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: 5 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering Zenith 3 AL Tent reviewed Sep 26, 2017
$130
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Gander Mountain Trailhead 8 Family Dome reviewed Sep 20, 2017
$130 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
The North Face Bullfrog 23 reviewed Sep 17, 2017
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user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs High Route 1 FL reviewed Sep 17, 2017
$225
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Sierra Designs Flash 2 FL reviewed Sep 17, 2017
$280 - $399
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (38)
REI Half Dome 2 reviewed Sep 12, 2017
$179 MSRP
user rating: 2 of 5 (12)
Ozark Trail 10' x 14' Cabin Tent reviewed Sep 10, 2017
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user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Terra Nova Titanium 1g Skewer Pegs reviewed Sep 8, 2017
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
PahaQue Teardrop Dome reviewed Sep 7, 2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
REI Quarter Dome 2 reviewed Sep 7, 2017
$349
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Borah Gear Dimma Bivy reviewed Sep 6, 2017
user rating: 4 of 5 (12)
Marmot Aeolos 2P reviewed Sep 6, 2017
$339 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Big Sky Soul x2 with Cuben/Cubic reviewed Sep 4, 2017
$800 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Marmot Limelight 4P reviewed Sep 3, 2017
$284 - $379
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Belmont Blanket HellaGood Adventure Blanket reviewed Sep 2, 2017
$125 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Peak Camping Hammock Single Camping Hammock reviewed Aug 31, 2017
$89 MSRP
user rating: 2 of 5 (7)
Coleman 8-Person Instant Tent reviewed Aug 29, 2017
$299 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
DAC J-stake reviewed Aug 29, 2017
 
user rating: 2 of 5 (20)
Magellan (Academy Sports) Bryce Canyon Cabin Tent reviewed Aug 26, 2017
 
user rating: 3 of 5 (4)
Northwest Territory Big Timber reviewed Aug 18, 2017
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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
The North Face Stormbreak 2 reviewed Aug 12, 2017
$119 - $159
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Hammock Gear Incubator 20° reviewed Aug 10, 2017
$249 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Dutchware Wasp reviewed Aug 9, 2017
$9 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Hammock Gear Burrow 20 reviewed Aug 9, 2017
$249 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
NEMO Hornet 2P reviewed Aug 8, 2017
$277 - $369
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
TentPole Technologies Replacement Tent Poles reviewed Aug 8, 2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
REI Chrysalis UL Tent reviewed Aug 5, 2017
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user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Terra Nova Super Quasar reviewed Jul 31, 2017
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Grand Trunk Double Parachute Nylon Hammock reviewed Jul 31, 2017
$45 - $74
user rating: 3 of 5 (9)
Marmot Halo 6P reviewed Jul 29, 2017
$449 - $598
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
$224 - $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
$225 - $299
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sea to Summit Hammock Bug Net reviewed Jul 13, 2017
$52 - $69
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Sea to Summit Hammock Tarp reviewed Jul 13, 2017
$112 - $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
$58 - $126
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
$67 - $99
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
$187 - $249
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 reviewed Jul 6, 2017
$335 - $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
$172 - $229
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 2 AL reviewed Jul 5, 2017
$88 - $159
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
REI Half Dome 2 Plus reviewed Jul 1, 2017
$139 - $159
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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.