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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Big Agnes Slater UL2+ Footprint Footprint
$52 - $70
Hilleberg Saivo Footprint Footprint
$108
Sea to Summit Bug Jacket & Mitts Bug Net
$27 - $39
 
Big Agnes Sugarloaf Shelter Footprint Footprint
$37 - $49
 
Snow Peak Landbreeze Duo Four-Season Tent
$280
MSR Hubba NX Footprint Footprint
$32 - $49
Eddie Bauer Lake Serene Screen House Tarp/Shelter
$119
Rab Storm Spartan Bivi Bivy Sack
$165
 
Big Agnes Pioneer 2 Footprint Footprint
$16
Exped Hammock Drip Clips Hammock Accessory
$24
Exped Outer Space Vestibule Vestibule
$191 - $238
Sea to Summit Bug Pants & Socks Bug Net
$27 - $39
Big Agnes Tensleep Station 6 Footprint Footprint
$41 - $55
 
Hilleberg Rajd 2 Pole Set Tent Accessory
$46
Big Agnes Blacktail 3 Footprint Footprint
$37 - $49
Rab Survival Zone Bivi Bivy Sack
$120 - $144
 
Snow Peak Speed Scope Tarp Pole Tent Accessory
$56
Exped Orion III Footprint Footprint
$55 - $68
MSR FreeLite 3 Footprint Footprint
$48 - $59
 
Boreas Gear Tiago Footprint Footprint
$50
Sea to Summit Mosquito Box Net Single Shelter Bug Net
$32 - $34
Exped Travel Hammock Hammock
$30 - $44
NEMO Shadowcaster 165 Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$240 - $319
 
Snow Peak Fal 2 Ground Sheet Footprint
$75
 
Big Agnes Red Canyon 4 mtnGLO with Goal Zero Footprint Footprint
$45 - $59
MSR Mutha Hubba NX 3 Three-Season Tent
$375 - $499
Coleman Instant Cabin Three-Season Tent
$128 - $241
Kelty Salida 2 Footprint Footprint
$28 - $36
Big Agnes Burn Ridge Outfitter 3 Footprint Footprint
$34
Terra Nova Solar Photon 2 Groundsheet Footprint
$40 - $42
 
Clark Vertex Two-Person Hammock with Weathershield Hammock
$407
ALPS Mountaineering Gradient 2 Floor Saver Footprint
$19
Rab Latok Mountain 2 Four-Season Tent
$650 - $674
Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 2 Mesh Insert No Floor Tarp/Shelter
$130
NEMO Bungalow 4P Garage Vestibule
$112 - $149
Sierra Designs Tensegrity 1 Elite Three-Season Tent
$300 - $399
Coghlan's LED Nail Pegs Stake
$6
Marmot Fuse 3P Three-Season Tent
$284
The North Face Gear Loft - Triangle Gear Loft
$20
NEMO Galaxi 3P Pawprint Footprint
$41 - $54
Sierra Designs Vapor Light 2 Footprint Footprint
$50
Marmot Boreas 3P Footprint Footprint
$179
Mountain Hardwear Direkt 2 Footprint Footprint
$37 - $50
Rab Element 2 Bug Tent Tarp/Shelter
$130
 
Slumberjack Grand Lodge 12 Three-Season Tent
$376
MSR Twin Brothers Footprint Footprint
$56 - $63
Eddie Bauer Stargazer 3 Tent Footprint Footprint
$45
NEMO Wagontop 6P Three-Season Tent
$450 - $599
MSR Gear Shed Vestibule
$136
Big Agnes Big House 4 Footprint Footprint
$37 - $50
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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.