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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Paha Que' Bear Creek Solo 1-Person Three-Season Tent
NEMO Wagontop 4P Gear Caddy Gear Loft
Heimplanet Nias Tent Three-Season Tent
NEMO Galaxi 2 Pawprint Footprint
Snow Peak Z-Shelter Tarp Tarp/Shelter
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1 Footprint Footprint
$37 - $50
Easton Kilo Carbon 2P Footprint Footprint
Marmot Astral 3P Three-Season Tent
$207 - $458
Tentsile Stingray 3P Tree Tent Hammock
Big Agnes Triangle Gear Loft Gear Loft
Rab Guides Siltarp 2
Big Agnes Rabbit Ears 6 Three-Season Tent
Big Agnes Skunk Creek 4 Footprint Footprint
Kelty Windfoil Ultralight Footprint Footprint
NEMO Moki Footprint Footprint
Marmot Stormlight 3P Footprint Footprint
Sierra Designs Lightning UL Footprint Footprint
Therm-a-Rest LuxuryLite Cot Sun Shield Tarp/Shelter
$100 - $199
Hilleberg Unna Footprint Footprint
$55 - $57
Kelty Yellowstone 4 Three-Season Tent
Terra Nova Titanium 2g Skewer Pegs Stake
Marmot Limelight 4P Footprint Footprint
$49 - $119
Big Agnes Skunk Creek 4 Three-Season Tent
Eddie Bauer Carbon River 2 Plus Three-Season Tent
Hilleberg Nammatj 2 Footprint Footprint
Therm-a-Rest Slacker Hammock Rain Fly Hammock Accessory
VauDe Campo 3 Three-Season Tent
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL3 Footprint Footprint
$52 - $70
Kelty Como 4 Three-Season Tent
$210 - $299
Mountain Hardwear Shifter 4 Three-Season Tent
ALPS Mountaineering 2-Person Floor Saver Footprint
L.L.Bean Approach 4-Person Tent Three-Season Tent
Eureka! Jade Canyon 4 Three-Season Tent
Eureka! Multi-Room Floor Saver Footprint
Easton Rimrock 2 Footprint Footprint
Kelty Shade Maker 2 Tarp/Shelter
Kammok Glider Hammock Accessory
Mountain Hardwear Snow and Sand Tent Anchor Stake
$20 - $25
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Tent Stake Kit Stake
Hilleberg Soulo Footprint Footprint
$58 - $60
Kelty Sand Bag Stake Stake
$7 - $11
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL3 Footprint Footprint
Marmot Fuse 2P Footprint Footprint
$30 - $39
Black Diamond I-Tent Vestibule Vestibule
REI Snow and Sand Tent Anchors Stake
ALPS Mountaineering Extreme 2 Floor Saver Footprint
Grand Trunk Air Bivy Extreme Shelter Hammock
MSR Universal Zipper Pulls Tent Accessory
$7 - $9
Kelty Acadia 6 Footprint Footprint
MSR Camring Cord Tensioners Tent Accessory
$9 - $12
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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.