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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Hammock Bliss Double Hammock Hammock
$65
Sierra Designs SFC Assault Bivy Bivy Sack
$420
Black Diamond Twilight Bivy Bivy Sack
$120 - $149
Snow Peak Ponta Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$126
REI Alcove Windwalls Tent Accessory
$37
Hilleberg Enan Three-Season Tent
$625
Hilleberg Allak Footprint Footprint
$84
REI Kingdom 6 Footprint Footprint
$55
Byer Traveller Lite Hammock
$19 - $23
MSR Mudmat Footprint
$25
Easton Kinetic 3P Footprint Footprint
$40
Kammok Roo Hammock Hammock
$99
Grand Trunk Double Hammock - Prints Hammock
$70
Marmot Force 3P Footprint Footprint
$50
Marmot Tungsten 3P Three-Season Tent
$248 - $258
Grand Trunk Uinta Quick-Set 4 Three-Season Tent
$230
Big Agnes Rabbit Ears 6 Footprint Footprint
$55
 
Easton Si2 Cuben Footprint Footprint
$40
Marmot Stormlight 2P Footprint Footprint
$30
Big Agnes Fairview 3 Three-Season Tent
$180 - $259
L.L.Bean Northwoods 6-Person Cabin Tent, Footprint Footprint
$50
Eureka! Timberline 2 SQ Vestibule Vestibule
$43
Paha Que' Cottonwood XLT Tarp/Shelter
$399
Big Agnes Elkhorn 3 Three-Season Tent
$187
Sierra Designs Flash 2 Footprint Footprint
$50
MSR Nook Gear Shed Vestibule
$119 - $169
Eureka! Timberline SQ 6 Footprint Footprint
$68
Eureka! Breezeway
$340 - $349
Snow Peak Penta Ease Ground Sheet Footprint
$40
Kelty Trail Ridge 8 Three-Season Tent
$432 - $479
NEMO Galaxi 3P Three-Season Tent
$300
Eureka! Northern Breeze Floor Footprint
$45
Stoic Templum 4 Three-Season Tent
$180
Kelty Range Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$95 - $129
Big Agnes Deep Creek Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$170 - $219
The North Face Triarch 2 Three-Season Tent
$350
 
Hennessy Hammock Safari Deluxe Asym Zip Hammock
$225
Crazy Creek B.A. Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$108
Big Agnes Gilpin Falls 4 mtnGLO Three-Season Tent
$600
Coleman Teammate Instant Shade
$65
Hammock Bliss Sky Tent Hammock
$140
Kelty Airlift 6 Three-Season Tent
$500
Kelty Yellowstone 8 Footprint Footprint
$60
Mammut Ultralight Bivi Bivy Sack
$140
REI InCamp 4 Three-Season Tent
$190
Big Agnes Mine Mountain Series Footprint Footprint
$50
Mountain Hardwear Supermega UL 2 Person Tent Three-Season Tent
$450
 
Nite Ize Figure 9 Rope Tightener Tent Accessory
$2 - $6
Exped Travel Hammock Duo Hammock
$59
Marmot Argent 4p Footprint Footprint
$50
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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.