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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Marmot Earlylight 2P Footprint Footprint
Mountain Hardwear Y-Peg Stake
$16 - $22
Sierra Designs Y-Peg Stake
$1 - $12
Vargo Aluminum Summit Tent Stake Stake
Nite Ize KnotBone Adjustable Bungee Tent Accessory
$5 - $9
Mountain Hardwear Ethereal Bivy Bivy Sack
$175 - $249
Easton Nano Tent Stake Stake
Big Agnes Three Forks Shelter Tarp/Shelter
Rab Ridge Master Bivy Sack
Eureka! A-Frame Gear Loft Gear Loft
REI Passage 1 Footprint Footprint
Big Agnes Slater UL3+ Three-Season Tent
Big Agnes Royal Flush 3 Four-Season Tent
$552 - $799
Hilleberg Kaitum 2 Footprint Footprint
$78 - $95
Coleman 3 Person Instant Dome Three-Season Tent
REI Quarter Dome 2 Footprint Footprint
Marmot Limestone 4P Footprint Footprint
Sierra Designs Mirage 2 Footprint Footprint
$49 - $69
Eureka! Midori Solo Three-Season Tent
$116 - $129
MSR Fury Footprint Footprint
SMC Sheet Tent Stake Stake
Eagles Nest Outfitters DripStrips Hammock Accessory
REI Adjustable Tarp Pole Tent Accessory
Giga Tent Mt. Springer
Exped Tarp IV Tarp/Shelter
REI Kingdom 8 Tent
Marmot Limelight 2P Footprint Footprint
$33 - $40
Big Agnes Lone Spring 3 Footprint Footprint
$26 - $40
Terra Nova Moonlite Bag Cover Bivy Sack
$102 - $129
Hammock Bliss Sky Bed Bug Free Hammock
Eagles Nest Outfitters Lounger Hammock
$102 - $119
L.L.Bean Mountain Light XT 2-Person Tent Three-Season Tent
REI Quarter Dome 1 Footprint Footprint
Sierra Designs Lightning 2 Footprint Footprint
Coghlan's Steel Tent Stakes Stake
Giga Tent Mt. Barren
REI Kingdom 8 Footprint Footprint
Mountain Hardwear Trango 3 Footprint PL Footprint
$60 - $84
Easton Rimrock 3 Footprint Footprint
$23 - $29
Kelty Gunnison 4.2 Three-Season Tent
$225 - $289
Big Agnes Fairview 4 Three-Season Tent
NRS River Wing Tarp/Shelter
Mountain Hardwear Hoopster 4 Four-Season Tent
Giga Tent Mt. Washington Three-Season Tent
Therm-a-Rest Slacker Hammock Hammock
NEMO Switch 1 Footprint Footprint
$28 - $31
Big Agnes Scout Plus UL2 Footprint Footprint
Exped Andromeda II Footprint Footprint
$41 - $58
The North Face FP Mica FL 1 Footprint
$33 - $50
Big Agnes Rabbit Ears 4 Footprint Footprint
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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.