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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Tarps and Shelters
Hammocks
Bug Nets
Accessories

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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 of 5 (4)
Black Diamond Squall Four-Season Tent
$360
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
ALPS Mountaineering Summit Tent
$70
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Coleman Hooligan 2 Three-Season Tent
$50
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Big Agnes Scout UL2 Three-Season Tent
$10 - $299
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Kelty Yellowstone 2 Three-Season Tent
$67 - $75
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Fast Fly Rain Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$68 - $79
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Exped Orion Four-Season Tent
$519 - $648
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Outdoor Research Aurora Bivy Bivy Sack
$180 - $200
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Big Agnes Three Wire Bivy Bivy Sack
$330
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Eureka! Floor Saver Square Medium Footprint
$10
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Grand Trunk TreeSling Tent Accessory
$18 - $19
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Helios Suspension System Hammock Accessory
$30 - $34
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs J Stake Stake
$13 - $142
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Fly Creek 2 Platinum Three-Season Tent
$550
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Eureka! Amari Pass 2 Three-Season Tent
$150
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Beta Light Tarp/Shelter
$200
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Exped Vela I Extreme Four-Season Tent
$399
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Mini Groundhog Stake Stake
$2 - $17
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Equinox Globe Skimmer Ultralight Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$77 - $124
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Carbon Reflex 1 Three-Season Tent
$400
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Therm-a-Rest Corus HD Top Quilt
$240 - $249
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Mica FL 1 Three-Season Tent
$220 - $318
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 Three-Season Tent
$450 - $499
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Big Wall Hooped Bivy Bivy Sack
$250 - $269
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Flying Diamond 6 Four-Season Tent
$700
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs Flash 3 Three-Season Tent
$224 - $233
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Grand Trunk Trunk Straps Hammock Accessory
$30
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
REI Passage 1 Tent Three-Season Tent
$139
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
NEMO Blaze 2P Three-Season Tent
$384 - $479
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
L.L.Bean King Pine 4-Person Three-Season Tent
$299
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Easton Rimrock 1 Three-Season Tent
$180
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Hennessy Hammock Explorer Ultralight Asym Zip Hammock
$280
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs Divine Light 2 FL Three-Season Tent
$200 - $291
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
REI Quarter Dome 3 Three-Season Tent
$399
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Grand Trunk All Terrian Hybrid Shelter Tarp/Shelter
$80
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Needle Stake Kit Stake
$2 - $14
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Tensleep Station 4 Three-Season Tent
$315 - $449
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg Jannu 2 Four-Season Tent
$935 - $1,365
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Vargo Titanium Nail Peg Stake
$5 - $26
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Therm-a-Rest Slacker Super Snuggler Under Quilt
$90 - $129
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Kelty Gunnison 1.3 Three-Season Tent
$110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Therm-a-Rest Slacker Hammock House Hammock
$200
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg Anjan 2 GT Three-Season Tent
$10 - $865
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Talus 2 Three-Season Tent
$140 - $199
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Therm-a-Rest Slacker Snuggler Under Quilt
$64 - $79
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Eureka! Copper Canyon 12 Three-Season Tent
$375 - $469
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Nite Ize CamJam Cord Tightener Tent Accessory
$2 - $6
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Marmot Limestone 6P Three-Season Tent
$330 - $489
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Lawson Hammock Blue Ridge Camping Hammock Hammock
$170 - $199
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
MSR Hubba NX Three-Season Tent
$350 - $399
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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.