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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Hilleberg Rajd 2 Pole Set Tent Accessory
$48
Eureka! Tetragon HD 8 Warm Weather Tent
$260
Cabela's Ultimate Alaknak 12' x 20' Tent
$1,450
Big Agnes Blacktail 3 Footprint Footprint
$37
Rab Survival Zone Bivi Bivy Sack
$120 - $144
Eagles Nest Outfitters Aluminum Wiregate Carabiner Hammock Accessory
$4
 
Snow Peak Speed Scope Tarp Pole Tent Accessory
$56
Exped Orion III Footprint Footprint
$55
Sea to Summit Mosquito Pyramid - Insect Shield Bug Net
$43 - $52
 
MSR FreeLite 3 Footprint Footprint
$45 - $59
 
Boreas Gear Tiago Footprint Footprint
$37
Cabela's XPG Expedition 6P Four-Season Tent
$360
Exped Travel Hammock Hammock
$39 - $44
NEMO Shadowcaster 165 Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$240 - $319
 
Snow Peak Fal 2 Ground Sheet Footprint
$75
 
Big Agnes Red Canyon 4 mtnGLO with Goal Zero Footprint Footprint
$45 - $59
MSR Mutha Hubba NX 3 Three-Season Tent
$375 - $499
Coleman Instant Cabin Three-Season Tent
$232
Sea to Summit Mosquito Pyramid Bug Net
$35
Kelty Salida 2 Footprint Footprint
$35 - $39
Big Agnes Burn Ridge Outfitter 3 Footprint Footprint
$34
 
Clark Vertex Two-Person Hammock with Weathershield Hammock
$407
ALPS Mountaineering Gradient 2 Floor Saver Footprint
$19
MSR Mutha Hubba NX Footprint Footprint
$45 - $59
Rab Latok Mountain 2 Four-Season Tent
$650 - $674
Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 2 Mesh Insert No Floor Tarp/Shelter
$130
NEMO Bungalow 4P Garage Vestibule
$112 - $149
Sierra Designs Tensegrity 1 Elite Three-Season Tent
$400
The North Face Phoenix Footprint Footprint
$30
Sierra Designs Nightwatch 2 Three-Season Tent
$180 - $239
Marmot Fuse 3P Three-Season Tent
$284
The North Face Gear Loft - Triangle Gear Loft
$20
NEMO Galaxi 3P Pawprint Footprint
$41 - $54
Sierra Designs Vapor Light 2 Footprint Footprint
$50
Marmot Boreas 3P Footprint Footprint
$179
Mountain Hardwear Direkt 2 Footprint Footprint
$50
Rab Element 2 Bug Tent Tarp/Shelter
$130
 
Slumberjack Grand Lodge 12 Three-Season Tent
$376
MSR Twin Brothers Footprint Footprint
$40 - $79
NEMO Wagontop 6P Three-Season Tent
$450 - $599
MSR Gear Shed Vestibule
$127 - $169
Big Agnes Big House 4 Footprint Footprint
$37 - $50
Therm-a-Rest LuxuryLite Cot Bug Shelter Bug Net
$100 - $149
Rab Ridge Raider Bivy Sack
$375
Terra Nova Trisar 2 Groundsheet Protector Footprint
$37
Hilleberg Keron 3 GT Footprint Footprint
$120
Mountainsmith Conifer 5+ Three-Season Tent
$288
 
ALPS Mountaineering Tasmanian Footprint Footprint
$28
Marmot Lair 8P Four-Season Tent
$1,999
Tentsile Vista 3P Tree Tent Hammock
$550
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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.