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.
3-4 Season Convertible
Tarps and Shelters
BrandsEagles Nest Outfitters
Priceless 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
Hat Trick 3P Three-Season Tent
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Mojo 2 Footprint Footprint
Hoopla/Hoop Dreams Center Pole Tent Accessory
Gemini !V Footprint Footprint
Hammock Repair Kit Hammock Accessory
Hammer 2P Three-Season Tent
Rabbit Ears 4 Three-Season Tent
Half Dome 2 Footprint Footprint
Trail Ridge 6 Three-Season Tent
Landbreeze Duo Ground Sheet Footprint
Moto 1P Bivy Sack
Copper Spur UL1 Footprint Footprint
Chaos 2 Three-Season Tent
Outfitter Pro 2 Three-Season Tent
Convert 3 Footprint Footprint
Tangent 2 Footprint Footprint
Obi 1 Gear Caddy Gear Loft
Tetragon 4 Tent Three-Season Tent
Outer Space Footprint Footprint
Aspect 2 Groundsheet Protector Footprint
Super Scout UL2 Three-Season Tent
Tent Pole Bag Tent Accessory
Royal Flush 3 Footprint Footprint
Meramac 3 Three-Season Tent
Burn Ridge Outfitter 2 Footprint Footprint
Yurtini Sleeping Compartment Tent Accessory
Parthenon 4 Footprint Footprint
Stiletto 1 Footprint PL Footprint
Tension 40 Three-Season Tent
Single Hammock Hammock
Single Hammock Hammock
Airlift 4 Three-Season Tent
Obi Elite 1P Footprint Footprint
Mojo 3 Three-Season Tent
Integrated Pump Tent Accessory
Mach 6 Footprint Footprint
Timberline SQ Outfitter 4 Three-Season Tent
Voyager 2.2 Tent Three-Season Tent
Vulcan Underquilt Under Quilt
Dome Gear Loft Gear Loft
Lone Spring 1 Three-Season Tent
Atlas Hammock Utility Straps Hammock Accessory
Peg Hammer Copper Head Tent Accessory
Venus III Footprint Footprint
Etesian 6 Three-Season Tent
Etesian 4 Groundsheet Protector Footprint
Discovery 2 Three-Season Tent
What’s the “best” tent or shelter for you? Consider your personal outdoor needs, preferences, and budget:
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.
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.
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.
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.