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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MSR Mutha Hubba NX Footprint Footprint
$45 - $59
Rab Latok Mountain 2 Four-Season Tent
Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 2 Mesh Insert No Floor Tarp/Shelter
Sierra Designs Tensegrity 1 Elite Three-Season Tent
$194 - $299
The North Face Phoenix Footprint Footprint
Sierra Designs Nightwatch 2 Three-Season Tent
$130 - $239
Mountain Hardwear SuperMegaUL 1 Three-Season Tent
Marmot Fuse 3P Three-Season Tent
The North Face Gear Loft - Triangle Gear Loft
NEMO Galaxi 3P Pawprint Footprint
$55 - $69
Kelty Sunshade with Side Wall Tarp/Shelter
$118 - $149
Therm-a-Rest Tranquility 4 Three-Season Tent
Marmot Boreas 3P Footprint Footprint
$76 - $85
Mountain Hardwear Direkt 2 Footprint Footprint
$30 - $50
Rab Element 2 Bug Tent Tarp/Shelter
Therm-a-Rest Dorado Duo HD Warm Weather Down Sleeping Bag / Top Quilt
MSR Twin Brothers Footprint Footprint
NEMO Wagontop 6P Three-Season Tent
MSR Gear Shed Vestibule
Coleman Aspenglen 4-Person Instant Tent Three-Season Tent
Kelty Grand Mesa 3 Footprint Footprint
Big Agnes Big House 4 Footprint Footprint
$25 - $55
MSR Remote 2 Footprint Footprint
Therm-a-Rest LuxuryLite Cot Bug Shelter Bug Net
$75 - $149
Big Agnes Big House 4 Deluxe Footprint Footprint
Rab Ridge Raider Bivy Sack
$320 - $374
Hilleberg Keron 3 GT Footprint Footprint
Mountainsmith Conifer 5+ Three-Season Tent
$300 - $399
Marmot Lair 8P Four-Season Tent
Tentsile Vista 3P Tree Tent Hammock
$440 - $594
Tentsile Hatch Cover Footprint
$14 - $15
Therm-a-Rest Tranquility 4 Wing Tarp/Shelter
L.L.Bean Hammock Tree Straps Hammock Accessory
Hilleberg Niak Footprint Footprint
$54 - $84
Brooks-Range Foray Tent 2 Three-Season Tent
Big Agnes Big House 4 Deluxe Vestibule Vestibule
Black Diamond Ahwahnee Vestibule Vestibule
Sierra Designs Mountain Guide Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$235 - $369
Sea to Summit Escapist Groundsheet Footprint
$50 - $58
Kelty Granby 6 Footprint Footprint
Terra Nova Voyager Ultra 2 Tent Three-Season Tent
Brooks-Range Foray 3P Three-Season Tent
Byer Barbados XL Hammock
NEMO Galaxi 2P Gear Loft Gear Loft
Kelty Bug Blocker Tarp/Shelter
Black Diamond Mesa Ground Cloth Footprint
$45 - $49
Eureka! Amari Pass 3 Three-Season Tent
$134 - $189
Mountain Hardwear Hylo 3 Footprint Footprint
$45 - $50
Marmot Nitro 2P Three-Season Tent
$180 - $263
Columbia Fall River Instant 10-Person Tent
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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.