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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Snow Peak Lago 1 Four-Season Tent
$400
Terra Nova Superlite Voyager Groundsheet
Terra Nova Superlite Voyager Groundsheet Footprint
$51
Mountain Hardwear Twin Arch 2 Footprint PL
Mountain Hardwear Twin Arch 2 Footprint PL Footprint
$30
NEMO Morpho AR Footprint
NEMO Morpho AR Footprint Footprint
$30
Snow Peak Peg Hammer
Snow Peak Peg Hammer Tent Accessory
$38
Sierra Designs The Organizer
Sierra Designs The Organizer Gear Loft
$35
Marmot Limelight 3P Footprint
Marmot Limelight 3P Footprint Footprint
$36 - $46
NEMO Hexalite 6P
NEMO Hexalite 6P Tarp/Shelter
$337 - $449
REI Half Dome 4 Footprint
REI Half Dome 4 Footprint Footprint
$40
Rab Silwing
Rab Silwing Tarp/Shelter
$90 - $119
Easton Kilo 2 Footprint
Easton Kilo 2 Footprint Footprint
$18 - $34
Hammock Bliss Sun Shield
Hammock Bliss Sun Shield Hammock Accessory
$21
MSR Fast Stash Footprint
MSR Fast Stash Footprint Footprint
$32 - $39
Black Diamond Squall Ground Cloth
Black Diamond Squall Ground Cloth Footprint
$45
Mountain Hardwear EV 3
Mountain Hardwear EV 3 Four-Season Tent
$550 - $850
NEMO Morpho 1P Pawprint
NEMO Morpho 1P Pawprint Footprint
$50
Terra Nova Laser Space 5 Groundsheet
Terra Nova Laser Space 5 Groundsheet Footprint
$80 - $84
The North Face Eclipse Footprint
The North Face Eclipse Footprint Footprint
$32
Big Agnes Large Wall Gear Loft
Big Agnes Large Wall Gear Loft Gear Loft
$22
Black Diamond Lighthouse Ground Cloth
Black Diamond Lighthouse Ground Cloth Footprint
$50
Eureka! High Camp
Eureka! High Camp Four-Season Tent
$540 - $599
Kelty Upslope Tarp
Kelty Upslope Tarp
$75 - $99
NEMO Losi 2P Footprint
NEMO Losi 2P Footprint Footprint
$28 - $34
Ultimate Survival Technologies Base Bug Tent
Ultimate Survival Technologies Base Bug Tent Tarp/Shelter
$23 - $29
Sierra Designs Reflective Guyline Kit
Sierra Designs Reflective Guyline Kit Tent Accessory
$19
Eureka! Taron 2
Eureka! Taron 2 Three-Season Tent
$153 - $169
The North Face FP Kings Canyon 2
The North Face FP Kings Canyon 2 Footprint
$32 - $40
 
Hilleberg V-Peg Stake
$30 - $38
NRS Aluminum Sand Stake
NRS Aluminum Sand Stake Stake
$45
Hilleberg Saivo Footprint
Hilleberg Saivo Footprint Footprint
$106
Big Agnes Lone Spring 1 Footprint
Big Agnes Lone Spring 1 Footprint Footprint
$30 - $35
Snow Peak Light Tarp Pole
Snow Peak Light Tarp Pole Tent Accessory
$25 - $39
Snow Peak Landbreeze Duo
Snow Peak Landbreeze Duo Four-Season Tent
$350
Marmot Pulsar 2P
Marmot Pulsar 2P Three-Season Tent
$200 - $349
MSR Hubba NX Footprint
MSR Hubba NX Footprint Footprint
$32 - $39
Big Agnes Pioneer 2 Footprint
Big Agnes Pioneer 2 Footprint Footprint
$26
 
Exped Hammock Drip Clips Hammock Accessory
$30
Exped Outer Space Vestibule
Exped Outer Space Vestibule Vestibule
$219
NEMO Meta 2P Footprint
NEMO Meta 2P Footprint Footprint
$30 - $49
Big Agnes Fairview 2 Footprint
Big Agnes Fairview 2 Footprint Footprint
$34
 
Wild Country Zephyros 2 Groundsheet Protector Footprint
$35
Big Agnes Tensleep Station 6 Footprint
Big Agnes Tensleep Station 6 Footprint Footprint
$44 - $55
Hilleberg Rajd 2 Pole Set
Hilleberg Rajd 2 Pole Set Tent Accessory
$46
Mountainsmith Genesee 4
Mountainsmith Genesee 4 Three-Season Tent
$160 - $199
Rab Survival Zone Bivi
Rab Survival Zone Bivi Bivy Sack
$108 - $134
NEMO Espri LE 2P
NEMO Espri LE 2P
$230
 
Exped Orion III Footprint Footprint
$59
Eureka! Inntorest 2
Eureka! Inntorest 2 Three-Season Tent
$140 - $142
Big Agnes Angel Springs UL2 Footprint
Big Agnes Angel Springs UL2 Footprint Footprint
$48 - $69
Boreas Gear Tiago Footprint
Boreas Gear Tiago Footprint Footprint
$40
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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.