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.

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Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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Sierra Designs J Stake
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs
J Stake
Stake
$2 - $15
Big Agnes Fly Creek 2 Platinum
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes
Fly Creek 2 Platinum
Three-Season Tent
$375 - $549
Black Diamond Beta Light
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond
Beta Light
Tarp/Shelter
$160 - $199
Kelty Parthenon 8
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Kelty
Parthenon 8
$441 - $629
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering
Zenith 3 AL Tent
Three-Season Tent
$160
MSR Mini Groundhog Stake
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR
Mini Groundhog Stake
Stake
$3 - $17
Equinox Globe Skimmer Ultralight Tarp
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Equinox
Globe Skimmer Ultralight Tarp
Tarp/Shelter
$66
MSR Carbon Reflex 1
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR
Carbon Reflex 1
Three-Season Tent
$400
The North Face Phoenix 3
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
The North Face
Phoenix 3
$262 - $389
The North Face Mica FL 1
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
The North Face
Mica FL 1
Three-Season Tent
$240 - $319
Hilleberg Allak
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg
Allak
Four-Season Tent
$898
Black Diamond Big Wall Hooped Bivy
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond
Big Wall Hooped Bivy
Bivy Sack
$240
Big Agnes Flying Diamond 6
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes
Flying Diamond 6
Four-Season Tent
$600
Hilleberg Kaitum 3
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg
Kaitum 3
Four-Season Tent
$895
REI Kingdom 4 Tent
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
REI
Kingdom 4 Tent
$389
Hilleberg Rogen 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg
Rogen 2
Three-Season Tent
$750
Grand Trunk All Terrian Hybrid Shelter
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Grand Trunk
All Terrian Hybrid Shelter
Tarp/Shelter
$70 - $79
Bergans Compact Light 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Bergans
Compact Light 2
Four-Season Tent
$449
Hilleberg Jannu 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg
Jannu 2
Four-Season Tent
$885
Vargo Titanium Nail Peg
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Vargo
Titanium Nail Peg
Stake
$23
Trek Tents Sixty Second Set-Up Dome
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Trek Tents
Sixty Second Set-Up Dome
Three-Season Tent
$160
The North Face Meadowland 6
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
The North Face
Meadowland 6
$429
EMS Sugar Shack 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
EMS
Sugar Shack 2
Three-Season Tent
$239
Kelty Vista 3
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Kelty
Vista 3
Three-Season Tent
$260 - $349
Eureka! Copper Canyon 12
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Eureka!
Copper Canyon 12
Three-Season Tent
$449
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
ALPS Mountaineering
Summit Tent
$90
NEMO Morpho 1P
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
NEMO
Morpho 1P
Three-Season Tent
$400
GoLite Shangri-La 2
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
GoLite
Shangri-La 2
Tarp/Shelter
$180
Black Diamond Betamid
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond
Betamid
Tarp/Shelter
$34 - $149
Kelty Salida 4
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Kelty
Salida 4
Three-Season Tent
$210 - $249
Kelty Hula House 4
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Kelty
Hula House 4
Three-Season Tent
$270
Grand Trunk Single Parachute Nylon Hammock
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Grand Trunk
Single Parachute Nylon Hammock
Hammock
$55
Hennessy Hammock Explorer Ultralight Asym
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Hennessy Hammock
Explorer Ultralight Asym
Hammock
$200
Mountainsmith Mountain Shelter LT
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Mountainsmith
Mountain Shelter LT
Tarp/Shelter
$110 - $129
Eagles Nest Outfitters Fast Fly Rain Tarp
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Eagles Nest Outfitters
Fast Fly Rain Tarp
Tarp/Shelter
$70 - $79
Kelty Gunnison 1.1
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Kelty
Gunnison 1.1
Three-Season Tent
$180
Outdoor Research Aurora Bivy
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research
Aurora Bivy
Bivy Sack
$200
Big Agnes Big House 4 Vestibule
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Big Agnes
Big House 4 Vestibule
Vestibule
$75 - $99
Adventure 16 Bug Bivy
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Adventure 16
Bug Bivy
Bivy Sack
$55
NEMO Obi 2P
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
NEMO
Obi 2P
Three-Season Tent
$320 - $399
Marmot Aeros 3P
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Marmot
Aeros 3P
Three-Season Tent
$319
MSR E-Bivy
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
MSR
E-Bivy
Bivy Sack
$100
Kelty Gunnison 3.2
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Kelty
Gunnison 3.2
Three-Season Tent
$182 - $259
Black Diamond Bombshelter
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond
Bombshelter
Four-Season Tent
$672 - $839
Sierra Designs Night Glow Disc Attic
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs
Night Glow Disc Attic
Gear Loft
$5
ALPS Mountaineering Extreme 3
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering
Extreme 3
Three-Season Tent
$195 - $209
Black Diamond Mirage
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond
Mirage
Three-Season Tent
$270
Kelty Trail Ridge 3
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Kelty
Trail Ridge 3
Three-Season Tent
$240
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes
Fishhook UL 2
Three-Season Tent
$400
Eureka! Apex
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Eureka!
Apex
Three-Season Tent
$79
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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.