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 Gemini 3 Footprint Footprint
$75
Hilleberg Nallo 2 Mesh Inner Tent Accessory
$145 - $159
The North Face Kaiju 4 Three-Season Tent
$299
 
NEMO Wagontop 3P Footprint Footprint
$37 - $49
Rab Nylon Ground Cloth Footprint
$25 - $34
 
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Echo II Insert Tarp/Shelter
$295
Gossamer Gear Polycryo Ground Cloth Footprint
$9
Mountain Hardwear Ghost UL 3 Three-Season Tent
$384 - $548
Big Agnes Slater UL3+ Footprint Footprint
$60 - $80
MSR AC-Bivy Bivy Sack
$200
Coleman Evanston 6
$135
Exped Travel Wedge II Bug Net
$99
Mountain Hardwear Ghost UL 1 Footprint Footprint
$50
ALPS Mountaineering Cedar Ridge Rimrock 8 Two Room Three-Season Tent
$230
Brooks-Range UltraLite Alpini Shelter 400 Tarp/Shelter
$112
Coleman Instant Dome 6 Three-Season Tent
$126
Outdoor Products Tarp 8ft x 9.5ft Tarp/Shelter
$47
Easton Cache 4P Footprint Footprint
$28
Marmot Colfax 2P Connector Vestibule
$89
Big Agnes Shield 2 Four-Season Tent
$450 - $599
 
ALPS Mountaineering Tasmanian 3 Four-Season Tent
$280
Eureka! Timberline 2 Vestibule Vestibule
$55
 
Marmot Colfax 4P Footprint Footprint
$50
ALPS Mountaineering Hydrus 1 Three-Season Tent
$140
MSR StormKing Footprint Footprint
$45 - $59
Sierra Designs Portable Attic Gear Loft
$10 - $24
Black Diamond Vista Ground Cloth Footprint
$36 - $44
MSR Pole Repair Kit Tent Accessory
$20
L.L.Bean Big Woods Dome 8-Person Three-Season Tent
$499
Brooks-Range Propel 2 Four-Season Tent
$230
MSR Shock Cord Replacement Kit Tent Accessory
$14 - $19
L.L.Bean Bigelow Easy-Pitch 6-Person Folding Tent Three-Season Tent
$299
 
REI InCamp 6 Three-Season Tent
$260
 
Big Agnes Fly Creek HV and mtnGLO Footprint Footprint
$56
Hummingbird Hammocks Single+ Hammock
$80
 
Hilleberg Atlas Connector Tent Accessory
$205
Terra Nova Titanium Peg v angle 18g (pack of 6) Tent Accessory
$65
Eureka! Copper Canyon 4 Three-Season Tent
$170 - $259
Crazy Creek Crazy Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$50
Exped Vela I Footprint Footprint
$59
Rab Element Solo Ground Cloth Footprint
$38
 
Bergans Rondane F/R 3 Person Tent Three-Season Tent
$599
Black Diamond Skylight Ground Cloth Footprint
$40 - $49
Sierra Madre Research EZSlings Hammock Accessory
$29
Exped Mira 2 Footprint Footprint
$69
Big Agnes Rattlesnake SL3 Footprint Footprint
$52 - $70
Exped Venus II UL Three-Season Tent
$649
Big Agnes Three Island UL4 Three-Season Tent
$324
 
Snow Peak Fal 4 Ground Sheet Footprint
$115
Mountain Hardwear Trango 2 Footprint PL Footprint
$56 - $80
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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.