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: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Hammock Bliss Ultralight Hammock
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Flylite Three-Season Tent
$37 - $349
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Thor 3P Footprint Footprint
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (2)
REI Kingdom 4 Tent
$290 - $389
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Possum Pocket Hammock Accessory
$15 - $27
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
The North Face Talus 4 Three-Season Tent
$246 - $299
user rating: 2 of 5 (2)
Vargo Titanium Ascent Tent Stake Stake
user rating: 2 of 5 (2)
Hammock Bliss Mosquito Free Hammock Bliss Hammock
user rating: 2 of 5 (2)
Hilleberg Anjan 2 Three-Season Tent
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
MSR Backcountry Barn
$722 - $849
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg Tarp 5 Tarp/Shelter
available Spring 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Therm-a-Rest Slacker Hammock Warmer Under Quilt
available Spring 2016
Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 2 Insert with Cuben Floor Tarp/Shelter
NRS River Wing Spare Plastic Stakes Stake
Hilleberg Tarp 10 Tarp/Shelter
$175 - $195
NEMO Moki Vestibule Vestibule
Mountain Hardwear Trango 4 Footprint PL Footprint
$61 - $100
L.L.Bean Adventure 6-Person Tent, Footprint Footprint
Marmot Stormlight 2P Three-Season Tent
NEMO Galaxi 3P Gear Loft Gear Loft
ALPS Mountaineering 4-Person Floor Saver Footprint
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1 Footprint Footprint
$41 - $55
Black Diamond Firstlight/I-Tent Ground Cloth Footprint
Hilleberg Nammatj 3 Footprint Footprint
The North Face Mountain 25 Footprint Footprint
$42 - $60
Terra Nova Etesian 6 Groundsheet Protector Footprint
Lightspeed Outdoors Quick Draw Shade Shelter Tarp/Shelter
Exped Mira III HyperLite Three-Season Tent
Terra Nova Voyager XL Groundsheet Protector Footprint
Big Agnes Trapezoid Gear Loft Gear Loft
Sierra Designs LT Strike 2 Footprint Footprint
$37 - $49
NEMO Blaze 1P Footprint Footprint
Paha Que' Wilderness Rainfly for Hammock Hammock Accessory
Big Agnes Tent Footprints Footprint
Big Agnes Foidel Canyon 3 Footprint Footprint
Marmot Nitro 2P Footprint Footprint
$33 - $44
Hilleberg Anjan 2 Footprint Footprint
Easton V-Stakes Stake
Equinox Mantis Tent Accessory
MSR Backcountry Barn Footprint Footprint
$63 - $79
Mountain Hardwear Hoop Dreams 4 Tarp/Shelter
Vargo Titanium Tent Stake Stake
Rab Alpine Bivi Bivy Sack
$195 - $259
Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid Pole Straps Tent Accessory
ALPS Mountaineering Galaxy 2 Three-Season Tent
ALPS Mountaineering Mystique 2 Floor Saver Footprint
Easton Kinetic Carbon 3P Three-Season Tent
Mountain Hardwear SuperMegaUL 1 Footrint PL Footprint
$33 - $44
Rab Latok Mountain Lite Link Vestibule
Eureka! Tetragon 2 Tent Three-Season Tent
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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.