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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NEMO Dagger 3P Gear Loft Gear Loft
NEMO Bugout Tarp/Shelter
$200 - $249
L.L.Bean Vector XL 6-Person Dome Footprint Footprint
NEMO Veda 1P Three-Season Tent
Terra Nova Southern Cross 1 Four-Season Tent
Marmot Colfax 2P Three-Season Tent
$180 - $269
Big Agnes Mint Saloon Footprint Footprint
Rab Latok Mountain 3 Four-Season Tent
Therm-a-Rest Slacker Hammock Bug Shelter Hammock Accessory
$60 - $79
The North Face Kaiju 4 Three-Season Tent
NEMO Wagontop 3P Footprint Footprint
Rab Nylon Ground Cloth Footprint
$25 - $34
Mountain Hardwear Ghost UL 3 Three-Season Tent
$380 - $549
Big Agnes Slater UL3+ Footprint Footprint
$59 - $63
Coleman Evanston 4
MSR AC-Bivy Bivy Sack
Coleman Evanston 6
Exped Travel Wedge II Bug Net
Mountain Hardwear Ghost UL 1 Footprint Footprint
Outdoor Products Tarp 8ft x 9.5ft Tarp/Shelter
Marmot Colfax 2P Connector Vestibule
$45 - $58
Big Agnes Shield 2 Four-Season Tent
ALPS Mountaineering Tasmanian 3 Four-Season Tent
Eureka! Timberline 2 Vestibule Vestibule
Marmot Colfax 4P Footprint Footprint
ALPS Mountaineering Hydrus 1 Three-Season Tent
Sierra Designs Portable Attic Gear Loft
Black Diamond Vista Ground Cloth Footprint
$34 - $49
MSR Pole Repair Kit Tent Accessory
$15 - $19
L.L.Bean Big Woods Dome 8-Person Three-Season Tent
MSR Shock Cord Replacement Kit Tent Accessory
L.L.Bean Bigelow Easy-Pitch 6-Person Folding Tent Three-Season Tent
Kelty Camp Cabin 4
$138 - $229
Big Agnes Fly Creek HV and mtnGLO Footprint Footprint
L.L.Bean Northwoods 6-Person Cabin Tent Three-Season Tent
Eureka! Copper Canyon 4 Three-Season Tent
Crazy Creek Crazy Tarp Tarp/Shelter
Black Diamond Skylight Ground Cloth Footprint
$37 - $49
Exped Mira 2 Footprint Footprint
Big Agnes Rattlesnake SL3 Footprint Footprint
$42 - $70
Marmot Midpines 6P Footprint Footprint
Equinox Myotis Ultralite Sculpted Tarp Tarp/Shelter
Mountain Hardwear Trango 2 Footprint PL Footprint
$66 - $80
Kelty TN3 Footprint Footprint
$35 - $49
NEMO Wagontop 4P Gear Caddy Gear Loft
$26 - $35
Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL2 mtnGLO Three-Season Tent
$264 - $351
Heimplanet Nias Tent Three-Season Tent
Kelty Shiro 4
NEMO Galaxi 2 Pawprint Footprint
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1 Footprint Footprint
$25 - $50
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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.