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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Four-Season
3-4 Season Convertible
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Warm Weather
Bivy Sacks
Tarps and Shelters
Hammocks
Bug Nets
Accessories

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Eagles Nest Outfitters
Terra Nova
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Sierra Designs
EMS
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User

Unisex
Men's
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Price

less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 - $399.99
$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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Mountainsmith Tent Stakes Stake
$8
Sierra Designs Summer Moon 3 Three-Season Tent
$230
Terra Nova Tarp Ultra 1 Tarp/Shelter
$390
Big Agnes Big House 6 Deluxe Footprint Footprint
$55
Kelty Staff Pole Tent Accessory
$18 - $29
REI Camp Dome 4 Footprint Footprint
$40
Marmot EOS 1P Footprint Footprint
$50
Big Agnes Copper Spur 2 Platinum Three-Season Tent
$600
ALPS Mountaineering Mystique 1.5 Floor Saver Footprint
$14
REI Snow Stake Stake
$3
Big Agnes Slater UL2+ Three-Season Tent
$400
Hilleberg Kaitum 2 GT Four-Season Tent
$1,020
NEMO Losi 3P Gear Loft Gear Loft
$35 - $39
Kammok Flag Hammock Hammock
$79
Eagles Nest Outfitters OneLink JungleNest Hammock
$200
Cabela's Getaway Cabin 8-Person Tent Three-Season Tent
$350
Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL1 Three-Season Tent
$380 - $429
Eagles Nest Outfitters ProFly Sil XL Rain Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$140
Eureka! Timberline SQ 4XT / Timberline SQ Outfitter 4 Lite-Set Footprint Footprint
$40
NEMO Dagger 2P Three-Season Tent
$400
The North Face Triarch 3 Three-Season Tent
$347 - $469
ALPS Mountaineering Hydrus 2 Three-Season Tent
$124 - $219
Eagles Nest Outfitters Guardian Bug + Insect Shield Bug Net Hammock Accessory
$80
Sierra Designs Hex Peg Stake
$12 - $119
 
Kelty Guyline Kit Tent Accessory
$10
Kelty Acadia 6 Three-Season Tent
$290
Exped Mira 1 Three-Season Tent
$210
Terra Nova Polar Lite 2 Four-Season Tent
$500
Coleman Sundome 4
$68
Vargo Aluminum Summit Tent Stake Stake
$16
Big Agnes Fly Creek HV1 Platinum Three-Season Tent
$500
Nite Ize KnotBone Adjustable Bungee Tent Accessory
$4 - $9
Exped Outfitter Tarp IV Tarp/Shelter
$269
Tentsile T-Mini Double Hammock Hammock
$150
Cabela's Guardian 6-Person Tent Three-Season Tent
$350
Big Agnes Bitter Springs UL1 Three-Season Tent
$259 - $279
NEMO Wagontop 3P Three-Season Tent
$400
Easton Nano Tent Stake Stake
$28
Big Agnes Three Forks Shelter Tarp/Shelter
$25 - $199
Big Agnes Blacktail 4 Three-Season Tent
$330
Equinox No-See-Um Mosquito Netting Tarp/Shelter
$8
REI Passage 1 Footprint Footprint
$25
Big Agnes Slater UL3+ Three-Season Tent
$440 - $549
Exped Orion III Four-Season Tent
$699 - $728
NEMO Kunai 2P Footprint Footprint
$50
Hilleberg Kaitum 2 Footprint Footprint
$80
Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL1 Three-Season Tent
$262 - $349
Big Agnes Krumholtz UL2 mtnGLO with Goal Zero Three-Season Tent
$56 - $649
Terra Nova Voyager XL Three-Season Tent
$420
REI Quarter Dome 2 Footprint Footprint
$50
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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.