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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Exped Scout Hammock Hammock
Eureka! Tetragon HD 4 Warm Weather Tent
$95 - $129
Big Agnes Frying Pan SL3 Three-Season Tent
Therm-a-Rest Apogee Quilt Top Quilt
Grand Trunk Packable Down Blanket Top Quilt
Eagles Nest Outfitters Festy Flags Tent Accessory
Crazy Creek B.A. Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$57 - $124
Big Agnes Gilpin Falls 4 mtnGLO Three-Season Tent
$322 - $599
Coleman Teammate Instant Shade
Cabela's Alaskan Guide Floor Liner Footprint
The North Face Homestead Shelter Tarp/Shelter
$269 - $299
Hammock Bliss Sky Tent Hammock
Kelty Yellowstone 8 Footprint Footprint
Cabela's Orion 3P Three-Season Tent
Mammut Ultralight Bivi Bivy Sack
Big Agnes Mine Mountain Series Footprint Footprint
Marmot Colfax 4P Three-Season Tent
$250 - $379
Sea to Summit Tent Peg Bag Tent Accessory
Exped Travel Hammock Duo Hammock
Marmot Argent 4p Footprint Footprint
$25 - $49
NEMO Helio Clover Mat Tent Accessory
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Ground Cloth Footprint
Hilleberg Kaitum 3 GT Four-Season Tent
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Echo II Ultralight Shelter System Tarp/Shelter
MSR Dry Line Kit Tent Accessory
Sea to Summit Hammock Gear Sling Hammock Accessory
Tentsile Spare Rain Fly Hammock Accessory
Sierra Madre Research Solo Hammock
Mountain Hardwear Trango 3 Footprint Footprint
$85 - $90
Hilleberg Unna Mesh Inner Tent Accessory
Hilleberg Stalon XL Basic Four-Season Tent
MSR 5 Foot Adjustable Pole Tent Accessory
$30 - $39
Marmot Force 1P Three-Season Tent
$269 - $358
NEMO Hornet Elite 2P Three-Season Tent
Exped Snow & Sand Anchor Tent Accessory
Eagles Nest Outfitters Atlas XL Straps Hammock Accessory
MSR Tent Guy Lines Tent Accessory
$14 - $19
Sea to Summit Ember Eb II Top Quilt
Hilleberg Nallo 3 Mesh Inner Tent Accessory
Peregrine Endurance 2 Three-Season Tent
Hilleberg Keron 4 Footprint Footprint
Marmot Tungsten UL 3P Three-Season Tent
$389 - $399
MSR Access 2 Four-Season Tent
$480 - $599
Hilleberg Nammatj 3 GT Footprint Footprint
Coleman Signal Mountain 6P Instant Tent
Exped Gemini IV Footprint Footprint
Equinox Rectangular Plastic Ground Cloth Footprint
Exped Cetus II Footprint Footprint
$59 - $68
Sierra Designs Light Year 1 Footprint Footprint
$22 - $23
Coleman Montana 8 Tent Three-Season Tent
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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.