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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Black Diamond Bombshelter Ground Cloth Footprint
Fjallraven Keb Endurance 2 Four-Season Tent
Sierra Designs Tensegrity 2 FL Three-Season Tent
$290 - $389
Eagles Nest Outfitters Atlas Chroma Straps Hammock Accessory
$28 - $34
Big Agnes Wyoming Trail SL2 Three-Season Tent
Big Agnes Chimney Creek 6 mtnGLO Three-Season Tent
REI Quarter Dome 3 Footprint Footprint
L.L.Bean Woodlands Shelter Tarp/Shelter
ALPS Mountaineering Gradient 2 Three-Season Tent
Peregrine Radama 3 Three-Season Tent
NEMO Bungalow 4P Gear Loft Gear Loft
$25 - $39
Ultimate Survival Technologies Base Hex Tarp Tarp/Shelter
Grand Trunk Parasheet Footprint
$30 - $40
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
$53 - $69
ALPS Mountaineering 6-Person Floor Saver Footprint
NEMO Hexalite Tarp Pole Tent Accessory
$32 - $59
Kelty Yellowstone 2 Footprint Footprint
$19 - $29
Therm-a-Rest Slacker Double Hammock Hammock
$60 - $89
Big Agnes Tumble 4 mtnGLO Footprint Footprint
Snow Peak Ponta Air Tarp/Shelter
Big Agnes Scout UL2 Footprint Footprint
$21 - $70
MSR Dragontail Footprint Footprint
$35 - $49
NEMO Wagontop 4P Footprint Footprint
$49 - $59
Exped Carina IV Footprint Footprint
$69 - $84
Mountain Hardwear Ghost Sky 3 Three-Season Tent
$390 - $529
Therm-a-Rest Tranquility 4 Footprint Footprint
Mountain Hardwear Direkt 2 Vestibule Vestibule
ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 2 Floor Saver Footprint
NEMO Dagger 2P Footprint Footprint
$40 - $49
MSR Advance Pro 2 Four-Season Tent
Exped Ergo Hammock Hammock
ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 1 Floor Saver Footprint
Hilleberg Nammatj 2 GT Footprint Footprint
Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 Footprint Footprint
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2 Footprint Footprint
REI Passage 2 Footprint Footprint
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1 mtnGLO Three-Season Tent
Marmot Force 2P Footprint Footprint
Mountainsmith Mountain Dome 2 Three-Season Tent
Cabela's Ultimate Alaknak 13' x 27' Tent
Big Agnes Nightcap 2 Footprint Footprint
Kelty Discovery 6
$150 - $199
ALPS Mountaineering Somerset 4 Three-Season Tent
Brooks-Range Stubai 6 Four-Season Tent
Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest LED Hammock
Mountainsmith Genesee 4 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.