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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Mountain Hardwear Tangent 2 Footprint Footprint
$30 - $50
Big Agnes mtnGLO Light Accessory Kit Tent Accessory
$40
Eureka! Tetragon 4 Tent Three-Season Tent
$112 - $139
 
Exped Outer Space Footprint Footprint
$45
Terra Nova Aspect 2 Groundsheet Protector Footprint
$17 - $34
Big Agnes Super Scout UL2 Three-Season Tent
$300 - $399
ALPS Mountaineering Extreme 3 Footprint Footprint
$28
Sea to Summit Tent Pole Bag Tent Accessory
$8
Big Agnes Royal Flush 3 Footprint Footprint
$80
ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 3 Three-Season Tent
$84
Big Agnes Burn Ridge Outfitter 2 Footprint Footprint
$28
Big Agnes Fairview 3 Footprint Footprint
$41
Terra Nova Adventure Tarp 1
$42
Kelty Parthenon 4 Footprint Footprint
$25
 
Brooks-Range Tension 40 Three-Season Tent
$460
Paha Que' Single Hammock Hammock
$49
Hammock Bliss Single Hammock Hammock
$53
Kelty Airlift 4 Three-Season Tent
$330 - $439
Sierra Designs Mojo 3 Three-Season Tent
$370
Rab Siltarp 1
$80
Eagles Nest Outfitters ProNest Hammock
$65 - $214
NEMO Dagger 3P Footprint Footprint
$34 - $44
Slumberjack Trail Tent 3 Three-Season Tent
$93 - $119
Kelty Gunnison 4.3 Three-Season Tent
$232 - $289
Kelty Yellowstone 4 Footprint Footprint
$30 - $31
Sierra Designs Tensegrity 2 Elite Three-Season Tent
$367 - $489
Eureka! Dome Gear Loft Gear Loft
$10 - $13
Big Agnes Lone Spring 1 Three-Season Tent
$190
Eagles Nest Outfitters Atlas Hammock Utility Straps Hammock Accessory
$15 - $39
Snow Peak Peg Hammer Copper Head Tent Accessory
$26 - $59
Exped Venus III Footprint Footprint
$55 - $68
Marmot Tungsten 2P Three-Season Tent
$180 - $199
Terra Nova Etesian 6 Three-Season Tent
$600
Terra Nova Etesian 4 Groundsheet Protector Footprint
$50
 
ALPS Mountaineering Tasmanian 3 Floor Saver Footprint
$28
 
Kelty Discovery 2 Three-Season Tent
$80
Terra Nova Laser Competition Groundsheet Protector Footprint
$42 - $49
Mountainsmith Morrison Footprint Footprint
$24
Big Agnes Tensleep Station 4 Footprint Footprint
$37 - $49
 
Gossamer Gear C-Twinn Tarp
$155
Boreas Gear Trava Footprint Footprint
$36
Marmot Nitro 1P Footprint Footprint
$40
 
Hilleberg Tarp 20 UL Tarp/Shelter
$285 - $335
Eureka! Pinnacle Pass 2/Apex 2 Footprint Footprint
$36
Kelty AirShade Tarp/Shelter
$140 - $199
 
Terra Nova Laser Ultra 1 Groundsheet Footprint
$42
Terra Nova Solar Competition Footprint Footprint
$50
Coleman Sundome 5
$113
NEMO Blaze 2P Three-Season Tent
$337 - $449
Sierra Designs Lightning 2 FL Three-Season Tent
$277 - $369
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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.