes Jupiter's Cabin 4 Footprint Footprint
Coghlan's Tarp Holder Tent Accessory
Hilleberg Keron 4 Footprint Footprint
Terra Nova Aspect 3 Three-Season Tent
Hilleberg Nammatj 3 GT Footprint Footprint
L.L.Bean Microlight FS 2-Person Backpacking Tent, Footprint Footprint
Equinox Rectangular Plastic Ground Cloth Footprint
Liberty Mountain Peregrine Radama 3 Three-Season Tent
Big Agnes Blacktail LE Tent Three-Season Tent
Marmot Catalyst 3P Three-Season Tent
$183 - $229
Sierra Designs Light Year 1 Footprint Footprint
Hilleberg Nallo 4 Footprint Footprint
$100 - $130
NRS River Wing Spare Metal Stakes Stake
Marmot Limestone 8P Footprint Footprint
Mountain Hardwear Taurine 2 Footprint PL Footprint
Black Diamond Eldorado Ground Cloth Footprint
Rab Summit Mountain Bivi Four-Season Tent
Marmot Carbide 2P Footprint Footprint
$30 - $31
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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.