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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Black Diamond Lighthouse Ground Cloth Footprint
Eureka! High Camp Four-Season Tent
$423 - $649
Kelty Upslope Tarp
$68 - $99
NEMO Losi 2P Footprint Footprint
$37 - $49
Big Agnes Krumholtz UL2 mtnGLO Three-Season Tent
$325 - $649
Coghlan's Bug Pants Bug Net
Big Agnes Van Camp SL2 Three-Season Tent
$225 - $299
Marmot Tungsten 2P Footprint Footprint
$30 - $40
Ultimate Survival Technologies Base Bug Tent Tarp/Shelter
Sierra Designs Reflective Guyline Kit Tent Accessory
$14 - $19
Eureka! Tetragon HD 2 Warm Weather Tent
$68 - $89
Crux X1 Strike Four-Season Tent
Big Agnes Big House 6 Deluxe Vestibule Vestibule
$105 - $139
The North Face FP Kings Canyon 2 Footprint
REI Camp Tarp 12 Tarp/Shelter
Hilleberg V-Peg Stake
$30 - $38
NRS Aluminum Sand Stake Stake
Kelty Gunnison 3 Three-Season Tent
$190 - $239
Cabela's Outfitter Blend Wall Tents by Montana Canvas Three-Season Tent
Big Agnes Slater UL2+ Footprint Footprint
$53 - $70
Hilleberg Saivo Footprint Footprint
Sea to Summit Bug Jacket & Mitts Bug Net
$20 - $39
Cabela's Instinct Alaskan Floor Liner Footprint
Big Agnes Sugarloaf Shelter Footprint Footprint
$38 - $50
Snow Peak Light Tarp Pole Tent Accessory
$22 - $29
Rab Element Solo Tarp/Shelter
Eagles Nest Outfitters OneLink CamoNest Hammock
$190 - $254
MSR Hubba NX Footprint Footprint
$20 - $39
Marmot Bolt 3P Three-Season Tent
$350 - $366
Rab Storm Spartan Bivi Bivy Sack
Columbia Pinewood 10
Exped Hammock Drip Clips Hammock Accessory
Exped Outer Space Vestibule Vestibule
$179 - $238
Big Agnes Happy Hooligan UL2 Footprint Footprint
$53 - $70
NEMO Meta 2P Footprint Footprint
Sea to Summit Bug Pants & Socks Bug Net
$22 - $39
Big Agnes Tensleep Station 6 Footprint Footprint
$41 - $55
Eureka! Tetragon HD 8 Warm Weather Tent
$199 - $259
Hilleberg Soulo Mesh Inner Tent Accessory
Big Agnes Blacktail 3 Footprint Footprint
$38 - $50
Rab Survival Zone Bivi Bivy Sack
$120 - $199
Exped Orion III Footprint Footprint
Coleman Carlsbad 4P Three-Season Tent
Sea to Summit Mosquito Pyramid - Insect Shield Bug Net
$43 - $52
MSR FreeLite 3 Footprint Footprint
$42 - $44
Big Agnes Angel Springs UL2 Footprint Footprint
Slumberjack Overland 10 Footprint Footprint
Boreas Gear Tiago Footprint Footprint
Kammok Kuhli Tarp/Shelter
$111 - $159
Exped Travel Hammock 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.