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.
3-4 Season Convertible
Tarps and Shelters
BrandsEagles Nest Outfitters
Priceless than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 - $399.99
$400 - $499.99
$500 and above
Top-Rated Tents and Shelters
Blacktail LE Tent Three-Season Tent
Light Year 1 Footprint Footprint
Pentalite 4P Tent Three-Season Tent
Montana 8 Tent Three-Season Tent
Nallo 4 Footprint Footprint
River Wing Spare Metal Stakes Stake
Taurine 2 Footprint PL Footprint
Eldorado Ground Cloth Footprint
Copper Canyon 5 + ScreenRoom Three-Season Tent
Losi 3P Footprint Footprint
Sputnik 2 Footprint Footprint
Adjustable Pole Tent Accessory
Morpho 2P Pawprint Footprint
Sololite Groundsheet Protector Footprint
Jack Rabbit SL1 Three-Season Tent
Angel Springs UL3 Three-Season Tent
Tengu 2 Footprint Footprint
King Pine HD 6-Person Dome Three-Season Tent
Mountain Meteor 2 Four-Season Tent
Supermega UL 2 Footprint PL Footprint
T6 Aluminum Tent Pegs Stake
Alti Storm 3P Four-Season Tent
Vector XL 6-Person Dome Footprint Footprint
Laser Space 2 Groundsheet Footprint
Veda 1P Three-Season Tent
Gemini Organizer Gear Loft
Aluminum Alloy Pegs Stake
Granby 4 Footprint Footprint
Hoolie 2 Three-Season Tent
Eden 4 Footprint Footprint
Gemini 3 Footprint Footprint
Nallo 2 Mesh Inner Tent Accessory
Shadehouse Accessory Wall Tent Accessory
Kaiju 4 Three-Season Tent
Nylon Ground Cloth Footprint
Asashi Link Footprint Footprint
Mad House 4 3-4 Season Convertible Tent
AC-Bivy Bivy Sack
Twin Brothers Tarp/Shelter
UltraLite Alpini Shelter 400 Tarp/Shelter
Tarp 8ft x 9.5ft Tarp/Shelter
Cache 4P Footprint Footprint
Obi 2P Footprint Footprint
Assault 2 Four-Season Tent
Tasmanian 3 Four-Season Tent
Timberline 2 Vestibule Vestibule
StormKing Footprint Footprint
Portable Attic Gear Loft
What’s the “best” tent or shelter for you? Consider your personal outdoor needs, preferences, and budget:
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.
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.
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.
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.