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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Kammok Dragonfly Hammock Accessory
Napier Backroadz SUV Tent Warm Weather Tent
Rab Silwing Tarp/Shelter
MSR Fast Stash Footprint Footprint
Mountain Hardwear Ghost Sky 2 Three-Season Tent
Eagles Nest Outfitters AirLoft Hammock Mattress Hammock Accessory
Heimplanet Hand Pump Tent Accessory
Mountain Hardwear EV 3 Four-Season Tent
Marmot Tungsten 4P Footprint Footprint
Wenzel EZ Rise 3 Three-Season Tent
L.L.Bean King Pine 4-Person Tent, Footprint Footprint
Exped Vela I UL Three-Season Tent
Eureka! High Camp Four-Season Tent
$480 - $649
Kelty Upslope Tarp
NEMO Losi 2P Footprint Footprint
Big Agnes Krumholtz UL2 mtnGLO Three-Season Tent
Coghlan's Bug Pants Bug Net
Marmot Tungsten 2P Footprint Footprint
Ultimate Survival Technologies Base Bug Tent Tarp/Shelter
Sierra Designs Reflective Guyline Kit Tent Accessory
$16 - $19
Eureka! Tetragon HD 2 Warm Weather Tent
Crux X1 Strike Four-Season Tent
REI Camp Tarp 12 Tarp/Shelter
Hilleberg V-Peg Stake
NRS Aluminum Sand Stake Stake
Cabela's Outfitter Blend Wall Tents by Montana Canvas Three-Season Tent
Big Agnes Slater UL2+ Footprint Footprint
Hilleberg Saivo Footprint Footprint
Sea to Summit Bug Jacket & Mitts Bug Net
$25 - $39
Cabela's Instinct Alaskan Floor Liner Footprint
Hilleberg Nammatj 2 & Nammatj 2 GT Pole Tent Accessory
Big Agnes Sugarloaf Shelter Footprint Footprint
Snow Peak Landbreeze Duo Four-Season Tent
Rab Element Solo Tarp/Shelter
Eagles Nest Outfitters OneLink CamoNest Hammock
MSR Hubba NX Footprint Footprint
$28 - $49
Brooks-Range Alpini Bivy Sack Bivy Sack
$150 - $249
Rab Storm Spartan Bivi Bivy Sack
Big Agnes Pioneer 2 Footprint Footprint
Exped Hammock Drip Clips Hammock Accessory
Exped Outer Space Vestibule Vestibule
Sea to Summit Bug Pants & Socks Bug Net
$23 - $39
Big Agnes Tensleep Station 6 Footprint Footprint
Hilleberg Rajd 2 Pole Set Tent Accessory
Eureka! Tetragon HD 8 Warm Weather Tent
Hilleberg Soulo Mesh Inner Tent Accessory
Cabela's Ultimate Alaknak 12' x 20' Tent
Big Agnes Blacktail 3 Footprint Footprint
Rab Survival Zone Bivi Bivy Sack
$112 - $144
Eagles Nest Outfitters Aluminum Wiregate Carabiner Hammock Accessory
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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.