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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Sierra Designs Tengu 2 Footprint
Sierra Designs
Tengu 2 Footprint
Footprint
$35
Sierra Designs Mountain Meteor 2
Sierra Designs
Mountain Meteor 2
Four-Season Tent
$480
Mountain Hardwear Supermega UL 2 Footprint PL
Mountain Hardwear
Supermega UL 2 Footprint PL
Footprint
$55
Mountain Hardwear T6 Aluminum Tent Pegs
Mountain Hardwear
T6 Aluminum Tent Pegs
Stake
$22
NEMO Alti Storm 3P
NEMO
Alti Storm 3P
Four-Season Tent
$630
Snow Peak Hexa Tarp
Snow Peak
Hexa Tarp
Tarp/Shelter
$476
NEMO Bugout
NEMO
Bugout
Tarp/Shelter
$190 - $249
L.L.Bean Vector XL 6-Person Dome Footprint
L.L.Bean
Vector XL 6-Person Dome Footprint
Footprint
$50
Terra Nova Laser Space 2 Groundsheet
Terra Nova
Laser Space 2 Groundsheet
Footprint
$51 - $59
NEMO Veda 1P
NEMO
Veda 1P
Three-Season Tent
$250 - $349
 
Exped
Gemini Organizer
Gear Loft
$29
 
Terra Nova
Aluminum Alloy Pegs
Stake
$12
Kelty Granby 4 Footprint
Kelty
Granby 4 Footprint
Footprint
$42 - $49
 
Wild Country
Hoolie 2
Three-Season Tent
$155
Kelty Eden 4 Footprint
Kelty
Eden 4 Footprint
Footprint
$45
Exped Gemini 3 Footprint
Exped
Gemini 3 Footprint
Footprint
$69
Kelty Shadehouse Accessory Wall
Kelty
Shadehouse Accessory Wall
Tent Accessory
$21 - $29
The North Face Kaiju 4
The North Face
Kaiju 4
Three-Season Tent
$299
Rab Nylon Ground Cloth
Rab
Nylon Ground Cloth
Footprint
$14 - $21
NEMO Asashi Link Footprint
NEMO
Asashi Link Footprint
Footprint
$40
Big Agnes Mad House 4
Big Agnes
Mad House 4
3-4 Season Convertible Tent
$330 - $349
MSR AC-Bivy
MSR
AC-Bivy
Bivy Sack
$160 - $199
Coleman Evanston 6
Coleman
Evanston 6
$144
MSR Twin Brothers
MSR
Twin Brothers
Tarp/Shelter
$500
Brooks-Range UltraLite Alpini Shelter 400
Brooks-Range
UltraLite Alpini Shelter 400
Tarp/Shelter
$160
Outdoor Products Tarp 8ft x 9.5ft
Outdoor Products
Tarp 8ft x 9.5ft
Tarp/Shelter
$57
Easton Cache 4P Footprint
Easton
Cache 4P Footprint
Footprint
$32
NEMO Obi 2P Footprint
NEMO
Obi 2P Footprint
Footprint
$40 - $49
The North Face Assault 2
The North Face
Assault 2
Four-Season Tent
$439
Eureka! Timberline 2 Vestibule
Eureka!
Timberline 2 Vestibule
Vestibule
$55
MSR StormKing Footprint
MSR
StormKing Footprint
Footprint
$60
Sierra Designs Portable Attic
Sierra Designs
Portable Attic
Gear Loft
$15 - $24
Black Diamond Vista Ground Cloth
Black Diamond
Vista Ground Cloth
Footprint
$36 - $44
MSR Pole Repair Kit
MSR
Pole Repair Kit
Tent Accessory
$15 - $19
REI InCamp 6 Footprint
REI
InCamp 6 Footprint
Footprint
$55
L.L.Bean Big Woods Dome 8-Person
L.L.Bean
Big Woods Dome 8-Person
Three-Season Tent
$499
Big Agnes Jack Rabbit SL4
Big Agnes
Jack Rabbit SL4
Three-Season Tent
$390 - $499
MSR Shock Cord Replacement Kit
MSR
Shock Cord Replacement Kit
Tent Accessory
$16 - $24
REI InCamp 6
REI
InCamp 6
Three-Season Tent
$349
Kelty Sonic 6
Kelty
Sonic 6
Three-Season Tent
$288
Integral Designs MK 2 Lite Link
Integral Designs
MK 2 Lite Link
Vestibule
$108
L.L.Bean Northwoods 6-Person Cabin Tent
L.L.Bean
Northwoods 6-Person Cabin Tent
Three-Season Tent
$399
Hilleberg Atlas Connector
Hilleberg
Atlas Connector
Tent Accessory
$195
Terra Nova Titanium Peg v angle 18g (pack of 6)
Terra Nova
Titanium Peg v angle 18g (pack of 6)
Tent Accessory
$38 - $64
Snow Peak Penta Ease
Snow Peak
Penta Ease
Tarp/Shelter
$140
Eureka! Copper Canyon 4
Eureka!
Copper Canyon 4
Three-Season Tent
$199
Crazy Creek Crazy Tarp
Crazy Creek
Crazy Tarp
Tarp/Shelter
$82
Black Diamond Skylight Ground Cloth
Black Diamond
Skylight Ground Cloth
Footprint
$45 - $49
Exped Mira 2 Footprint
Exped
Mira 2 Footprint
Footprint
$59
Easton Kilo 2P
Easton
Kilo 2P
Three-Season Tent
$400
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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.