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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Tentsile Stingray 3P Tree Tent Hammock
$618 - $650
Big Agnes Triangle Gear Loft Gear Loft
Rab Guides Siltarp 2
Burton Rabbit Ears 6 Three-Season Tent
Big Agnes Rabbit Ears 6 Three-Season Tent
NEMO Moki Footprint Footprint
Cabela's Hybrid Cabin Tent Three-Season Tent
Therm-a-Rest LuxuryLite Cot Sun Shield Tarp/Shelter
Hilleberg Unna Footprint Footprint
$20 - $57
Kelty Yellowstone 4 Three-Season Tent
$60 - $116
Marmot Limelight 4P Footprint Footprint
Marmot Tungsten UL 3P Footprint Footprint
Fjallraven Endurance 2 Footprint Footprint
Eureka! Timberline SQ Outfitter 6 Vestibule Vestibule
Kelty Outback 2 Three-Season Tent
Eagles Nest Outfitters Tarp Stakes Stake
Hilleberg Nammatj 2 Footprint Footprint
Therm-a-Rest Slacker Hammock Rain Fly Hammock Accessory
$70 - $89
Sierra Designs Meteor 3 Footprint Footprint
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL3 Footprint Footprint
Therm-a-Rest Stellar Blanket Top Quilt
$52 - $69
Big Agnes C Bar 2 Three-Season Tent
Coghlan's Guy Line Adapters Guy Line
Big Agnes Copper Hotel HV UL2 Accessory Fly Tent Accessory
$200 - $259
Eagles Nest Outfitters Islander Deluxe Blanket Top Quilt
Mountain Hardwear Shifter 4 Three-Season Tent
ALPS Mountaineering 2-Person Floor Saver Footprint
$19 - $23
Eureka! Jade Canyon 4 Three-Season Tent
Mountainsmith Steel Tarp Pole Pole
Mountain Hardwear Pathfinder 3 Three-Season Tent
Kelty Shade Maker 2 Tarp/Shelter
$160 - $199
Kammok Glider Hammock Accessory
Eagles Nest Outfitters CamoNest XL Hammock
$47 - $71
Peregrine Radama 6 Three-Season Tent
$360 - $419
Mountain Hardwear Vision 3 Footprint Footprint
Mountain Hardwear Snow and Sand Tent Anchor Stake
$13 - $25
Eagles Nest Outfitters Roadie Car Stand Hammock Accessory
$150 - $199
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Tent Stake Kit Stake
Hilleberg Soulo Footprint Footprint
Therm-a-Rest Tranquility 6 Wing Tarp/Shelter
$172 - $229
MSR Stormking Footprint Footprint
$49 - $69
Kelty Sand Bag Stake Stake
Marmot Fuse 2P Footprint Footprint
Black Diamond I-Tent Vestibule Vestibule
Hilleberg Allak Mesh Inner Tent Accessory
Eureka! Mountain Pass 2 3-4 Season Convertible Tent
Eureka! Hexagon Screen House
Eureka! Midori Basecamp 4 Three-Season Tent
ALPS Mountaineering Extreme 2 Floor Saver Footprint
Grand Trunk Air Bivy Extreme Shelter Hammock
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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.