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 Saivo Footprint
Hilleberg
Saivo Footprint
Footprint
$106
EMS Shanty Footprint
EMS
Shanty Footprint
Footprint
$19
Big Agnes Lone Spring 1 Footprint
Big Agnes
Lone Spring 1 Footprint
Footprint
$28 - $35
Snow Peak Light Tarp Pole
Snow Peak
Light Tarp Pole
Tent Accessory
$25
Snow Peak Landbreeze Duo
Snow Peak
Landbreeze Duo
Four-Season Tent
$350
Marmot Pulsar 2P
Marmot
Pulsar 2P
Three-Season Tent
$250 - $349
Eureka! Inntorest 3
Eureka!
Inntorest 3
Three-Season Tent
$210
MSR Hubba NX Footprint
MSR
Hubba NX Footprint
Footprint
$35 - $39
Eureka! Timberline 2 Fly
Eureka!
Timberline 2 Fly
Vestibule
$55
 
Exped
Hammock Drip Clips
Hammock Accessory
$30
NEMO Meta 2P Footprint
NEMO
Meta 2P Footprint
Footprint
$32 - $49
 
Wild Country
Zephyros 2 Groundsheet Protector
Footprint
$35
Big Agnes Tensleep Station 6 Footprint
Big Agnes
Tensleep Station 6 Footprint
Footprint
$55
 
Hilleberg
Rajd 2 Pole Set
Tent Accessory
$46
Mountainsmith Genesee 4
Mountainsmith
Genesee 4
Three-Season Tent
$160 - $199
Terra Nova Bothy 20
Terra Nova
Bothy 20
$240
 
Hilleberg
Soulo Mesh Inner
Tent Accessory
$160
Rab Survival Zone Bivi
Rab
Survival Zone Bivi
Bivy Sack
$135 - $144
NEMO Espri LE 2P
NEMO
Espri LE 2P
$230
 
Exped
Orion III Footprint
Footprint
$59
Eureka! Inntorest 2
Eureka!
Inntorest 2
Three-Season Tent
$190
Big Agnes Angel Springs UL2 Footprint
Big Agnes
Angel Springs UL2 Footprint
Footprint
$54 - $70
Exped Travel Hammock
Exped
Travel Hammock
Hammock
$45
Giga Tent Katahdin
Giga Tent
Katahdin
$203
 
Coleman
Instant Cabin
Three-Season Tent
$128 - $241
Kelty Salida 2 Footprint
Kelty
Salida 2 Footprint
Footprint
$26 - $142
Big Agnes Burn Ridge Outfitter 3 Footprint
Big Agnes
Burn Ridge Outfitter 3 Footprint
Footprint
$36 - $45
Terra Nova Solar Photon 2 Groundsheet
Terra Nova
Solar Photon 2 Groundsheet
Footprint
$42 - $49
L.L.Bean Vector XL 4-Person Dome
L.L.Bean
Vector XL 4-Person Dome
Three-Season Tent
$299
The North Face Phoenix Footprint
The North Face
Phoenix Footprint
Footprint
$45 - $50
Mountain Hardwear SuperMegaUL 1
Mountain Hardwear
SuperMegaUL 1
Three-Season Tent
$267 - $350
MSR Mutha Hubba NX
MSR
Mutha Hubba NX
Three-Season Tent
$343 - $489
The North Face Gear Loft - Triangle
The North Face
Gear Loft - Triangle
Gear Loft
$20
 
Wild Country
Aspect 2.5
Three-Season Tent
$215
Sierra Designs Vapor Light 2 Footprint
Sierra Designs
Vapor Light 2 Footprint
Footprint
$50
Terra Nova Solar 2 Ground Sheet
Terra Nova
Solar 2 Ground Sheet
Footprint
$51
Marmot Boreas 3P Footprint
Marmot
Boreas 3P Footprint
Footprint
$179
Mountain Hardwear Direkt 2 Footprint
Mountain Hardwear
Direkt 2 Footprint
Footprint
$35 - $50
Rab Element 2 Bug Tent
Rab
Element 2 Bug Tent
Tarp/Shelter
$104 - $129
MSR Twin Brothers Footprint
MSR
Twin Brothers Footprint
Footprint
$42 - $79
MSR Gear Shed
MSR
Gear Shed
Vestibule
$127 - $169
Kelty Grand Mesa 3 Footprint
Kelty
Grand Mesa 3 Footprint
Footprint
$30 - $39
Big Agnes Big House 4 Footprint
Big Agnes
Big House 4 Footprint
Footprint
$30 - $50
Rab Ridge Raider
Rab
Ridge Raider
Bivy Sack
$245 - $399
Terra Nova Trisar 2 Groundsheet Protector
Terra Nova
Trisar 2 Groundsheet Protector
Footprint
$45
Hilleberg Keron 3 GT Footprint
Hilleberg
Keron 3 GT Footprint
Footprint
$118
ALPS Mountaineering Tasmanian Footprint
ALPS Mountaineering
Tasmanian Footprint
Footprint
$28
Equinox All-Purpose Tarp
Equinox
All-Purpose Tarp
Tarp/Shelter
$59 - $69
NEMO Obi 2P Gear Caddy
NEMO
Obi 2P Gear Caddy
Gear Loft
$23 - $24
Mountain Hardwear Sojourn 2 Footprint PL
Mountain Hardwear
Sojourn 2 Footprint PL
Footprint
$38
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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.