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 I-Tent Vestibule Vestibule
Big Agnes Twin Butte Car Tarp Footprint Footprint
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
$43 - $49
MSR Camring Cord Tensioners Tent Accessory
$10 - $14
Terra Nova Superlite Voyager Groundsheet Footprint
NEMO Morpho AR Footprint Footprint
Marmot Limelight 3P Footprint Footprint
Kelty Acadia 8 Footprint Footprint
REI Half Dome 4 Footprint Footprint
Brooks-Range Ultralite Quick Tent Three-Season Tent
Liberty Mountain Perlon Accessory Cord Tent Accessory
$7 - $15
Kammok Dragonfly Hammock Accessory
Rab Silwing Tarp/Shelter
Mountain Hardwear Ghost Sky 2 Three-Season Tent
$428 - $429
Mountain Hardwear EV 3 Four-Season Tent
$640 - $850
Marmot Tungsten 4P Footprint Footprint
Wenzel EZ Rise 3 Three-Season Tent
Terra Nova Laser Space 5 Groundsheet Footprint
L.L.Bean King Pine 4-Person Tent, Footprint Footprint
Eureka! High Camp Four-Season Tent
Kelty Upslope Tarp
NEMO Losi 2P Footprint Footprint
Marmot Tungsten 2P Footprint Footprint
Sierra Designs Reflective Guyline Kit Tent Accessory
Crux X1 Strike Four-Season Tent
Hilleberg V-Peg Stake
$30 - $38
NRS Aluminum Sand Stake Stake
The North Face FP Assault 2 Footprint
Big Agnes Slater UL2+ Footprint Footprint
Hilleberg Saivo Footprint Footprint
$106 - $108
Big Agnes Sugarloaf Shelter Footprint Footprint
Snow Peak Landbreeze Duo Four-Season Tent
Rab Element Solo Tarp/Shelter
MSR Hubba NX Footprint Footprint
$31 - $49
Eddie Bauer Lake Serene Screen House Tarp/Shelter
Rab Storm Spartan Bivi Bivy Sack
Big Agnes Pioneer 2 Footprint Footprint
Exped Hammock Drip Clips Hammock Accessory
Exped Outer Space Vestibule Vestibule
NEMO Meta 2P Footprint Footprint
Wild Country Zephyros 2 Groundsheet Protector Footprint
Big Agnes Tensleep Station 6 Footprint Footprint
$43 - $55
Hilleberg Rajd 2 Pole Set Tent Accessory
Big Agnes Blacktail 3 Footprint Footprint
Rab Survival Zone Bivi Bivy Sack
$120 - $144
Snow Peak Speed Scope Tarp Pole Tent Accessory
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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.