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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MSR Twin Brothers Footprint Footprint
MSR Gear Shed Vestibule
$100 - $169
REI Quarter Dome T2 Footprint Footprint
Kelty Grand Mesa 3 Footprint Footprint
$26 - $39
Big Agnes Big House 4 Footprint Footprint
$35 - $50
Rab Ridge Raider Bivy Sack
Terra Nova Trisar 2 Groundsheet Protector Footprint
Hilleberg Keron 3 GT Footprint Footprint
Mountainsmith Conifer 5+ Three-Season Tent
$306 - $359
Equinox All-Purpose Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$59 - $69
Black Diamond Ahwahnee Vestibule Vestibule
Sierra Designs Mountain Guide Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$360 - $399
Kelty Granby 6 Footprint Footprint
Terra Nova Tarp Shelter 2
Byer Barbados XL Hammock
Terra Nova Superlite Voyager Three-Season Tent
Kelty Bug Blocker Tarp/Shelter
$170 - $319
Black Diamond Mesa Ground Cloth Footprint
$40 - $44
Sierra Designs Yahi Annex 4+2 Tent Three-Season Tent
$450 - $649
Eureka! Sunrise 6 Three-Season Tent
$220 - $299
Eureka! Amari Pass 3 Three-Season Tent
$144 - $189
Outbound All Purpose Tarp Tarp/Shelter
Mountain Hardwear Hoopla 4 Footprint Footprint
$91 - $130
Mountain Hardwear EV 2 Footprint Footprint
$52 - $55
Hilleberg Saitaris Footprint Footprint
VauDe Campo 2 Three-Season Tent
$160 - $199
The North Face Bastion 4 Footprint Footprint
Evernew Titanium Peg Stake
Coghlan's ABS Tent Pegs Stake
Kelty Gunnison 2 Footprint Footprint
$24 - $31
Sierra Designs Yahi 4 Footprint Footprint
Kelty Gunnison 3.3 Three-Season Tent
Mountain Hardwear Archer 2 Tent Three-Season Tent
L.L.Bean Backcountry 3-Person Dome Tent, Footprint Footprint
Kelty Gunnison 1.1 Footprint Footprint
$21 - $34
Grand Trunk Dunny Quick-Set Shower & Changing Room Tarp/Shelter
Sierra Designs Yahi 6 Three-Season Tent
Kelty AirScreen Tarp/Shelter
$210 - $249
MSR Mutha Hubba Footprint Footprint
$48 - $49
Black Diamond Hooped Bivy Bivy Sack
$172 - $229
Sierra Designs Flashlight 2 UL Three-Season Tent
$268 - $289
Eureka! Sunrise 5 Three-Season Tent
$190 - $259
Big Agnes Three Forks Shelter Accessory Wall Tent Accessory
L.L.Bean Adventure 4-Person Three-Season Tent
The North Face Talus 3 Three-Season Tent
$185 - $249
Terra Nova Tarp Ultra 1 Tarp/Shelter
$342 - $379
Easton Hat Trick 2P Footprint Footprint
Kelty Staff Pole Tent Accessory
$25 - $29
REI Camp Dome 4 Footprint Footprint
Marmot EOS 1P Footprint Footprint
$24 - $45
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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.