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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Big Agnes Slater UL2+ Footprint Footprint
Hilleberg Saivo Footprint Footprint
Sea to Summit Bug Jacket & Mitts Bug Net
$30 - $39
Cabela's Instinct Alaskan Floor Liner Footprint
Big Agnes Sugarloaf Shelter Footprint Footprint
Terra Nova Blizzard 2 Footprint Footprint
Snow Peak Light Tarp Pole Pole
$22 - $29
Rab Element Solo Tarp/Shelter
$64 - $84
Marmot Mantis 3P Plus Footprint Footprint
$37 - $50
MSR Hubba NX Footprint Footprint
$30 - $49
Marmot Bolt 3P Three-Season Tent
$367 - $489
Hilleberg Shock Cord Guy Line
Rab Storm Spartan Bivi Bivy Sack
Columbia Pinewood 10
Exped Hammock Drip Clips Hammock Accessory
Exped Outer Space Vestibule Vestibule
Big Agnes Happy Hooligan UL2 Footprint Footprint
Sea to Summit Bug Pants & Socks Bug Net
$27 - $39
Big Agnes Tensleep Station 6 Footprint Footprint
Eureka! Tetragon HD 8 Warm Weather Tent
$185 - $269
Hilleberg Soulo Mesh Inner Tent Accessory
Big Agnes Blacktail 3 Footprint Footprint
$40 - $50
Marmot Fortress 3P Four-Season Tent
$231 - $289
Rab Survival Zone Bivi Bivy Sack
$90 - $123
REI Passage 3 Footprint Footprint
Exped Orion III Footprint Footprint
$69 - $79
Coleman Carlsbad 4P Three-Season Tent
REI Grand Hut 6 Tent Three-Season Tent
MSR FreeLite 3 Footprint Footprint
$45 - $59
Slumberjack Overland 10 Footprint Footprint
Big Agnes Sheep Mountain 2 Three-Season Tent
Kammok Kuhli Tarp/Shelter
REI Grand Hut 4 Footprint Footprint
Exped Travel Hammock Hammock
MSR Mutha Hubba NX 3 Three-Season Tent
$375 - $499
Kelty Noah's Screen 12 Warm Weather Tent
Coleman Instant Cabin Three-Season Tent
Kelty Salida 2 Footprint Footprint
$24 - $39
Terra Nova Solar Photon 2 Groundsheet Footprint
Sierra Designs Sweet Suite 2 Three-Season Tent
Salewa Litetrek III Footprint Footprint
Therm-a-Rest Proton Blanket Top Quilt
$90 - $119
Big Agnes Big House 4 Deluxe Three-Season Tent
$350 - $369
MSR Mutha Hubba NX Footprint Footprint
$45 - $59
Rab Latok Mountain 2 Four-Season Tent
$506 - $674
NEMO Losi 4P Three-Season Tent
Sierra Designs Tensegrity 1 Elite Three-Season Tent
$215 - $299
Sierra Designs Nightwatch 2 Three-Season Tent
$150 - $239
NEMO Galaxi 3P Pawprint Footprint
Kelty Camp Cabin 6 Footprint Footprint
$28 - $39
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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.