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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Hilleberg Kaitum 2 Footprint Footprint
Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL1 Three-Season Tent
$262 - $349
Big Agnes Krumholtz UL2 mtnGLO with Goal Zero Three-Season Tent
$35 - $649
Terra Nova Voyager XL Three-Season Tent
REI Quarter Dome 2 Footprint Footprint
Marmot Limestone 4P Footprint Footprint
$35 - $50
L.L.Bean Microlight Ul 1-Person Backpacking Tent Three-Season Tent
Coleman Evanston 6 Screened Tent
Big Agnes Tumble 3 Footprint Footprint
$45 - $50
MSR Fury Footprint Footprint
Cabela's Instinct 2-Person Tent Three-Season Tent
Eagles Nest Outfitters DripStrips Hammock Accessory
REI Adjustable Tarp Pole Tent Accessory
The North Face FP Assault 3 Footprint
Big Agnes Bitter Springs UL2 Three-Season Tent
$300 - $349
REI Kingdom 8 Tent
Marmot Limelight 2P Footprint Footprint
$17 - $40
Coleman Popup 4 Three-Season Tent
Mountain Hardwear Ghost UL 3 Footprint Footprint
Exped Venus II Extreme Four-Season Tent
Big Agnes Yellow Jacket 4 mtnGLO Footprint Footprint
$50 - $60
MSR ToughStake Replacement Cables Tent Accessory
MSR Tent Compression Bag Tent Accessory
Terra Nova Moonlite Bag Cover Bivy Sack
$149 - $164
Hammock Bliss Sky Bed Bug Free Hammock
REI Quarter Dome 1 Footprint Footprint
Coghlan's Steel Tent Stakes Stake
ALPS Mountaineering 3-Person Floor Saver Footprint
$24 - $29
REI Kingdom 8 Footprint Footprint
Marmot Colfax 4P Porch Vestibule
Therm-a-Rest Arrowspace Shelter Tarp/Shelter
Marmot Tungsten 4P Three-Season Tent
$271 - $339
Terra Nova Blizzard 2 Four-Season Tent
NEMO Wagontop 8P Three-Season Tent
MSR Rendezvous 200 Wing Tarp/Shelter
Big Agnes Onyx UL Tarp Tarp/Shelter
MSR Thru-Hiker 100 Wing Tarp/Shelter
Hammock Bliss Triple Hammock Hammock
NRS River Wing Tarp/Shelter
Big Agnes Mint Saloon Mesh Door Tent Accessory
Cabela's Bighorn and Family Outfitter Tent Frame Tent Accessory
Big Agnes Scout Plus UL2 Footprint Footprint
NEMO Escape Pod 1P Bivy Sack
$91 - $129
ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 4 Three-Season Tent
Big Agnes Rabbit Ears 4 Footprint Footprint
Exped Cetus II UL Three-Season Tent
UCO StakeLights Stake
$9 - $19
Rab Element Solo Bug Tent Tarp/Shelter
Coghlan's Mini Stretch Cord Tent Accessory
Slumberjack Contour Bivy Bivy Sack
$77 - $89
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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.