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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Tarps and Shelters
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Price

less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 - $399.99
$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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Kelty Bug Blocker Tarp/Shelter
$170 - $259
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
$180
Outbound All Purpose Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$18
Mountain Hardwear Hoopla 4 Footprint Footprint
$97 - $130
Mountain Hardwear EV 2 Footprint Footprint
$55
Hilleberg Saitaris Footprint Footprint
$136
VauDe Campo 2 Three-Season Tent
$160 - $199
The North Face Bastion 4 Footprint Footprint
$50
 
Evernew Titanium Peg Stake
$6
Coghlan's ABS Tent Pegs Stake
$1
Kelty Gunnison 2 Footprint Footprint
$28 - $39
Sierra Designs Yahi 4 Footprint Footprint
$35 - $49
Mountain Hardwear Archer 2 Tent Three-Season Tent
$206
L.L.Bean Backcountry 3-Person Dome Tent, Footprint Footprint
$40
Kelty Gunnison 1.1 Footprint Footprint
$21 - $29
Coghlan's Skewer Pegs Stake
$3
Grand Trunk Dunny Quick-Set Shower & Changing Room Tarp/Shelter
$150
Sierra Designs Yahi 6 Three-Season Tent
$375 - $499
Kelty AirScreen Tarp/Shelter
$200 - $249
MSR Mutha Hubba Footprint Footprint
$40 - $49
Black Diamond Hooped Bivy Bivy Sack
$140 - $230
Sierra Designs Flashlight 2 UL Three-Season Tent
$268 - $289
Eureka! Sunrise 5 Three-Season Tent
$190 - $249
Big Agnes Three Forks Shelter Accessory Wall Tent Accessory
$25
The North Face Talus 3 Three-Season Tent
$185 - $249
Terra Nova Tarp Ultra 1 Tarp/Shelter
$272 - $341
Easton Hat Trick 2P Footprint Footprint
$31
Kelty Staff Pole Tent Accessory
$21
REI Camp Dome 4 Footprint Footprint
$35
Marmot EOS 1P Footprint Footprint
$24 - $45
REI Snow Stake Stake
$2
Big Agnes Slater UL2+ Three-Season Tent
$390
Hilleberg Kaitum 2 GT Four-Season Tent
$985
NEMO Losi 3P Gear Loft Gear Loft
$20 - $29
Rab Latok Base Vestibule Vestibule
$105
Mountain Hardwear Yurtini Tarp/Shelter
$1,500
Easton Slickrock 3P Three-Season Tent
$244
Eureka! Timberline SQ 4XT / Timberline SQ Outfitter 4 Lite-Set Footprint Footprint
$32
Big Agnes Elkhorn 2 Three-Season Tent
$172
Sierra Designs Hex Peg Stake
$2 - $14
 
NEMO Obi Elite 2P Footprint Footprint
$35
Terra Nova Solar Elite Three-Season Tent
$340 - $449
Kelty Acadia 6 Three-Season Tent
$224 - $288
Bibler I-Tent Ground Cloth Footprint
$50
 
Terra Nova Solar Photon 1 Superlite Footprint Footprint
$203
Exped Mira 1 Three-Season Tent
$230 - $249
Terra Nova Polar Lite 2 Four-Season Tent
$425
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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.