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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MSR Nook 2 Three-Season Tent
$279 - $399
NEMO Galaxi 3P Gear Loft Gear Loft
$25 - $29
ALPS Mountaineering 4-Person Floor Saver Footprint
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1 Footprint Footprint
$44 - $59
Coleman WeatherMaster 6 Screened Tent
Peregrine Radama 4 Three-Season Tent
Black Diamond Firstlight/I-Tent Ground Cloth Footprint
$40 - $49
Hilleberg Nammatj 3 Footprint Footprint
The North Face Mountain 25 Footprint Footprint
$41 - $60
Terra Nova Etesian 6 Groundsheet Protector Footprint
Mountain Hardwear Hammerhead 2 Footprint PL Footprint
Lightspeed Outdoors Quick Draw Shade Shelter Tarp/Shelter
Exped Mira III HyperLite Three-Season Tent
$431 - $479
Terra Nova Voyager XL Groundsheet Protector Footprint
Big Agnes Trapezoid Gear Loft Gear Loft
Columbia Silver Creek 6 Three-Season Tent
Coghlan's Hikers Mosquito Net Bug Net
Sierra Designs LT Strike 2 Footprint Footprint
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
Fjallraven Abisko Lite 2 Three-Season Tent
Hilleberg Anjan 2 Footprint Footprint
Easton V-Stakes Stake
MSR Backcountry Barn Footprint Footprint
Terra Nova Titanium 1g Skewer Pegs Stake
Mountain Hardwear Hoop Dreams 4 Tarp/Shelter
Vargo Titanium Tent Stake Stake
Terra Nova Southern Cross 2 Footprint Footprint
Fjallraven Dome 2 Footprint Footprint
Big Agnes Gore Pass 3 Footprint Footprint
Rab Alpine Bivi Bivy Sack
$260 - $264
Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid Pole Straps Tent Accessory
ALPS Mountaineering Galaxy 2 Three-Season Tent
ALPS Mountaineering Mystique 2 Floor Saver Footprint
Cabela's Outfitter Series XWT Interior Floor Liner Footprint
Easton Kinetic Carbon 3P Three-Season Tent
Sierra Designs Clip Flashlight 2 Footprint Footprint
Eureka! Tetragon 2 Tent Three-Season Tent
ALPS Mountaineering Camp Creek Two-Room
Big Agnes Square Gear Loft Gear Loft
Big Agnes Three Island UL2 Three-Season Tent
Heimplanet The Wedge Groundsheet Footprint
Terra Nova Hoolie 3 Footprint Footprint
Wild Country Hoolie 3 Footprint Footprint
Kelty Granby 4 Three-Season Tent
$280 - $299
Kelty Granby 6 Three-Season Tent
Hilleberg Keron 4 GT Four-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.