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 Pole Repair Kit Tent Accessory
$15 - $19
L.L.Bean Big Woods Dome 8-Person Three-Season Tent
Brooks-Range Propel 2 Four-Season Tent
$227 - $229
MSR Shock Cord Replacement Kit Tent Accessory
$15 - $19
L.L.Bean Bigelow Easy-Pitch 6-Person Folding Tent Three-Season Tent
REI InCamp 6 Three-Season Tent
NEMO Moki Cheez Tent Accessory
Kelty Sonic 6 Three-Season Tent
Big Agnes Fly Creek HV and mtnGLO Footprint Footprint
Hummingbird Hammocks Single+ Hammock
L.L.Bean Northwoods 6-Person Cabin Tent Three-Season Tent
Hilleberg Atlas Connector Tent Accessory
Terra Nova Titanium Peg v angle 18g (pack of 6) Tent Accessory
$49 - $64
Eureka! Copper Canyon 4 Three-Season Tent
$170 - $199
Crazy Creek Crazy Tarp Tarp/Shelter
Exped Vela I Footprint Footprint
Rab Element Solo Ground Cloth Footprint
Bergans Rondane F/R 3 Person Tent Three-Season Tent
Black Diamond Skylight Ground Cloth Footprint
$35 - $49
Sierra Madre Research EZSlings Hammock Accessory
Exped Mira 2 Footprint Footprint
Big Agnes Rattlesnake SL3 Footprint Footprint
Big Agnes Three Island UL4 Three-Season Tent
$236 - $323
Snow Peak Fal 4 Ground Sheet Footprint
Mountain Hardwear Trango 2 Footprint PL Footprint
Kelty TN3 Footprint Footprint
Cabela's Outfitter Wall Tent And Frame Combo by Montana Canvas Four-Season Tent
Marmot Starlight 2P Three-Season Tent
ALPS Mountaineering Mercury 2 Three-Season Tent
NEMO Wagontop 4P Gear Caddy Gear Loft
$25 - $29
Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL2 mtnGLO Three-Season Tent
$352 - $439
Heimplanet Nias Tent Three-Season Tent
$1,200 - $1,999
Kelty Shiro 4
NEMO Galaxi 2 Pawprint Footprint
Snow Peak Z-Shelter Tarp Tarp/Shelter
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1 Footprint Footprint
$36 - $50
Easton Kilo Carbon 2P Footprint Footprint
Marmot Astral 3P Three-Season Tent
$344 - $458
Tentsile Stingray 3P Tree Tent Hammock
$455 - $650
Big Agnes Triangle Gear Loft Gear Loft
Rab Guides Siltarp 2
Big Agnes Rabbit Ears 6 Three-Season Tent
Big Agnes Skunk Creek 4 Footprint Footprint
Kelty Windfoil Ultralight Footprint Footprint
NEMO Moki Footprint Footprint
$30 - $59
Marmot Stormlight 3P Footprint Footprint
Sierra Designs Lightning UL Footprint Footprint
Cabela's Hybrid Cabin Tent Three-Season Tent
Therm-a-Rest LuxuryLite Cot Sun Shield Tarp/Shelter
$100 - $199
Hilleberg Unna Footprint Footprint
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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.