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 Mudmat Footprint
$20 - $24
Easton Kinetic 3P Footprint Footprint
Coleman Octagon 98 Three-Season Tent
Marmot Force 3P Footprint Footprint
Marmot Tungsten 3P Three-Season Tent
$248 - $259
Grand Trunk Uinta Quick-Set 4 Three-Season Tent
Big Agnes Rabbit Ears 6 Footprint Footprint
Easton Si2 Cuben Footprint Footprint
Marmot Stormlight 2P Footprint Footprint
Big Agnes Fairview 3 Three-Season Tent
$187 - $200
Eureka! Timberline 2 SQ Vestibule Vestibule
Paha Que' Cottonwood XLT Tarp/Shelter
Sierra Designs Flash 2 Footprint Footprint
MSR Nook Gear Shed Vestibule
$119 - $169
Eureka! Timberline SQ 6 Footprint Footprint
Exped Mira II HyperLite Three-Season Tent
Eureka! Breezeway
$340 - $349
Kelty Trail Ridge 8 Three-Season Tent
$360 - $479
NEMO Galaxi 3P Three-Season Tent
Eureka! Northern Breeze Floor Footprint
Stoic Templum 4 Three-Season Tent
Kelty Range Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$91 - $129
Big Agnes Deep Creek Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$170 - $219
The North Face Triarch 2 Three-Season Tent
$257 - $349
Eagles Nest Outfitters Festy Flags Tent Accessory
Crazy Creek B.A. Tarp Tarp/Shelter
Big Agnes Gilpin Falls 4 mtnGLO Three-Season Tent
Coleman Teammate Instant Shade
Hammock Bliss Sky Tent Hammock
Kelty Airlift 6 Three-Season Tent
$375 - $499
Kelty Yellowstone 8 Footprint Footprint
$42 - $59
Mammut Ultralight Bivi Bivy Sack
Big Agnes Mine Mountain Series Footprint Footprint
Mountain Hardwear Supermega UL 2 Person Tent Three-Season Tent
Nite Ize Figure 9 Rope Tightener Tent Accessory
$2 - $8
Exped Travel Hammock Duo Hammock
Marmot Argent 4p Footprint Footprint
MSR Dry Line Kit Tent Accessory
$8 - $9
NEMO Asashi Link Vestibule
Mountain Hardwear Trango 3 Footprint Footprint
$63 - $85
MSR 5 Foot Adjustable Pole Tent Accessory
$27 - $29
Marmot Force 1P Three-Season Tent
$279 - $349
Eagles Nest Outfitters Ridgeline 2 with Prusik Knots Hammock Accessory
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
Big Agnes Blacktail LE Tent 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.