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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less 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

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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Bibler Bombshelter Four-Season Tent
$750
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
ALPS Mountaineering Mystique 2 Three-Season Tent
$119 - $131
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
The North Face 2-Meter Dome Four-Season Tent
$5,500
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
REI Passage 2 Tent Three-Season Tent
$109
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Eureka! Timberline SQ 4XT Three-Season Tent
$300
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Grand Trunk Single Parachute Nylon Hammock Hammock
$36 - $59
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Sea to Summit Escapist 15D Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$134 - $179
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
MSR Stormking Four-Season Tent
$937 - $1,499
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Big Agnes Tensleep Station 6 Three-Season Tent
$375 - $499
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
DAC J-stake Stake
$1
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg Kaitum 3 Four-Season Tent
$950
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
MSR Dragontail Four-Season Tent
$412
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Nite Ize Figure 9 Carabiner Tent Accessory
$2 - $10
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Hilleberg Unna Four-Season Tent
$650
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
NEMO Tenshi Four-Season Tent
$525 - $699
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Hilleberg Keron 3 Four-Season Tent
$1,010
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
The North Face Mica FL 2 Three-Season Tent
$265 - $379
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering Orion 2 Three-Season Tent
$84
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 6 Three-Season Tent
$145 - $219
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Mountainsmith Genesee 4 Three-Season Tent
$144 - $199
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Exped Venus II Four-Season Tent
$449 - $598
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Marmot Ajax 2 Three-Season Tent
$150
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Marmot Tungsten 2P Three-Season Tent
$149 - $199
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Eureka! Mountain Pass 3XTE Three-Season Tent
$208 - $269
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Reactor Hammock
$66 - $94
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg Enan Three-Season Tent
$525 - $635
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Stronghold Four-Season Tent
$3,500 - $3,750
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Rattlesnake SL1 mtnGLO Three-Season Tent
$180 - $299
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Sub7 Hammock
$49 - $69
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs Convert 3 Four-Season Tent
$600 - $689
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Twin Sisters Tarp/Shelter
$280 - $399
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hennessy Hammock Hyperlite Asym Zip Hammock
$280
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Tarp Clips Tent Accessory
$4
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Remote 2 Four-Season Tent
$800
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Eldorado Four-Season Tent
$700
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Exped Polaris Four-Season Tent
$749
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eureka! Midori Solo Three-Season Tent
$102 - $139
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Carbon Reflex 3 Three-Season Tent
$480 - $649
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Hubba Hubba / NX / HP Footprint Footprint
$30 - $49
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond I-Tent Four-Season Tent
$700
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
$127 - $154
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 4 Tarp/Shelter
$865
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Kelty Outfitter Pro 2 Three-Season Tent
$220 - $269
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Mega Bug Tarp/Shelter
$217 - $289
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 3 Three-Season Tent
$96 - $129
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Atlas Hammock Utility Straps Hammock Accessory
$11 - $14
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Optic 3.5 Three-Season Tent
$200 - $309
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sea to Summit Hammock Bug Net Hammock Accessory
$52 - $69
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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.