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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Warm Weather
Bivy Sacks
Tarps and Shelters
Hammocks
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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 (1)
L.L.Bean Backcountry 3-Person Dome Four-Season Tent
$439
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Optic 2.5 Three-Season Tent
$180 - $240
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Marmot Limestone 6P Three-Season Tent
$355 - $520
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Kelty Trail Ridge 2 3-4 Season Convertible Tent
$160 - $199
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
The North Face Kings Canyon 2 Three-Season Tent
$251 - $359
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
MSR Elixir 2 Three-Season Tent
$250
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Sea to Summit Escapist 15D Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$152 - $199
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Equinox Egret Nylon Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$25 - $49
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs Flashlight 1 UL Three-Season Tent
$223 - $299
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Fairview 1 Three-Season Tent
$150
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Bipod Bivy Bivy Sack
$189 - $269
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Trango 4 Four-Season Tent
$750 - $800
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
VauDe Campo XT 5 Three-Season Tent
$292 - $449
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Slumberjack No Fly Zone Bivy Sack
$45
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 2-Person Tarp/Shelter
$675
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Eureka! Mountain Pass 3XTE Three-Season Tent
$260
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Paha Que' Pamo Valley Warm Weather Tent
$512
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Eureka! Mountain Pass 2XTE Three-Season Tent
$207 - $229
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs Mojo 2 Three-Season Tent
$400
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Kelty Acadia 4 Three-Season Tent
$136 - $169
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
The North Face VE 25 Footprint Footprint
$40 - $50
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Nite Ize Gear Tie 24" Tent Accessory
$4 - $5
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Crazy Creek B.A. Tarp - Lite Tarp/Shelter
$106
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (48)
Eureka! Solitaire Three-Season Tent
$60 - $89
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (16)
Black Diamond Firstlight Four-Season Tent
$300 - $359
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (9)
Black Diamond Skylight Three-Season Tent
$400 - $450
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (8)
Marmot Halo 6P Three-Season Tent
$529
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (8)
Marmot Earlylight 2P Three-Season Tent
$228 - $229
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (6)
Mountain Hardwear SkyLedge 2 Three-Season Tent
$450
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (6)
Coleman SunDome 3 Tent 7' x 7' Three-Season Tent
$58
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
Eagles Nest Outfitters SlapStrap Pro Hammock Accessory
$24
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
Coleman SunDome 4 Tent 9' x 7' Three-Season Tent
$70 - $84
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
Eureka! Apex 2 Three-Season Tent
$85 - $99
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (4)
Eureka! Tetragon 5 Three-Season Tent
$148 - $169
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (4)
Kelty TN2 Three-Season Tent
$250
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Big Agnes Jack Rabbit SL3 Three-Season Tent
$240 - $369
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Eureka! Midori 2 Three-Season Tent
$142 - $159
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Eureka! Sunrise 11 Three-Season Tent
$300
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Big Agnes Scout UL2 Three-Season Tent
$279 - $299
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Exped Venus III Four-Season Tent
$579 - $698
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Jack Rabbit SL2 Three-Season Tent
$210 - $299
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Nite Ize CamJam Cord Tightener Tent Accessory
$5
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Aura 2P Three-Season Tent
$230 - $284
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Eureka! Amari Pass 1 Three-Season Tent
$130 - $139
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Giga Tent Yellowstone Three-Season Tent
$109
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Grand Trunk Ultralight Skeeter Beeter Hammock
$60
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Blaze Underquilt Under Quilt
$300
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Tadpole 2 Three-Season Tent
$231 - $289
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
REI Bug Hut 1 Pro Shelter Warm Weather Tent
$55
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Easton Slickrock 2P Three-Season Tent
$194 - $272
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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.