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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Eureka! Midori Basecamp 4 Three-Season Tent
$200 - $249
 
ALPS Mountaineering Extreme 2 Floor Saver Footprint
$19
Grand Trunk Air Bivy Extreme Shelter Hammock
$150
MSR Universal Zipper Pulls Tent Accessory
$7 - $9
Kelty Acadia 6 Footprint Footprint
$37 - $43
Cabela's Warthog 2 Tent Three-Season Tent
$140
MSR Camring Cord Tensioners Tent Accessory
$10 - $14
NEMO Morpho AR Footprint Footprint
$50
Snow Peak Peg Hammer Tent Accessory
$40
Marmot Limelight 3P Footprint Footprint
$45
Kelty Acadia 8 Footprint Footprint
$45
REI Half Dome 4 Footprint Footprint
$45
Cabela's Two-Pole 2-Person Backpacking Tent Three-Season Tent
$150
Cabela's Guardian 8-Person Tent Three-Season Tent
$500
Brooks-Range Ultralite Quick Tent Three-Season Tent
$175
 
Liberty Mountain Perlon Accessory Cord Tent Accessory
$7 - $15
Exped Vela I Extreme Four-Season Tent
$399
Kammok Dragonfly Hammock Accessory
$75
Napier Backroadz SUV Tent Warm Weather Tent
$230
Rab Silwing Tarp/Shelter
$125
Mountain Hardwear Ghost Sky 2 Three-Season Tent
$356 - $429
Heimplanet Hand Pump Tent Accessory
$50
Mountain Hardwear EV 3 Four-Season Tent
$630 - $850
Marmot Tungsten 4P Footprint Footprint
$42
Wenzel EZ Rise 3 Three-Season Tent
$80
Terra Nova Laser Space 5 Groundsheet Footprint
$100
L.L.Bean King Pine 4-Person Tent, Footprint Footprint
$50
Exped Vela I UL Three-Season Tent
$439
Eureka! High Camp Four-Season Tent
$650
Kelty Upslope Tarp
$75 - $99
NEMO Losi 2P Footprint Footprint
$32 - $39
Big Agnes Krumholtz UL2 mtnGLO Three-Season Tent
$650
Coghlan's Bug Pants Bug Net
$13
Marmot Tungsten 2P Footprint Footprint
$40
Sierra Designs Reflective Guyline Kit Tent Accessory
$20
Eureka! Tetragon HD 2 Warm Weather Tent
$72 - $89
Crux X1 Strike Four-Season Tent
$649
REI Camp Tarp 12 Tarp/Shelter
$70
 
Hilleberg V-Peg Stake
$30 - $38
NRS Aluminum Sand Stake Stake
$45
Cabela's Outfitter Blend Wall Tents by Montana Canvas Three-Season Tent
$970
 
Big Agnes Slater UL2+ Footprint Footprint
$70
Hilleberg Saivo Footprint Footprint
$108
Sea to Summit Bug Jacket & Mitts Bug Net
$27 - $39
 
Big Agnes Sugarloaf Shelter Footprint Footprint
$50
 
Snow Peak Landbreeze Duo Four-Season Tent
$280
MSR Hubba NX Footprint Footprint
$28 - $49
Eddie Bauer Lake Serene Screen House Tarp/Shelter
$139
Rab Storm Spartan Bivi Bivy Sack
$165
 
Big Agnes Pioneer 2 Footprint Footprint
$16
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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.