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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Terra Nova Moonlite Bag Cover Bivy Sack
$102 - $129
Eagles Nest Outfitters Lounger Hammock
$105 - $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
Kelty Gunnison 2.3 Three-Season Tent
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
$240 - $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
$70 - $79
NEMO Switch 1 Footprint Footprint
$28 - $31
Big Agnes Scout Plus UL2 Footprint Footprint
Exped Andromeda II Footprint Footprint
$41 - $58
ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 4 Three-Season Tent
The North Face FP Mica FL 1 Footprint
Big Agnes Rabbit Ears 4 Footprint Footprint
Coghlan's Mini Stretch Cord Tent Accessory
Slumberjack Trail Tent 2 Three-Season Tent
Big Agnes Angel Springs UL2 Three-Season Tent
$245 - $284
Hilleberg Mesh Box 20 Tent Accessory
Crux X2 Bomb Four-Season Tent
Hilleberg Nallo 4 GT Four-Season Tent
Big Agnes Fishhook UL 2 Footprint Footprint
$42 - $60
Big Agnes Fairview 1 Footprint Footprint
Hilleberg Nallo 4 Four-Season Tent
Exped Aries Mesh Footprint Footprint
The North Face FP Kaiju 4 Footprint
$50 - $60
Big Agnes Red Dirt Cabin 6 Three-Season Tent
Sierra Designs Mirage 2 Three-Season Tent
$490 - $699
Mountainsmith Conifer Footprint Footprint
$42 - $49
Terra Nova Laser Photon 2 Three-Season Tent
$425 - $499
Tentsile Tree Protector Straps Hammock Accessory
Hilleberg Anjan 3 Three-Season Tent
Big Agnes Lone Spring 2 Three-Season Tent
$172 - $229
Terra Nova Aspect 1 Groundsheet Protector Footprint
$24 - $44
Sea to Summit Specialist Solo Groundsheet Footprint
Brooks-Range Tension 30 Three-Season Tent
Exped Gemini 3 Three-Season Tent
NEMO Tenshi Pawprint Footprint
$42 - $129
Sierra Designs Flash 3 Three-Season Tent
Easton Rimrock 3 Three-Season Tent
$224 - $299
Kelty DAC Aluminum 'J' Stake Stake
Mountain Hardwear Trango 3 Four-Season Tent
$534 - $700
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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.