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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MSR Night Glow Zipper Pulls Tent Accessory
$5 - $6
Sea to Summit Specialist Duo
Cabela's Ultimate Alaknak 12' x 12' Tent
$900 - $1,319
Slumberjack Daybreak 3 Three-Season Tent
Exped Mira II/III Gear Loft Gear Loft
$17 - $29
Kelty Outfitter Pro 2 Footprint Footprint
$24 - $42
ALPS Mountaineering Aries 2 Floor Saver Footprint
Hilleberg Jannu Footprint Footprint
MSR Remote 3 Footprint Footprint
MSR H.U.B. Gear Shed Vestibule
Snugpak All Weather Shelter Tarp/Shelter
NEMO Losi LS 3P Three-Season Tent
$342 - $489
Sierra Designs Sweet Suite 3 Three-Season Tent
NEMO Losi 2P Pawprint Footprint
$40 - $59
NEMO Losi 3P Pawprint Footprint
$54 - $69
Hammock Bliss Double Hammock Hammock
REI Kingdom Sleep Bedding Top Quilt
Black Diamond Twilight Bivy Bivy Sack
NEMO Hornet 1P Three-Season Tent
Therm-a-Rest Argo Blanket Top Quilt
$70 - $89
Cabela's Outfitter Range A-Frame Tent by Montana Canvas Three-Season Tent
Snow Peak Ponta Tarp Tarp/Shelter
Exped Hammock Suspension Kit Extreme Hammock Accessory
NEMO Blaze 1P Three-Season Tent
Mountain Hardwear Hylo 2 Three-Season Tent
$209 - $223
Hilleberg Allak Footprint Footprint
Eagles Nest Outfitters CamoNest Hammock
$51 - $84
REI Kingdom 6 Footprint Footprint
Big Agnes Van Camp SL2 Footprint Footprint
Byer Traveller Lite Hammock
$19 - $41
Slumberjack Daybreak 6 Three-Season Tent
Marmot Colfax 3P Porch Vestibule
$94 - $108
Grand Trunk OneMade 14er Straps Hammock Accessory
Marmot Force 3P Footprint Footprint
$26 - $65
Hilleberg Rajd 2 Footprint Footprint
Grand Trunk Uinta Quick-Set 4 Three-Season Tent
Big Agnes Rabbit Ears 6 Footprint Footprint
$29 - $55
Cabela's Big Horn Tent Roof Protector Tent Accessory
Cabela's Axis 3-Person Tent Three-Season Tent
Burton Shakedown Comforter Top Quilt
MSR Hubba Tour 3 Footprint Footprint
$40 - $59
L.L.Bean Northwoods 6-Person Cabin Tent, Footprint Footprint
Eureka! Timberline 2 SQ Vestibule Vestibule
L.L.Bean 3-In-1 Camp Quilt Top Quilt
MSR FreeLite 2 Footprint Footprint
$35 - $49
Sierra Designs Flash 2 Footprint Footprint
MSR Nook Gear Shed Vestibule
$50 - $84
Eureka! Timberline SQ 6 Footprint Footprint
$54 - $71
Exped Mira II HyperLite Three-Season Tent
Coleman Carlsbad 6P Three-Season Tent
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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.