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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Black Diamond Guiding Light Ground Cloth Footprint
Terra Nova Laser Photon 2 Three-Season Tent
NEMO Espri LE 2P Trekking Pole Vestibule Vestibule
Exped Tension Lock Mini Tent Accessory
Tentsile Tree Protector Straps Hammock Accessory
Hilleberg Anjan 3 Three-Season Tent
$22 - $655
Black Diamond Fitzroy Vestibule Vestibule
Big Agnes Lone Spring 2 Three-Season Tent
$200 - $229
Terra Nova Aspect 1 Groundsheet Protector Footprint
Big Agnes Placer 2 Three-Season Tent
Big Agnes mtnGLO PowerCase Loft Gear Loft
Sea to Summit Specialist Solo Groundsheet Footprint
$40 - $48
Brooks-Range Tension 30 Three-Season Tent
Exped Gemini 3 Three-Season Tent
Rab Ascent Bivi Bivy Sack
NEMO Tenshi Pawprint Footprint
$60 - $129
NEMO Dagger 3P Pawprint Footprint
Easton Rimrock 3 Three-Season Tent
$179 - $299
Kelty DAC Aluminum 'J' Stake Stake
Mountain Hardwear Trango 3 Four-Season Tent
$500 - $750
Easton Slickrock 3 Footprint Footprint
Big Agnes Big House 6 Footprint Footprint
The North Face Mica 1 Footprint Footprint
$37 - $59
Kelty Trail Ridge 3 Footprint Footprint
$28 - $39
Sierra Designs Mojo 2 Footprint Footprint
Mountain Hardwear Hoopla/Hoop Dreams Center Pole Tent Accessory
$30 - $40
Eagles Nest Outfitters Hammock Repair Kit Hammock Accessory
Marmot Hammer 2P Three-Season Tent
$423 - $528
Big Agnes Rabbit Ears 4 Three-Season Tent
REI Half Dome 2 Footprint Footprint
Kelty Trail Ridge 6 Three-Season Tent
$320 - $399
Snow Peak Landbreeze Duo Ground Sheet Footprint
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1 Footprint Footprint
$50 - $60
Kelty Outfitter Pro 2 Three-Season Tent
$202 - $269
Sierra Designs Convert 3 Footprint Footprint
$35 - $69
Mountain Hardwear Tangent 2 Footprint Footprint
$30 - $50
Big Agnes mtnGLO Light Accessory Kit Tent Accessory
Eureka! Tetragon 4 Tent Three-Season Tent
$112 - $139
Exped Outer Space Footprint Footprint
Terra Nova Aspect 2 Groundsheet Protector Footprint
$17 - $34
Big Agnes Super Scout UL2 Three-Season Tent
ALPS Mountaineering Extreme 3 Footprint Footprint
Sea to Summit Tent Pole Bag Tent Accessory
Big Agnes Royal Flush 3 Footprint Footprint
NEMO Kunai 2P Tent Four-Season Tent
Big Agnes Burn Ridge Outfitter 2 Footprint Footprint
$24 - $27
Terra Nova Adventure Tarp 1
Kelty Parthenon 4 Footprint Footprint
Brooks-Range Tension 40 Three-Season Tent
Paha Que' Single Hammock Hammock
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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.