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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Coleman WeatherMaster 6 Screened Tent
$237
Peregrine Radama 4 Three-Season Tent
$255
Black Diamond Firstlight/I-Tent Ground Cloth Footprint
$40 - $49
Hilleberg Nammatj 3 Footprint Footprint
$84
The North Face Mountain 25 Footprint Footprint
$50 - $60
Terra Nova Etesian 6 Groundsheet Protector Footprint
$48
Mountain Hardwear Hammerhead 2 Footprint PL Footprint
$50
 
Lightspeed Outdoors Quick Draw Shade Shelter Tarp/Shelter
$44
Exped Mira III HyperLite Three-Season Tent
$479
 
Terra Nova Voyager XL Groundsheet Protector Footprint
$48
Big Agnes Trapezoid Gear Loft Gear Loft
$16 - $21
Columbia Silver Creek 6 Three-Season Tent
$300
Coghlan's Hikers Mosquito Net Bug Net
$33
Sierra Designs LT Strike 2 Footprint Footprint
$50
NEMO Blaze 1P Footprint Footprint
$30 - $33
Big Agnes Tent Footprints Footprint
$60
Big Agnes Foidel Canyon 3 Footprint Footprint
$52 - $70
Marmot Nitro 2P Footprint Footprint
$45
 
Fjallraven Abisko Lite 2 Three-Season Tent
$600
Hilleberg Anjan 2 Footprint Footprint
$60
 
Easton V-Stakes Stake
$8
 
Equinox Mantis Tent Accessory
$25
Mountain Hardwear Hoop Dreams 4 Tarp/Shelter
$186
Vargo Titanium Tent Stake Stake
$3
 
Terra Nova Southern Cross 2 Footprint Footprint
$55
 
Fjallraven Dome 2 Footprint Footprint
$60
Rab Alpine Bivi Bivy Sack
$260 - $265
Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid Pole Straps Tent Accessory
$10
 
ALPS Mountaineering Galaxy 2 Three-Season Tent
$160
Black Diamond Replacement Tent Stakes Stake
$8
ALPS Mountaineering Mystique 2 Floor Saver Footprint
$19
 
Cabela's Outfitter Series XWT Interior Floor Liner Footprint
$40
 
Easton Kinetic Carbon 3P Three-Season Tent
$382
Eureka! Tetragon 2 Tent Three-Season Tent
$90
ALPS Mountaineering Camp Creek Two-Room
$227
Big Agnes Square Gear Loft Gear Loft
$22
Big Agnes Three Island UL2 Three-Season Tent
$280
 
Heimplanet The Wedge Groundsheet Footprint
$80
 
Terra Nova Hoolie 3 Footprint Footprint
$45
Kelty Granby 4 Three-Season Tent
$300
Kelty Granby 6 Three-Season Tent
$345
Hilleberg Keron 4 GT Four-Season Tent
$1,275
The North Face FP Mica FL 2 Footprint
$60
REI Screen House Rainfly Tent Accessory
$75
Terra Nova Competition Tarp 2 Tarp/Shelter
$90
Marmot Eclipse 3P Three-Season Tent
$439
 
Napier Backroadz Truck Tent Model 13 Warm Weather Tent
$170
 
EMS Big Easy 6 Three-Season Tent
$262
 
Grand Trunk Camoflauge Hammock Hammock
$30
Black Diamond Bombshelter Ground Cloth Footprint
$60
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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.