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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ALPS Mountaineering Somerset 4 Three-Season Tent
Brooks-Range Stubai 6 Four-Season Tent
Mountainsmith Genesee 4 Footprint Footprint
Pieps Bivy Bag Alien Double Bivy Sack
Brooks-Range Foray 3P Ground Cloth Footprint
L.L.Bean Woodlands Screen House Tarp/Shelter
Easton Expedition 2 Footprint Footprint
Exped Polaris Footprint Footprint
$49 - $58
Exped Mira I HyperLite Footprint Footprint
Terra Nova Photon Groundsheet Protector Footprint
$40 - $49
MSR Night Glow Zipper Pulls Tent Accessory
$8 - $9
Mountain Hardwear Skyledge 2 DP Three-Season Tent
$337 - $449
Sea to Summit Specialist Duo
$429 - $498
Exped Mira II/III Gear Loft Gear Loft
Kelty Outfitter Pro 2 Footprint Footprint
Sierra Designs Meteor Light 3 Footprint Footprint
Hilleberg Jannu Footprint Footprint
$78 - $80
NEMO Galaxi 2P Three-Season Tent
Kelty Airlift 4 Footprint Footprint
$39 - $49
MSR Pappa Hubba NX Footprint Footprint
NEMO Losi LS 3P Three-Season Tent
Sierra Designs Backcountry Bivy Bivy Sack
Snow Peak Tarp Recta ProSet Tarp/Shelter
$500 - $599
NEMO Losi 2P Pawprint Footprint
Eddie Bauer Olympic Dome 6 Tent Footprint Footprint
NEMO Losi 3P Pawprint Footprint
$37 - $54
Paha Que' Double Hammock Hammock
Hammock Bliss Double Hammock Hammock
$65 - $67
Sierra Designs SFC Assault Bivy Bivy Sack
Black Diamond Twilight Bivy Bivy Sack
NEMO Hornet 1P Three-Season Tent
Snow Peak Ponta Tarp Tarp/Shelter
REI Alcove Windwalls Tent Accessory
NEMO Blaze 1P Three-Season Tent
Hilleberg Allak Footprint Footprint
$84 - $86
REI Kingdom 6 Footprint Footprint
Byer Traveller Lite Hammock
$20 - $23
MSR Mudmat Footprint
Easton Kinetic 3P Footprint Footprint
Coleman Octagon 98 Three-Season Tent
Marmot Force 3P Footprint Footprint
$50 - $64
Grand Trunk Uinta Quick-Set 4 Three-Season Tent
Big Agnes Rabbit Ears 6 Footprint Footprint
Easton Si2 Cuben Footprint Footprint
Marmot Stormlight 2P Footprint Footprint
L.L.Bean Northwoods 6-Person Cabin Tent, Footprint Footprint
Paha Que' Cottonwood XLT Tarp/Shelter
Sierra Designs Flash 2 Footprint Footprint
$39 - $49
MSR Nook Gear Shed Vestibule
$119 - $169
Exped Mira II HyperLite Three-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.