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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Fjallraven Endurance 4 Footprint Footprint
$140
Peregrine Endurance 4 Footprint Footprint
$30
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Tent Stake Kit Stake
$37
Hilleberg Soulo Footprint Footprint
$60
 
Kelty Sand Bag Stake Stake
$7 - $8
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL3 Footprint Footprint
$56 - $74
Marmot Fuse 2P Footprint Footprint
$40
Black Diamond I-Tent Vestibule Vestibule
$128 - $159
Hilleberg Allak Mesh Inner Tent Accessory
$230
Eureka! Midori Basecamp 4 Three-Season Tent
$250
 
ALPS Mountaineering Extreme 2 Floor Saver Footprint
$19
Grand Trunk Air Bivy Extreme Shelter Hammock
$112 - $149
MSR Universal Zipper Pulls Tent Accessory
$5 - $6
 
EMS No-See-Um Netting Bug Net
$8
Kelty Acadia 6 Footprint Footprint
$35 - $43
Cabela's Warthog 2 Tent Three-Season Tent
$240
 
EMS Big Easy 4 Three-Season Tent
$187
MSR Camring Cord Tensioners Tent Accessory
$10 - $14
Terra Nova Superlite Voyager Groundsheet Footprint
$100
NEMO Morpho AR Footprint Footprint
$50
Snow Peak Peg Hammer Tent Accessory
$40
Marmot Limelight 3P Footprint Footprint
$45
Kelty Acadia 8 Footprint Footprint
$45
REI Half Dome 4 Footprint Footprint
$45
 
Cabela's Two-Pole 2-Person Backpacking Tent Three-Season Tent
$120
 
Cabela's Guardian 8-Person Tent Three-Season Tent
$300
Brooks-Range Ultralite Quick Tent Three-Season Tent
$175
 
Liberty Mountain Perlon Accessory Cord Tent Accessory
$7 - $15
Kammok Dragonfly Hammock Accessory
$75
 
Napier Backroadz SUV Tent Warm Weather Tent
$230
Rab Silwing Tarp/Shelter
$125
Mountain Hardwear Ghost Sky 2 Three-Season Tent
$321 - $429
Eagles Nest Outfitters AirLoft Hammock Mattress Hammock Accessory
$95
Heimplanet Hand Pump Tent Accessory
$50
Mountain Hardwear EV 3 Four-Season Tent
$638 - $850
Marmot Tungsten 4P Footprint Footprint
$50
 
Wenzel EZ Rise 3 Three-Season Tent
$80
L.L.Bean King Pine 4-Person Tent, Footprint Footprint
$40
Exped Vela I UL Three-Season Tent
$351
Eureka! High Camp Four-Season Tent
$480 - $649
Kelty Upslope Tarp
$75 - $99
NEMO Losi 2P Footprint Footprint
$30 - $39
Big Agnes Krumholtz UL2 mtnGLO Three-Season Tent
$650
Coghlan's Bug Pants Bug Net
$13
Marmot Tungsten 2P Footprint Footprint
$40
Ultimate Survival Technologies Base Bug Tent Tarp/Shelter
$23
Sierra Designs Reflective Guyline Kit Tent Accessory
$15 - $19
Eureka! Tetragon HD 2 Warm Weather Tent
$90
Crux X1 Strike Four-Season Tent
$649
REI Camp Tarp 12 Tarp/Shelter
$70
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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.