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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Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Giga Tent Yellowstone Three-Season Tent
$100
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Blaze Under Quilt
$300
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Grand Trunk Ultralight Skeeter Beeter Hammock
$60
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Ahwahnee Ground Cloth Footprint
$50
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Terra Nova Solar Photon 2 Three-Season Tent
$490
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Coleman Hooligan 3 Tent Three-Season Tent
$78
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Kelty Yellowstone 6 Three-Season Tent
$172 - $179
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Easton Slickrock 2P Three-Season Tent
$202
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Big Agnes Flying Diamond 4 Three-Season Tent
$337 - $449
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Easton Torrent 2 Four-Season Tent
$400
user rating: 3 of 5 (10)
Mountain Hardwear EV 2 Four-Season Tent
$700
user rating: 3 of 5 (10)
Black Diamond Skylight Three-Season Tent
$376 - $499
user rating: 3 of 5 (4)
Eagles Nest Outfitters SlapStrap Hammock Accessory
$20
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
Kelty Acadia 2 Three-Season Tent
$101 - $119
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
Nite Ize Figure 9 Tent Line Kit Tent Accessory
$10
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
REI Alcove Shelter Tarp/Shelter
$129
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Sea to Summit Escapist Ultra-Mesh Bug Tent Bug Net
$199
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Spotlight Bivy Bivy Sack
$220
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Marmot Den 4P Three-Season Tent
$330
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
NEMO Veda 2P Three-Season Tent
$320 - $429
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
MSR Carbon-Core Stake Kit Stake
$22 - $34
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Tentsile Flite Hammock
$280 - $350
 
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Cabela's West Wind Dome Tent Three-Season Tent
$200
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Marmot Odyssey Three-Season Tent
$280
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Therm-a-Rest Slacker Single Hammock Hammock
$52 - $79
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs Flash 2 Three-Season Tent
$195 - $292
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Flylite Three-Season Tent
$40 - $349
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Thor 3P Footprint Footprint
$70 - $80
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (2)
REI Kingdom 4 Tent
$389
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (2)
Terra Nova Laser Three-Season Tent
$440
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (3)
EMS Velocity 2 Tent Three-Season Tent
$254
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Possum Pocket Hammock Accessory
$28
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
The North Face Talus 4 Three-Season Tent
$299
user rating: 2 of 5 (2)
Vargo Titanium Ascent Tent Stake Stake
$24
user rating: 2 of 5 (3)
Toughstake Large Toughstake Stake
$30
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Eureka! Rectangular Floor Saver Footprint
$12 - $19
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Brooks-Range Ultralite Solo Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$85
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (2)
The North Face Assault 2 Four-Season Tent
$449
Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 2 Insert with Cuben Floor Tarp/Shelter
$375
NRS River Wing Spare Plastic Stakes Stake
$5
 
Hilleberg Tarp 10 Tarp/Shelter
$175 - $195
NEMO Moki Vestibule Vestibule
$142 - $189
Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL3 mtnGLO Three-Season Tent
$550
Mountain Hardwear Trango 4 Footprint PL Footprint
$95 - $100
Marmot Stormlight 2P Three-Season Tent
$75 - $299
MSR Nook 2 Three-Season Tent
$279
NEMO Galaxi 3P Gear Loft Gear Loft
$22 - $29
ALPS Mountaineering 4-Person Floor Saver Footprint
$29
Giga Tent Recon 2 Three-Season Tent
$59
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1 Footprint Footprint
$44 - $59
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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.