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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less 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

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Marmot Limelight 4P Footprint Footprint
$43 - $54
Eureka! Midori 6 Three-Season Tent
$180
Marmot Tungsten UL 3P Footprint Footprint
$85
Fjallraven Endurance 2 Footprint Footprint
$110
Eureka! Timberline SQ Outfitter 6 Vestibule Vestibule
$110
Eagles Nest Outfitters Tarp Stakes Stake
$12
Hilleberg Nammatj 2 Footprint Footprint
$70
Therm-a-Rest Slacker Hammock Rain Fly Hammock Accessory
$90
Sierra Designs Meteor 3 Footprint Footprint
$40
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL3 Footprint Footprint
$70
Therm-a-Rest Stellar Blanket Top Quilt
$70
Coghlan's Guy Line Adapters Tent Accessory
$2
Eagles Nest Outfitters Islander Deluxe Blanket Top Quilt
$60
Mountain Hardwear Shifter 4 Three-Season Tent
$209 - $299
ALPS Mountaineering 2-Person Floor Saver Footprint
$18 - $23
Eureka! Jade Canyon 4 Three-Season Tent
$299
Kelty Shade Maker 2 Tarp/Shelter
$136 - $199
Kammok Glider Hammock Accessory
$230
Eagles Nest Outfitters CamoNest XL Hammock
$47 - $94
Peregrine Radama 6 Three-Season Tent
$360 - $419
Mountain Hardwear Snow and Sand Tent Anchor Stake
$20 - $25
Eagles Nest Outfitters Roadie Car Stand Hammock Accessory
$200
Peregrine Endurance 4 Footprint Footprint
$27
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Tent Stake Kit Stake
$42
Hilleberg Soulo Footprint Footprint
$60
Therm-a-Rest Tranquility 6 Wing Tarp/Shelter
$230
MSR Stormking Footprint Footprint
$70
Kelty Sand Bag Stake Stake
$8
Marmot Fuse 2P Footprint Footprint
$18
Black Diamond I-Tent Vestibule Vestibule
$160
Hilleberg Allak Mesh Inner Tent Accessory
$250
Eureka! Mountain Pass 2 3-4 Season Convertible Tent
$300
Eureka! Hexagon Screen House
$200
Eureka! Midori Basecamp 4 Three-Season Tent
$165 - $211
ALPS Mountaineering Extreme 2 Floor Saver Footprint
$18
Grand Trunk Air Bivy Extreme Shelter Hammock
$150
MSR Universal Zipper Pulls Tent Accessory
$5 - $6
Therm-a-Rest Slacker Hammock Pad Self-Inflating Sleeping Pad / Hammock Accessory
$96 - $119
Kelty Acadia 6 Footprint Footprint
$35 - $49
EMS Big Easy 4 Three-Season Tent
$199
MSR Camring Cord Tensioners Tent Accessory
$10 - $180
Snow Peak Peg Hammer Tent Accessory
$40 - $42
Marmot Limelight 3P Footprint Footprint
$45
Cabela's Guardian 8-Person Tent Three-Season Tent
$425
Brooks-Range Ultralite Quick Tent Three-Season Tent
$170
Kammok Dragonfly Hammock Accessory
$75 - $79
Napier Backroadz SUV Tent Warm Weather Tent
$230
Rab Silwing Tarp/Shelter
$125
Hammock Bliss Sun Shield Hammock Accessory
$16
ALPS Mountaineering Taurus 4 Three-Season Tent
$136
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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.