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
$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: 5 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Rattlesnake SL1 mtnGLO Three-Season Tent
$220 - $299
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Sub7 Hammock
$52 - $199
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs Convert 3 Four-Season Tent
$517 - $689
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Twin Sisters Tarp/Shelter
$240
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)
Eureka! Taron 2 Three-Season Tent
$180
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Zing Tarp/Shelter
$300
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Reactor Hammock Hammock
$76 - $94
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Eldorado Four-Season Tent
$700
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Exped Gemini 2 Three-Season Tent
$399 - $498
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
$170
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Exped Polaris Four-Season Tent
$999
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Carbon Reflex 3 Three-Season Tent
$487 - $599
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond I-Tent Four-Season Tent
$595 - $699
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Underbelly Gear Sling Hammock Accessory
$24 - $29
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Beta Bug Warm Weather Tent
$155 - $169
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Mega Bug Tarp/Shelter
$217 - $289
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Atlas Hammock Utility Straps Hammock Accessory
$12 - $14
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear SkyLedge 3 Three-Season Tent
$439
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Stormbreak 2 Three-Season Tent
$115 - $159
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg Saitaris Four-Season Tent
$1,795
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Direkt 2 Four-Season Tent
$457 - $550
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
REI Quarter Dome 3 UL Three-Season Tent
$379
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Echo II Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$310 - $340
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Fast Stash Tarp/Shelter
$190
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Universal Gear Loft Gear Loft
$24 - $29
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Vista Three-Season Tent
$400 - $449
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eureka! Copper Canyon 8 Three-Season Tent
$380 - $399
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR LED Tent Lights Tent Accessory
$10 - $15
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 4-Person Tarp/Shelter
$825
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
$669
user rating: 4 of 5 (22)
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1 Three-Season Tent
$240 - $299
user rating: 4 of 5 (16)
Mountain Hardwear Light Wedge 3 Three-Season Tent
$247
user rating: 4 of 5 (16)
Marmot EOS 1P Three-Season Tent
$249
user rating: 4 of 5 (13)
Sierra Designs Lightning 2 Three-Season Tent
$172 - $269
user rating: 4 of 5 (12)
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1 Three-Season Tent
$256 - $329
user rating: 4 of 5 (11)
Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock Hammock
$16 - $19
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
MSR Fury Four-Season Tent
$435 - $479
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Hennessy Hammock Explorer Deluxe Asym Hammock
$220 - $239
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Outdoor Research Advanced Bivy Bivy Sack
$60 - $320
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
MSR Mutha Hubba Three-Season Tent
$500
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
Hilleberg Nallo 2 GT Four-Season Tent
$835
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 Three-Season Tent
$344 - $429
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Mountain Hardwear Trango 3.1 Four-Season Tent
$700
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Kelty Salida 2 Three-Season Tent
$127 - $169
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 9 Tarp/Shelter
$60
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
ALPS Mountaineering Mystique 1.5 Three-Season Tent
$133
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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.