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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Coleman Montana 8 Tent Three-Season Tent
Hilleberg Nallo 4 Footprint Footprint
$98 - $128
NRS River Wing Spare Metal Stakes Stake
Mountain Hardwear Taurine 2 Footprint PL Footprint
Black Diamond Eldorado Ground Cloth Footprint
NEMO Losi 3P Footprint Footprint
$30 - $54
Bergans Rondane 2P Four-Season Tent
Marmot Amp 3P Three-Season Tent
The North Face Sputnik 2 Footprint Footprint
L.L.Bean King Pine 6-Person Footprint Footprint
Kelty Adjustable Pole Tent Accessory
$35 - $49
Sierra Designs Zeta 2 Footprint Footprint
Wild Country Sololite Groundsheet Protector Footprint
Big Agnes Jack Rabbit SL1 Three-Season Tent
$181 - $279
Big Agnes Rattlesnake SL2 Footprint Footprint
Big Agnes Angel Springs UL3 Three-Season Tent
$292 - $337
Mountain Hardwear Supermega UL 2 Footprint PL Footprint
Mountain Hardwear T6 Aluminum Tent Pegs Stake
NEMO Dagger 3P Gear Loft Gear Loft
Big Agnes Rocky Peak 4 mtnGLO Three-Season Tent
NEMO Bugout Tarp/Shelter
$200 - $249
L.L.Bean Vector XL 6-Person Dome Footprint Footprint
Terra Nova Laser Space 2 Groundsheet Footprint
NEMO Veda 1P Three-Season Tent
$330 - $349
Terra Nova Aluminum Alloy Pegs Stake
Kelty Granby 4 Footprint Footprint
Wild Country Hoolie 2 Three-Season Tent
Coleman Elite Montana 8
Kelty Eden 4 Footprint Footprint
Kelty Shadehouse Accessory Wall Tent Accessory
The North Face Kaiju 4 Three-Season Tent
$225 - $299
Rab Nylon Ground Cloth Footprint
$20 - $21
Big Agnes Mad House 4 3-4 Season Convertible Tent
MSR AC-Bivy Bivy Sack
Coleman Evanston 6
MSR Twin Brothers Tarp/Shelter
Outdoor Products Tarp 8ft x 9.5ft Tarp/Shelter
Easton Cache 4P Footprint Footprint
REI Quarter Dome 1 Three-Season Tent
NEMO Obi 2P Footprint Footprint
$28 - $49
The North Face Assault 2 Four-Season Tent
$329 - $449
Big Agnes Shield 2 Four-Season Tent
ALPS Mountaineering Tasmanian 3 Four-Season Tent
Eureka! Timberline 2 Vestibule Vestibule
MSR StormKing Footprint Footprint
Sierra Designs Portable Attic Gear Loft
$15 - $24
Black Diamond Vista Ground Cloth Footprint
$36 - $44
MSR Pole Repair Kit Tent Accessory
$15 - $19
REI InCamp 6 Footprint Footprint
L.L.Bean Big Woods Dome 8-Person 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.