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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REI Adjustable Tarp Pole Tent Accessory
$25
The North Face FP Assault 3 Footprint
$45
Big Agnes Bitter Springs UL2 Three-Season Tent
$400
 
Exped Tarp IV Tarp/Shelter
$269
REI Kingdom 8 Tent
$529
Marmot Limelight 2P Footprint Footprint
$32 - $39
Kelty Trail Ridge 8 Footprint Footprint
$65
Coleman Popup 4 Three-Season Tent
$76
Mountain Hardwear Ghost UL 3 Footprint Footprint
$56 - $70
Big Agnes Yellow Jacket 4 mtnGLO Footprint Footprint
$60
Eagles Nest Outfitters CamoNest Hammock Hammock
$85 - $94
MSR Tent Compression Bag Tent Accessory
$30
Terra Nova Moonlite Bag Cover Bivy Sack
$149
Eagles Nest Outfitters Lounger Hammock
$120
L.L.Bean Mountain Light XT 2-Person Tent Three-Season Tent
$239
REI Quarter Dome 1 Footprint Footprint
$22
Sierra Designs Lightning 2 Footprint Footprint
$40 - $49
Big Agnes Rattlesnake SL2 mtnGLO Three-Season Tent
$350
Kelty Gunnison 2.3 Three-Season Tent
$200
Coghlan's Steel Tent Stakes Stake
$4
ALPS Mountaineering 3-Person Floor Saver Footprint
$26
REI Kingdom 8 Footprint Footprint
$60
Mountain Hardwear Trango 3 Footprint PL Footprint
$85
 
Marmot Colfax 4P Porch Vestibule
$119
Fjallraven Akka Dome 2 Three-Season Tent
$800
Marmot Tungsten 4P Three-Season Tent
$270 - $339
NEMO Wagontop 8P Three-Season Tent
$700
 
Big Agnes Triangle Mountain UL 3 Three-Season Tent
$450
MSR Rendezvous 200 Wing Tarp/Shelter
$300
MSR Thru-Hiker 100 Wing Tarp/Shelter
$200
NRS River Wing Tarp/Shelter
$400
Big Agnes Scout Plus UL2 Footprint Footprint
$49 - $70
NEMO Escape Pod 1P Bivy Sack
$120
Exped Andromeda II Footprint Footprint
$38
ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 4 Three-Season Tent
$99 - $104
Coleman Echo Lake 6 Tent Three-Season Tent
$201
The North Face FP Mica FL 1 Footprint
$60
Big Agnes Rabbit Ears 4 Footprint Footprint
$50
UCO StakeLights Stake
$6
Liberty Mountain Adjustable Tent/Awning Pole Set Tent Accessory
$50
Rab Element Solo Bug Tent Tarp/Shelter
$75
Coghlan's Mini Stretch Cord Tent Accessory
$2
Big Agnes Tumble 2 Footprint Footprint
$40
MSR Thru-Hiker Mesh House 2 Tarp/Shelter
$200
Hilleberg Mesh Box 20 Tent Accessory
$345
 
Crux X2 Bomb Four-Season Tent
$629
Hilleberg Nallo 4 GT Four-Season Tent
$985
Hilleberg Nallo 4 Four-Season Tent
$865
Snow Peak Mesh Shelter Roof Shield Tent Accessory
$110
The North Face FP Kaiju 4 Footprint
$52 - $60
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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.