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 (9)
REI Chrysalis UL Tent reviewed Aug 5, 2017
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Terra Nova Super Quasar reviewed Jul 31, 2017
$1,000
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Grand Trunk Double Parachute Nylon Hammock reviewed Jul 31, 2017
$65 - $74
user rating: 3 of 5 (9)
Marmot Halo 6P reviewed Jul 29, 2017
$391 - $529
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
U.S. Military Universal Improved Combat Shelter reviewed Jul 28, 2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (22)
Marmot Limelight 3P reviewed Jul 21, 2017
$239 - $299
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
Stephenson's Warmlite 2R reviewed Jul 16, 2017
user rating: 4 of 5 (24)
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1 reviewed Jul 15, 2017
$300
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sea to Summit Hammock Bug Net reviewed Jul 13, 2017
$70
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Sea to Summit Hammock Tarp reviewed Jul 13, 2017
$120 - $149
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Slumberjack Sightline 1 reviewed Jul 10, 2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Therm-a-Rest Slacker Snuggler reviewed Jul 10, 2017
$80
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Borah Gear Side Zip Ultralight Bivy reviewed Jul 9, 2017
user rating: 3 of 5 (5)
Eureka! Tetragon 1610 reviewed Jul 8, 2017
$280 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Sea to Summit Ultralight Hammock reviewed Jul 8, 2017
$80 - $89
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Big Agnes Ripple Creek UL2+ mtnGLO reviewed Jul 6, 2017
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Vitals Aerie 20°F Down Underquilt reviewed Jul 6, 2017
$160 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Outdoor Research Alpine Bivy reviewed Jul 6, 2017
$249
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 reviewed Jul 6, 2017
$450 - $499
 
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Grand Trunk Ultralight Travel Hammock reviewed Jul 6, 2017
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Clam Quick-Set Escape reviewed Jul 6, 2017
$300 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Marmot Catalyst 3P reviewed Jul 5, 2017
$195 - $229
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 2 AL reviewed Jul 5, 2017
$160
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
REI Half Dome 2 Plus reviewed Jul 1, 2017
$130 - $229
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Kings Canyon UL Quilt reviewed Jun 30, 2017
$170
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Tentsile Flite+ Tree Tent reviewed Jun 30, 2017
$350 - $380
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
NEMO Losi 3P reviewed Jun 30, 2017
$450 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
MSR Hubba NX reviewed Jun 29, 2017
$350 - $399
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering Extreme 3 Outfitter reviewed Jun 29, 2017
$320 MSRP
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Marmot Limelight 6P reviewed Jun 27, 2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Eagles Nest Outfitters ProFly Rain Tarp reviewed Jun 27, 2017
$68 - $79
 
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (85)
Northwest Territory Vacation Home 10-Person Tent 14' x 14' reviewed Jun 27, 2017
$250 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Mountain Hardwear Approach reviewed Jun 24, 2017
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user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
NEMO Galaxi 2P reviewed Jun 22, 2017
$175 - $249
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 3 reviewed Jun 22, 2017
$120 - $289
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
ALPS Mountaineering Summit Tent reviewed Jun 22, 2017
$56 - $79
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Tarptent Moment DW reviewed Jun 22, 2017
$285 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Big Agnes Big House 6 reviewed Jun 21, 2017
$360 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eureka! Suite V6 reviewed Jun 21, 2017
$290 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Eureka! Timberline SQ 4XT reviewed Jun 20, 2017
$310 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Kelty Gunnison 2.3 reviewed Jun 17, 2017
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 1 reviewed Jun 16, 2017
$108 - $199
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Naturehike Cycling Ultralight Silicone One Man Tent reviewed Jun 16, 2017
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 3 reviewed Jun 16, 2017
$130
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Kelty Salida 2 reviewed Jun 16, 2017
$96 - $149
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
REI Quarter Dome 1 reviewed Jun 15, 2017
$279
 
user rating: 2 of 5 (31)
Ozark Trail Tent reviewed Jun 14, 2017
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user rating: 3.5 of 5 (35)
Northwest Territory 16' x 14' Extreme Vacation Home reviewed Jun 13, 2017
discontinued
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Jacks 'R' Better Sierra Sniveller reviewed Jun 12, 2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Marmot Thor 2P reviewed Jun 11, 2017
$519 - $649
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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.