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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Kelty Granby 6 Footprint
Kelty
Granby 6 Footprint
Footprint
$60
Terra Nova Tarp Shelter 2
Terra Nova
Tarp Shelter 2
$190
Mountain Hardwear Lightpath 3 Footprint PL
Mountain Hardwear
Lightpath 3 Footprint PL
Footprint
$30 - $59
 
Brooks-Range
Foray 3P
Three-Season Tent
$500
Byer Barbados XL
Byer
Barbados XL
Hammock
$90
Terra Nova Superlite Voyager
Terra Nova
Superlite Voyager
Three-Season Tent
$470 - $499
Kelty Bug Blocker
Kelty
Bug Blocker
Tarp/Shelter
$230 - $319
Black Diamond Mesa Ground Cloth
Black Diamond
Mesa Ground Cloth
Footprint
$34 - $44
Sierra Designs Yahi Annex 4+2 Tent
Sierra Designs
Yahi Annex 4+2 Tent
Three-Season Tent
$490 - $649
Eureka! Sunrise 6
Eureka!
Sunrise 6
Three-Season Tent
$299
Eureka! Amari Pass 3
Eureka!
Amari Pass 3
Three-Season Tent
$162 - $179
Outbound All Purpose Tarp
Outbound
All Purpose Tarp
Tarp/Shelter
$18
Mountain Hardwear Hoopla 4 Footprint
Mountain Hardwear
Hoopla 4 Footprint
Footprint
$78 - $130
Mountain Hardwear EV 2 Footprint
Mountain Hardwear
EV 2 Footprint
Footprint
$33 - $55
Hennessy Hammock Hyperlight Backpacker A-Sym
Hennessy Hammock
Hyperlight Backpacker A-Sym
Tarp/Shelter
$260
Sea to Summit Escapist 15D Tarp
Sea to Summit
Escapist 15D Tarp
Tarp/Shelter
$135 - $199
Hilleberg Saitaris Footprint
Hilleberg
Saitaris Footprint
Footprint
$136
VauDe Campo 2
VauDe
Campo 2
Three-Season Tent
$160 - $199
The North Face Bastion 4 Footprint
The North Face
Bastion 4 Footprint
Footprint
$50
 
Evernew
Titanium Peg
Stake
$7
Coghlan's ABS Tent Pegs
Coghlan's
ABS Tent Pegs
Stake
$1
Kelty Gunnison 2 Footprint
Kelty
Gunnison 2 Footprint
Footprint
$40
Sierra Designs Yahi 4 Footprint
Sierra Designs
Yahi 4 Footprint
Footprint
$50
Boreas Gear Trava 2
Boreas Gear
Trava 2
Three-Season Tent
$350
Mountain Hardwear Archer 2 Tent
Mountain Hardwear
Archer 2 Tent
Three-Season Tent
$216 - $350
L.L.Bean Backcountry 3-Person Dome Tent, Footprint
L.L.Bean
Backcountry 3-Person Dome Tent, Footprint
Footprint
$40
Kelty Gunnison 1.1 Footprint
Kelty
Gunnison 1.1 Footprint
Footprint
$30 - $34
Coghlan's Skewer Pegs
Coghlan's
Skewer Pegs
Stake
$3
 
Rab
Latok Ultra Mk1 Lite
Four-Season Tent
$475
Grand Trunk Dunny Quick-Set Shower & Changing Room
Grand Trunk
Dunny Quick-Set Shower & Changing Room
Tarp/Shelter
$150
Sierra Designs Yahi 6
Sierra Designs
Yahi 6
Three-Season Tent
$400 - $499
Kelty AirScreen
Kelty
AirScreen
Tarp/Shelter
$210 - $249
MSR Mutha Hubba Footprint
MSR
Mutha Hubba Footprint
Footprint
$50
Black Diamond Hooped Bivy
Black Diamond
Hooped Bivy
Bivy Sack
$150 - $229
Sierra Designs Flashlight 2 UL
Sierra Designs
Flashlight 2 UL
Three-Season Tent
$360
Eureka! Sunrise 5
Eureka!
Sunrise 5
Three-Season Tent
$249
Big Agnes Three Forks Shelter Accessory Wall
Big Agnes
Three Forks Shelter Accessory Wall
Tent Accessory
$25
Mountain Hardwear Archer 3 Footprint
Mountain Hardwear
Archer 3 Footprint
Footprint
$55
The North Face Talus 3
The North Face
Talus 3
Three-Season Tent
$230 - $249
Terra Nova Tarp Ultra 1
Terra Nova
Tarp Ultra 1
Tarp/Shelter
$342 - $379
Easton Hat Trick 2P Footprint
Easton
Hat Trick 2P Footprint
Footprint
$31 - $39
Kelty Staff Pole
Kelty
Staff Pole
Tent Accessory
$21 - $29
REI Camp Dome 4 Footprint
REI
Camp Dome 4 Footprint
Footprint
$35
Marmot EOS 1P Footprint
Marmot
EOS 1P Footprint
Footprint
$44
REI Snow Stake
REI
Snow Stake
Stake
$2
Big Agnes Slater UL2+
Big Agnes
Slater UL2+
Three-Season Tent
$292 - $389
Eagles Nest Outfitters Housefly Rain Tarp
Eagles Nest Outfitters
Housefly Rain Tarp
Tarp/Shelter
$140
Hilleberg Kaitum 2 GT
Hilleberg
Kaitum 2 GT
Four-Season Tent
$985
NEMO Losi 3P Gear Loft
NEMO
Losi 3P Gear Loft
Gear Loft
$25 - $29
Rab Latok Base Vestibule
Rab
Latok Base Vestibule
Vestibule
$140 - $149
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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.