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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EMS Big Easy 4 Footprint Footprint
Mountain Hardwear SuperMegaUL 1 Footrint PL Footprint
$29 - $45
Rab Latok Mountain Lite Link Vestibule
Eureka! Tetragon 2 Tent Three-Season Tent
$70 - $89
NEMO Losi Pawprint Footprint
Big Agnes Square Gear Loft Gear Loft
$15 - $22
Big Agnes Three Island UL2 Three-Season Tent
$280 - $349
Kelty Shadehouse Tarp/Shelter
Wild Country Hoolie 3 Footprint Footprint
Kelty Granby 4 Three-Season Tent
Kelty Granby 6 Three-Season Tent
Hilleberg Keron 4 GT Four-Season Tent
The North Face FP Mica FL 2 Footprint
Terra Nova Tarp Shelter 3 Tarp/Shelter
REI Screen House Rainfly Tent Accessory
Terra Nova Competition Tarp 2 Tarp/Shelter
Marmot Eclipse 3P Three-Season Tent
$265 - $438
EMS Big Easy 6 Three-Season Tent
Grand Trunk Camoflauge Hammock Hammock
Black Diamond Bombshelter Ground Cloth Footprint
Sierra Designs Tensegrity 2 FL Three-Season Tent
Terra Nova Superlite Quasar Four-Season Tent
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Flat Tarp Tarp/Shelter
Big Agnes Wyoming Trail SL2 Three-Season Tent
$260 - $399
Big Agnes Chimney Creek 6 mtnGLO Three-Season Tent
Kelty Vista 2 Footprint Footprint
REI Quarter Dome 3 Footprint Footprint
L.L.Bean Woodlands Shelter Tarp/Shelter
Bergans Mosquito Netting 6040 Tent Accessory
NEMO Bungalow 4P Gear Loft Gear Loft
Ultimate Survival Technologies Base Hex Tarp Tarp/Shelter
Grand Trunk Roatan Woven Hammock Hammock
Mountain Hardwear Archer 3 Three-Season Tent
Grand Trunk Parasheet Footprint
$25 - $39
Hilleberg Kaitum 2 GT Footprint Footprint
Snow Peak Fal 3 Tent Three-Season Tent
NEMO Moki PawPrint Footprint
Kelty Yellowstone 2 Footprint Footprint
Giga Tent Garfield Mountain Three-Season Tent
$61 - $127
Snow Peak Ponta Air Tarp/Shelter
Big Agnes Scout UL2 Footprint Footprint
$56 - $70
ALPS Mountaineering Tasmanian Four-Season Tent
$243 - $279
NEMO Obi 1P Footprint Footprint
MSR Dragontail Footprint Footprint
$40 - $49
NEMO Wagontop 4P Footprint Footprint
Easton Expedition Carbon Tent 2 Four-Season Tent
$420 - $562
ALPS Mountaineering Mystique 1.0 Three-Season Tent
Kelty Gunnison 3.1 Footprint Footprint
ALPS Mountaineering Aries 3 Three-Season Tent
$189 - $195
Mountain Hardwear Direkt 2 Vestibule Vestibule
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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.