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
Galaxi 2 Pawprint Footprint
Seedhouse SL1 Footprint Footprint
Astral 3P Three-Season Tent
Triangle Gear Loft Gear Loft
Guides Siltarp 2
Titanium Ascent Tent Stake Stake
Rabbit Ears 6 Three-Season Tent
Akka Dome 3 Three-Season Tent
Stormlight 3P Footprint Footprint
Lightning UL Footprint Footprint
Unna Footprint Footprint
Titanium 2g Skewer Pegs Stake
Simple Bivy Bivy Sack
Limelight 4P Footprint Footprint
Asashi Garage Footprint Footprint
Soda Mountain SL4 Footprint Footprint
Timberline SQ Outfitter 6 Vestibule Vestibule
Big Easy 6 Footprint Footprint
Nammatj 2 Footprint Footprint
Hoopster Footprint Footprint
Campo 3 Three-Season Tent
Seedhouse SL3 Footprint Footprint
Como 4 Three-Season Tent
Camp Dome 6 Three-Season Tent
Corners 3 Three-Season Tent
A.S.A.P. Tarp Tarp/Shelter
Multi-Room Floor Saver Footprint
Rimrock 2 Footprint Footprint
Hat Trick 3 Footprint Footprint
Slater UL+ Series Footprint Footprint
Snow and Sand Tent Anchor Stake
Soulo Footprint Footprint
Fly Creek UL3 Footprint Footprint
I-Tent Vestibule Vestibule
Hubba NX Three-Season Tent
Allak Mesh Inner Tent Accessory
Hoopster 6 Four-Season Tent
Snow and Sand Tent Anchors Stake
Air Bivy Extreme Shelter Hammock
Universal Zipper Pulls Tent Accessory
Acadia 6 Footprint Footprint
Big Easy 4 Three-Season Tent
Camring Cord Tensioners Tent Accessory
Lavvo 4-6 Person Tarp/Shelter
Torrent 2 Footprint Footprint
Lago 1 Four-Season Tent
Twin Arch 2 Footprint PL Footprint
Morpho AR Footprint Footprint
Superlite Shelter 2 Silbothy Tarp/Shelter
Peg Hammer Tent Accessory
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.