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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Tarps and Shelters
Hammocks
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Price

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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Kelty Como 4 Three-Season Tent
$300
Coghlan's Guy Line Adapters Tent Accessory
$2
Mountain Hardwear Shifter 4 Three-Season Tent
$299
ALPS Mountaineering 2-Person Floor Saver Footprint
$20 - $21
Eureka! Jade Canyon 4 Three-Season Tent
$299
Easton Rimrock 2 Footprint Footprint
$19
Sierra Designs Divine Light 1 FL Footprint Tent Accessory
$21
Kelty Shade Maker 2 Tarp/Shelter
$164 - $199
Kammok Glider Hammock Accessory
$161 - $230
Eagles Nest Outfitters CamoNest XL Hammock
$66 - $94
Peregrine Radama 6 Three-Season Tent
$420
Eagles Nest Outfitters Roadie Car Stand Hammock Accessory
$150 - $199
Peregrine Endurance 4 Footprint Footprint
$30
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Tent Stake Kit Stake
$45
Hilleberg Soulo Footprint Footprint
$60
Therm-a-Rest Tranquility 6 Wing Tarp/Shelter
$170 - $229
MSR Stormking Footprint Footprint
$49
Kelty Sand Bag Stake Stake
$8 - $11
Marmot Fuse 2P Footprint Footprint
$40
Black Diamond I-Tent Vestibule Vestibule
$160
Hilleberg Allak Mesh Inner Tent Accessory
$230
Eureka! Midori Basecamp 4 Three-Season Tent
$159 - $249
ALPS Mountaineering Extreme 2 Floor Saver Footprint
$26
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
$90 - $119
Kelty Acadia 6 Footprint Footprint
$35 - $49
EMS Big Easy 4 Three-Season Tent
$174
MSR Camring Cord Tensioners Tent Accessory
$10 - $14
Terra Nova Superlite Voyager Groundsheet Footprint
$75
Snow Peak Peg Hammer Tent Accessory
$32 - $42
Marmot Limelight 3P Footprint Footprint
$26 - $45
Cabela's Guardian 8-Person Tent Three-Season Tent
$450
Brooks-Range Ultralite Quick Tent Three-Season Tent
$175
Liberty Mountain Perlon Accessory Cord Tent Accessory
$7 - $15
Kammok Dragonfly Hammock Accessory
$53 - $75
Napier Backroadz SUV Tent Warm Weather Tent
$230
Rab Silwing Tarp/Shelter
$120 - $124
Easton Kilo 2 Footprint Footprint
$35
Hammock Bliss Sun Shield Hammock Accessory
$21 - $22
ALPS Mountaineering Taurus 4 Three-Season Tent
$127
Mountain Hardwear Ghost Sky 2 Three-Season Tent
$300 - $429
Eagles Nest Outfitters AirLoft Hammock Mattress Hammock Accessory
$71 - $94
Heimplanet Hand Pump Tent Accessory
$40 - $50
Mountain Hardwear EV 3 Four-Season Tent
$850
Marmot Tungsten 4P Footprint Footprint
$30 - $49
 
L.L.Bean King Pine 4-Person Tent, Footprint Footprint
$30
Big Agnes Large Wall Gear Loft Gear Loft
$22
Exped Vela I UL Three-Season Tent
$439
Sierra Designs Light Year Footprint Footprint
$30
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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.