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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Sierra Designs Flashlight 2 UL Three-Season Tent
$216 - $369
Eureka! Sunrise 5 Three-Season Tent
ALPS Mountaineering Gradient 3 Floor Saver Footprint
Marmot Amp 3P Footprint Footprint
Big Agnes Three Forks Shelter Accessory Wall Tent Accessory
The North Face Talus 3 Three-Season Tent
Brooks-Range Tent Stakes Stake
Byer Traveller Hammock Rain Fly Tarp/Shelter
Terra Nova Tarp Ultra 1 Tarp/Shelter
$331 - $389
Kelty Staff Pole Tent Accessory
$21 - $29
REI Camp Dome 4 Footprint Footprint
Marmot EOS 1P Footprint Footprint
ALPS Mountaineering Mystique 1.5 Floor Saver Footprint
REI Snow Stake Stake
Big Agnes Tumble 1 mtnGLO Three-Season Tent
Big Agnes Slater UL2+ Three-Season Tent
$130 - $389
Hilleberg Kaitum 2 GT Four-Season Tent
NEMO Losi 3P Gear Loft Gear Loft
$25 - $29
Rab Latok Base Vestibule Vestibule
Easton Slickrock 3P Three-Season Tent
Eureka! Timberline SQ 4XT / Timberline SQ Outfitter 4 Lite-Set Footprint Footprint
NEMO Dagger 2P Three-Season Tent
The North Face Triarch 3 Three-Season Tent
$340 - $469
Sierra Designs Hex Peg Stake
$2 - $14
Kelty Guyline Kit Tent Accessory
Terra Nova Solar Elite Three-Season Tent
$382 - $449
Kelty Acadia 6 Three-Season Tent
$244 - $289
Terra Nova Solar Photon 1 Superlite Footprint Footprint
Terra Nova Polar Lite 2 Four-Season Tent
Mountain Hardwear Y-Peg Stake
$21 - $25
Vargo Aluminum Summit Tent Stake Stake
Nite Ize KnotBone Adjustable Bungee Tent Accessory
$5 - $9
Eagles Nest Outfitters Atlas XL Hammock Suspension System Hammock Accessory
Exped Ergo Hammock Combi Hammock
Mountain Hardwear Ethereal Bivy Bivy Sack
$163 - $250
Big Agnes Bitter Springs UL1 Three-Season Tent
$262 - $369
Easton Nano Tent Stake Stake
Big Agnes Three Forks Shelter Tarp/Shelter
Eureka! A-Frame Gear Loft Gear Loft
REI Passage 1 Footprint Footprint
Big Agnes Slater UL3+ Three-Season Tent
$412 - $549
Exped Orion III Four-Season Tent
NEMO Kunai 2P Footprint Footprint
Big Agnes Royal Flush 3 Four-Season Tent
$425 - $799
Hilleberg Kaitum 2 Footprint Footprint
Coleman 3 Person Instant Dome Three-Season Tent
Terra Nova Voyager XL Three-Season Tent
REI Quarter Dome 2 Footprint Footprint
Marmot Limestone 4P Footprint Footprint
$49 - $50
Coleman Evanston 6 Screened Tent
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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.