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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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
$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
$50 - $75
Mountain Hardwear Snow and Sand Tent Anchor Stake
$20
Hilleberg Soulo Footprint Footprint
$58
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL3 Footprint Footprint
$70 - $75
Marmot Fuse 2P Footprint Footprint
$40
Black Diamond I-Tent Vestibule Vestibule
$160
Mountain Hardwear Hoopster 6 Four-Season Tent
$297
REI Snow and Sand Tent Anchors Stake
$16
ALPS Mountaineering Extreme 2 Floor Saver Footprint
$19
Grand Trunk Air Bivy Extreme Shelter Hammock
$150
MSR Universal Zipper Pulls Tent Accessory
$8 - $9
Kelty Acadia 6 Footprint Footprint
$43 - $49
EMS Big Easy 4 Three-Season Tent
$249
MSR Camring Cord Tensioners Tent Accessory
$10 - $12
Terra Nova Superlite Voyager Groundsheet Footprint
$85 - $98
NEMO Morpho AR Footprint Footprint
$50
Snow Peak Peg Hammer Tent Accessory
$38 - $39
Toughstake Medium Toughstake Stake
$75
Kelty Acadia 8 Footprint Footprint
$60
REI Half Dome 4 Footprint Footprint
$40
Rab Silwing Tarp/Shelter
$120
Easton Kilo 2 Footprint Footprint
$24 - $34
Hammock Bliss Sun Shield Hammock Accessory
$23
Mountain Hardwear EV 3 Four-Season Tent
$540 - $850
Marmot Tungsten 4P Footprint Footprint
$40
Terra Nova Laser Space 5 Groundsheet Footprint
$100
Big Agnes Large Wall Gear Loft Gear Loft
$22
Black Diamond Lighthouse Ground Cloth Footprint
$50
Eureka! High Camp Four-Season Tent
$650
Kelty Upslope Tarp
$70 - $99
NEMO Losi 2P Footprint Footprint
$35 - $39
Marmot Tungsten 2P Footprint Footprint
$32 - $40
Ultimate Survival Technologies Base Bug Tent Tarp/Shelter
$23
Sierra Designs Reflective Guyline Kit Tent Accessory
$9 - $19
Eureka! Taron 2 Three-Season Tent
$159 - $179
Crux X1 Strike Four-Season Tent
$649
The North Face FP Kings Canyon 2 Footprint
$20 - $40
 
Hilleberg V-Peg Stake
$30 - $38
NRS Aluminum Sand Stake Stake
$45
The North Face FP Assault 2 Footprint
$45
Hilleberg Saivo Footprint Footprint
$23 - $106
EMS Shanty Footprint Footprint
$20
Big Agnes Lone Spring 1 Footprint Footprint
$16 - $35
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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.