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.
3-4 Season Convertible
Tarps and Shelters
BrandsEagles Nest Outfitters
Priceless 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
Landbreeze Duo Four-Season Tent
Pulsar 2P Three-Season Tent
Inntorest 3 Three-Season Tent
Hubba NX Footprint Footprint
Timberline 2 Fly Vestibule
Hammock Drip Clips Hammock Accessory
Meta 2P Footprint Footprint
Zephyros 2 Groundsheet Protector Footprint
Tensleep Station 6 Footprint Footprint
Rajd 2 Pole Set Tent Accessory
Genesee 4 Three-Season Tent
Soulo Mesh Inner Tent Accessory
Survival Zone Bivi Bivy Sack
Espri LE 2P
Orion III Footprint Footprint
Inntorest 2 Three-Season Tent
Angel Springs UL2 Footprint Footprint
Instant Cabin Three-Season Tent
Salida 2 Footprint Footprint
Burn Ridge Outfitter 3 Footprint Footprint
Solar Photon 2 Groundsheet Footprint
Vector XL 4-Person Dome Three-Season Tent
Phoenix Footprint Footprint
SuperMegaUL 1 Three-Season Tent
Mutha Hubba NX Three-Season Tent
Gear Loft - Triangle Gear Loft
Aspect 2.5 Three-Season Tent
Vapor Light 2 Footprint Footprint
Solar 2 Ground Sheet Footprint
Boreas 3P Footprint Footprint
Direkt 2 Footprint Footprint
Element 2 Bug Tent Tarp/Shelter
Twin Brothers Footprint Footprint
Gear Shed Vestibule
Grand Mesa 3 Footprint Footprint
Big House 4 Footprint Footprint
Ridge Raider Bivy Sack
Trisar 2 Groundsheet Protector Footprint
Keron 3 GT Footprint Footprint
Lair 8P Four-Season Tent
All-Purpose Tarp Tarp/Shelter
Obi 2P Gear Caddy Gear Loft
Sojourn 2 Footprint PL Footprint
Mountain Meteor 3 Footprint Footprint
Ahwahnee Vestibule Vestibule
Mountain Guide Tarp Tarp/Shelter
Granby 6 Footprint Footprint
Tarp Shelter 2
What’s the “best” tent or shelter for you? Consider your personal outdoor needs, preferences, and budget:
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.
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.
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.
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.