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 »

Categories

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3-4 Season Convertible
Three-Season
Warm Weather
Bivy Sacks
Tarps and Shelters
Hammocks
Accessories

Brands

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ALPS Mountaineering
REI

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)
MSR Universal Gear Loft Gear Loft
$25 - $29
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg Nammatj 3 Four-Season Tent
$740
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Bug Bivy Bivy Sack
$79
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Vista Three-Season Tent
$342 - $379
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg Saivo Four-Season Tent
$1,195
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Tadpole 23 Footprint Footprint
$23
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes String Ridge 2 Four-Season Tent
$465 - $649
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Toughstake Large Toughstake Stake
$36
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eureka! Titan Three-Season Tent
$650
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eureka! Copper Canyon 8 Three-Season Tent
$300 - $389
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR LED Tent Lights Tent Accessory
$13 - $15
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coleman Weathermaster 10 Warm Weather Tent
$230
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
L.L.Bean King Pine HD 4-Person Dome Three-Season Tent
$349
user rating: 4 of 5 (32)
The North Face VE 25 Four-Season Tent
$460 - $619
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
$252 - $279
user rating: 4 of 5 (16)
Mountain Hardwear Light Wedge 3 Three-Season Tent
$240 - $329
user rating: 4 of 5 (15)
Marmot EOS 1P Three-Season Tent
$249
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Hennessy Hammock Explorer Deluxe Asym Hammock
$198 - $229
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Outdoor Research Advanced Bivy Bivy Sack
$319 - $320
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
Hilleberg Nallo 2 GT Four-Season Tent
$785
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 Three-Season Tent
$400
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
MSR Fury Four-Season Tent
$580 - $599
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
MSR Mutha Hubba Three-Season Tent
$450 - $489
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock Hammock
$30
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Kelty Salida 2 Three-Season Tent
$130 - $169
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
REI Minimalist Bivy Sack
$100 - $109
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1 Three-Season Tent
$320 - $329
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Byer Moskito Traveller Hammock
$38
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Hilleberg Staika Four-Season Tent
$895
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Mountain Hardwear Drifter 3 Three-Season Tent
$285
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL3 Three-Season Tent
$405 - $449
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 1.0 Three-Season Tent
$150
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Outdoor Research Alpine Bivy Bivy Sack
$219 - $240
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL3 Three-Season Tent
$400
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
VauDe Hogan Ultralight Three-Season Tent
$240
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Marmot Halo 4P Three-Season Tent
$429
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 3 Three-Season Tent
$182 - $217
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Kelty Gunnison 4.1 Three-Season Tent
$200 - $299
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Eureka! Spitfire 2 Three-Season Tent
$120 - $137
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Black Diamond Mesa Three-Season Tent
$256 - $329
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Pro Hammock
$72 - $79
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Zip Tarp/Shelter
$153 - $169
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
REI Quarter Dome 2 Three-Season Tent
$299
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Eureka! Sunrise 8 Three-Season Tent
$200
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Eureka! Timberline Outfitter 4 3-4 Season Convertible Tent
$320
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
NEMO Gogo Bivy Sack
$350
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Grand Trunk Nano-7 Hammock
$70 - $79
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Outdoor Research Aurora Bivy Bivy Sack
$200
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Eureka! Floor Saver Square Medium Footprint
$22
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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.