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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The North Face FP Mica FL 1 Footprint
$60
Big Agnes Rabbit Ears 4 Footprint Footprint
$37 - $50
Exped Cetus II UL Three-Season Tent
$599
UCO StakeLights Stake
$6
Coghlan's Mini Stretch Cord Tent Accessory
$2
Big Agnes Tumble 2 Footprint Footprint
$29 - $40
MSR Thru-Hiker Mesh House 2 Tarp/Shelter
$200
Hilleberg Mesh Box 20 Tent Accessory
$345
 
Crux X2 Bomb Four-Season Tent
$674
Hilleberg Nallo 4 GT Four-Season Tent
$985
Exped Travel Box II Bug Net
$87
Hilleberg Nallo 4 Four-Season Tent
$865
Snow Peak Mesh Shelter Roof Shield Tent Accessory
$110
The North Face FP Kaiju 4 Footprint
$52 - $60
Mountainsmith Conifer Footprint Footprint
$40
Terra Nova Laser Photon 2 Three-Season Tent
$400
Big Agnes Coulton Creek 4 Footprint Footprint
$37
Tentsile Tree Protector Straps Hammock Accessory
$70
Black Diamond Fitzroy Vestibule Vestibule
$160 - $169
Terra Nova Aspect 1 Groundsheet Protector Footprint
$36
 
Big Agnes Placer 2 Three-Season Tent
$300
Big Agnes mtnGLO PowerCase Loft Gear Loft
$112 - $159
Sea to Summit Specialist Solo Groundsheet Footprint
$32 - $48
Brooks-Range Tension 30 Three-Season Tent
$420
Exped Gemini 3 Three-Season Tent
$455 - $568
Rab Ascent Bivi Bivy Sack
$280
NEMO Tenshi Pawprint Footprint
$45 - $129
NEMO Dagger 3P Pawprint Footprint
$41 - $54
Rab Element 2 Ground Cloth Footprint
$45
Kelty DAC Aluminum 'J' Stake Stake
$10 - $14
Mountain Hardwear Trango 3 Four-Season Tent
$550 - $750
Easton Slickrock 3 Footprint Footprint
$20
Big Agnes Big House 6 Footprint Footprint
$41 - $55
Eagles Nest Outfitters CamoLink Sleep System Tarp/Shelter
$190 - $254
Kelty Trail Ridge 3 Footprint Footprint
$35
NEMO Losi LS 2P Three-Season Tent
$292 - $389
MSR Rendezvous 120 Wing Tarp/Shelter
$160 - $199
 
Exped Gemini !V Footprint Footprint
$99
Eagles Nest Outfitters Hammock Repair Kit Hammock Accessory
$2
Marmot Hammer 2P Three-Season Tent
$423 - $528
Big Agnes Rabbit Ears 4 Three-Season Tent
$187 - $249
REI Half Dome 2 Footprint Footprint
$20
Kelty Trail Ridge 6 Three-Season Tent
$300 - $399
 
Exped Gemini IV Three-Season Tent
$649
NEMO Wagontop 6P Footprint Footprint
$52 - $69
Exped Travel Wedge I Plus Bug Net
$103
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1 Footprint Footprint
$45 - $60
MSR Thru-Hiker 70 Wing Tarp/Shelter
$144 - $179
Wenzel Panorama Tarp/Shelter
$110
Mountain Hardwear Ghost UL 2 Footprint Footprint
$48 - $60
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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.