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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Black Diamond Skylight Ground Cloth Footprint
$35 - $49
Exped Mira 2 Footprint Footprint
$69
Big Agnes Rattlesnake SL3 Footprint Footprint
$56 - $70
Big Agnes Three Island UL4 Three-Season Tent
$400 - $499
Easton Kilo 2P Three-Season Tent
$399
 
Snow Peak Fal 4 Ground Sheet Footprint
$115
Mountain Hardwear Trango 2 Footprint PL Footprint
$56 - $75
 
Marmot Starlight 2P Three-Season Tent
$231
Paha Que' Bear Creek Solo 1-Person Three-Season Tent
$137
NEMO Wagontop 4P Gear Caddy Gear Loft
$22 - $29
Eureka! Tetragon 3 Three-Season Tent
$85 - $118
Kelty Shiro 4
$200
NEMO Galaxi 2 Pawprint Footprint
$28 - $49
Snow Peak Z-Shelter Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$350
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1 Footprint Footprint
$40 - $50
Marmot Astral 3P Three-Season Tent
$321 - $458
Tentsile Stingray 3P Tree Tent Hammock
$675
Big Agnes Triangle Gear Loft Gear Loft
$18 - $21
Rab Guides Siltarp 2
$135
 
Vargo Titanium Ascent Tent Stake Stake
$24
Big Agnes Rabbit Ears 6 Three-Season Tent
$240 - $299
 
Big Agnes Skunk Creek 4 Footprint Footprint
$52
NEMO Moki Footprint Footprint
$41 - $54
Marmot Stormlight 3P Footprint Footprint
$35
Sierra Designs Lightning UL Footprint Footprint
$50
Therm-a-Rest LuxuryLite Cot Sun Shield Tarp/Shelter
$200
Hilleberg Unna Footprint Footprint
$55
Kelty Yellowstone 4 Three-Season Tent
$117 - $119
Terra Nova Titanium 2g Skewer Pegs Stake
$22 - $25
Marmot Limelight 4P Footprint Footprint
$40 - $119
 
Big Agnes Skunk Creek 4 Three-Season Tent
$253
Eureka! Timberline SQ Outfitter 6 Vestibule Vestibule
$120
VauDe Campo 3 Three-Season Tent
$192
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL3 Footprint Footprint
$70
Kelty Como 4 Three-Season Tent
$190 - $299
REI Camp Dome 6 Three-Season Tent
$216
Mountain Hardwear Shifter 4 Three-Season Tent
$200 - $299
L.L.Bean Approach 4-Person Tent Three-Season Tent
$289
Eureka! Jade Canyon 4 Three-Season Tent
$210 - $299
 
Eureka! Multi-Room Floor Saver Footprint
$13
Easton Rimrock 2 Footprint Footprint
$19
Kelty Shade Maker 2 Tarp/Shelter
$200
Big Agnes Slater UL+ Series Footprint Footprint
$41 - $75
Mountain Hardwear Snow and Sand Tent Anchor Stake
$15 - $25
Hilleberg Soulo Footprint Footprint
$58
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL3 Footprint Footprint
$56 - $74
Marmot Fuse 2P Footprint Footprint
$30 - $40
Black Diamond I-Tent Vestibule Vestibule
$110 - $159
REI Snow and Sand Tent Anchors Stake
$16
 
ALPS Mountaineering Extreme 2 Floor Saver Footprint
$19
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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.