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

Four-Season
3-4 Season Convertible
Three-Season
Warm Weather
Bivy Sacks
Tarps and Shelters
Hammocks
Accessories

Brands

Eagles Nest Outfitters
Eureka!
NEMO
Terra Nova
Hilleberg
MSR
Marmot
L.L.Bean
Black Diamond
REI

Genders

Unisex

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: 3 of 5 (4)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Ember Underquilt Under Quilt
$100 - $156
user rating: 3 of 5 (4)
Eagles Nest Outfitters SlapStrap Hammock Accessory
$19
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Kelty Acadia 2 Three-Season Tent
$101 - $119
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
REI Alcove Shelter Tarp/Shelter
$109
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Nite Ize Figure 9 Tent Line Kit Tent Accessory
$10
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Marmot Den 4P Three-Season Tent
$190
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
MSR Carbon-Core Stake Kit Stake
$24 - $29
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
NEMO Obi 2P Three-Season Tent
$390 - $399
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Lawson Hammock Blue Ridge Camping Hammock Hammock
$170
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Marmot Odyssey Three-Season Tent
$343
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs Flash 2 Three-Season Tent
$300
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Hammock Bliss Ultralight Hammock
$47
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg Anjan 2 Three-Season Tent
$17 - $630
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Thor 3P Footprint Footprint
$56 - $69
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (2)
REI Kingdom 4 Tent
$389
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Possum Pocket Hammock Accessory
$25 - $27
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
The North Face Talus 4 Three-Season Tent
$228 - $299
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Hammock Bliss Mosquito Free Hammock Bliss Hammock
$78
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Spotlight Bivy Bivy Sack
$220
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs Flashlight 2 Three-Season Tent
$260 - $269
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Eureka! Rectangular Floor Saver Footprint
$9 - $19
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
MSR Backcountry Barn
$637 - $849
NEW!
Eagles Nest Outfitters Sub7 Hammock
$70
NEW!
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Flylite Three-Season Tent
$350
available Spring 2015
NRS River Wing Spare Plastic Stakes Stake
$5
 
Hilleberg Tarp 10 Tarp/Shelter
$170 - $190
NEMO Moki Vestibule Vestibule
$190
Mountain Hardwear Trango 4 Footprint PL Footprint
$71 - $95
 
L.L.Bean Adventure 6-Person Tent, Footprint Footprint
$50
Marmot Stormlight 2P Three-Season Tent
$179 - $299
NEMO Galaxi 3P Gear Loft Gear Loft
$30
ALPS Mountaineering 4-Person Floor Saver Footprint
$30
REI Quarter Dome T3 Footprint Footprint
$24
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1 Footprint Footprint
$44 - $55
Coleman WeatherMaster 6 Screened Tent
$230
Black Diamond Firstlight/I-Tent Ground Cloth Footprint
$40 - $49
Hilleberg Nammatj 3 Footprint Footprint
$82
The North Face Mountain 25 Footprint Footprint
$50 - $60
Terra Nova Etesian 6 Groundsheet Protector Footprint
$60
Terra Nova Voyager XL Groundsheet Protector Footprint
$60
 
Hennessy Hammock Safari Deluxe Asym Classic Hammock
$216
Giga Tent Spruce Peak
$435
Big Agnes Trapezoid Gear Loft Gear Loft
$22
Sierra Designs LT Strike 2 Footprint Footprint
$50
NEMO Blaze 1P Footprint Footprint
$40
Hilleberg Anjan 2 Footprint Footprint
$58
MSR Backcountry Barn Footprint Footprint
$64 - $79
 
Terra Nova Titanium 1g Skewer Pegs Stake
$17
Mountain Hardwear Hoop Dreams 4 Tarp/Shelter
$180 - $249
Vargo Titanium Tent Stake Stake
$4 - $13
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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.