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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Mountain Hardwear Light Wedge 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Mountain Hardwear
Light Wedge 2
Three-Season Tent
$209 - $290
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Big Agnes
Copper Spur UL3
Three-Season Tent
$425 - $499
Sierra Designs Lightning 2 UL
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Sierra Designs
Lightning 2 UL
Three-Season Tent
$360
The North Face 2-Meter Dome
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
The North Face
2-Meter Dome
Four-Season Tent
$4,496 - $5,000
Granite Gear White Lightnin'
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Granite Gear
White Lightnin'
Tarp/Shelter
$150 - $184
Marmot Haven 2P
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Marmot
Haven 2P
Three-Season Tent
$400
Grand Trunk Funky Forest Tarp
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Grand Trunk
Funky Forest Tarp
Tarp/Shelter
$80
Exped Andromeda II
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Exped
Andromeda II
Four-Season Tent
$689
Byer Easy Traveller
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Byer
Easy Traveller
Hammock
$45 - $46
Big Agnes Tensleep Station 6
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Big Agnes
Tensleep Station 6
Three-Season Tent
$450 - $469
Eagles Nest Outfitters JungleNest Hammock
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eagles Nest Outfitters
JungleNest Hammock
Hammock
$100
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL4
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Big Agnes
Copper Spur UL4
Three-Season Tent
$504 - $629
Kelty Triptease Lightline
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Kelty
Triptease Lightline
Tent Accessory
$15 - $19
Nite Ize Figure 9 Carabiner
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Nite Ize
Figure 9 Carabiner
Tent Accessory
$2 - $10
Eagles Nest Outfitters OneLink SingleNest
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eagles Nest Outfitters
OneLink SingleNest
Hammock
$205
Hilleberg Unna
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Hilleberg
Unna
Four-Season Tent
$598
Eureka! Grand Manan Tour
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eureka!
Grand Manan Tour
$387 - $429
Eagles Nest Outfitters Double Deluxe
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eagles Nest Outfitters
Double Deluxe
Hammock
$85
Grand Trunk Double Parachute Nylon Hammock
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Grand Trunk
Double Parachute Nylon Hammock
Hammock
$65 - $74
Eagles Nest Outfitters OneLink DoubleNest
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eagles Nest Outfitters
OneLink DoubleNest
Hammock
$220
Kelty Screenhouse
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Kelty
Screenhouse
Warm Weather Tent
$116 - $269
Kelty Noah's Tarp 9
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Kelty
Noah's Tarp 9
Tarp/Shelter
$50 - $99
Big Agnes Big House 6
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Big Agnes
Big House 6
Three-Season Tent
$296 - $369
REI Quarter Dome T2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
REI
Quarter Dome T2
Three-Season Tent
$230
REI Camp Dome 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
REI
Camp Dome 2
Three-Season Tent
$119
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Big Agnes
Copper Spur UL1
Three-Season Tent
$296 - $369
REI Base Camp 6
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
REI
Base Camp 6
Three-Season Tent
$429
Marmot Thor 2P
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Marmot
Thor 2P
Four-Season Tent
$450 - $529
REI Base Camp 4
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
REI
Base Camp 4
Three-Season Tent
$369
REI Kingdom 6 Tent
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
REI
Kingdom 6 Tent
$439
Eureka! Equinox 6
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Eureka!
Equinox 6
Three-Season Tent
$370
ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 3.0
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
ALPS Mountaineering
Zephyr 3.0
Three-Season Tent
$187 - $249
MSR Carbon Reflex 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
MSR
Carbon Reflex 2
Three-Season Tent
$343 - $499
Mountain Hardwear SkyLedge 2.1
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Mountain Hardwear
SkyLedge 2.1
Three-Season Tent
$449
Mountainsmith Morrison 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Mountainsmith
Morrison 2
Three-Season Tent
$135 - $179
Black Diamond HiLight
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Black Diamond
HiLight
Three-Season Tent
$380
Hilleberg Nallo 3
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Hilleberg
Nallo 3
Four-Season Tent
$735
REI Camp Dome 4
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
REI
Camp Dome 4
Three-Season Tent
$219
Sierra Designs Convert 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Sierra Designs
Convert 2
Four-Season Tent
$600
Mountain Hardwear Space Station
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Mountain Hardwear
Space Station
Four-Season Tent
$3,475 - $5,000
REI Half Dome 4
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
REI
Half Dome 4
Three-Season Tent
$289
The North Face Asylum Bivy
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
The North Face
Asylum Bivy
Bivy Sack
$200 - $229
Hilleberg Nammatj 2 GT
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg
Nammatj 2 GT
Four-Season Tent
$810
Eureka! Tundraline 3
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Eureka!
Tundraline 3
Four-Season Tent
$100
MSR StormKing
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
MSR
StormKing
Four-Season Tent
$1,250
Kelty Sunshade
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Kelty
Sunshade
Tarp/Shelter
$120 - $169
MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2P
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
MSR
Hubba Hubba NX 2P
Three-Season Tent
$390
MSR Dragontail
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
MSR
Dragontail
Four-Season Tent
$550
Kelty Gunnison 3.1
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Kelty
Gunnison 3.1
Three-Season Tent
$260
Terra Nova Voyager
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Terra Nova
Voyager
Three-Season Tent
$490 - $539
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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.