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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Big Agnes Rattlesnake SL2 Footprint Footprint
Mountain Hardwear Supermega UL 2 Footprint PL Footprint
$41 - $54
Mountain Hardwear T6 Aluminum Tent Pegs Stake
NEMO Dagger 3P Gear Loft Gear Loft
Big Agnes Rocky Peak 4 mtnGLO Three-Season Tent
$260 - $349
NEMO Bugout Tarp/Shelter
$150 - $249
NEMO Veda 1P Three-Season Tent
Exped Gemini Organizer Gear Loft
Terra Nova Aluminum Alloy Pegs Stake
Kelty Granby 4 Footprint Footprint
Wild Country Hoolie 2 Three-Season Tent
Rab Latok Mountain 3 Four-Season Tent
Therm-a-Rest Slacker Hammock Bug Shelter Hammock Accessory
Exped Gemini 3 Footprint Footprint
Hilleberg Nallo 2 Mesh Inner Tent Accessory
The North Face Kaiju 4 Three-Season Tent
$220 - $299
Rab Nylon Ground Cloth Footprint
$22 - $41
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Echo II Insert Tarp/Shelter
Gossamer Gear Polycryo Ground Cloth Footprint
Big Agnes Slater UL3+ Footprint Footprint
$75 - $79
MSR AC-Bivy Bivy Sack
ALPS Mountaineering Cedar Ridge Rimrock 8 Two Room Three-Season Tent
NEMO DAC Tarp Pole Tent Accessory
MSR Twin Brothers Tarp/Shelter
$400 - $499
Outdoor Products Tarp 8ft x 9.5ft Tarp/Shelter
Easton Cache 4P Footprint Footprint
REI Quarter Dome 1 Three-Season Tent
Big Agnes Shield 2 Four-Season Tent
ALPS Mountaineering Tasmanian 3 Four-Season Tent
MSR StormKing Footprint Footprint
Sierra Designs Portable Attic Gear Loft
$13 - $24
Black Diamond Vista Ground Cloth Footprint
MSR Pole Repair Kit Tent Accessory
$14 - $19
Big Agnes Jack Rabbit SL4 Three-Season Tent
MSR Shock Cord Replacement Kit Tent Accessory
$15 - $19
REI InCamp 6 Three-Season Tent
Kelty Sonic 6 Three-Season Tent
Hummingbird Hammocks Single+ Hammock
Hilleberg Atlas Connector Tent Accessory
Terra Nova Titanium Peg v angle 18g (pack of 6) Tent Accessory
$52 - $64
Eureka! Copper Canyon 4 Three-Season Tent
$170 - $199
Crazy Creek Crazy Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$85 - $94
Bergans Rondane F/R 3 Person Tent Three-Season Tent
Black Diamond Skylight Ground Cloth Footprint
Exped Mira 2 Footprint Footprint
Big Agnes Rattlesnake SL3 Footprint Footprint
Big Agnes Three Island UL4 Three-Season Tent
$374 - $499
Easton Kilo 2P Three-Season Tent
Snow Peak Fal 4 Ground Sheet Footprint
Mountain Hardwear Trango 2 Footprint PL Footprint
$55 - $80
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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.