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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Hilleberg V-Peg Stake
$30 - $38
NRS Aluminum Sand Stake Stake
The North Face FP Assault 2 Footprint
Hilleberg Saivo Footprint Footprint
Big Agnes Lone Spring 1 Footprint Footprint
$30 - $35
Snow Peak Light Tarp Pole Tent Accessory
$36 - $65
Snow Peak Landbreeze Duo Four-Season Tent
Marmot Pulsar 2P Three-Season Tent
Rab Element Solo Tarp/Shelter
MSR Hubba NX Footprint Footprint
$35 - $39
Big Agnes Pioneer 2 Footprint Footprint
Exped Hammock Drip Clips Hammock Accessory
Exped Outer Space Vestibule Vestibule
Big Agnes Fairview 2 Footprint Footprint
Wild Country Zephyros 2 Groundsheet Protector Footprint
Big Agnes Tensleep Station 6 Footprint Footprint
Hilleberg Rajd 2 Pole Set Tent Accessory
Big Agnes Blacktail 3 Footprint Footprint
Rab Survival Zone Bivi Bivy Sack
$81 - $199
Snow Peak Speed Scope Tarp Pole Tent Accessory
Exped Orion III Footprint Footprint
Big Agnes Angel Springs UL2 Footprint Footprint
Boreas Gear Tiago Footprint Footprint
Exped Travel Hammock Hammock
$31 - $45
NEMO Shadowcaster 165 Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$240 - $319
Snow Peak Fal 2 Ground Sheet Footprint
Coleman Instant Cabin Three-Season Tent
$128 - $241
Kelty Salida 2 Footprint Footprint
$35 - $39
Terra Nova Solar Photon 2 Groundsheet Footprint
$42 - $49
Clark Vertex Two-Person Hammock with Weathershield Hammock
ALPS Mountaineering Gradient 2 Floor Saver Footprint
Rab Latok Mountain 2 Four-Season Tent
NEMO Bungalow 4P Garage Vestibule
Sierra Designs Tensegrity 1 Elite Three-Season Tent
Coghlan's LED Nail Pegs Stake
The North Face Phoenix Footprint Footprint
$30 - $44
Mountain Hardwear SuperMegaUL 1 Three-Season Tent
$230 - $350
Marmot Fuse 3P Three-Season Tent
$378 - $379
MSR Mutha Hubba NX Three-Season Tent
$490 - $499
The North Face Gear Loft - Triangle Gear Loft
$14 - $20
NEMO Galaxi 3P Pawprint Footprint
Sierra Designs Vapor Light 2 Footprint Footprint
Marmot Boreas 3P Footprint Footprint
$89 - $179
Mountain Hardwear Direkt 2 Footprint Footprint
$25 - $50
Rab Element 2 Bug Tent Tarp/Shelter
Slumberjack Grand Lodge 12 Three-Season Tent
MSR Twin Brothers Footprint Footprint
$60 - $79
Sierra Designs Mountain Meteor 2 Footprint Footprint
MSR Gear Shed Vestibule
Kelty Grand Mesa 3 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.