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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Hilleberg Anjan 2 Footprint Footprint
Equinox Mantis Tent Accessory
MSR Backcountry Barn Footprint Footprint
Terra Nova Titanium 1g Skewer Pegs Stake
Mountain Hardwear Hoop Dreams 4 Tarp/Shelter
Vargo Titanium Tent Stake Stake
$4 - $13
Rab Alpine Bivi Bivy Sack
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
Eureka! Tetragon 2 Tent Three-Season Tent
NEMO Losi Pawprint Footprint
ALPS Mountaineering Camp Creek Two-Room
Big Agnes Square Gear Loft Gear Loft
Big Agnes Three Island UL2 Three-Season Tent
$260 - $278
Terra Nova Hoolie 3 Footprint Footprint
Wild Country Hoolie 3 Footprint Footprint
Kelty Granby 4 Three-Season Tent
$320 - $399
Kelty Granby 6 Three-Season Tent
$368 - $459
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
$245 - $438
Grand Trunk Camoflauge Hammock Hammock
Black Diamond Bombshelter Ground Cloth Footprint
Sierra Designs Tensegrity 2 FL Three-Season Tent
$312 - $389
Terra Nova Superlite Quasar Four-Season Tent
$637 - $749
Big Agnes Wyoming Trail SL2 Three-Season Tent
$300 - $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
ALPS Mountaineering Gradient 2 Three-Season Tent
NEMO Bungalow 4P Gear Loft Gear Loft
$25 - $29
Ultimate Survival Technologies Base Hex Tarp Tarp/Shelter
$30 - $39
Grand Trunk Roatan Woven Hammock Hammock
Grand Trunk Parasheet Footprint
$25 - $39
Hilleberg Kaitum 2 GT Footprint Footprint
Big Agnes Triangle Mountain 3 Footprint Footprint
Big Agnes Triangle Mountain 2 Footprint Footprint
Snow Peak Fal 3 Tent Three-Season Tent
NEMO Moki PawPrint Footprint
NEMO Hexalite Tarp Pole Tent Accessory
$46 - $49
Kelty Yellowstone 2 Footprint Footprint
$21 - $29
Therm-a-Rest Slacker Double Hammock Hammock
$64 - $79
Snow Peak Ponta Air Tarp/Shelter
$150 - $199
Big Agnes Scout UL2 Footprint Footprint
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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.