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.
3-4 Season Convertible
Tarps and Shelters
BrandsEagles Nest Outfitters
Priceless 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
Extreme 3 Three-Season Tent
Mirage Three-Season Tent
Trail Ridge 3 Three-Season Tent
Fishhook UL 2 Three-Season Tent
Apex Three-Season Tent
Extreme 2 Three-Season Tent
No See Um No More Hammock Bliss Hammock
Backcountry 3-Person Dome Four-Season Tent
Optic 2.5 Three-Season Tent
Limestone 6P Three-Season Tent
Sunrise Three-Season Tent
Trail Ridge 2 3-4 Season Convertible Tent
Kings Canyon 2 Three-Season Tent
Elixir 2 Three-Season Tent
Lightwedge 3 DP Three-Season Tent
Egret Nylon Tarp Tarp/Shelter
Flashlight 1 UL Three-Season Tent
Bipod Bivy Bivy Sack
Trango 4 Four-Season Tent
No Fly Zone Bivy Sack
Mountain Pass 3XTE Three-Season Tent
Veda 2P Three-Season Tent
Pamo Valley Warm Weather Tent
Mountain Pass 2XTE Three-Season Tent
Mojo 2 Three-Season Tent
Acadia 4 Three-Season Tent
VE 25 Footprint Footprint
Moskito Kakoon Hammock
Rain Fly Hammock Accessory
Gear Tie 24" Tent Accessory
B.A. Tarp - Lite Tarp/Shelter
Solitaire Three-Season Tent
Firstlight Four-Season Tent
Skylight Three-Season Tent
Halo 6P Three-Season Tent
SkyLedge 2 Three-Season Tent
SunDome 3 Tent 7' x 7' Three-Season Tent
SlapStrap Pro Hammock Accessory
Apex 2 Three-Season Tent
Tetragon 5 Three-Season Tent
SunDome 4 Tent 9' x 7' Three-Season Tent
Spitfire 2 Three-Season Tent
Oasis Three-Season Tent
Jack Rabbit SL3 Three-Season Tent
Sunrise 11 Three-Season Tent
Scout UL2 Three-Season Tent
Midori 2 Three-Season Tent
Morpho 2P Three-Season Tent
Venus III Four-Season Tent
What’s the “best” tent or shelter for you? Consider your personal outdoor needs, preferences, and budget:
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.
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.
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.
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.