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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Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 2 Mesh Insert No Floor Tarp/Shelter
$130
NEMO Bungalow 4P Garage Vestibule
$150
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
$55
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
$600
MSR Gear Shed Vestibule
$170
Big Agnes Big House 4 Footprint Footprint
$40 - $50
Therm-a-Rest LuxuryLite Cot Bug Shelter Bug Net
$150
Rab Ridge Raider Bivy Sack
$375
Terra Nova Trisar 2 Groundsheet Protector Footprint
$50
Hilleberg Keron 3 GT Footprint Footprint
$120
Mountainsmith Conifer 5+ Three-Season Tent
$252
 
ALPS Mountaineering Tasmanian Footprint Footprint
$28
Marmot Lair 8P Four-Season Tent
$1,999
Tentsile Vista 3P Tree Tent Hammock
$550 - $594
Equinox All-Purpose Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$60 - $75
Tentsile Hatch Cover Footprint
$15
L.L.Bean Hammock Tree Straps Hammock Accessory
$30
 
Hilleberg Niak Footprint Footprint
$54
Black Diamond Ahwahnee Vestibule Vestibule
$135 - $169
Sierra Designs Mountain Guide Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$370
Sea to Summit Escapist Groundsheet Footprint
$50
Brooks-Range Foray 3P Three-Season Tent
$500
Byer Barbados XL Hammock
$90
NEMO Galaxi 2P Gear Loft Gear Loft
$25 - $29
 
Coleman Legacy Fast Pitch 6-Person Dome with Screen Porch Three-Season Tent
$140
Kelty Bug Blocker Tarp/Shelter
$160 - $258
Black Diamond Mesa Ground Cloth Footprint
$36 - $44
Eureka! Amari Pass 3 Three-Season Tent
$190
Mountain Hardwear Hylo 3 Footprint Footprint
$60
Marmot Nitro 2P Three-Season Tent
$210 - $249
 
NEMO Meta LE 2P Footprint Footprint
$40
 
MSR Thru-Hiker Mesh House 3 Footprint Footprint
$40
 
Outbound All Purpose Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$5
Mountain Hardwear Hoopla 4 Footprint Footprint
$90
NEMO GoGo Elite Bivy Sack
$430
Mountain Hardwear EV 2 Footprint Footprint
$55
 
Big Agnes Placer 2 Footprint Footprint
$45
Hilleberg Saitaris Footprint Footprint
$139
Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 Three-Season Tent
$450
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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.