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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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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Therm-a-Rest Tranquility 4 Wing Tarp/Shelter
$130
L.L.Bean Hammock Tree Straps Hammock Accessory
$30
Hilleberg Niak Footprint Footprint
$54 - $57
Coghlan's Travellers Mosquito Net Bug Net
$40
Brooks-Range Foray Tent 2 Three-Season Tent
$425
Big Agnes Big House 4 Deluxe Vestibule Vestibule
$130
Black Diamond Ahwahnee Vestibule Vestibule
$170
Sierra Designs Mountain Guide Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$277 - $369
Sea to Summit Escapist Groundsheet Footprint
$50 - $58
Kelty Granby 6 Footprint Footprint
$60
Terra Nova Tarp Shelter 2
$190
Terra Nova Voyager Ultra 2 Tent Three-Season Tent
$1,529 - $1,698
Brooks-Range Foray 3P Three-Season Tent
$500
Byer Barbados XL Hammock
$70
NEMO Galaxi 2P Gear Loft Gear Loft
$30 - $34
Terra Nova Superlite Voyager Three-Season Tent
$480
Kelty Bug Blocker Tarp/Shelter
$156
Black Diamond Mesa Ground Cloth Footprint
$45
Eureka! Amari Pass 3 Three-Season Tent
$144 - $189
Mountain Hardwear Hylo 3 Footprint Footprint
$44 - $50
Marmot Nitro 2P Three-Season Tent
$180 - $263
Columbia Fall River Instant 10-Person Tent
$350
MSR Thru-Hiker Mesh House 3 Footprint Footprint
$30 - $39
Outbound All Purpose Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$5
Peregrine Endurance 3 Three-Season Tent
$220
Mountain Hardwear EV 2 Footprint Footprint
$41 - $55
Eagles Nest Outfitters Guardian SL Bug Net Hammock Accessory
$45
Big Agnes Happy Hooligan UL3 Footprint Footprint
$56 - $79
Hilleberg Saitaris Footprint Footprint
$139
The North Face Bastion 4 Footprint Footprint
$60
Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 4 Insert Tarp/Shelter
$495
Evernew Titanium Peg Stake
$6
Coghlan's ABS Tent Pegs Stake
$1
NEMO Tango Duo 30 Top Quilt
$330 - $379
L.L.Bean King Pine 6-Person Three-Season Tent
$369
 
Coleman Mountain View 12x12 Screendome Shelter
$174
L.L.Bean Backcountry 3-Person Dome Tent, Footprint Footprint
$50
Coghlan's Skewer Pegs Stake
$3
Cabela's Instinct Outfitter 10' x 10' Tent Four-Season Tent
$800
Grand Trunk Dunny Quick-Set Shower & Changing Room Tarp/Shelter
$150
MSR Access 2 Footprint Footprint
$42 - $59
L.L.Bean Vector XL 4-Person Three-Season Tent
$369
Big Agnes Foidel Canyon 2 Three-Season Tent
$454 - $519
NEMO Dagger 2P Gear Loft Gear Loft
$30 - $34
Rab Storm Bivi Bivy Sack
$110 - $165
Hilleberg 9 mm Replacement Pole Tent Accessory
$32
 
Kelty Discovery 4 Three-Season Tent
$105
NEMO Hornet 1P Footprint Footprint
$32 - $39
Big Agnes Blacktail 2 Three-Season Tent
$240 - $249
Exped Gemini IV DLX 4 Three-Season Tent
$699
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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.