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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less than $25
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$50 - $99.99
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$200 - $299.99
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$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 4 Mesh Insert, No Floor Tarp/Shelter
$170
Big Agnes Manzanares HV SL1 Footprint Footprint
$45 - $80
Exped Mira II HyperLite Three-Season Tent
$322 - $429
Coleman Carlsbad 6P Three-Season Tent
$260 - $279
Snow Peak Penta Ease Ground Sheet Footprint
$40
Coleman Octagon 8-Person Tent with Full Fly
$289
Kelty Trail Ridge 8 Three-Season Tent
$367
Eagles Nest Outfitters ProFly XL Rain Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$75 - $99
Ogawa Pilz 15-II Warm Weather Tent
$945
NEMO Galaxi 3P Three-Season Tent
$225 - $299
Marmot Twilight 2P Footprint Footprint
$49 - $64
Marmot Colfax 2P Footprint Footprint
$30 - $39
Big Agnes Deep Creek Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$119 - $219
REI Half Dome 1 Plus Tent Three-Season Tent
$125
Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL3 Footprint Footprint
$60 - $80
The North Face Triarch 2 Three-Season Tent
$284 - $379
Kelty Mirada Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$90 - $149
Exped Scout Hammock Hammock
$69
Eureka! Tetragon HD 4 Warm Weather Tent
$97 - $108
Exped Versa Quilt +37F Top Quilt
$169 - $199
Kelty Circuit 2 Three-Season Tent
$79
Big Agnes Frying Pan SL3 Three-Season Tent
$300
Mountain Hardwear Vision 2 Three-Season Tent
$239
Therm-a-Rest Apogee Quilt Top Quilt
$120 - $126
Trek Light Gear Go Anywhere Rope Kit Hammock Accessory
$20
Terra Nova Starlite 3 Three-Season Tent
$600
Ogawa Pilz 19 Warm Weather Tent
$1,137
 
Grand Trunk Packable Down Blanket Top Quilt
$100
Eagles Nest Outfitters Festy Flags Tent Accessory
$16 - $19
Crazy Creek B.A. Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$74
Coleman Teammate Instant Shade
$66 - $67
Cabela's Alaskan Guide Floor Liner Footprint
$30
The North Face Homestead Shelter Tarp/Shelter
$269 - $299
Hammock Bliss Sky Tent Hammock
$172
Cabela's Orion 3P Three-Season Tent
$150
Eagles Nest Outfitters Nomad Shelter System Hammock
$224 - $279
Marmot Colfax 4P Three-Season Tent
$277 - $379
Sea to Summit Tent Peg Bag Tent Accessory
$9
Peregrine Refuge 2 Hammock
$63
Exped Travel Hammock Duo Hammock
$47 - $59
NEMO Helio Clover Mat Tent Accessory
$15
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Ground Cloth Footprint
$170
Eureka! X-Loft 6 Three-Season Tent
$397
Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 4 Insert with DCF11 Floor Tarp/Shelter
$495
Sea to Summit Single Pro Hammock Hammock
$52 - $69
Hilleberg Kaitum 3 GT Four-Season Tent
$1,180
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Echo II Ultralight Shelter System Tarp/Shelter
$695
MSR Dry Line Kit Guy Line
$10
Sea to Summit Hammock Gear Sling Hammock Accessory
$30
Tentsile Spare Rain Fly Hammock Accessory
$70
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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.