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
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$200 - $299.99
$300 - $399.99
$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Marmot Firefly 2P Three-Season Tent
$239
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Eureka! Tetragon 8 Three-Season Tent
$220 - $279
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Big Agnes Seedhouse 1 Three-Season Tent
$240
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg Enan Three-Season Tent
$625
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Thor 3P Four-Season Tent
$659
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
REI Quarter Dome T2 Plus Three-Season Tent
$250
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Stronghold Four-Season Tent
$3,500
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Mica FL 2 Three-Season Tent
$279 - $379
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 16 Tarp/Shelter
$100
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg Snow and Sand Peg Stake
$70
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs Convert 3 Four-Season Tent
$552 - $689
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Twin Sisters Tarp/Shelter
$225 - $299
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hennessy Hammock Hyperlite Asym Zip Hammock
$280
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
REI Passage 2 Tent Three-Season Tent
$159
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Zing Tarp/Shelter
$300 - $399
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Reactor Hammock Hammock
$82 - $94
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Eldorado Four-Season Tent
$560 - $699
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Exped Gemini 2 Three-Season Tent
$489
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Housefly Rain Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$140
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Ajax 2 Three-Season Tent
$183
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Exped Polaris Four-Season Tent
$929 - $1,048
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Carbon Reflex 3 Three-Season Tent
$487 - $649
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond I-Tent Four-Season Tent
$560 - $699
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Underbelly Gear Sling Hammock Accessory
$30
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coleman Hooligan 4 Tent Three-Season Tent
$90
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Beta Bug Warm Weather Tent
$155
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Mega Bug Tarp/Shelter
$290
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear SkyLedge 3 Three-Season Tent
$390 - $550
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg Saitaris Four-Season Tent
$1,695
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kelty No-Bendium II Gold Stake
$12
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Base All Weather Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$23 - $29
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Direkt 2 Four-Season Tent
$549 - $550
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
REI Quarter Dome 3 UL Three-Season Tent
$379
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Fairview 2 Three-Season Tent
$220
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Fishhook SL 2 Three-Season Tent
$220 - $399
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Echo II Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$248
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Universal Gear Loft Gear Loft
$24 - $29
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg Nammatj 3 Four-Season Tent
$785
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Vista Three-Season Tent
$400
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg Saivo Four-Season Tent
$1,275
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes String Ridge 2 Four-Season Tent
$465 - $599
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eureka! Titan Three-Season Tent
$700
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eureka! Copper Canyon 8 Three-Season Tent
$300 - $399
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR LED Tent Lights Tent Accessory
$13 - $15
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hennessy Hammock Snakeskins Tent Accessory
$20
user rating: 4 of 5 (33)
The North Face VE 25 Four-Season Tent
$488 - $669
user rating: 4 of 5 (28)
MSR Hubba Hubba Three-Season Tent
$330
user rating: 4 of 5 (22)
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1 Three-Season Tent
$270 - $279
user rating: 4 of 5 (16)
Mountain Hardwear Light Wedge 3 Three-Season Tent
$281 - $329
user rating: 4 of 5 (16)
Marmot EOS 1P Three-Season Tent
$248 - $249
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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.