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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Price

less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
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$200 - $299.99
$300 - $399.99
$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

Top-Rated Tents and Shelters

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The North Face Tadpole 2
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Tadpole 2 Three-Season Tent
$217 - $289
Easton Slickrock 2P
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Easton Slickrock 2P Three-Season Tent
$189 - $298
Eagles Nest Outfitters Ember Underquilt
user rating: 3 of 5 (4)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Ember Underquilt Under Quilt
$140
Eagles Nest Outfitters SlapStrap
user rating: 3 of 5 (4)
Eagles Nest Outfitters SlapStrap Hammock Accessory
$16 - $19
MSR Carbon Core Stake Kit
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
MSR Carbon Core Stake Kit Stake
$22 - $29
Kelty Acadia 2
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Kelty Acadia 2 Three-Season Tent
$101 - $119
REI Alcove Shelter
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
REI Alcove Shelter Tarp/Shelter
$109
Nite Ize Figure 9 Tent Line Kit
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Nite Ize Figure 9 Tent Line Kit Tent Accessory
$8 - $10
NEMO Obi 2P
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
NEMO Obi 2P Three-Season Tent
$259 - $389
Lawson Hammock Blue Ridge Camping Hammock
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Lawson Hammock Blue Ridge Camping Hammock Hammock
$170
Mountain Hardwear Drifter 2 DP
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Drifter 2 DP Three-Season Tent
$235
Black Diamond Stormtrack
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Stormtrack Four-Season Tent
$500
Marmot Odyssey
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Marmot Odyssey Three-Season Tent
$319
Sierra Designs Flash 2
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs Flash 2 Three-Season Tent
$255 - $299
Hammock Bliss Ultralight
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Hammock Bliss Ultralight Hammock
$42
Marmot Thor 3P Footprint
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Thor 3P Footprint Footprint
$52 - $80
REI Kingdom 4 Tent
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (2)
REI Kingdom 4 Tent
$389
Terra Nova Laser
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (2)
Terra Nova Laser Three-Season Tent
$270 - $373
Mountain Hardwear EV 2
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (7)
Mountain Hardwear EV 2 Four-Season Tent
$595 - $700
Eagles Nest Outfitters Possum Pocket
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Possum Pocket Hammock Accessory
$22 - $27
The North Face Talus 4
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
The North Face Talus 4 Three-Season Tent
$224 - $299
Hammock Bliss Mosquito Free Hammock Bliss
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Hammock Bliss Mosquito Free Hammock Bliss Hammock
$78
Black Diamond Spotlight Bivy
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Spotlight Bivy Bivy Sack
$200 - $219
Sierra Designs Flashlight 2
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs Flashlight 2 Three-Season Tent
$260 - $359
Eureka! Rectangular Floor Saver
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Eureka! Rectangular Floor Saver Footprint
$9 - $18
MSR Backcountry Barn
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
MSR Backcountry Barn
$637 - $849
Brooks-Range Ultralite Solo Tarp
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Brooks-Range Ultralite Solo Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$100
Sea to Summit Escapist Groundsheet
NEW!
Sea to Summit Escapist Groundsheet Footprint
$59
NRS River Wing Spare Plastic Stakes
NRS River Wing Spare Plastic Stakes Stake
$5
Hilleberg Tarp 10
Hilleberg Tarp 10 Tarp/Shelter
$170 - $190
NEMO Moki Vestibule
NEMO Moki Vestibule Vestibule
$152 - $189
Paha Que' The Tepee Shower & Outhouse
Paha Que' The Tepee Shower & Outhouse Tarp/Shelter
$259
Mountain Hardwear Trango 4 Footprint PL
Mountain Hardwear Trango 4 Footprint PL Footprint
$71 - $95
 
L.L.Bean Adventure 6-Person Tent, Footprint Footprint
$50
Marmot Stormlight 2P
Marmot Stormlight 2P Three-Season Tent
$224 - $299
NEMO id Foot Pump
NEMO id Foot Pump Tent Accessory
$25 - $31
NEMO Espri LE 3P
NEMO Espri LE 3P Three-Season Tent
$208
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1 Footprint
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1 Footprint Footprint
$40 - $50
Coleman WeatherMaster 6 Screened Tent
Coleman WeatherMaster 6 Screened Tent
$230
Black Diamond Firstlight/I-Tent Ground Cloth
Black Diamond Firstlight/I-Tent Ground Cloth Footprint
$40 - $49
Hilleberg Nammatj 3 Footprint
Hilleberg Nammatj 3 Footprint Footprint
$82
The North Face Mountain 25 Footprint
The North Face Mountain 25 Footprint Footprint
$37 - $50
Terra Nova Etesian 6 Groundsheet Protector
Terra Nova Etesian 6 Groundsheet Protector Footprint
$44
Terra Nova Voyager XL Groundsheet Protector
Terra Nova Voyager XL Groundsheet Protector Footprint
$48
 
Hennessy Hammock Safari Deluxe Asym Classic Hammock
$216
Giga Tent Spruce Peak
Giga Tent Spruce Peak
$392
Big Agnes Trapezoid Gear Loft
Big Agnes Trapezoid Gear Loft Gear Loft
$18 - $22
Sierra Designs LT Strike 2 Footprint
Sierra Designs LT Strike 2 Footprint Footprint
$50
Hilleberg Anjan 2 Footprint
Hilleberg Anjan 2 Footprint Footprint
$58
MSR Backcountry Barn Footprint
MSR Backcountry Barn Footprint Footprint
$60 - $79
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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.