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: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Fly Creek 2 Platinum Three-Season Tent
$495 - $549
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Eureka! Amari Pass 2 Three-Season Tent
$104 - $139
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Beta Light Tarp/Shelter
$180 - $200
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Kelty Parthenon 8
$472 - $629
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Zenith 3 AL Tent Three-Season Tent
$160
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Mini Groundhog Stake Stake
$3 - $17
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Eureka! Timberline SQ 4XT Three-Season Tent
$300
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Equinox Globe Skimmer Ultralight Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$66
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Carbon Reflex 1 Three-Season Tent
$360 - $399
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Phoenix 3
$272 - $389
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Mica FL 1 Three-Season Tent
$230 - $319
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg Allak Four-Season Tent
$898
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Big Wall Hooped Bivy Bivy Sack
$216 - $239
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Flying Diamond 6 Four-Season Tent
$600
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg Kaitum 3 Four-Season Tent
$895
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Burn Ridge Outfitter 2 Three-Season Tent
$150 - $199
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg Rogen 2 Three-Season Tent
$750
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Grand Trunk All Terrian Hybrid Shelter Tarp/Shelter
$80
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Bergans Compact Light 2 Four-Season Tent
$449
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg Jannu 2 Four-Season Tent
$885
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Trek Tents Sixty Second Set-Up Dome Three-Season Tent
$160
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Meadowland 6
$429
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
EMS Sugar Shack 2 Three-Season Tent
$199
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Kelty Vista 3 Three-Season Tent
$260
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
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Coleman Hooligan 2 Three-Season Tent
$60
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Betamid Tarp/Shelter
$150
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Kelty Salida 4 Three-Season Tent
$210 - $249
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Grand Trunk Single Parachute Nylon Hammock Hammock
$55
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Mountain Hardwear Lightwedge 3 DP Three-Season Tent
$330
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Hennessy Hammock Explorer Ultralight Asym Hammock
$260
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Mountainsmith Mountain Shelter LT Tarp/Shelter
$117
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Fast Fly Rain Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$70 - $79
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Exped Orion Four-Season Tent
$609
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Kelty Gunnison 1.1 Three-Season Tent
$135 - $143
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Big Agnes Big House 4 Vestibule Vestibule
$95 - $99
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Marmot Aeros 3P Three-Season Tent
$319
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
MSR E-Bivy Bivy Sack
$100
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Kelty Gunnison 3.2 Three-Season Tent
$195 - $259
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Bombshelter Four-Season Tent
$756 - $799
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Lone Spring 3 Three-Season Tent
$189 - $269
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Extreme 3 Three-Season Tent
$225
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mountainsmith Celestial Tent Three-Season Tent
$127
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Mirage Three-Season Tent
$240
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Kelty Trail Ridge 3 Three-Season Tent
$192 - $239
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Fishhook UL 2 Three-Season Tent
$280
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Eureka! Apex Three-Season Tent
$79
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
ALPS Mountaineering Extreme 2 Three-Season Tent
$162 - $187
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Rab Siltarp 2
$117 - $129
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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.