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.
3-4 Season Convertible
Tarps and Shelters
BrandsEagles Nest Outfitters
Priceless 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
Amari Pass 3 Three-Season Tent
All Purpose Tarp Tarp/Shelter
Hoopla 4 Footprint Footprint
EV 2 Footprint Footprint
Vista 3 Footprint Footprint
Hyperlight Backpacker A-Sym Tarp/Shelter
Escapist 15D Tarp Tarp/Shelter
Saitaris Footprint Footprint
Campo 2 Three-Season Tent
Bastion 4 Footprint Footprint
Titanium Peg Stake
ABS Tent Pegs Stake
Gunnison 2 Footprint Footprint
Yahi 4 Footprint Footprint
Archer 2 Tent Three-Season Tent
Backcountry 3-Person Dome Tent, Footprint Footprint
Gunnison 1.1 Footprint Footprint
Skewer Pegs Stake
Latok Ultra Mk1 Lite Four-Season Tent
Dunny Quick-Set Shower & Changing Room Tarp/Shelter
Yahi 6 Three-Season Tent
Discovery 4 Three-Season Tent
Mutha Hubba Footprint Footprint
Hooped Bivy Bivy Sack
Flashlight 2 UL Three-Season Tent
Sunrise 5 Three-Season Tent
Three Forks Shelter Accessory Wall Tent Accessory
Adventure 4-Person Three-Season Tent
Archer 3 Footprint Footprint
Talus 3 Three-Season Tent
Tarp Ultra 1 Tarp/Shelter
Hat Trick 2P Footprint Footprint
Staff Pole Tent Accessory
Camp Dome 4 Footprint Footprint
EOS 1P Footprint Footprint
Mystique 1.5 Floor Saver Footprint
Snow Stake Stake
Slater UL2+ Three-Season Tent
Housefly Rain Tarp Tarp/Shelter
Kaitum 2 GT Four-Season Tent
Losi 3P Gear Loft Gear Loft
Latok Base Vestibule Vestibule
Slickrock 3P Three-Season Tent
Timberline SQ 4XT / Timberline SQ Outfitter 4 Lite-Set Footprint Footprint
Hex Peg Stake
Obi Elite 2P Footprint Footprint
Solar Elite Three-Season Tent
Solar Photon 1 Superlite Footprint Footprint
What’s the “best” tent or shelter for you? Consider your personal outdoor needs, preferences, and budget:
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.
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.
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.
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.