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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less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
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$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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Wenzel EZ Rise 3 Three-Season Tent
$40
 
L.L.Bean King Pine 4-Person Tent, Footprint Footprint
$40
Exped Vela I UL Three-Season Tent
$439
Eureka! High Camp Four-Season Tent
$480 - $487
Kelty Upslope Tarp
$75 - $99
NEMO Losi 2P Footprint Footprint
$32 - $39
Big Agnes Krumholtz UL2 mtnGLO Three-Season Tent
$520
Coghlan's Bug Pants Bug Net
$13
Big Agnes Van Camp SL2 Three-Season Tent
$225 - $299
Marmot Tungsten 2P Footprint Footprint
$40
Ultimate Survival Technologies Base Bug Tent Tarp/Shelter
$23
Sierra Designs Reflective Guyline Kit Tent Accessory
$14
Eureka! Tetragon HD 2 Warm Weather Tent
$67
Crux X1 Strike Four-Season Tent
$649
Big Agnes Big House 6 Deluxe Vestibule Vestibule
$105 - $139
REI Camp Tarp 12 Tarp/Shelter
$70
Hilleberg V-Peg Stake
$30 - $38
NRS Aluminum Sand Stake Stake
$45
Cabela's Outfitter Blend Wall Tents by Montana Canvas Three-Season Tent
$1,050
Big Agnes Slater UL2+ Footprint Footprint
$53 - $70
Hilleberg Saivo Footprint Footprint
$108
Sea to Summit Bug Jacket & Mitts Bug Net
$24 - $39
Cabela's Instinct Alaskan Floor Liner Footprint
$35
 
Hilleberg Nammatj 2 & Nammatj 2 GT Pole Tent Accessory
$45
Big Agnes Sugarloaf Shelter Footprint Footprint
$50
Snow Peak Light Tarp Pole Tent Accessory
$40
 
Snow Peak Landbreeze Duo Four-Season Tent
$280
Rab Element Solo Tarp/Shelter
$85
Eagles Nest Outfitters OneLink CamoNest Hammock
$190 - $254
MSR Hubba NX Footprint Footprint
$30 - $49
Brooks-Range Alpini Bivy Sack Bivy Sack
$187
Marmot Bolt 3P Three-Season Tent
$489
Rab Storm Spartan Bivi Bivy Sack
$165
 
Big Agnes Pioneer 2 Footprint Footprint
$16
Exped Hammock Drip Clips Hammock Accessory
$30
Exped Outer Space Vestibule Vestibule
$179 - $238
Big Agnes Happy Hooligan UL2 Footprint Footprint
$53 - $70
NEMO Meta 2P Footprint Footprint
$105
Sea to Summit Bug Pants & Socks Bug Net
$22 - $39
Big Agnes Tensleep Station 6 Footprint Footprint
$41 - $55
Hilleberg Rajd 2 Pole Set Tent Accessory
$48
Eureka! Tetragon HD 8 Warm Weather Tent
$208 - $259
Cabela's Ultimate Alaknak 12' x 20' Tent
$1,450
Big Agnes Blacktail 3 Footprint Footprint
$50
Rab Survival Zone Bivi Bivy Sack
$120 - $144
Eagles Nest Outfitters Aluminum Wiregate Carabiner Hammock Accessory
$5
 
Snow Peak Speed Scope Tarp Pole Tent Accessory
$56
Exped Orion III Footprint Footprint
$59 - $68
Sea to Summit Mosquito Pyramid - Insect Shield Bug Net
$34 - $52
MSR FreeLite 3 Footprint Footprint
$45 - $59
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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.